Global site

ABB's website uses cookies. By staying here you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more

First installation of the new generation HMI for process control at CRH cement plant

Visualization is critical to the process, providing the main interface between humans and the production site at the Hoghiz cement plant in Romania. The new visual control graphics make it easier for all control system users to take the right decisions in any situation and allow operators, maintenance and engineers to collaborate in new ways.

Share this page

The challenge
  • fewer people managing much larger plant areas
  • complexity of daily cement plant operation
  • increasing demands on control room personnel
  • visualization is critical to the process
ABB Solution
A new visual control graphic interface with unique alarm system - the first to display process information in its situational context:
  • instant alerts with much clearer process displays
  • finding the root cause of the problems much faster
  • responding with good decisions at the right time
  • optimization of plant efficiency and reliability

Producing 1 million tons of cement a year

Process control at Hoghiz cement plant in the Brasov region of Romania, which produces 1 million tons of cement a year, is based on ABB Ability System 800xA and its Minerals Process Control Library. As ABB recently launched a new version of its automation software Minerals Process Control Library with a new visual control graphic interface, CRH Hoghiz Plant was the first to install its new generation human machine interfaces (HMI).

"Thanks to a continuously growing level of automation and intercommunication fewer people are now managing much larger plant areas," said Michael Marending, lead engineer at technology leader ABB. 'This adds complexity to daily plant operation and places increasing demands on today's control room personnel. The ability of humans to be able to respond, with good decisions at the right time, is crucial for the optimization of plant efficiency and reliability."


"The complexity of daily plant operation places increasing demands on today's control room personnel. "

Ready-to-use automation software tailored to cement industry

Successfully operating in more than 450 cement and mining sites worldwide, the ABB Ability System 800xA Minerals Process Control Library is a ready-to-use, tailor-made automation software solution for the mining and cement industries. It is designed to achieve the highest plant productivity, availability and safety, as well as the best operator efficiency. The new ABB Ability System 800xA Minerals Process Control Library update offers additional functions that are now available with the new version of the ABB 800xA 6.1 automation platform.


"The ability of humans to respond, with good decisions at the right time, is crucial for the optimization of plant efficiency and reliability."

First HMI to display process information in situational context

This version comes with a completely new clear and intuitive graphical interface for process displays, faceplates and workplace layout providing operators with relevant process information in its situational context. This enables awareness of any given situation in a plant. It also offers an extensive set of options for adapting presentation so that focus can be tailored, and users can navigate to the required information much faster.

A key new feature is the unique alarm system which enables plant operators to immediately detect, understand and resolve all types of process situations and disturbances in minimum time. The most critical elements of the production process are emphasized through a combination of context-based information and consistent alarm colors and shapes, ensuring that attention is always drawn to those requiring immediate response.

Razvan Cocea, Head of Electrical and Automation for CRH Hoghiz Plant
"With the new visual control graphics, it is now immediately obvious which equipment requires attention. Operators can easily navigate to detailed displays to find the root cause of the problem."

Real-time information much more accessible to operators

"Following the upgrade of the automation system to the latest version of ABB Ability System 800xA which has been in operation since early July, process displays are much clearer." says Razvan Cocea, Head of Electrical and Automation for CRH Hoghiz Plant. "With the new visual control graphics, it is now immediately obvious which equipment requires attention. The new process alarms instantly alert operators when something is wrong. They can then easily navigate to the detailed displays to find the root cause of the problem and take appropriate measures to bring the process up and running again."

“Visualization is critical to the process, providing the main interface between humans and the production site. This new HMI offers a whole new set of functions and makes real-time information much more accessible to operators. The new visual control graphics make it easier for all users of the system to take the right decisions in any situation and allow operators, maintenance and engineers to collaborate in new ways. Visual control graphics can be easily integrated into other existing ABB and external vendor subsystems.”

Michael Marending, lead engineer at technology leader ABB
"Visual control graphics can be easily integrated into other existing ABB and external vendor subsystems.”

ABB’s leading portfolio of digital solutions, ABB Ability™, combines ABB’s deep domain expertise with network connectivity and the latest digital technologies to help customers develop new processes and advance existing ones by providing insights and optimizing planning and controls for real-time operations.

Learn more