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Çimsa: building on success

08 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Çimsa is Turkey’s leading cement exporter and the second-largest producer of white cement in the world. Building on this success, Ülkü Özcan, CEO, explains how the company is strengthening its export network and white cement capacity, and has set its sights on innovation and digitalisation. By building on its capacity to export to global destinations and increasing white cement capacity, Çimsa aims to enhance efficiency and maintain healthy growth. Innovation and digitalisation are...

Insight, foresight and the overview to do well

02 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Digitalisation, IoT and Industry 4.0 are contemporary buzz words that flash at us everywhere we turn with a fuzzy promise of a brilliantly improved future performance. In this article we tell the story of a very tangible way in which operational data can be harnessed to improve the efficiency of cement plant operation. By CemWise, Denmark. Figure 1: example of parameters in a traditional sheet for reporting. View high-quality image here . Vast amounts of operational data are ge...

SCG looks to increase use of blockchain solution

21 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Siam Cement Group (SCG) is looking to roll out its Procure to Pay blockchain solution for payment and procurement methods to 2400 suppliers by 2020, according to the Bangkok Post. Thammasak Sethaudom, vice-president for finance and investment, has said that the company must transform its operations to chase the fast-moving blockchain trend. "Our platform has helped suppliers reduce their processing times by 50 per cent from 70min to 35min per purchase order," said Mr Sethaudom. SCG invest...

Targeting digital innovation

16 July 2019, Published under Cement News

This week, LafargeHolcim announced that it is launching its 'Plants of Tomorrow' project. The implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology is already having a big impact on the thinking of what can be achieved in the way of cost reductions and efficiency gains for the cement sector. Manufacturing companies have been quick to embrace cloud technology, although controlling the budget spend is often a challenge. Findings of a Nutanix Enterprise Cloud report recently s...

Siam City Cement’s smart move

18 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Siam City Cement Public Co Ltd (SCCC) has deployed extensive network infrastructure and wireless connectivity at its cement works in Saraburi province, Thailand, to create the country’s first smart plant. By Siam City Cement, Thailand The remote operations centre serves as a central hub for information gathering and communication Thai producer Siam City Cement Public Co Ltd’s (SCCC) ‘Digital Connected Plant’ plan involves applying digital technology to its cement plants to bring...

The digital quarry

10 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Quarries often give the impression that they have been forgotten in capital investment projects, having bypassed technological changes for several years. However, the quarry is where production starts and here, modern technology can provide savings downstream, in the kiln line. By Dr Pawel Kawalec, Kawalec Consulting GmbH, Switzerland. No longer an innovation, the use of drones is becoming more commonplace Rising environmental awareness as well as stricter local development rule...

Cementos Argos

24 April 2019, Published under Cement News

On the back of positive net profits in 2018, Grupo Argos has announced plans to invest COP2.6trn (US$816m) in its energy, construction and cement subsidiaries in 2019. Improving its environmental performance is one area of importance to the company, which has recently opted to switch its trucks in Medellín, Colombia, to electric-powered vehicles instead. The new trucks will be powered by 600V batteries and capable of carrying 4t of cement each. Argos aims to roll out this initiative across o...

Industry 4.0: press ‘Start’

27 July 2018, Published under Cement News

The application of Industry 4.0 concepts and its suite of buzzwords such as ‘IoT’, ‘Digital Transformation’ and ‘Big Data’ presents challenges to a range of industries, including cement. What can cement producers expect and where do they start their journey into Industry 4.0? By Tom Dannemiller and Abhinandan Sheshadri, Sabia Inc, USA. Modern analytical and display tools enable users to quickly create and change reports As leading-edge companies in many industries expect to inve...

Embracing a new world

25 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Jan Kjærsgaard, recently appointed as FLSmidth’s Cement President, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities facing the cement production industry. He discusses how FLSmidth is taking bold steps to help the industry address some of the most pressing issues, highlighting the need for greater simplicity, more focus on the full lifecycle, and embracing the inevitability of digital. Jan Kjærsgaard, FLSmidth’s recently-appointed Cement President, shares his views ICR: Wha...