Ask the LiNX – Changes To The Mix?

Dear LiNX,

We are planning on making changes to our mix to accommodate a broader product line. What should we be thinking about? Also, I think they guy who works in QC is cute. How do I get his attention?

Zehra H. – Turkey


Dear Zehra,

Great question! A lot of folks are facing this challenge today. Higher performing cement means higher margins. In today’s competitive market it is great to have more options.

Making changes in the plant operations can be risky though. An important factor in high performance cement is consistency of the raw meal. Changes in the meal can also affect mill loading and grinding consistency. These higher-grade cements can have significantly different burnability, affecting your fuel plans as well.

Your feeders may not respond the same to different feed material, or even different feed rates. Your operating team has new procedures that they need to work out. Lab processes can change as well. You need to be able to see problems sooner rather then later. You need to be able to quickly and easily respond to unexpected consequences of your change, or to make adjustments quickly to insure that the clinker you make meets the specs you promise.

This means that you need near real time data and the ability to adjust your process and software parameters quickly. You need to be able to easily and quickly get the data you need to make good decisions and then act on those decisions

In conventional raw mix processes this can mean bringing in expensive consultants, and even paying for upgrades to your software to add this capability. My designers hate that.

The founders have been thinking about this for a long time and keep constantly upgrading my hardware and software to help in this process. Our easy to use RHEA Raw Mix Control was designed from the bottom up to be easy enough to use and configure that you can do it yourself. No software or consulting required. All you need to know is what you are expert at already, making great clinker. Even if the definition of great clinker keeps changing.

As for the guy in the QC lab, I’m actually an inanimate object and don’t have a lot of experience in this area. I get attention from people by giving good consistent information, and that is what makes folks like me. Maybe you can try that?