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May 2009

On this month's cover: FLSmidth was the main equipment supplier for the Salt River Materials Group’s modernisation of its Phoenix Cement facility in Clarkdale, Arizona. This plant features energy-efficient roller mills for grinding coal, raw meal and cement. The cement grinding mill, the first cement VRM installed in the US, operates with 30% better power efficiency than existing ball mills. The pyroprocessing system includes the latest ROTAX-2 kiln design with friction drive, a highly-efficient SF Cross-Bar cooler, and the latest low NOx and low CO ILC preheater/calciner. In addition, the plant has a complete control system by FLSmidth Automation and a Ventomatic cement packing and palletising system. This facility has proven to be one of the most energy-efficient plants in the US, with skilled Phoenix Cement employees utilising equipment based on proven, superior technology and design provided by FLSmidth.

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No Place To Hide
Ed Sullivan, Chief Economist, Portland Cement Association, USA.

The Great Recession
Scott Hazelton, Senior Principal & Director, Construction Services, Business & Planning Strategy, IHS Global Insight, USA

Inspired Development
An update on the new line at the Essroc Italcementi Group plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA.

Building Strong Community Relations
Charlie Sunderland, Chairman, Ash Grove Cement, USA.

North American Round-Up
The latest regional news from FLSmidth, Polysius, Sthim America LLC, Nord-Sen Metal Industries Inc., and Scaletron.

Sustainable Games
Peter Ion, Contributing Author, Canada.

A Model Project
Nick Trout, Lafarge, Mike Porter, P.E., Porter McGuffie Inc., and Andy Winston and Herb Litke, P.E., GE Energy, USA.

A Team of Drives
Rolf Hoppler, Urs Maier, Daniel Ryf and Leopold Blahous, ABB Process Automation, Switzerland

Innovative Integration
Iltaf Khan, Systems Manager, Lehigh Cement, and Moin Shaikh, Siemens Process Automation Systems, USA.

Protecting Against the Elements
Nita Bailey, Conservatek, USA, and Ben Sims, Zachry Construction Corporation, USA

PMT Advances Airslides
Anthony J. Witheridge, VP of Operations, Technology Evaluations Inc., USA

Three at a Glance
Activity report from Christian Pfeiffer Maschinenfabrik GmbH (CPB), Germany

Stack Corrosion: A Serious Problem
Linas Mazeika, 3L&T, USA.

Harnessing Gravity
Don Unmacht, National Cement Co., and Mark Alspaugh, Overland Conveyor Co., Inc., USA.

Solving Critical Wear
Eutectic Corp, USA.

Changing Gears
Rick Lynch, Marketing Manager, and Nick Derus, Applications Engineer/Product Interchange Specialist, Rexnord Industries, LLC, USA.

Forged Kiln Chains
Marcia Dyrud, Buzzi Unicem USA, and Mario Andres Duque and Miguel Munoz, Forjas Bolivar S.A., Colombia

Imagine the Dream
Al Barrett, Al Barrett Consulting Ltd, Canada

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