Rock Products

MAR 2013

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Level Scanner The 3DLevelScanner HT measures the volume and map��� ping of the material surface in bins, tanks and silos with high temperatures. This new model of the BinMaster 3DLevelScanner has an operating temperature range of up to 356 F to accommodate high temperatures that may be present when material has been heated in the produc��� tion process before it is conveyed into storage silos. The device measures the material level in multiple loca��� tions in the vessel and estimates the volume in storage silos containing challenging materials such as clinker, alu��� mina, frac sand and fly ash. The sensor sends pulses in a 70���degree beam angle; tak��� ing multiple measurements from the material surface and continually mapping the material surface to detect changes in level, account for uneven surface topography, and calculate a highly accurate volume estimate for the contents of the silo. The 3DLevelManager software re��� ports the lowest and highest points detected and the aver��� age level based upon a weighted average of all of the measurements detected in the bin. For the MV and the MVL models, a colorful graphical representation indicates where high and low spots exist in the silo. BinMaster, Process Control Software ABB released cpmPlus Expert Opti��� mizer 7.0, a new version of its soft��� ware for deployment of advanced process control applications to in��� crease energy efficiency and produc��� tivity in the cement and minerals industries. cpmPlus Expert Optimizer helps customers meet production, operational and quality objectives. The software operates cement and minerals plants more stably and effi��� ciently by coordinating actions on the process such as rotational speed, fuels or chemical additives. It maxi��� mizes overall plant efficiency by look��� ing at the interactions between variables and makes decisions ac��� cording to the plant goals. It collects real���time data, processes it with mathematical algorithms, and coordi��� nates the plant actuators for optimal performance. performance and lower application complexity; new tools for engineering efficiency including the ability to cre��� ate user���defined libraries; better ac��� cess rights control up to single strategy components for better pro��� tection of intellectual property; and support of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit version. ABB, The newest version provides the fol��� lowing features: non���linear model predictive control leading to better 92 ROCKproducts ��� MARCH 2013

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