Martin Engineering Air Cannon Resolves Hopper Clogging

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Martin Engineering designed an innovative solution to address ratholing and clogging of limestone dust in the main hopper at CRH Roadstone’s Waterford facility in Ireland. Before implementing the changes, limestone dust extracted from the quarry was screened and loaded into the hopper, where gradual build-up left just a center hole for discharge, seriously affecting production. Regular clearing of the obstruction…

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Hansford Sensors Releases Vibration Monitoring White Paper

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Hansford Sensors, the leading manufacturer and global supplier of industrial accelerometers, released a free white paper that offers cement manufacturers valuable advice on using vibration monitoring to enhance the efficiency of production machinery. The paper begins by looking at the challenges posed by cement manufacturing and why these challenges demand predictive maintenance, especially vibration monitoring. It then goes on to…

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Holcim, Lafarge Merger a Success

Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA officially launched their new combined building materials company – LafargeHolcim – on July 15 after overcoming a series of regulatory hurdles and challenges since announcing the planned merger in April 2014. Combined, LafargeHolcim is an operator of 2,500-plus cement, concrete and aggregate plants in 90 countries.

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HeidelbergCement Releases Q2 2015 Results

The continued recovery of the markets in North America and the United Kingdom has had a favorable impact on HeidelbergCement’s sales volumes. The group’s cement and clinker sales volumes rose by 0.9 percent to 21.9 million tonnes (previous year: 21.7) in the second quarter. The strongest growth was achieved in the Africa-Mediterranean Basin Group area, followed by North America and…

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May Cement Shipments Drop

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in May 2015 were about 7.8 million metric tons (Mt), down by 4.5 percent from the level in May 2014, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through May totaled 31.9 Mt, up by 2.6 percent from the same period in…

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