One of Asia’s largest manufacturers of gray cement, ready mix concrete (RMC) and white cement, with 19 integrated plants, one clinkerization plant, 25 grinding units, seven bulk terminals and overall operations spread across different countries – Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates – needed to optimize its facilities for maximum production and operating efficiency.
The cement producer reached out to ABB because of ABB’s reputation as a leading industrial automation company with deep domain knowledge and a comprehensive solutions portfolio.
ABB needed to address several challenges presented by the customer:
Improve availability, reliability, and lifecycle of electrical and process assets
Reduce the cost of owning a diverse, fragmented automation landscape
Increase yield, energy efficiency, and quality
Integrate quality information
Introduction of ABB Ability™ Advanced Digital Solutions
The customer was most interested in ABB’s energy-monitoring solutions, but ABB recognized that other ABB offerings could increase the efficiency of its energy management by automating and improving resource use.
ABB introduced the following:
Deployed a plantwide approach that would increase automation use and reduce waste
Leveraged domain and process experience from its many sites, supplemented with ABB expertise
Interfaced quality and business systems for improved data collection that informs business decisions
Reduced fuel consumption, increased production and efficiency
The use of ABB Ability™ Expert Optimizer, which used linear and non-linear model predictive control, machine learning and neural networks to find the best operating conditions to maximize output and detect deviations in the production process. This helped the cement producer reduce fuel consumption and increased production as well as improved operational efficiency for the pilot locations. It allowed the producer to meet its energy usage goals and enhanced safety and security in the pilot facilities.
To maximizer the benefits of the Expert Optimizer, ABB piloted Collaborative Operations to a thermal power plant that powers an adjacent cement plant. The services ensured stable operations at both sites. The services allowed operations to continue without disruptions despite variations in load demand and events that require the power plant to switch to islanding mode, during which it relies on a generator to continue production.
With the pilots completed, Collaborative Operations is being implemented at those sites, with plans to expand it and other solutions to the rest of the customer’s locations in due time.