Posted:  April 2010

New generation CemScanner for cement kilns

FLSmidth has released a new version of its kiln shell infrared scanner solution, ECS/CemScanner. The ECS/CemScanner has been optimised for newly developed hardware. It is the first of a new generation of software products.

Based on latest Microsoft technology
The new generation ECS process control solutions are based on the latest Microsoft .NET technology and the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. “This new technology enables more flexible and rapid product development to the benefit of our customers”, Global Product Manager Joju Jacob says. “The short distance between the industry and our development teams has always been essential to remain close to the customer and thereby stay competitive.” Being a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and having the highest level of competence and expertise, FLSmidth is always able to offer software solutions that are based on the latest  Microsoft technology and platform.

Three main components

The ECS/CemScanner system provides on-line measurement of kiln shell temperature distribution. Its purpose is to help kiln operators protect the kiln shell and kiln lining. The solution has three main components:

  • the infrared scanner head
  • data processing units fitted within industrial  stainless steel enclosures
  • the software application for the system user.


The high-speed infrared scanner is acknowledged for its long-term stability and high accuracy.

A new advanced processing unit, the CemMicro III, with Ethernet interface, receives the measurements from the scanner head, the Kiln Position Encoder (KPE) and the kiln and tyre rotation pulses. They are then transmitted to the computer system through fibre optic interface or industrial wireless Ethernet solutions. The CemMicro III standard Ethernet interface eliminates the need for any special network communication cards to be installed in the PC. The multi functional CemMicro III offers customers the benefits of fewer spare parts and reduced inventory costs.

The software interface on a standard PC comes with a number of predefined user friendly views like temperature image profile, cross section with temperature and coating thickness, and kiln 2D/3D views. The system also offers standard features such as “walk in the kiln”, “playback”, tyre migration, consolidated summary information, data export / statistics, trending and alarming for unlimited tags.


Joju Jacob


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