Advant DCS upgrade to System 800xA for Lafarge cement plant in Egypt

Securing plant's continuity and availability, ensuring future availability of spare parts


The ABB control system lifecycle services combined with ABB’s qualified capabilities in minerals applications greatly assisted the largest cement producer in the MEA region in securing the plant’s continuity and availability. Based on optimum planning, future availability of spare parts is ensured.

Supporting the largest Middle East cement producer

The Egyptian Cement Company Lafarge (ECC) plant, located in Ain Sokhna, about 250 kilometers west of Cairo, is the largest cement producer in the middle east. With its five production lines, the company achieves a total production capacity of 25’000 tons per day.

Automation specialists from ABB in Egypt participated in the engineering and commissioning work of the plant’s automation system. With its local certified resources and process know-how, ABB has been a key support for ECC maintaining their production and expansion plans and growing successfully in a smooth manner.

ABB has provided programs for software management and extended software lifecycle support policy through the Sentinel program. ECC were continuously updated throughout the planned evolution strategies which will help to secure the installed base in the future and to support ECC with protecting their automation system investment.

Main facts

Industry Cement production
Customer Egyptian Cement Company (ECC) Lafarge
Country Egypt
ECC Lafarge plant in Ain Sokhna

ECC’s control room

Securing sustainable and extendable functionalities

The ABB automation team, which is specialized and certified in mineral applications, successfully built a trusting relationship with the customer’s automation team. ABB always kept them updated with control system upgrades to secure sustainable and extendable functionalities.

ABB evolution experts made a complete review of the existing Advant control system and identified upgrade opportunities offering the greatest ROI.

Scope of supply

  • Advacommand operator stations evolution to
    System 800xA
  • Control network upgrade
  • Modernization of the control system interfaces
  • Commissioning by local automation engineers
  • Control system evolution support via Sentinel program
  • Training and technical support


  • Continuous, long term support for critical assets
  • Accurate commissioning schedule
  • Smooth transition with minimum shutdown window
  • Guaranteed local response to customer requirements
  • Technical support via local capabilities
  • Agreed performance based targets
  • Lower system software lifecycle costs and risks
  • Best overall ROI for software investment

The operator stations evolution clearly shows the added value of ABB’s lifecycle services and deep understanding of the customer’s needs.

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