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ABB launches probe to tackle AFR explosions

06 June 2022, Published under Cement News

ABB has developed ProKiln, a gas sampling system designed to reduce the risk of explosions due to the increased use of alternative fuels and raw materials (AFR). According to the European Cement Association, up to 95 per cent of traditional fuels used in cement production can be replaced with AFR to help reduce emissions. However, the volatility created by the higher use of AFR can bring with it an increased risk of explosions resulting in kiln stoppages and unnecessary costs.   ABB’s ...

Radiometry: advancing cement process control

15 November 2021, Published under Cement News

In the challenging conditions of a cement plant, traditional process control methods are not always suitable. Radiometric process control provides a non-contact and non-intrusive technique to carry out continuous level measurement, detect cyclone blockages in the preheater, measure bulk flow on the conveyor and moisture measurement. By Berthold Technologies, Germany. Figure 1: level measurement at a clinker cooler in a cement plant (blue point shows measurement location) Radiome...

The future of process control

12 October 2021, Published under Cement News

The global task to ensure sustainable clinker and cement production has increased the complexity of plant operations. New process control technologies, including online reactivity measurements, contribute to the production of robust clinker and cement with minimum GHG emissions. Neural networks and AI are the first choice when managing large arrays of process and quality data. A new approach is essential to overcome time gaps from process control to systematically delayed compressive strengt...

ABB upgrades Eastern Province Cement Co's process control system, Saudi Arabia

28 March 2014, Published under Cement News

ABB has recently completed an extensive upgrade of the Extended Automation System 800xA to the latest standards at Eastern Province Cement Co’s (EPCC) three production lines at its Al Khursaniya works in Saudi Arabia. With outdated hardware and software potentially impacting the plant’s reliability and to avoid unexpected shutdowns and improve functionality of the cement production lines, EPCC decided to optimise its process control system. The scope of supply included the evolution of Ext...

FLSmidth wins Hope Construction process optimisation contract, UK

18 February 2014, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth has been awarded a contract for process optimisation of Hope Construction Materials’ cement plant in Derbyshire, UK, using FLSmidth’s ECS/ProcessExpert® system. The system stabilises the plant, optimises the production, manages and corrects process disruptions and minimises wear on plant equipment – all to ensure optimum plant performance. By improving equipment availability and utilisation, the system helps reduce operational and maintenance costs. The order includes optimisation...

Citeureup prepares to sample

29 April 2013, Published under Cement News

PT Indocement’s Citeureup plant has come a long way since its first automated laboratory system was installed in 1996. Today, the Indonesian works benefits from the latest revamp in its laboratory section as FLSmidth carried out an extensive upgrade, which included its Centaurus combined mill and press. By Steen Tokkesdal Pedersen, FLSmidth, Denmark & Dr Vera Indrawati J, PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa Tbk, Indonesia. Close-up from inside the P6, P7, P8 robot cell. The tall unit behin...

Minister visits Lafarge's Cookstown Works to see investment projects

13 December 2012, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement welcomed the UK's Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster to its Cookstown works, Northern Ireland, on 7 December to see a range of significant investment projects worth in excess of GBP5m (EUR6.2m). During her visit to the Works, the Minister was able to see at first hand the new projects which will deliver improved performance at the site in a number of operational areas.   During her tour of the site the Minister met employees who were able to present the projects.  One of the pr...

Chekka's new process core

21 November 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim upgrades the Simatic DCS in its Chekka plant, Lebanon, in record time with the help of Siemens Solutions Partner Esprocessing. The upgrade delivered a new control system to the Lebanese plant in a two-phase project that saw site work completed in less than three days. Holcim's Chekka cement works supplies cement to local Lebanese markets as well as further afield in the Middle East In practice, the cement production process consists of many simultaneous and continuous ope...

ABB wins order for new Turkish cement plant

16 October 2012, Published under Cement News

ABB has received an order to provide electrification, automation and drive solutions for Medcem’s greenfield cement plant project in Turkey. The contract was awarded in July 2012. The new plant will be located in Mersin, on the Mediterranean coast. With an estimated 10,000tpd of clinker, it will have the largest production capacity in Turkey. Production start-up is planned for March 2014. ABB’s scope of supply for the greenfield project includes its state-of-the-art control System 800x...