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November 2021

The November issue of World Cement begins with a review of the state of the cement industry in the MENA region provided by Ahmad Al-Rousan, Secretary General of the Arab Union for Cement and Building Materials (AUCBM). The issue then moves on to cover a port expansion project from Cementos Argos and the cover story from FLSmidth explains how the use of SCMs and alternative fuels has made precise quality control and analysis essential. The rest of the issue is packed with technical articles on: Loading, Unloading & Dispatch, Chains, Conveyors & Bucket Elevators, Gears, Bearings & Motors, Digitalisation & Industry 4.0, Sampling & Measurement Systems, and Fans & Blowers.

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REGIONAL REPORT: MENA
Musings On MENA

Ahmad Al-Rousan, Secretary General of the Arab Union for Cement and Building Materials (AUCBM), provides an overview of the challenges facing the cement industry in the MENA region.

PROJECT FOCUS
A Dream Come True In Colombia

Jorge Sarmiento, Cementos Argos, provides details on a port expansion project in Cartagena, Colombia.

COVER STORY
Quality Control: At The Foundation Of Sustainability

Sudeep Sar, FLSmidth, explains how the use of supplementary cementitious materials and alternative fuels has made modern quality control and automated sampling & analysis systems a prerequisite for ensuring both process consistency and a lower environmental footprint.

LOADING, UNLOADING & DISPATCH
Automation Innovation

Josep Barrera, Vidmar, discusses how an automatic dispatch system contributes to optimisation and improved customer service in cement plants.

Bring On The Boom
Jonas Fack, Bruks Siwertell AB, discusses the influx of orders for cement handling systems, backing-up industry predictions for a substantial rise in global infrastructure demand.

The Choice Is Yours
FLOWROX outlines the choices of valves that can be utilised in dense phase systems within the cement plant, in order to achieve lower operating costs and less maintenance.

CHAINS, CONVEYORS & BUCKET ELEVATORS
A Chain Reaction

KettenWulf describes the development of efficient, sustainable and resource-saving central bucket elevator chains for the cement industry.

Weighing Up Your Options
Dr. Dominik Aufderheide and Dr. Luigi Di Matteo, DI MATTEO Group, provide an overview of state-of-the-art conveying concepts for the continuous feeding of bulk materials.

GEARS, BEARINGS & MOTORS
Time To Torque About Optimisation

Thomas Volbers and Marvin Czok, Eickhoff Antriebstechnik GmbH, consider how the concept of torque monitoring could allow cement producers to optimise their roller press systems.

Forget Failure
Bearing failures can be costly, disruptive and in some cases, dangerous. Chris Ager, Bowman International, considers three of the main reasons for bearing failure in high-load environments and explains how these issues can be prevented.

DIGITALISATION & INDUSTRY 4.0
Advancing Cement With AI

Othon Manis and Panagiotis Margaris, TITAN Group, explain how cement plants could improve their operational efficiency, product quality, and environmental performance by leveraging AI solutions.

Tried & Tested
Forney explains how integrating CMT software into the testing process could help cement producers to solve productivity, profit and accuracy problems.

SAMPLING & MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS
Wiser With Analysers

Dr.-Ing. Roger Meier, FCT-ACTech, explains why online analysers should form part of every cement plant’s CO2 emissions reduction strategy.

Getting The Measure Of Things
Felix Bartknecht, Ferdinand Kaschewski, and Sriparthan Sriraman, SICK, consider the best solutions for monitoring the status and health of kiln inlet process gas analysis systems in order to achieve the highest plant availability and product quality.

FANS & BLOWERS
Taking Care Of Air

Mark Ranger, Atlas Copco, describes how low pressure air blowers could help cement producers reduce compressed air CAPEX, OPEX, and energy waste.


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