Evaluate the technical performance of your laboratory with a lab audit
An opportunity to test your laboratory performance
If the data is bad, the results might be worse. An imprecise or inaccurate reading of the Lime Saturation Factor (LSF), for example, might mean problems controlling your pyro process and a lower quality product. Poor quality could cost you customers – or worse. Is that a risk you are willing to take?
A lab audit will identify any weak spots in your laboratory operations, enabling you to tighten up practices and recalibrate equipment to get plant performance back on track.
Your audit will be tailored to your plant, your lab setup and any particular concerns you may have. Typically, this will include an audit of all the main laboratory analyses:
- Free lime
- Fuel analyses
- Sieving residues
- Specific Surface area (Blaine)
- Cement strength development
- Cement setting time
More general areas, such as sampling frequency and procedures, sample preparation and quality control can also be included on request.
Before we come to your site, we’ll ask for a defined set of material samples from across the process to be split, with one half sent to us for testing at our state-of-the-art laboratory and the other half tested in the plant. We will then include a comparison of the results in your audit report, which will help identify any areas that may be a cause for concern.
On completion of the audit, you will be given a comprehensive report of our findings, including recommendations where improvements could be made, such as adjusting calibration curves for the XRF.
- Ensure your data is accurate
- Our lab audits are tailored to your process, according to your requirements and any concerns you may have. The audit will cover all the main analyses in the laboratory, including both chemical and physical tests. Once complete, you will know whether or not your data is accurate. You’ll also see where there is scope for improvement – and, critically, how that might affect your wider operations.
- Make informed decisions
- The more you know, the greater your potential to improve plant performance – and profitability. If, for example, you realise that you have inadvertently been creating cement with a higher than necessary Blaine, you could achieve significant energy and cost savings by decreasing grinding time. On the other hand, if you realise your product quality has fallen below expectations, you will be able to rectify that and generate a more consistent and valuable product.
- Increase efficiency
- Greater precision and an optimised process gives you the ability to increase production capacity and lower fuel and power consumption. Tighter control on the process will also increase consistency and stability, which has a positive effect on other energy-saving initiatives around the plant.