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October 2011

This month sees a varied set of articles, all fitting under our lead feature: Process Control and Automation. It showcases novel XRF/XRD analysis systems, power project case studies, as well as monitoring systems across the whole plant. There is also a training feature with articles from VDZ and the PCA, looking at how to best use and develop the human talent in this industry. Our Regional Report will transport you to India and Pakistan, and Paul Maxwell-Cook’s Industry Insight delves into the optimism in Oman.

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15 Facts On... India and Pakistan

Paul Maxwell Cook’s Industry Insight: Optimism in Oman
A look at the economic developments in Oman impacting the cement industry.

Neighbours in the East
David Hayes profiles India and Pakistan’s cement industries.

Paving the Way in Pakistan
Ruhail Thobhani, Lucky Cement Limited, Pakistan, reports on the company’s work in the region.

Upgrading Production Parameters
Zaka Ud Din, DG Khan Cement Company, Pakistan, reveals recent upgrades, installations, planned projects and their impact on reducing costs and GhG emissions.

Confirming Consistent Product Quality
Umesh Pratap, Shreesh Anant Khadilkar and Dr. Hemant Sahu, ACC Ltd, India, discuss the practical use of a benchtop XRF elemental analyser at a grinding station in Kudithini, Karnataka.

A Plant in Control
Alexandra Bequette, Buzzi Unicem USA, Peter Storer and Sanjiv Dhanjal, FCT-ACTech P/L, Australia, detail experiences with COSMA at the Buzzi Unicem Festus plant.

Cement Materials Analysis - An Accurate Total Solution
Mathieu Bouchard, John A. Anzelmo, Luc Bérubé and Alex Milliard, Corporation Scientifique Claisse, Canada, discuss a new development in XRF analysis of cement and raw materials.

Cement Testing Evaluated
Tim Gardiner, ELE International, UK, provides an introduction to construction materials testing equipment.

The Heart of the Plant
Frederic Maurin and Patrick Logerot, ICER (SNEF Group), France, discuss the best praxis for control system integration.

Avant-Garde Asset Management
John M. Gilmore, Invensys Operations Management, explains how enterprise asset management is the holistic approach to cement manufacturing.

Software as a Service
William J. Miller, MaCT, USA, demonstrates industrial systems’ capability to perform in dynamic process environments.

Coaching the Control Room
Philipp Fleiger and Dr. Stefan Schäfer, VDZ, and Jörg Bornemann, KHD Humboldt Wedag, Germany, teach the importance of simulator-based training.

Why We Don’t Train (and Why We Should)
Richard Bohan, Director, Manufacturing Technology at the Portland Cement Association, USA, dispels common myths about training and illustrates why it should be incorporated into any business strategy.

E-Learning for Efficient Technical Training
Ludger Thomas and Dr. Stefan Schäfer, VDZ – Research Institute of the Cement Industry, Germany, illustrate the possibilities of internet-based learning in cement plants.

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