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August 2013

The August issue places particular focus on pyroprocessing, with articles on refractory maintenance, lime kilns, temperature monitoring and much more. This month’s Regional Report feature takes a look at Sub-Saharan Africa, including articles from PPC Ltd, Tanzania Portland Cement Company and Africa Finance Corporation. Thomas B. Gibbons discusses Waste Heat Recovery in the Keynote article, providing an overview of WHR’s current status in the cement industry. In addition, World Cement Editor Katherine Guenioui writes about Italcementi’s Calusco Plant, following a recent site visit.


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Keynote: Waste Heat Recovery in the Cement Industry
Thomas B. Gibbons, Consultant in Materials Technology, USA, provides an insightful overview of the current status of WHR in the international cement industry.

Plant Tour: Italcementi’s Calusco Plant
Katherine Guenioui visited the Calusco plant in northern Italy in July 2013. The article presents key facts and figures from the plant, which is one of Italcementi’s most modern and most environmentally friendly.

Plant Story: Tanzania Portland Cement Company
Pascal Lesoinne, Managing Director, Tanzania Portland Cement Company, provides a profile of the plant and its plans for the future.

Sub-Saharan Strategy
PPC Ltd, South Africa, introduces its plans for expansion across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Africa’s Cement Industry: Financing for Economic Development
Dr Ini J. Urua, Senior Vice President, Heavy Industries, Africa Finance Corporation, describes the challenges and opportunities facing those entering the African cement market.

10 Years Experience with High Dust SCR in Cement Plants
Franz-Josef Zurhove, Elex CemCat, Switzerland, and Mark S. Terry, Polysius Corp., USA, discuss operating experiences with Selective Catalytic Reduction.

Mission: Tourah!
Thermax Limited, Enviro Division, India, presents a comprehensive overview of the air pollution control equipment upgrade at Tourah Cement in Egypt.

Keeping an Eye on Ketton’s Kiln
Thermoteknix Systems Ltd’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Salisbury, explains how the installation of its flagship kiln shell visualisation software has revolutionised the way in which the Ketton plant sees its Kiln 8.

Gathering Monitoring Momentum
Gildas Chauvel, HGH Systèmes Infrarouges, France, provides a summary of the systems and technologies available for non-contact temperature monitoring for pyro process.

The Keys to Improvement
Rene von der Heyde, RHI AG, Germany, introduces two case studies from Titan Cement, Egypt, with input from Hossam Taha and Wael Sadek, Production Managers at the Beni Suef and Alexandria plants, respectively.

Remedial Measures to Enhance Refractory Life at the Kiln Outlet
S. Roy, S. Srivastava and L. Rajasekar, UltraTech Cement Ltd, India, address the issue of refractory life at the kiln outlet, giving a recent case study.

Switching to Natural Gas
Syed Suhail Akhtar and Eric Ervin, Manufacturing Performance Center, Holcim (US) Inc., and Shan Raza and Tahir Abbas, Cinar Ltd, examine the impact on cement kilns and calciners of switching to natural gas.

Lime and Lean Gases
Luca Sarandrea, Cimprogetti, Italy, discusses high capacity lime kilns fired by lean gases, and the successful commissioning of three such kilns for JSW in India.

Vertical Lime Kiln Utilises New Suspended Work Platform
Heather Soraparu, Bricking Solutions, USA, and Trident Industrial Services describe a unique solution to refractory maintenance on a vertical kiln, borrowing an example from the sugar industry.

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