Reliable equipment means equipment designed to handle the raw materials it will be processing. That’s why raw material specifications are so important. Looking at the four basic parameters – feed and product size, abrasiveness, compressive strength, and stickiness – will help cement plant owners choose the right stackers and reclaimers.
Equipment size and type, storage size, power calculations and belt conveyer design will all depend on the raw material parameters. Evaluating your materials according to those parameters requires in-depth analysis and testing by experienced personnel familiar with wear tests, shear tests, and point loads. These tests, plus extensive data collected over time, will help you choose equipment that reduces the likelihood of downtime and the need for manual intervention to clear blockages. Raw material knowledge allows cement producers to make significant cost savings and improve operational efficiency.