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April 2022

The April issue of World Cement sets its sights on the North American Cement Industry and begins with a review of the US Cement industry, courtesy of the Portland Cement Association. This issue also includes a Cover Story from FLSmidth, which takes a look at the Cement Plant of the Near Future. On top of that, the issue also includes technical content on the following topics: Materials Handling, Storage, & Level Measurement, Grinding & Milling, Refractories, Kiln Maintenance, Lime, Air Pollution Control, Sampling & Analysis, and more.

This issue also includes a special preview feature for the upcoming IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Conference in Las Vegas.


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REGIONAL REPORT: NORTH AMERICA

Starting A New Chapter
With the decline of the COVID-19 pandemic, the introduction of a new infrastructure bill, and a roadmap towards carbon neutrality in place, Michael Ireland, President and CEO of the Portland Cement Association (PCA), considers how 2022 could mark the start of a new chapter for the US cement industry.

Collaboration In California
CalPortland and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) discuss their collaboration to upgrade the wear protection of the high pressure grinding rolls at the Oro Grande cement plant, Southern California.

COVER STORY

The Green Cement Plant Of The Near Future
Robert Shenk, FLSmidth, provides an overview of what ‘green’ cement plants could look like in the near future.

MATERIALS HANDLING, STORAGE AND LEVEL MEASUREMENT

Improve And Remove
Adam Watson, Hycontrol, explains how human error can be reduced during silo filling operations by both improving the knowledge and behaviour of workers and introducing automated, failsafe system controls.

On A New Level
Armin Waibel, UWT, details the supply and installation of a free-radiating continuous level measurement solution for an Italian building materials supplier.

Reinventing Inventory Management
Jenny Nielson Christensen, BinMaster, outlines the role of level sensors and cloud-based software in helping cement plants to manage their silo inventory and streamline the supply chain.

Pump It Up
Todd Loudin, Neles, considers which pump styles are best suited for cement applications and offer a successful delivery of chemicals and pumping of abrasive slurries.

GRINDING & MILLING

Enhancing HPGR
Dr.-Ing Thomas Hanstein, Dr.-Ing Jörg Oligmüller and Mr. Kaushik Ghosh, Köppern, discuss the benefits of upgrading cement plant HPGRs, resulting in higher lifetime of machine components and reduced wear and maintenance.

Trust The Process
Vahid Peyravi, Shiraz Cement Company, details the process improvement of the clinker grinding department at the Fars Cement Facility, resulting in improved mill throughput and separator performance.

REFRACTORIES

Pick The Best Brick
Ajit Srivastava and Sumanta Mukhopadhyay, DALMIA OCL, consider the most important components of cement kiln refractory bricks to ensure flame and corrosion resistance.

Focus On Footprints
The Siam Refractory Industry., Ltd. explains why cement producers should be more aware of the carbon footprint of refractory products in order to work towards emissions reduction targets.

KILN MAINTENANCE

Controlling Kiln Conditions
Palle Huus, FLSmidth, and Mike Hastings, Brüel & Kjær Vibro, outline the most common cement kiln maintenance issues and explain how they can be mitigated through comprehensive online condition monitoring solutions.

LIME TECHNOLOGY

Time To Talk About Lime
This news round-up feature showcases some recent project updates from the lime sector. Contributions from: Dal Engineering Group, Maerz Ofenbau AG, and Sila Australia.

AIR POLLUTION CONTROL

Finding Out The Facts On Filtration
Filmedia discusses the development of baghouse dust removal technologies and analyses the main causes of filter bag failure.

EMC VS. ESP
Georg Lechner and Andreas Renetzeder, Scheuch Group, describe the process of converting electrostatic precipitators at Siam Cement Group’s Kaeng Khoi site to bag filters with emc technology.

SAMPLING & ANALYSIS

Chlorine Control
Christelle Petiot, Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, considers the benefits of EDXRF for the analysis of chlorine in cement production.

Keeping Track Of Temperature
Jason Webb, Electronic Temperature Instruments, outlines the importance of monitoring concrete temperature and considers the advantages of using the latest data logging technology to do so.

 

GENERAL INTEREST

Exploring Your Options
Dr. S. B. Hegde, Kanodia Group, reviews the cementitious materials that may in future emerge as viable alternatives to traditional OPC.

IEEE-IAS/PCA CEMENT INDUSTRY TECHNICAL CONFERENCE PREVIEW

Welcome!
Brett Lindsay, 2022 Local Organising Committee Chair, welcomes attendees to the 64th Annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference.

Viva Las Vegas
The IEEE-IAS Cement Industry Committee introduces the highlights of this year’s IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Conference programme.


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