12 July, 2016: Cement plants depend on drive technology that is sufficiently robust to provide reliable operation in demanding
applications and challenging environments. SEW-EURODRIVE upgrades and supplies reliable gear units and drives for this industry.
SEW-EURODRIVE business development manager for heavy industrial solutions, Steffen Reiblein, notes that cement plant operators can benefit from an innovative partnership with such a global drive technology manufacturer,
as it is not only offers drive solutions, but also ongoing service and support.
"Having the backing of our company's global presence enables us to provide support, regardless of where any new plant is constructed.
We can also accommodate international cement groups," Reiblein highlights.
SEW-EURODRIVE is a global player, with a product range and application knowledge allowing it to provide innovative engineering
solutions from Greenfield projects to retrofits on existing plants. Its drive technology has been used on such notable projects
as the construction of a new ± 6 000 tpd cement plant in Limpopo Province.
"SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa carried out the cold commissioning at the Limpopo plant to guarantee that all the drive technology
was installed correctly and ready to run," Reiblein continues.
SEW-EURODRIVE has partnered with many prestigious names in the cement industry to design and install upgraded long-distance
limestone reclaimers at various plants in order to increase efficiency, reduce maintenance and improve performance and operation.
For example, it reduced production loses at a reclaimer where the DC drive broke down frequently. The subsequent upgrade allowed
for smoother operation and increased efficiency, as well as significantly less inventory requirements and reduced maintenance.
In New South Wales, Australia, SEW-EURODRIVE's engineers were able to increase the productivity of a limestone crusher at
Boral Cement plant by up to 25 per cent with the addition of a custom-designed wobble feeder. Prior to the introduction of
the feeder, Boral Cement's engineering manager Dean Beltrame indicated that the crushing capacity of the machine was constrained by the lack of any pre-screening.
"With the help of SEW-EURODRIVE's engineers, we designed a wobble feeder that pre-screens the material prior to the jaw crusher.
By eliminating the fine materials from entering the jaw crusher station, we only crush the large rocks that need crushing.
That has given us a 20-25 per cent average increase in production capacity on our 1928 vintage crusher," Beltrame explains.
SEW-EURODRIVE offers a quick turnaround time with its gear rebuilds, which reduces downtime significantly. Its equipment not
only lasts longer, but has been found to be extremely reliable. It also provides reliable technical support.
The table below stipulates inspection and maintenance intervals, and serves as a useful guideline for the appropriate measures
to be taken: