Revolutionizing Refractory Maintenance

From Robotic Removal To Fast, Ergonomic Installation, Here’s How Facilities Are Increasing Refractory Maintenance Efficiency.  By Lars Lindgren and Heather Harding Refractory maintenance, though vital, can often be a logistical and financial burden. This is especially true for cement and other large facilities that rely on kilns, coolers, preheater towers and risers for day-to-day operation. These facilities stand to lose…

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Sticky, Inconsistent, Potentially Hazardous: Handling and Storing Alternative Fuels

Use Of Alternative Fuels Is Spreading Around The World As Part Of Global Efforts To Reduce The Carbon Intensity Of Cement Production. But Alternative Fuels Are Not A Homogenous, Easily Handled Product. Cement Products Talked To A Number Of Experts About The Practical Issues Involved In Moving And Storing These Fuels. by Jonathan Rowland Alternative fuels (AF) are a hot…

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Green Turn

National Cement Dedicates First U.S. Plant Engineered To Run On 100% Alternative Fuels. By Don Marsh National Cement Company of Alabama Inc. has completed a generation-level plant upgrade at its Ragland location, the $300 million investment certain to drive respective capacity and carbon dioxide emissions/ton metrics on sharply higher and lower trajectories versus prior plant performance.  Ragland Kiln 2 has…

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Punching Their Ticket

Pan Pacific Cement Expedites The Ticketing Process For A High Volume Of Truck Traffic At A Facility With An Estimated Capacity Of 1.2 Million Tpy. Edited by Mark S. Kuhar Pan Pacific Cement is a leading cement distributor in California. The company was founded in 2007 and distributes cement throughout California and Nevada.  Its state-of-the-art cement terminal is in Sacramento,…

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Report from Brazil

The Cement Industry In Brazil Expects Flat Growth In 2022, Higher Inflation. By Mauro Nogarin According to the new statistical bulletin published by the Central Bank of Brazil, the economy in 2022 will be marked by difficulties due to lower incomes, and the market expects a growth of close to 0.5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). On the other…

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Let’s Talk

The World Cement Association’s PEGASUS Benchmarking Program Aims To Bring A New Culture Of Collaboration And Communication To The Cement Industry. CEO Ian Riley, Explains How. By Jonathan Rowland Traditionally, the cement industry has been relatively reticent about sharing of best practices. There are ad hoc exchanges at trade conferences and within the pages of trade magazines. But more often…

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In With The New

Plant With New Technology Boasts Energy, Environmental Efficiency. By Mauro Nogarin The cement company Cielo Azul began production at its new cement plant in Treinta y Tres, Uruguay, a project that employed more than 1,000 people. The investment made to date exceeds $140 million, 35% for equipment and 65% for services and labor. According to projections made by Cielo Azul,…

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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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The Cement Industry in Argentina Is Reactivated

By Mauro Nogarin According to the new financial report published by the Central Bank, the Argentine economy this year will register an increase of 4% if the country closes the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to refinance its $45 billion dollar debt. Regarding inflation, one of the main macroeconomic problems that is more difficult to solve, for this…

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