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September 2014

This month we turn to Sub-Saharan Africa as our regional focus point, with articles from Dangote Cement and Lucky Cement, in addition to an overview of the cement markets in the area by Paul Maxwell-Cook. The issue also features case studies on silo cleanout, testing and analysis, filters, dedusting and gas analysis. The September issue is accompanied by our annual Bulk Materials Handling Review, a special supplement devoted to materials handling in and around cement plants, quarries, terminals and ports.

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Keynote: Keeping Humans in the Automation Loop
Rick Bohan, Portland Cement Association, USA, explains how making the most of human control operators can help to optimise modern plant automation systems.

Sub-Saharan Selection
Paul Maxwell-Cook explores some of the markets in Sub-Saharan Africa that are gaining significant cement industry attention.

A Growth Story
D.V.G. Edwin, Group Managing Director & CEO, Dangote Cement P.L.C., provides an insight into the Sub-Saharan cement industry and outlines the company’s expansion plans.

From Subcontinent to Sub-Saharan Africa
Faheem Ahmed, Lucky Cement Limited, Pakistan, outlines the cement industry in both regions and provides insight into the trade between the two.

Bearing Lubricants in Mind
Tim Cains, NSK UK Ltd, discusses the importance of bearing performance in improving the efficiency of plant equipment and reducing maintenance costs.

The Sum of its Parts
Anthony Johnson, CLARCOR Industrial Air, USA, describes dust collection principles and the importance of interlocking operating systems.

Pleated Potential
André Radley Grundahl, Managing Director, and Preben Jacobsen, Business Development Manager – Cement, Nordic Air Filtration, Denmark, explain how pleated bags increased cement mill production output and reduced emission levels at a Portuguese cement plant.

High Efficiency Filtration
Daniela De Angelis and Lorenzo Ivan Balzaretti, Testori S.p.A., Italy, outline the benefits of high performance filter media for reducing dust emissions during the cement production process.

Process Exhaust Gas Conditioning
Richard Davies, Redecam USA, LLC, discusses the benefits and methods of process exhaust gas conditioning.

Representative Hot Clinker Sampling
Lenka Schwarzerova and Ian T. Campbell, FLSmidth, and Jiri Lerch, plant Mokra, Ceskomoravsky cement, a.s., Czech Republic, discuss the effectiveness of hot clinker sampling.

Reviewing a Decade of Online Particle Sizing
Oliver Schmitt, Malvern Instruments, UK, and Thomas Schuster, Zementwerk Berlin, Germany, discuss the crucial role of online analysis in the manufacture of slag cement.

Laser Based Spectroscopy
Michael Gaft, Lev Nagli and Yoni Groisman, Laser Distance Spectrometry, Israel, Konstantin Kovler, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel, and Alexander Barishnikov, Icon Steel, Russia, outline the benefits of using a LIBS-Raman analyser for online process control during cement production.

Reducing the Risk of Explosion
Francesca Vincenzi and Dr-Ing. Johannes Lottermann, REMBE® GmbH Safety+Control, Germany, explain how to identify and mitigate explosion risks in cement plants.

News items from a few of the companies attending POWTECH 2014.

Maximising Material Movement
Dan Keeling, Primasonics® International Ltd, UK, outlines how audiosonic acoustic cleaners were used to prevent bridging and ratholing buildup at Vasavadatta Cement’s Sedam plant, India.

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