Cement Plant Manager achieves inner peace from cloud computing

By Published on June 20, 2022


Your workday starts, and you let out of sigh because it’s time for another routine inspection. Or worse yet, you have a furrowed brow, and you’re rubbing the bridge of your nose because there is a problem with the cement kiln.

In either case, you know production is going to suffer, and there will be costs to come with it. You have other problems you’d rather be tackling. There is a solution to your problem that can give you inner peace.

The solution didn’t happen overnight. It had to be developed by the right people with the right set of skills. That’s where the people at FLSmidth and we at B&K Vibro come into play. FLSmidth provided expertise in equipment design, operation, failure modes, maintenance, and cloud data sharing.

B&K Vibro provided technology and expertise in data acquisition and processing for optimizing measurement techniques for early and reliable fault detection. But why would you want to monitor the cement kiln?

As you already know, the cement kiln is the heart of the cement plant. But over time, the kiln can develop faults that would be costly to fix. Faults that can develop are shell ovality, kiln crank (rotational eccentricity due to shell bending), wobble (shell deformation), and axial displacement (axial kiln balance).

So if you’re shutting down your kiln, these are the types of faults that are developing into a serious problem or have led you to a bad day with unplanned downtime.

Keep your Kiln spinning with VCM-3

FLSmidth uses a B&K Vibro field monitor, called the VCM-3, for their advanced OEM healthcare package for cement kilns. The solution is available for new kilns and can also be retrofitted for existing kilns. You can even use the solution on kilns made by different manufacturers.

FLSmidth offers two monitoring packages, which you can read more about in our world cement article linked at the end of this article. The monitoring packages are a part of FLSmidth’s online condition monitoring service, where you are guaranteed to have 24/7 support.

Your kiln data will be stored in the cloud and monitored to alarm limits. Your kiln data can be analyzed by a plant operator or analyzed by FLSmidth’s monitoring team

You’ll receive quarterly asset health reports to advise and help you achieve highest equipment availability. It’s a great solution made possible by B&K Vibro’s VCM-3 edge device. But why the VCM-3?

The reason FLSmidth selected the VCM-3 was that it has a wide range of measurement techniques. You can also customize the measurement techniques to fit your application using the Python calculation engine. The VCM-3 takes the vibration data from the kiln and puts it in the FLSmidth cloud. There you can access your data from anywhere.

There is no need to come into work and let out that long sigh or furrow your brow. You can continuously monitor your kiln and plan the maintenance as needed. More uptime means more productivity and fewer costs.

If you want to dive deeper into the issue, then read our article “Controlling Kiln Conditions.” The article outlines the most common cement kiln maintenance issues and explains how they can be mitigated through comprehensive online condition monitoring.

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