Talking Carbon 

I’ll state the obvious: carbon is a hot topic right now. Portland Cement Association (PCA) Chairman Ron Henley (GCC America) told a New York Climate Week gathering that U.S. producers have exceeded expectations outlined nearly one year ago with release of the PCA Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality. That is good news. What is happening in the North American market is…

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Robust Anchor Design

Refractory Engineers’ And Managers’ Best Tips On Metallic Anchors. Edited by Mark S. Kuhar It is estimated that up to 40% of refractory lining failures can be attributed to a problem with the design of the anchor system or its improper installation. This is a significant number.  When designing a refractory lining for an industrial application, anchor design becomes one…

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What to Expect Up the Road

Shipments of portland and blended cement increased by 4% in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with that in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Annual consumption increased by 4% in 2021, compared with that of 2020. They obtained this information via its monthly survey of U.S. cement producers. But Portland Cement Association (PCA) Chief…

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Guess What’s Coming Up The Road?

It’s a new year, and that means everyone has an analysis of the cement market. I attended the Intercem conference in Miami last October, and Colin Sutherland of SG Analytics assessed the market in coming years, stating that “After a long period of steady consumption growth, including 2018, our baseline forecast shows overall U.S. cement demand remaining more or less…

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An Interview with James Toscas

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New President and CEO of the Portland Cement Association Speaks Out On the Cement Industry, Its Regulatory Burden and Building Codes, Among Other Topics. By Mark S. Kuhar Congratulations on being named president and CEO of the Portland Cement Association. Can you tell our readers a little bit about your background? It’s a real honor to lead a prestigious organization…

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Creative Conveying

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A Pipe Conveyor Replaces a Drag Chain Conveyor and Throws Schwenk Zement a Curve. By Mark S. Kuhar Schwenk Zement KG replaced its old drag chain conveyor line with a modern pipe conveyor from Beumer Group. Requiring a solution that would transport alternative fuels such as crushed plastic material, textiles and paper from the warehouse to the feeding system of…

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Information on Demand

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Automatic Data Collection And Real-Time Reporting Benefit Cement Manufacturer. By Mark S. Kuhar Dry cement may look like a hodgepodge of soot and gravel when it pours out of the bag, but each package is the result of a carefully calculated process. With more than a dozen possible components – which can differ based on the aggregate “recipe” needed for various…

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