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Bridging the gap to a digital future

22 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemtech hosted a live webinar this week to explore how cement producers could best approach the digital transformation of cement plants. The ideal speaker to explain some of the challenges that they would need to overcome was Titan's Group Engineering & Technology Executive Director, Fokion Tasoulas. Over the past three years, Titan has been setting up a digital platform for its entire group, including its network of 14 cement plants, spanning 10 countries and five continents. The company's...

Digital bricks and mortar

28 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Digital transformation has been a key area of value creation for Mexican building materials major Cemex. Its trailblazing digital solutions include a customer-centric suite of services, the transformation of its truck fleet management and investing in innovative start-ups to foster the construction revolution. By German Carmona, NEORIS, Mexico. Cemex has positioned itself at the forefront of the digital transformation in the building materials sector To obtain and secure a compe...

Driving digital transformation

06 February 2020, Published under Cement News

As LafargeHolcim embraces the construction industry’s digital revolution, the company’s first chief digital officer, Philipp Leutiger, aims to build best-in-class digital capabilities for the group’s country organisations. Here he explains the potential of Industry 4.0 for cement production, the roll-out of the company’s ambitious Plants of Tomorrow initiative and its ‘open innovation’ approach to find new ways of working. Digitalisation – opening new avenues for growth and innovation...

Τitan launches its Group Digital Centre of Competence

30 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Titan Cement Group has launched its Group Digital Center of Competence, to improve its operational efficiency and competitiveness, and to develop new ways of connecting with its customers. The Group Digital Center of Competence is part of the group's Digital Initiative, launched in May 2017. During the last three years, Titan has introduced multiple digital and advanced analytics pilots and solutions focussing on real-time production optimisation, asset failure prediction with machine lear...

Connected manufacturing

20 January 2020, Published under Cement News

The abundant and growing quantity of operational data and events collected in real time opens the door for improvements across the cement manufacturing process instead of only in specific areas. Operational data from existing devices and sensors that support automation and control systems can help increase asset availability, reduce energy costs and improve process efficiency. However, this is just the start of the potential offered to the industry by new technologies based on operational da...

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...