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PCA announces 2018 Chairman Manufacturing Performance award winners

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FLSmidth Inc., RHI Magnesita and BWF Envirotec have been recognised at the Portland Cement Association (PCA) 2018 Chairman's Manufacturing Performance Awards. PCA is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organisation for US cement manufacturers, representing 98% of US cement production capacity. The Chairman’s Manufacturing Performance Awards recognise PCA associate members accomplishments in cement manufacturing advancements of the previous year. PCA associate members include suppliers, engineers, and consultants, all of whom help cement companies to produce the highest quality of cement, while remaining energy efficient and environmentally sound.

“Cement in various forms may have been around for centuries, but we are always looking for better, safer, cleaner and more efficient ways to manufacture high quality products for our customers,” said Tom Beck, President of Continental Cement, PCA Vice-Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the PCA Manufacturing Technical Committee (MTC). “Cement producers often work with companies like those being honoured, who can bring the latest science and technology to improve how cement is made.”

The awards were presented at the PCA Summer Committee Meetings in Chicago, recognising three main areas of achievement: innovative products, unique processes, and best-in-class practices. During a joint meeting of the PCA Environment and Energy, and MTC committees earlier this year, entrants presented to a panel of PCA member judges.

FLSmidth Inc. were awarded first place for developing an innovative down draft top-stage cyclone design, which sends de-dusted gas and material out through the cyclone bottom. This lowers upstream airflow, reduces the pressure drop, and minimises the structural load. The design increases capacity, lowers upper stage pressure drops, heightens upper stage efficiencies, and improves specific fuel consumption.

RHI Magnesita came second for the innovative use of panels of high MgO refractory systems to control excessive coating formations in basic and non-basic refractory systems. This idea reduces off-peak production and kiln downtime, which would normally be required to eliminate these coating forms.

BWF Envirotec was third placed for developing the Pulse Flow Analyser to measure and analyse baghouse cleaning pulses to the thousandth of a second, in order to deliver hard data, drive results, and achieve best in class emissions control.

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