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Special reports

When in doubt, upgrade your spout

Austin Anderson, Vortex Global, discusses the multitude of devices and accessories developed to improve loading spouts within a cement plant, minimising dust pollution, and optimising loading procedures.

Keen on cleaning!

Jeff Shelton, Dracyon Corp, discusses why many cement plants are not getting the most out of their air cannon systems, and the steps that can be taken to ensure they perform as effective cleaning devices.

The role of refractories in a sustainable fuel strategy

Kayra Kurt and Divyendu Tripathy, Calderys, introduce a new refractory brick designed to offer a flexible and cost-effective solution to the pyroprocessing challenges posed by alternative fuels.


Designed for smart modification!

Andre Vos and Ingmar Holst, Claudius Peters, introduce a new development in clinker cooler technology that utilises standard parts to optimise production processes and minimise CO2 emissions.

Overcoming constraints on kiln construction

Lisa Hartig and Sebastian Maibaum, IKN GmbH, outline the steps taken during the commissioning phase of a new pyro line at a German cement plant.

Revisiting rapid recovery and repair

Florian Laux, REFKO Feuerfest GmbH, revisits the performance of a lining technology that has been used to repair cement kilns in a number of different plants.

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Winter has come

Imran Akram, IA Cement, considers the state of the global cement market and outlines the prospects for what may be a difficult year ahead.

Sizeable savings with new nozzles

Zachary Shadoan and Connor Shelton, IGS, discuss the importance of quality when it comes to air cannon nozzles.

Raising the bar in elevator bucket performance

Carl Swisher, 4B Components, introduces a new material used in the design of elevator buckets that offers a lightweight, durable, and non-stick alternative to carbon steel.

Pulling a production boost out of thin air

Carina Scheer & Nathan Schindler, Evonik, explain how oxygen enrichment can help enhance production capacity while also driving energy consumption down.

Keeping kilns turning with machine learning

Mary Beth Kramer, CemAI, explains how artificial intelligence and machine learning are now essential tools for cement producers to stay competitive in an industry embracing process optimisation and automation.

Taking waste heat further than ever

Jose Lopez, FLSmidth, relays how Cemento PANAM has achieved success and reduced its carbon footprint and fossil fuel bill by implementing a 350 m waste heat bypass system.

Want to compete? Recover your heat.

Marco Rovetta, CTP Team, offers an analysis of how much heat can be recovered from a cement line and the impact that waste heat recovery (WHR) can have on the sustainability of the cement industry.

Storming ahead

Neville Roberts, N+P Group, explains how energy costs, government policy, and supply chain stresses have combined to create the ‘perfect storm’ for alternative fuels, driving widespread adoption in the cement sector and elsewhere.