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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...

Targeting digital innovation

12 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...

LafargeHolcim launches the 'Plants of Tomorrow'

10 July 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has launched its 'Plants of Tomorrow' project for its application of Industry 4.0 to its cement business over the next four years. The multinational aims to eventually apply the technology to its network of more than 270 integrated cement plants and grinding stations across 50 countries. LafargeHolcim predicts that its 'Plants of Tomorrow' certified operation will show 15-20 per cent operational efficiency gains compared to the conventional plant. The company will use automati...

Algorithmic demand forecasting

09 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The use of advanced analytics is now common practice in many industries. It is not only the tech giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook that apply algorithms to make smarter, faster and unbiased decisions. Players in industries such as natural resources, materials processing and building materials have also started to apply advanced analytics to improve their business performance. A recent publication by the Boston Consulting Group 1 (BCG) makes the case that cement producers need to em...

Digital twins

24 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Established for some time in industries such as automotive, logistics and even healthcare, digital twins are becoming more widespread. For the cement industry digital twins can also provide benefits as they enable accurate and faster prediction of changes in specific process conditions. By Matthias Mersmann, aixergee GmbH, Germany. Figure 1: digital twin of a turbine in a power plant Digital twins have become well known in many applications over recent years. The elegance of thi...

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...

Cement logistics: the end of the beginning

18 July 2018, Published under Cement News

In 1988 Commodore still sold over one million units of its C64, nicknamed “The Model T of personal computers”, and commercial logistics software was in its infancy. We have come a long way and our industry is now starting to use artificial intelligence (AI) in its supply chains. INFORM takes you on a journey to the past, present and future of cement logistics. By Dirk Schlemper and Thomas Bergmans, INFORM GmbH, Germany. Figure 1: logistics planning tools in 1988 In 1988 the firs...

30 years of ICR

02 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Welcome to this special 30th Anniversary issue of International Cement Review, in which we explore the development of the cement industry over the past three decades alongside the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Thomas Armstrong, Managing Editor, International Cement Review Over the course of the last three decades, ICR’s objective has been to report on and debate the industry’s technical and market developments, and to provide essential information, knowledge an...