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Fives quantifies benefits of its grinding technology

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Fives’ Engineered Sustainability initiative has helped to quantify the benefits of the FCB Horomill in terms of energy efficiency, flexibility and performance.

According to the company, cement produced with FCB Horomill uses up to 20% less power compared to a vertical mill and up to 50% less power when compared to a ball mill. The technology is also dry, compared to other technology that required between 150 and 30 l of water per tonne of cement produced.

As a result, there is no need for additional heat consumption for drying, while the materials quality is improved.

In terms of quality, the cement produced with an FCB Horomill is “at least equivalent to cement produces with other grinding technologies,” the company said. It also allows cement makers to increase the amount of additives in cement, reducing the environmental impact and costs associated with clinker production.

The FCB Horomill also offers high operational flexibility, allowing for grinding of a wide range of materials. In tests carried out at a German cement plant, eight different products were processed on the same day with transition times between products of under 10 min.

Finally, FCB Horomill technology offers easier and more efficient maintenance, reducing overall maintenance costs by 35% and improving maintenance times. This “can allow an increase in cement production by up to 3%,” the company said.

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