International Cement Review articles tagged under : Tech Forum

04 July 2018 Dr Michael Clark

2048 predicted

The 30th anniversary of the first publication of International Cement Review (ICR) in July 1988 has arrived. While last month’s Technical Forum considered the major changes in the world cement industry over the past 30 years of ICR, this issue will look at what changes might be anticipated over the next 30 years. There is no alternative to cement for constructing the world’s required in...

02 July 2018

30 years of industry

Ahead of ICR celebrating the 30th anniversary of its first publication in July, this month’s Technical Forum reflects on what has changed in the industry over the past 30 years. By Dr Michael Clark, UK. Fallin...

29 May 2018 Dr Michael Clark

Risk management

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark examines how companies approach risk and the various management techniques that can be used to control it.  Cement companies must guard against complacency wit...

07 February 2018 Dr Michael Clark

Cemtech Dubai 2018 Technical Workshops

As Technical Forum readers are delving into the February 2018 issue of International Cement Review, the annual Cemtech Middle East and Africa conference in Dubai, UAE, will be fast approaching. As is tradition, the i...

Cement plant cost profiles 24 January 2018 Dr Michael Clark

Cement plant cost profiles

Dr Clark has spent most of the last month developing manufacturing cost profiles for cement factories in different geographies of the world. Such profiles help cement producers and traders alike in finding the right ...

20 November 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Pozzolana is the key

East Africa is enjoying strong cement demand, driven by economic growth and a buoyant construction sector. But, given the high capital cost of establishing a cement plant there, how does a new player gain entry to th...

Aspirating the kiln 16 October 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Aspirating the kiln

Last month’s Technical Forum concluded with the following closing comments: “A sufficient supply of oxygen to the kiln is critical. Any limitations on the drawing of oxygen into the kiln or exhausting the gases from ...

14 August 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Benchmarking revisited

Recent years have seen growth in the take-up of benchmarking services provided by Whitehopleman. Some cement plants have participated every year since the service was launched 19 years ago. Benchmarking reports have ...

10 July 2017 Dr Michael Clark

The blending menu

Blended cement is the focus of this month’s Technical Forum, namely the complexities of understanding its classification and labelling under the European EN 197 system. The moderator also takes a look at the reasons ...

19 June 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Capex vs opex

In the last year the moderator has been reviewing numerous existing cement facilities and proposals for new cement plants or production lines. In this process, compromises have to be made between the conflicting obje...

10 April 2017

Vertical roller mill optimisation

Dr Michael Clark returns from Cemtech MEA's workshop with vertical roller mill optimisation becoming a common concern for local cement producers.

27 March 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Impact of alternative fuels

Dr Clark assesses the impact that burning alternative fuels has on kiln productivity and thermal energy efficiency.

14 February 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Kiln emissions – more than just hot air

In last month’s Technical Forum we promised to return to the topic of cement kiln emissions, which were said to be both simple and complex, benign and noxious. The challenge is to see the broad simplicity, which then...

04 January 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Optimising a dynamic process

The cement production process is dynamic, with substantial opportunities for optimisation, improving plant productivity as well as profitability. Cemtech Technical Workshops are an important way of disseminating this...

07 December 2016 Dr Michael Clark

Who is responsible for what?

Dr Michael Clark investigates the need for human resources to be supportive in developing a responsible and well-managed cement plant.

07 November 2016 Dr Michael Clark

Coal classification

Dr Michael Clark explains how coal evaluation is important for accurate thermal energy consumption estimates of kilns.