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Understanding Industrial Transformation Today

Learn how industrial transformation leaders are embracing a myriad of digital technologies to drive unprecedented operational efficiencies.

    Cementing a competitive edge

    Discover how a digital transformation with EcoStruxure helps achieve smart manufacturing goals to improve quality and sustainability.

Discover EcoStruxure

Learn how your business can achieve success with EcoStruxure: Innovation at Every Level.

The Challenge

• High energy usage and costs

• High labor intensity and skill requirements

• Poor process control stability due to human error

Plant operators at Gansu Qilianshan Cement Group Co., Ltd. could not tell exactly how much their equipment operation affects production and energy consumption. Achieving that visibility to create an energy-efficient process was one of the key challenges for the company to overcome.

The Solution

Apps, Analytics & Services: Energy Management System (EMS), AVEVA’s* Advanced Process Control (APC)
Edge Control: Modicon PLCs
Connected Products: Altivar Process drives, LV products

• The EMS at the Hongda Building Materials plant enables operators to visualize energy management and serves as the basis for improvement. It uses big data analysis technology to mine data through quality, production, and process parameters, allowing operators to understand energy consumption data in real time and enabling lower energy consumption during normal operation of the equipment.

• AVEVA’s APC solution at the Zhangxian plant enables optimization of the cement kiln’s operational parameters, as well as boosting safety and reliability.

* The Schneider Electric industrial software business and AVEVA have merged to trade as AVEVA Group plc, a UK listed company. The Schneider Electric and Life is On trademarks are owned by Schneider Electric and are being licensed to AVEVA by Schneider Electric.

The Results

The smart manufacturing pilot projects at two plants (Zhangxian and Hongda Building Materials) delivered:

• Almost €600,000 in electricity costs saved in one year at Hongda Building Materials

• Standard coal consumption at the Hongda plant reduced to less than 100kg/ton

• 99% online rate of APC system at Zhangxian

• Improved production stability and efficiency

• Reduced labor requirements

Chang Zhanxin, Deputy General Manager of Hongda Building Materials, Qilianshan Cement

Customer Testimonial

“The benefits of Schneider Electric’s Energy Management System at Hongda have been so significant that the Qilianshan Cement Group has decided to deploy this solution across the entire group.”

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