Vigier Ciment SA, part of the global VICAT Group, has been producing Portland cement in Reuchenette, Switzerland, since 1891. The plant’s annual production is approximately 900’000 tons of cement for use in civil engineering and other major construction projects.
By acquiring ABB Ability™ Knowledge Manager solution, the cement producer recently took a further step towards digitalisation, helping its team make production decisions more quickly, identify weak process areas and opportunities for improvement as well as control the environmental impact of plant processes.
To create such an efficient system that meets the needs of all users, a cross-department project team, led by a project leader who is able to build a full picture of the data system, is a key requirement. A clear and integrated architecture of all processes must be defined before the project starts. While some challenges emerged, ABB and Vigier Ciment were able to solve these.