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12 CEMENT AMERICAS • Spring 2017 • www.cementamericas.com FEATURE Innovation in Action 20 Ideas to Improve Plant Productivity and Profitability By Mark S. Kuhar A cement plant is a work in progress. Companies are always looking for big ideas and small tweaks to keep the operation running smoothly. At the end of the day, as always, it is an exercise in increasing productivity and improving profitability. Here are 20 ideas to consider. 1. Plant Actualization Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions is one of the few full- range suppliers for the cement industry – from individual machines, all the way up to complete plants. The company also has solutions for the modernization of existing sys- tems. They have unique expertise in the field of process engineering. In accordance with customer-specific require- ments, they can develop innovative machinery, technolo- gies and processes to create intelligent production lines. From the planning process, to construction, to the com- missioning of plants, the company's clients have a single contact person. This accelerates procedures, prevents conflicts of interests, and ensures fast and trouble-free commissioning. The trend in the global cement industry is moving toward the awarding of turnkey orders: from individual grinding plants to entire production lines. Thanks to the applica- tion of ultra-modern production processes, Thyssenkrupp plants protect resources and the environment, and guar- antee plant owners maximum productivity and economy of operation. www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com 2. Radio Technology Voith Digital Solutions, a subsidiary of Voith that deliv- ers products and services in IT, automation, software and sensor technology, announced a long-term agreement to partner with Persistent Systems LLC to offer its radio tech- nology to all of Voith's industrial environments, including cement plants. Persistent's Wave Relay is the preferred solution for Voith's Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) needs, connecting the Internet of Things (IoT) with reliable communications in very complex environments. This system significantly in- creases the digital capabilities of the solutions offered by Voith by creating better communication ranges at industri- al facilities and greatly improving Voith's IoT/Industry 4.0 mobile radio networking solutions. Industrial facilities present unique challenges to wireless communication systems, making it difficult to deliver ad- vanced IoT Solutions, big data analytics, remote video di- agnostics and other cost saving services. This radio system will establish a high-speed wireless network with no need for an existing fixed network infrastructure as it utilizes MIMO technology and advanced mobile routing to thrive in complex industrial environments, resulting in a robust system that can be rapidly deployed while delivering high Ethernet data rates. This integration of advanced wireless technology into Voith's digital solutions enables Voith's cut- ting edge technology to be rapidly deployed and to prolifer- ate, paving the road to the next industrial revolution. www.voith.com 3. Non-Magnetic Belt Cleats A New England cement man- ufacturer employed powerful magnets to separate steel scrap from the stone and gravel used for the production of aggregate. The magnets pulled scrap metal from the stone and gravel, and held it against a moving aerial belt that carried the metal away from the mainline. Angle iron then scraped the metal into re- cycling bins.

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