Founded in 1916, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organisation serving America’s cement manufacturers. The association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment.
Every year, the PCA recognises industry leadership and innovation through its Sustainable Manufacturing Awards programme. This covers the following areas: Environment and Energy (E&E), Safety Innovation, and Safety Performance.
On 9 April, Buzzi Unicem USA was the recipient of the PCA’s 2019 awards in the E&E and Safety Innovation categories.
The company’s Greencastle Plant won the 2019 E&E Land Stewardship award for outstanding achievement in community relations. This was for its work with the not-for-profit organisation People Pathways for the construction of a 2.6 mile smooth packed stone section of the Putnam Nature Trail. Buzzi Unicem USA staff and People Pathways completed the installation over a former railroad bed (also known as a ‘rails to trails’ project) and improved the trail with native trees, prairie vegetation, interpretive signage, benches, birdhouses, and other features.
The Buzzi Unicem Festus Plant won the 2019 Safety Innovation award in Pyroprocessing for its Automated Clinker Cooler Sampler. The sampler system is designed as a simple single action tray sampler that is hydraulically operated to capture clinker discharged from the kiln. Once the device collects clinker, it deposits the sample into a chute by means of a pusher plate. There, it is conveyed to the clinker analyser. This automated system eliminates the need for manual collection from the clinker cooler itself.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/the-americas/23042019/pca-recognises-two-buzzi-unicem-usa-plants/