ABB announced that it will deliver its Ability Expert Optimizer solution to a major cement producer in the Great Lakes region this year. With this new order, the producer seeks to duplicate the success of its parent company, which saw significant returns following the installation of ABB solutions.
With six plants strategically located to serve Canadian and United States customers, and a production capacity of more than 5 million metric tons (Mt), the company manufactures a variety of cement for different purposes, as well as other supplementary cementitious products, in bulk and as bagged product.
ABB Ability Expert Optimizer, part of the ABB Ability digital solutions portfolio, is a computer-based system for controlling, stabilizing and optimizing industrial processes. The solution uses linear and non-linear model predictive control, fuzzy logic and neural networks to find the best operating conditions to maximize output, and can immediately detect deviations among various processes in cement production. This will allow the cement producer to both increase production and reduce fuel consumption to meet energy usage goals.
“With our range of Expert Optimizer modules, ABB covers the most critical operations in a plant: kilns, mills, coolers and calciners. For this installation, we have to determine where the customer will see the best performance increase,” said Bulent Kolanci, business development manager for the cement industry, ABB, North America. “Once ABB Ability Expert Optimizer is installed and operating, the customer should see an immediate impact, and can expect a return on investment in the first year.”