Topics will range from the theoretical to the practical as further described below.


Monday, April 29, 2019



Minimizing the Consumption of Ammonia for Controlling NOx Emissions  

This training module will explore various primary methods for NOx reduction as a means to lower ammonia consumption and, thereby, lower plant operating costs. 

Trainer:  Peter Paone - Bridge Gap Engineering 

8:00am - 9:45am

Plant “Quick” Evaluation – Kiln Systems

This training module will identify the key process variables that can quickly inform supervisors whether their kiln systems are operating at or near peak performance by learning how to see the forest from the trees 

Trainer:  John Kline - Kline Consulting

10:15am - 12:00pm

Routine Process Analysis

This training module will consist of tools that process engineers can use to diagnose their mill system performance. 

Trainer:  David Fortsch - Bridge Gap Engineering

1:00pm - 2:45pm

The Application of Analyzers Beyond Raw Mix Control

This training module will highlight the opportunities for modern analytical tools and the merger of NIR/XRD/CAN/XRF technologies to provide quarry feedback, sorting of raw materials, improved blending, as well as traditional kiln feed-forward control.  This training module will highlight the benefits of preventing problem materials from getting into the process while still maximizing quarry utilization.

Trainer:  Jeffrey Kemmerer - Malvern PANalytical


3:15pm - 5:00pm

 Tuesday, April 30, 2019



Introducing a Standard Process for the Management of CAPEX Projects (large and small)

Managing CAPEX Projects from concept to commissioning is complex.  This training module will introduce a few, important elements and the key stages of project execution that lead to success.  The listeners will receive insight into alternative methods for managing projects. 

Trainer:  Shane Wilson - ZAP Engineering & Construction Services

8:00am - 9:45am

Effective Planning and Scheduling of Maintenance Outages

This training module will describe the benefits of effective planning and scheduling in maintenance overhauls.  It will explore the basic elements of a good work plan and describe a process for scheduling work including resource planning and balancing. 

Trainer:  Francis Schadler - Buzzi Unicem USA

10:15am - 12:00pm

Implementing a Better Process for Compressed Air Systems

The success rate of projects designed to optimize & minimize costs associated with compressed air consumption in cement plants has been mixed.  Many of the gains were not sustained and the business process of air improvement missed critical steps.  This training module will identify these missing, critical steps and introduce state-of-the-art point use practices, operator trainings, and promising technologies to ensure that savings are sustained.  

 Trainer:  Paul Edwards- Compressed Air Consultants 

1:00pm - 2:45pm

A Guide to Preparing Engineering Scopes of Work for Plant-based Process Improvement Projects

This training module will provide a guide which will describe the engineering process, engineering phases, basic design criteria, and rules & regulations for governing professional engineers & engineering companies. 

Trainer:  Andrew Jansen - STL Engineering


3:15pm - 5:00pm

Wednesday, May 1, 2019



Vertical Mill Gearbox Maintenance Tips

This training will review common gearbox designs, their potential weak points and maintenance tips for optimizing gear box performance. 

Trainer:  Colin Burg - Flender

8:00am - 9:45am

Basic Design Criteria for Open Gears

This training module will present the important considerations for the selection and application of open gears for rotary cement kilns and ball mills. 

Trainer:  Jason Daubert - FLSmidth

10:15am - 12:00pm

The Use of XRD in Kiln Optimization

 This training module will explore the latest development in XRD equipment and software.  It will explore how XRD analysis can be used in optimizing clinker reactivity and cement additives. 

Trainer:  Harald Van Weeren - Malvern PANalytical

1:00pm - 2:45pm

Quarry Fleet Optimization 

This training module will explore the hidden costs of the quarry fleet and explore methods to reduce this high cost, but hidden area of production.  Practices for reducing quarry fleet costs are explored. 

Trainer:  Craig Cutting - Caterpillar

3:15pm - 5:00pm