Big is never big enough

Cement Milling Plants

Big is never big enough

Designing industrial Raw Material Milling Plants made faster
Milling Plants in the Cement Industry (as well as in related industries) are very demanding. Plants have to operate around the clock, and drive capacities of up to 12,000 KW and grinding capacities of up to 1000 t/h are being discussed. Due to the trend towards ever increasing plant capacities the development of new designs needs to be accelerated.
(ed. WoMaMarcel - 27/7/2015)
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Less Effort, less Errors

The widely used Microsoft Visio program is integrated into the database-driven system in order to support graphic editing, and involves the familiar, intuitive work methods of the Office world. In addition, EB’s database is based on the well-known SQL Server. It ensures that all entries, regardless of whether they were created in Explorer, a graphic or a list, also appear immediately in the other views. This is because the database contains the central model, while graphics or worksheets are only different representations of this model, eliminating multiple entries as well as the related coordination efforts and errors.

Also reducing the efforts and errors: the libraries which the engineering platform provides. In addition to already predefined standard symbols, the company’s own shapes can also be included. The better these libraries are filled, the higher the degree of standardisation that is ensured. These predefined components have then only to be inserted into the project via drag & drop. “This greatly supports our usual modular assembly of plants”, explains the main organiser Fuhr.

Gebr. Pfeiffer assembly shop in Kaiserslautern (Germany).

New Level of Communication

The Department Head praises the integrated, transparent change management in particular. On the one hand, it also benefits from standardisation while, on the other hand, it was also possible to simplify and accelerate it by introducing a new asset code. By asset code, we mean a new structure definition, thus in-house rules for equipment labels. “Change management in EB elevates communication with our customers to another level”, says Wolfgang Fuhr. This is because the convenient graphic selection of changes in diagrams creates an unprecedented overview and also contributes to faster processing.

Future Industry Standard?

The IT specialists at Gebrüder Pfeiffer have even more plans for EB for the future. “We would also like to use the system for tender preparation”, says Fuhr. At the press of a button, the firm inviting the bids generates a tender project in EB from the flow diagram, which tenderers can read into their own EB database, where they populate the data model with their offers. Datasheets and flow diagrams are linked together. At the end of the tendering process, EB’s Tendering Manager compares every single attribute of the recorded object data. Within a few minutes, it displays the differences that would otherwise take weeks of work in sifting, sorting and assessment, all without switching between formats and tools, and without paper or Excel lists.

An ERP interface would be another optimization sought by the top data processor, the new system would be compatible with it. Moreover, Fuhr thinks EB will become the industry standard in cement plant construction. “It would be desirable if it materialised.” His conclusion: “Our engineering has already won anyway, our colleagues have readily accepted the system and really appreciate how it facilitates their work.”

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