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AI boost to core assets

04 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Artificial intelligence (AI) can boost the performance of cement companies’ heavy assets, such as cement mills and kilns, and increase the profit per hour. McKinsey highlights how these improvements can be made. By Robert Feldmann, Patrick Schulze and Thomas Czigler, McKinsey, Germany, and Eleftherios Charalambous, McKinsey, Greece. Figure 1: many heavy manufacturing sectors, including cement, are late adopters of artificial intelligence and are only starting to catch up In v...

The intelligent enterprise

28 January 2019, Published under Cement News

In a commoditised business such as cement, companies are using lean, intelligent processes to enable efficient production and timely delivery. Optimising processes and operations presents an opportunity for producers to gain an edge. The intelligent enterprise provides a rapid and cost-effective route to optimisation. By Folkert Haag, SAP, Germany. In a commoditised business, the most cost-effective route to optimisation is to become a data-driven intelligent enterprise, with effic...

HeidelbergCement updates on portfolio optimisation

15 January 2019, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has reported that it closed the divestment of its 50 per cent share in Ciment Québec and its minority participation in Syria in December 2018. In addition, a former cement plant area in the Cairo metropolitan area, Egypt, has been auctioned and the divestment of its Ukrainian business has been signed. The closure of both the latter transactions is expected to occur in 2019. These divestments have a total value exceeding EUR150m and is expected to have a slightly positive e...

Electrical opportunities

22 October 2018, Published under Cement News

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark examines the importance of a stable and reliable electricity supply. As one of the leading expenses of cement plant operation, it is essential to understand how electricity use can be optimised. The public utility electricity grid provides optimisation opportunities for cement producers No cement factory can operate efficiently without a stable and reliable electricity supply. The massive heat capacity in a cement kiln means that...

Benchmarking ready-mix logistics performance

18 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Algorithms and computer hardware have revolutionised the performance of logistics planning tools in many regions around the world. However, market conditions and business modalities may vary from region to region, so the outcome of any optimisation effort may vary too. To better understand what factors contribute to a good transport optimisation result, Inform analyses the performance of an intelligent software planning tool in two European countries. By Thomas Bergmans and Dirk Schlemper, I...

It's all about the costs

26 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Dr Clark considers the value of measuring and comparing the costs of making cement as the first step to optimising, ie minimising, those outlays as he discusses cost benchmarking and optimisation. Raw materials can be cheaper to extract with bulldozers The Technical Forum has covered many technical topics related to the production of cement over the years. However, we must always keep in mind that cement-making companies and factories must also be money-making operations to s...

VRM optimisation

29 July 2015, Published under Cement News

Most new cement plants utilise vertical roller mills (VRM) for raw material grinding and preparation. Taking a step-by-step look at the entire roller milling process, Kline Consulting recommends routine measurements and discusses ways to overcome chemical issues to optimise operations. A closer look at VRM efficiency and optimisation The vertical raw mill has several advantages over previously-used mill systems including: • lower power consumption • less part wear/consumption • ...