Editorial

Our feature on page 20 outlines the battle taking place out West between Sierra Club California and California’s cement producers.
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Cement Newsline

Total shipments of portland and blended cement, including imports, in the United States and Puerto Rico in March 2019 were 7.3 million metric tons (Mt), a slight decrease from the roughly 7.4 Mt in March 2018, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year...
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Features

Ultracem of Colombia Anticipated a Need for Doubling Capacity and the Gamble Paid Off. By Mark S. Kuhar
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Cement Scope

Cemex USA’s Clinchfield, Ga., plant recently earned ISO 14001:2015 Certification for its environmental management system (EMS), making the plant the...
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Cement Products

When a global cement company was experiencing a high-pressure drop across the clinker cooler baghouse as well as ineffective cooling in the clinker cooler heat exchanger at one of its North American plants, it reached out to Scheuch for help. The customer was familiar with Scheuch EMC technology,...
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Process Control Software

ABB released cpmPlus Expert Optimizer 7.0, a new version of its software for deployment of advanced process control applications to increase energy efficiency and productivity in the cement and minerals industries. cpmPlus Expert Optimizer helps customers meet production, operational and quality objectives.

The software operates cement and minerals plants more stably and efficiently by coordinating actions on the process such as rotational speed, fuels or chemical additives. It maximizes overall plant efficiency by looking at the interactions between variables and makes decisions according to the plant goals. It collects real-time data, processes it with mathematical algorithms, and coordinates the plant actuators for optimal performance.

The newest version provides the following features: non-linear model predictive control leading to better performance and lower application complexity; new tools for engineering efficiency including the ability to create user-defined libraries; better access rights control up to single strategy components for better protection of intellectual property; and support of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit version.

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