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QCX/BlendExpert™: the essential ingredient for quality cement.

QCX/Manager and QCX/Reporting: indispensable tools for laboratory management and visualisation

Over the past 50 year, we've been perfecting our quality control systems, so you can perfect your products. In today’s modern cement industry, your competitiveness relies on being able to produce a high-quality product, at low cost. Optimal raw material blending and stockpiling, efficient fuel use, stable kiln operation and accurate analysis are all vital to your success. 

That’s where we can help.  

Our QCX® technologies offer a complete solution for quality control in cement production – from sampling and sample preparation to analysis and reporting. And our quality optimisation software – QCX/BlendExpert™ – fits seamlessly into this integrated package. It takes care of raw material and additive blending, online accounting and reporting. It also has a range of add-on modules that can help you make the most of the materials in your quarry, or let you experiment with different blends and production recipes.  

QCX/BlendExpert ensures you have a continuous flow of reliable data to regulate your material blending. Giving you superior quality control, saving costs and producing exceptional results. 

The QCX Quality Optimisation package has a number of components: 

QCX/Manager is the kernel software module of a QCX system. It includes sample administration, sample tracking, sample preparation recipes, and data import/export facilities. Combining the functionalities of the Laboratory Information System (LIS) and the Laboratory Automation System (LAS) in a unique setup, the QCX/Manager software is prepared for any degree of sample automation. In addition, the configuration user interfaces save you time and ensure consistency when designing and updating sample preparation recipes. 

This software module provides the possibility to make trends combining different samples analysis values and process values like temperature, pressure, flow etc. Various types of reports can be made using SQL Reporting Services, the reporting system also includes a scheduling service. Finally, a Surveyor application is provided which can give a live trend combined with a live list of results for easy overview of sample analysis values

QCX/BlendExpert™ – Pile

CX/BlendExpert™ – Pile gives you accurate online accounting of raw materials on the stockpile. The software can control the raw material feed so you can build up your stockpiles as close as possible to raw mill chemistry specifications. Optimising your feed in this way lets you make the most of the materials in your quarry and gives you consistent product quality in line with your chemical targets.

The online accounting features give you comprehensive information on the chemical make-up of completed stockpiles and details within a single stockpile. And it will alert you if the predicted chemistry of a stockpile or layer is out-of-range, so you can keep your quality consistent.

This flexible system can be used for a variety of pile layouts, including both circular and longitudinal stockpiles.

To manage the large-scale information generated every hour and to perform sample management for varying degree of laboratory automation, the following basic components are built into the QCX system.

QCX/BlendExpert™ – Mill

QCX/BlendExpert™ – Mill controls the blending of raw materials and additives to raw mills. The advanced model based predictive programming system calculates the ideal feeder set-points taking a whole range of factors into consideration including chemistry, tonnages, process limitations and material costs. When adjusting the feeder setpoints to accommodate the correct chemistry it can estimate and automatically compensate for any feeder off-set.

This advanced logic is vital to come as close to target chemistry as possible in a process with varying limestone qualities and fluctuating additive quality. The advanced software can handle filter dust and other additives which are dosed to the process stream after the raw mill.

And this is the great advantage of the QCX/BlendExpert package. Aside from improvements to the quality of your clinker it also results in less wear on machinery and greater fuel economy, adding up to real cost savings and less downtime. And having this type of control over your chemistry can open up new possibilities for the use of alternative fuels. 

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