"Plants of Tomorrow" Industry 4.0 for cement production
Building a more efficient future
We're looking ahead to future-proof our operations. A traditional industry such as cement manufacture has many benefits to reap from technological advancement, in terms of efficiency, health and safety practices, and improved customer service among much more.
A “Plants of Tomorrow” certified operation will show 15-20% of operational efficiency gains compared to a conventional cement plant. We are currently running over 30 pilot projects covering all regions in which we operate is active. The Siggenthal, Switzerland, integrated cement plant will be the pilot for the global “Plants of Tomorrow” initiative.
Among the technologies implemented are
- Predictive operations that can detect abnormal conditions and process anomalies in real-time, reducing maintenence and energy costs and optimize training opportunities.
- Automation and robotics, such as unmanned vehicles and equipment for high-exposure surveillance will increase safety for employees by inspecting confined spaces. The concept is now being rolled out to several markets including Switzerland, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, India and Russia.
- New PACT (Performance and Collaboration) digital tool allows for data-centric operational decision making.
Open innovation at the heart of the Plants of Tomorrow
LH MAQER, the company’s new platform to identify the most impactful technologies targets start-up technology companies, and also aims at establishing new partnership models with both manufacturing and software companies.
“Our global manufacturing expertise in Cement is second to none. Now, with our LH MAQER platform, we open up our operating model to the creativity and ingenuity of some of the world’s most gifted and talented digital minds. We are already seeing the success of this approach in many of our operations globally.” Philipp Leutiger, Chief Digital Officer