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IEEE-IAS/PCA recognises CalPortland project

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The IEEE-IAS/PCA has announced top honours for technical papers submitted for review and presentation at the 61st annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Technical Conference. Top honours were awarded to the team of CalPortland engineers, Alan Simmons and Gurjeet Sarao, and FLSmidth engineer, David Campaign. The CalPortland/FLSmidth paper was chosen as the best of 23 papers that were presented at the conference.

Papers were graded by a panel of reviewers and were evaluated based on the quality of the written paper and the presentation. Recent improvements in technology have provided an opportunity to enhance the energy efficiency of a 13 year old vertical finish cement grinding mill at the Mojave plant. This technical paper/presentation describes the replacement of the separator (or classifier) with a new design, producing higher efficiency. Additional energy efficiency optimisation of the mill was achieved with the installation of an advanced process control system. The advanced process control system combined with the separator replacement will provide other long-term benefits in terms of improved product quality and reduced maintenance costs that will benefit the Mojave plant long into the future. The use of vertical roller mills for grinding cements has become the standard for energy efficient cement grinding.

Papers were required to be focused on topics related to the practical application of electrical technology, standards, equipment, safety, and systems of interest in the cement industry, within the scope of the Cement Industry Committee Working Groups.

“I am pleased to be honoured by my colleagues at IEEE-IAS/PCA with this surprise win,” said Alan Simmons, Chief Electrical Engineer at CalPortland. “Many thanks to my team members for helping to make this possible.”

“I am grateful for this award and for the opportunity to be part of such a great engineering team at CalPortland,” said Gurjeet Sarao, Plant Engineer at the Mojave cement plant. “The recognition by IEEE-IAS/PCA inspires confidence and encourages me to continue to work hard.”

“I am very proud of CalPortland’s involvement in the development and presentation of a technical paper that was chosen as the best paper at this year’s IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference,” said Stephen Coppinger, Vice President of Engineering Services at CalPortland. “This was an impressive feat considering the rigorous peer review process that the papers are subjected to and the high quality standards required for the conference.”

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