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September 2012

The September issue focuses on ‘Enhancing Performance’. It takes a look at topics such as fan efficiency, benchmarking, training, maintenance and spare parts. This month’s regional report gears up for the FICEM-APCAC Conference in Costa Rica, with articles covering the Latin American market and case studies of projects carried out throughout the region, including Honduras, Colombia and Ecuador. In addition, Paul Maxwell-Cook asks how German equipment suppliers are coping with the economic downturn in Europe. In addition to the September issue, this month sees the publication of the annual Bulk Materials Handling Review. This contains a range of articles on the following topics: Bagging and Packing; From Ship to Shore; Crushing in Quarries; Storage Solutions; Silo Cleanout; and Moving Materials.

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15 Facts On... Latin America

Efficiency and Sustainability in Latin America
Case studies from Lafarge Ecuador and Lafarge Cementos in Honduras.

Hugo Armando Grisales, Cemex and Fabio Chignoli, Redecam Group outline two emissions reduction projects for Cemex in Costa Rica and Colombia.

VRMs in South America
M. Keyssner and B. Schroeder, Loesche GmbH, Germany, look at the success of the VRM in the South American market.

A preview of the XXIX Technical Congress in Costa Rica.

Made in Germany
Paul Maxwell-Cook asks German equipment suppliers how the long-standing ‘backbone to the cement industry’ is coping with Europe’s current financial climate.

Getting the Numbers Right
Philippe Fonta, WBCSD CSI, outlines the CSI’s GNR database programme and the benefits it provides to the international cement industry.

A Holistic Approach for the Cement Industry
Manish Maheshwari, Doug Clark and Dr Hans-Helmuth Jung, ABB, India, explain how taking a holistic view of plant performance can result in specific savings.

Advancing the Cement and Concrete Business by Degrees
Dr. Heather J. Brown, Middle Tennessee State University, USA, introduces the Concrete Industry Management programme.

Investing in People
Allison Riser, Cement Performance International, UK, provides a perspective on training control room operators.

ICE-Cool O&M
Egon Toft, FLSmidth O&M, Denmark, shares the company’s approach to the stimulation of knowledge sharing in the cement industry via the web and through interaction.

Maintenance With a Twist
S. Suzuki, Daishin Kako Company Ltd, Japan, presents a modern concept in kiln tyre lubrication involving the evaluation of uniformity of kiln shell twist.

Planning for Best Performance
Ian Ritchie, Brammer UK, outlines the role of maintenance and asset management in optimising plant performance.

When Do Synthetic Lubricants Make Sense?
John Sander, Lubrication Engineers, Inc., illustrates the different types of synthetic lubricants and the applications they are suited to.

Three Become One
Mathis Menzel, Menzel Elektromotoren, Germany, tells how intelligent design of spare motors can optimise plant availability.

Mastering Fan System Efficiency
Rosy Wang, Schneider Electric, explains how to boost the overall efficiency of the process fan system.

Strategies to Maximise the Value of Online Particle Sizing
Rob Norris, Malvern Instruments, UK, discusses the benefits of making an investment that meets a plant’s specific analytical requirements.

CFD Solutions for the Cement Industry
KK Rathore, Sanjeev Srivastava and L. Rajasekar, Ultratech Cement Ltd, India, outline why engineering simulation in the cement industry is needed now more than ever.

Bulk Materials Handling Review
The Bulk Materials Handling Review supplement accompanies the September issue.

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