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April 2023

Welcome to the April issue of World Cement! This issue begins with a Regional Report focused on North America: PCA’s Mike Ireland reviews the state of the US cement industry and Heidelberg Materials discuss their journey toward a net zero future. This issue also includes: a special cover story from FLSmidth, focusing on the role of ESG in cement projects; an exclusive IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Conference preview; and technical articles on Domes & Silos, Air Cannons & Silo Clean-Out, Dispatch & Logistics, Pyroprocessing, Alternative Fuels, Emissions Reduction & Environmental Protection, and more.

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Improving American Infrastructure
Mike Ireland, PCA, reports on the state of the US cement industry, where optimism remains, despite the promise of bolstered spending on infrastructure running into reality.

Pushing Boundaries On The Road To Net Zero
Greg Ronczka, Shane Mulligan, & Ignacio Cariaga, Heidelberg Materials, outline the steps being taken to push the cement industry towards a net zero future.


Calculating CO2 Why, Who, And How
Janine Rothbauer, FLSmidth, discusses the impact of ESG on cement projects, how environmental impact frameworks and reporting tools are used, and what data really matters when proving sustainability.


Supporting CO2 Reduction Strategies
Daniele Sciuto, Euromecc s.r.l., describes the design process of a new facility for receiving, storing, dosing, and conveying granular calcined clay to support production at one of the world’s oldest cement factories.

Cost Savings Without Sacrificing Quality
Rebecca Long Pyper, Dome Technology, sets out the ways in which dome storage is fast becoming the go-to solution for storing bulk product during cement production.


Putting A Stop To Storage Sorrow
Brad Pronschinske, Martin Engineering, gives advice on loosening silo and hopper clogs, providing the dos and don’ts when troubleshooting storage issues in cement plants.

The Secrets Of Steadfast Silo Performance
Jeff Shelton, Connor Shelton, and Joel Hawbaker, Dracyon Corp., detail the proper techniques, installation methods, and maintenance practices for air cannons and explain how they can solve operators’ silo buildup issues.


Getting To Grips With Digitising Logistics
Reiner Bachthaler, Axians Industrial Applications & Services GmbH, describes a pragmatic approach to making the digital transformation of logistics in the cement industry tangible.

Keeping Track Of What’s In The Back
Command Alkon explains how a new direct contact, in-drum monitoring technology will help shrink the cement industry’s environmental footprint by enabling accurate, in-transit monitoring of concrete properties.


Conquering Kiln Thrust Challenges
Austin Guenther, A-C Equipment Services, answers frequently asked questions concerning the correct procedures for controlling rotary kiln thrust.

Co-Combustion Considerations
Christian Helmreich and Klaus Eichas, ROCKTEQ GmbH, discuss the various adaptations cement plants must make to their pyroprocess in order to achieve the efficient combustion of alternative fuels.

Talking Temperatures
Derek Stuart, AMETEK Land, discusses solutions for monitoring kiln temperatures during cement manufacturing.

Masterful Castables
Pankaj Gupta, HASLE Refractories, reveals how an Indian cement plant achieved a 12-month lifetime for the lining of its burner pipe by using an abrasion- and heat-resistant castable.


Understanding Storage And Handling
Vladimir Dimitrov and Dr. Hansjoerg Diller, MVW Lechtenberg & Partner, set out the basic principles of storage and handling in the cement industry, from reception to conveying, and everything in between!

No Doubts About Drying
Yves Schade, Stela Laxhuber GmbH, describes the importance of the fuel pre-drying process for plants hoping to increase their AF substitution rate.

Future-Proofing Cement Production
Matt Drew, Saxlund, argues that the cement industry should regard the use of alternative fuels as an opportunity to ensure its future.

It’s Time To Refine: Improved Tools For Alternative Fuels
Andrés Lasso and Mauricio Suarez, SPR Group, introduce a new system for refining solid recovered fuels, aiming to boost substitution rates across the cement industry.


Bolstering Biodiversity
Alexandra Silva, CEMBUREAU, outlines the European cement industry’s vision for biodiversity in and around quarries over the coming decades.

Time To Act
Olivier Guise, Ecocem, explains how the decarbonisation of the cement industry cannot wait – progress has to be made now.

Staying Within The Standards
Dr. Ian Saratovsky and Gerald Hunt, Lhoist, provide an in-depth analysis of how the adoption of hydrated lime dry sorbent injection can help cement plants optimise their compliance with local standards on emissions and air pollutants.


Fit For The Future
Christian Rüttling and Timo Rothardt, SEW-EURODRIVE, provide some detail on their involvement in the recent retrofitting of a gantry crane drive at a German cement plant.

Questions On Condition Monitoring
André Schmid, Schaeffler, sat down with World Cement to discuss plant maintenance, and the benefits to be gained from using condition monitoring and smart lubrication solutions.


Steve Tyrell, 2023 Local Organizing Committee Chair, welcomes attendees from around the world to the 65th IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Conference.

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The IEEE-IAS/PCA Local Organizing Committee showcase the highlights of this year’s IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Conference programme

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