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Dispatch & Delivery: Automation Through APEX

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Introduction Over the years, numerous articles have been written that discuss, in great detail, the new innovations to cement plant processes: conserving fuel, using alternate fuels, new additives, etc. When new projects are on the drawing board, the focus is typically on the kiln, storage and processes. What tends to get overlooked is the actual delivery of the cement to the customer, which is what really pays the bill for companies' massive capital investment. When looking at the plans, there are pages and pages of drawings of the equipment, layout, electrics, mechanics and site work. When it gets to the actual delivery of the final product, in most cases there is a single page that shows where the product can be picked up (usually over a truck or rail scale). This can be a choke point that makes all the capital SCOTT DUGAN, COMMAND ALKON, USA, TALKS THROUGH THE AUTOMATION OF THE DISPATCH AND DELIVERY PROCESS AT CEMENT PLANTS AND TERMINALS.

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