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The 60th Annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center from May 6 - 10, 2018. Expect an extraordinary experience at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, boasting stylish rooms, modern meeting spaces and a location less than 10 miles from Nashville International Airport. You can find shopping and dining right under their roof. During your visit, make an appointment at Relache Spa & Salon, or gather your group for an outing at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. The hotel's indoor and outdoor pools and 9 acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls will impress all visitors.

The conference will include over 150 exhibitors with the latest product offerings, state-of-the-art technical presentations, tutorials, training, state of the industry updates, regulatory news, and networking opportunities. To learn more about the conference simply click on any of the menu options above. 

Call for Papers

Papers are now requested for the 61st Annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference to be held in St. Louis, April 28 - May 2, 2019.

The papers should be on topics related to the practical application of electrical technology, standards, equipment, safety, and systems of interest in cement industry within the scope of the Cement Industry Committee Working Groups.

All papers presented are subject to peer review and are published in the conference record. Papers are also evaluated for publication in either the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications Magazine or the Industry Applications Magazine.

At least one author must register and attend the conference to present their paper. If you are interested in presenting a paper please submit an abstract of 200 words or less to one of the following Working Group Chairs for consideration (You need JavaScript enabled):

Automation: Joe Holmes - joe.holmes@siemens.com

Drives and Related Products: Douglas Phares - douglas.phares@tmeic.com

Environmental, Energy & Sustainability: Verle Martz - Vmartz@srmaterials.com

General Practices: ZK Zarif - zkzarif@zecworld.net

Maintenance & Safety: Thane Browning - tbrowning@aumundusa.com

Power Generation, Distribution and Related Products: William Kovacs - william.kovacs@buzziunicemusa.com

Keynote Speaker

As in the past the Conference will offer a keynote speaker of importance to the industry. Check back here to see who that speaker will be and to get a brief bio.

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Technical Presentation Abstracts

This year's conference will feature a full schedule of technical presentations. Abstracts for this year's presentations will be posted here as they become available. Click on the abstract name to see the full abstract.  

Automation Working Group

Big Data and Its Challenge for Today's Cement Plant

3D Geologic Modeling and Mine Planning to Improve Quarry
and Plant Efficiency at Cement Operations

Automated Baghouse Troubleshooting Diagnostics Maximize Efficiency

Digital Transformation of the Global Cement Industry

Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation in the Cement Manufacturing Process 

Drives & Related Products Working Group

Considering the Benefits of Retrofitting Centrifugal Fan Rotors

Method for Quantifying Rotor Condition in Synchronous Motors

Back To Basics- Troubleshooting a Synchronous Motor Issue in a Cement Plant

Successful Retrofit of a HPGR (High Pressure Grinding Rolls) Drive
at a European Cement Company by Replacing an Existing Electro-
Mechanical Drive with a Gearless Direct Hydraulic Drive

Environmental, Energy & Sustainability Working Group

Modular Grinding Stations (MGS) for Sustainable Growth 

CO2 Capture from Cement Manufacture and Reuse in Concrete  

The Application and Results of Environmental Initiatives at a
Commonwealth of Virginia Cement Plant 

Hydrocarbon Testing and Emissions in Cement Plants

Innovative Oxygen Injection for Emission Reduction in Cement Kilns 

General Practices Working Group

Optimized Kiln Operation by Keeping Kiln Shell Temperatures at a Set Point
with Controlled Water Cooling

Foundations Design of Multiple Vertical Mills Focused on Vibration Mitigation 

Reducing Pressure Drop in Pyro-Processing

Increasing Pyro System Productivity through Innovative Preheater Upgrades

Pursuing a Lower Cost of Ownership in a Large Kiln Baghouse 

Maintenance & Safety Working Group

Beneath Our Feet

The Friction Compensator - Visualizing Refractory Expansion

Power Generation, Distribution and Related Products Working Group

Current Limiting Arc Flash Quenching System for Improved Incident
Energy Reduction

The Effect of Raw Material Source on Concrete Duct Bank Thermal

Challenges of a New Quarry Five Miles From a Plant

Application of Next-Generation Motor Management Relays to
Improve System Reliability in Process Industries



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