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Les Ciment du Sahel opts for Siemens technologies

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Les Ciment du Sahel is investing in what will be the largest cement plant in Benin, with a capacity of 3600 tpd. The project is being managed by Sinoma/CBMI and includes technologies, components and systems from Siemens.

Process control system

Siemens received the order to supply the Simatic PCS 7-based process control system, Cemat. The system can be seamlessly integrated and caters specifically to the cement industry. The scope of delivery also included Simatic S7-400 controllers, automation cabinets, the Simatic ET 200 automation system, the Sicement IT MIS data management system and the relevant Cemat software technology. Siemens also provides its Remote Service, supporting both operation and maintenance of the plant, and offers PCS 7 and Cemat training courses in French.

Fast startup

Given the highly competitive nature of the rapidly growing cement industry in Africa, speed is of the essence. Siemens was able to supply all the hardware and software components as well as the required personnel within the specified deadline. Just seven months after starting work on the project, the crushers, cement mills and packaging system went into operation in autumn 2013. The kiln was commissioned the following summer. A second production line is already in the planning phase.

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