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The trend in underground mining is towards mechanisation & automation

Epiroc covers a wide range of underground equipment needs with production and face drill rigs, loaders and trucks. Having production plants located at Sweden, China and India, Epiroc helps to maximise customers' output with safe, cost-effective and sustainable solutions. <span style="font-weight: bold;">...

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Ensure safe mechanical conveying with FLSmidth In-Plant Belt Conveyors

FLSmidth In-Plant Belt Conveyor solution is an easy to operate and maintain mechanical conveying system. Designed with safety at top of mind, easily accessible maintenance parts and a dynamic rock box deliver trouble-free mechanical conveying of materials. Building on the proven design pri...

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We deliver equipment, techs & collaborative support

Caterpillar offers a wide range of equipment and solutions for underground metal mining and coal mining in India. Kush Tandon, Commercial Manager, Underground Mining - India, Caterpillar Global Mining, elaborates on the underground mining methods, equipment ...

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Why Bhavnagar farmers oppose limestone mining

The farmers sought that the committee, appointed by the Gujarat High Court, recommend that all mining on agricultural lands of Mahuva and Talaja talukas of the district be stopped with immediate effect. A group of farmers in Gujarat's Bhavnagar, who have long been opposing limestone mini...

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Adoption of continuous miners in underground coal is growing

Komatsu Mining Corp is a major equipment manufacturer in underground mining operations. Shib Bhowmik, Managing Director, Komatsu Mining Corp, India elaborates on the company's solutions to the industry and the market scenario. ...

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Transforming mining safe & productive

Underground mining is an extremely tough mining method with various risk factors involved. But the evolution of digital technologies and automation, and the technologically advanced equipment are transforming the underground mining operations safe and productive. With mines are going de...

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Ceramic grinding media, a new entrant in cement grinding circle

Grinding operation still draws highest attention of the top management of plant in the entire plant operation cycle. No wonder when 35 per cent of energy is consumed by the cement grinding process alone. ICR had time to talk with Biswajit Dhar, who spoke on the present scenario of capex in the cement industry with resp...

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Finer the fly ash or slag, more value it commands

- Bhalchandra Shrikhande, a freelance consultant, speaks on split grinding cement units. What is your opinion on the ease-of-doing business? There is l...

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Moving from natural to manufactured sand

Today construction industry faces shortage of aggregates and sand. In fact, the availability and cost of sand have seriously slowed the progress of couple of projects in the country. There are other options, but we as a country are yet to exploit those. One is using the over burden from mines as aggregates in construct...

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Cement Industry is all about Minerals

And, coal is the most important of them all. Of all the minerals that are processed in manufacturing cement, namely limestone, coal, gypsum, iron ore and other minor mineral additives, why do we single out coal for this pre-eminent position? One would think that limestone, being the primary raw material ingredient of ...

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A grand success

The Smart Cities Council India, part of the global consortium of smart cities, recently concluded the 6th Smart Cities Summit- SM@RT URBANATION - at Hotel Ashok Lalit in Bengaluru. The Smart Cities Council India, part of the...

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Grinding still draws interest

Grinding is a conventional process in the cement industry and still draws a lot of interest. It is mainly due to costs involved in the process. ICR tried to give a perspective of the existing scenario coupled with the two interviews from experts. In the entire process of manufacturing ...

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Fly ash utilisation in Samruddhi Mahamarg

Maharashtra Government has undertaken an ambitious project, the first-of-its-kind (distance wise) in the country. The project has a big potential of using fly ash as a construction material. A glimpse of the project has been compiled by Sudhir Paliwal and Dr Ajitkumar B...

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How to prevent sickness in enterprises

Enterprises need to undertake global benchmarking, so as to remain locally, regionally and globally competitive, writes Dr Rajen Mehrotra. Industrial sickness in any country affects the economy of that country in a number of w...

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IoT, AI & era of cutting-edge lubrication

Even as automation and digitisation are transforming the manufacturing eco-system, ExxonMobilTM is harnessing emerging technologies to redefine lubrication solutions. Manufacturing, as we know it, is transforming. The entire manufacturing processùfrom design to deliveryùis cons...

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Tax cut impact

In an effort to bring back the&quot;animal spirit&quot; to the stock market, the government on September 20, 2019 lowered corporate tax effectively by 10 percentage points for existing companies and 12 basis points for new companies. This is the fourth dose administered by the government to arrest the slowdown ...

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Key initiatives of new Mineral Policy 2019

The major focus of the new Mineral Policy preparation was to guide the mining sector to function with utmost environmental and social responsibility, prevention of illegal mining besides economic considerations, discusses Bhanu Prakash Bhatnagar. &...

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Composite cement helps conserve our natural resources

Do you still see a preference for OPC in certain segments of the cement market such as institutional or in certain geographies? How do you deal with these national preferences? Yes. OPC cement commands preference in certain geographic markets an...

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Nirmal Kishnani to head LafargeHolcim Awards jury for Asia Pacific in 2020

The world's most significant competition for sustainable design A jury of nine experts headed by Nirmal Kishnani, Prof...

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Indigenous cost-effective refractory solution

The case study discusses how AdityaPower provided an efficient but cost-effective indigenous solution to a lime kiln. AdithyaPower was incorporated on September 26, 2016 with its registered office at Nagpur, Maharashtra. The company serves in the following key areas of refractories: <...

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Significant growth in the offing

Mohammed Ismail, DGM Process, Bharathi Cement, speaks on the challeneges faced by refractories in India. As a global player, what are the efficiency improvements that you observ...

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The raw material dilemma

The refractory industry is looking for a favourable mining policy to reduce import dependency, even as it is skeptical about the quality of domestic raw materials. India is majorly dependent on imports for finished and unfinished refractories. Steel, chemical, cement and glass are the pr...

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The growth rates of PPC & PSC have been pretty steady

Do you still see a preference for OPC in certain segments of the cement market such as institutional or in certain geographies? How do you deal with these national preferences? Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) is generally preferred by Institution...

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Most manufacturers have started moving towards blended cements

Do you still see a preference for OPC in certain segments of the cement market such as institutional or in certain geographies? How do you deal with these national preferences? While there is an improvement in the acceptance of blended cements, ...

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There is lack of high quality raw materials in India

What is the current market for refractories in India? And what is the share of cement as a segment for refractories? Refractory is a critical input with high temperature application in the manufacturing of iron and steel, cement, glass and non-f...

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Cheaper refractories may lead to serious problems

Could you provide details about your company? We have been dealing in refractories and castables since 1982 and have supplied high alumina refractories, basic refractories, castables and insulation bricks to most of the cement and steel plants i...

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China dominates refractories too!

Refractory products have been playing a supportive role in the production cycle. The role is well understood when there is stoppage or breakdown. The inventory carrying cost of refractories is pretty high but can't be avoided, says Vikas Damle. <...

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Prices ease slightly, save high margins for manufacturers

Cement prices remain at higher levels even in weak season, even as demand growth is expected to moderate to single digit this fiscal from double digit growth posted last fiscal. Cement prices have eased slightly in August 2019 after remaining flat in July 2019. However, at current price...

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The incomplete packaging solution!

As per a study conducted, on an average, a sack would have eight to nine hook marks by the time it reaches the destination. These hook marks further lead to cement losses, thus making the working conditions of the workers from bad to worse, writes Madhvi Lijhara.</spa...

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Blending Green and Grit

Blended cements are slowly but steadily increasing their presence felt in the market. With the introduction of composite cement, the industry's green commitment is getting reinforced further. Blended cements - Portland Slag Cement (PSC) and Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC) - are making he...

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Composite cement: Option for sustainable construction

The gradual shift of the Indian construction industry is from an OPC dominated usage to blended cement/blended concrete dominated scenario, says SA Khadilkar. Over the last decade, the cement and concrete industry has been gra...

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We have a target to go beyond 20% TSR by 2025

Berthold Kren, Business Head, Geocycle India &amp; Head of Geocycle Asia, discusses AFR initiatives of the industry, its advantages and where India stands by this yardstick. <span style="font-weight: bold;">...

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The $5 trillion economy in 5 years

Unfortunately, we are today in an unenviable situation with regards to the economy, with bad news and disappointing economic indicators popping all around us everyday. Not a day passes without new job losses and factory shutdowns being announced, and literally every new day brings to us signs of sickness in a new indus...

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Safety programme is known to most, but not implemented

What are the potential hazards that have to be guarded against in the process of cement and concrete manufacturing? Dust emissions are one of the most significant impacts of cement manufacturing and associated with handling and storage of raw ma...

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We have won awards for ensuring personal safety in plants

What are the potential hazards that have to be guarded against in the process of cement and concrete manufacturing? Sanjay Joshi on cement manufacturing: Main (core) processes of cement manufacturing are mining of limestone, limestone crushing/g...

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Customer specs are getting tougher

With increasing quality consciousness among industry players to gain competitive edge, customer specification of equipment is getting stringent day by day. Like in any industry, quality is of utmost importance in the cement industry. The quality consciousness has gone so far that the ind...

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Putting Safety ahead of Production

Preventive OSH is gaining popularity among cement companies, as that proves to be a business case for them when huge costs and reputation are at stake on the flipside. Focus on occupational safety and health (OSH) is increasing in India, while it is at a long way to go before it reaches ...

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Constructional explosion protection in grinding plants

Manoj Thakur and Berthold Bussieweke explain the importance and necessity of constructional explosion protection, which if happens once, leads to personal losses, financial losses and social defamation. This is to be highly appreciated that nowadays in almost majority of the cement plant...

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Importance of safety in organisations

Industrial safety in the organisation should not be a compliance gimmick but should be much deeper and wider to understand the basics of hardware, thoughtful integration of right software, and empowering/creating multiple teams with right mindware, writes Ganesh Tripathy...

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We have won awards for ensuring personal safety in plants

What are the safety measures the cement companies have to take in their plants? For us at Dalmia, our employees are our biggest asset and we ensure that all the processes are met and duly complied with, to meet the regulatory n...

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Data consistency & reliability is the biggest gain for our customers

Dr Harald van Weeren, Global Manager for Cement Solutions &amp; Hari Bhaskar, Manager for Automation Solutions, Malvern Panalytical, a division of Spectris Pte Ltd. What a...

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All our products are made under strict quality parameters

What are the potential hazards that have to be guarded against in the process of cement and concrete manufacturing? Approximately 10 per cent of workers employed in concrete manufacturing suffer from work-related injuries or illnesses in India. ...

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Auto labs can solve operational & process issues

You are one of the first few cement manufacturers to opt for lab automation. What are the latest offerings from lab automation suppliers? As far as lab automation is concerned, Nuvoco has procured X-Ray Fluorescence and X-Ray Diffraction equipme...

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Reliable crushing Low cost of maintenance

New strike-bar crusher delivers new perspectives to total cost of ownership. For cement plant owners today, reliability and durability of equipment are top of mind. Any technology investment needs to deliver on plant producti...

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A thin Veneer of Utopia on Reality

The Budget Proposals, The Economy and the Cement Industry The policy-makers' dream of an economy is a wonderful and improbable combination of low inflation, high growth and jobs for all, with people coming out in droves from b...

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Lack of big govt investment plans hits sentiment

Industry was expecting investment booster to the economy through various construction and infrastructure projects post-polls, and the demand was affected as these hopes were belied. With increase in monsoon footprint and intensity in July 2019, pressure points were visible on cement dema...

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Leading economic institutes join hands to bridge research-policy gap

Delhi: Economics is crucial to addressing issues that challenge India’s ability to grow faster, sustainably, and inclusively. With the common mandate to promote growth through economic ideas, the Tata Centre for Development (TCD) at the University of Chicago and the International...

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LafargeHolcim launches industrial automation plan

LafargeHolcim has launched a four-year industrial automation plan called ‘Plants of Tomorrow.’ It includes Industry 4.0 concepts such as automation technologies and robotics, artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance and digital twin technologies for its entire production process. The plan is expected to show 15 ...

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WCA appoints Ian Riley as CEO

London - The World Cement Association announced today that it has appointed IanRiley as its first CEO, effective as of September 1, 2019. At the same time Norman Greig is retiring as Secretary General, a role he has held since the Association’s formation in 2016.

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Overall positive

The Namo 2.0 government’s maiden budget, Union Budget 2019-20’s thrust to infrastructure building across several sectors and rural and urban affordable housing, augurs well for the cement and building materials industry in terms of demand. The first woman Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has chosen to boost cr...

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CCI examining complaints regarding hike in cement price, cartelisation: Goyal

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is examining complaints regarding hike in cement prices and cartelisation by companies, Parliament was informed recently.

"Complaints have been received regarding hike in cement price and cartelisation by cement companies," Commerce and Industry Minister...

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Cement demand is growing but is still beyond the reach of many

What are the main AFR materials you are using in your plants in India? Cement is a necessary commodity to build a resilient infrastructure. It is a necessary product and our efforts shall continue to reduce its negative environmental impacts. C...

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We were the first to introduce tamper-proof laminated PP bags

What is the importance of packaging in cement production and distribution and what are the latest advancements that are taking place? Packaging is a significant factor in cement production and distribution with significant emphasis on product pr...

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Bags still hold fort

Despite entry of latest technologies like BOPP, woven bags are expected to see rise in their demand due to its cost advantage. Cement is one of the largest bulk materials being handled on our planet. Producing a material in such massive quantities and distributing is a major logistics c...

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Lubricant solutions for cement industry

Synthetic gear oils for the vertical coal mill is a common trend and every time, more and more cement plants are making use of these type of products. Since 1885, a chemical company with a long background history. We focus on lubricants (oils and greases), metal working fluids, coolants ...

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Enter specialists

With companies giving way to specialists in their lubrication management, we can only hope that plants may not encounter as many downtimes in the years to come. Lubricants enhance the performance of equipment in cement plants...

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Revival of small scale cement manufacturing

The availability of most of the AFR is limited or scattered which may not be economically viable for use in most of the large cement plants because of logistics, quantity, preparation and technical issues, says Dr KN Bhattacharjee. <...

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Discipline in data management

Attendance recording system in most large organisations has gone through a major change in this era of Industry 4.0, as efficient and fool proof systems using the latest technology are available, though they could be expensive, says Dr Rajen Mehrotra. <p...

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Reducing carbon footprint

15th Green Cementech 2019, an annual conference for the cement industry, was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA). The Indian cement industry leads by example in keeping pace with the world's evolving soci...

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Overall positive

Though short on implementation roadmap, the budget lays out a grand vision for the future, like Rs 100 lakh crore of infrastructure projects in next five years. The Namo 2.0 government's maiden budget, Union Budget 2019-20's ...

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