Associate Member Awards

PCA's Chairman’s Manufacturing Performance Awards recognize PCA Associate Member company accomplishments in the advancement of cement manufacturing over the previous year in three main areas: innovative products, unique processes and best-in-class practices.

PCA Associate Members are suppliers, engineers and consultants that support cement companies in the production of high quality cement in the most energy efficient and environmentally sound way possible.

Entrants presented to a panel of PCA member judges earlier this year during a joint meeting of the PCA Environment & Energy and MTC committees.

2019 Winners

1st Place

For a silicon dioxide impregnated refractory using nano-particle sized silica. The case study presented demonstrated reduced porosity, reduced permeability, increased alkali resistance, and increased abrasion resistance. Of particular note was the coating repellency, lower thermal conductivity, and insensitivity to water vapor of this refractory. The case study was presented by Roland Krischanitz.

2nd Place

For successful implementation of an alternative fuel system. The case study presented demonstrated storage, mixture, and feeding of four different alternative fuels to both ends of two kilns. Of particular note was the accomplishment of taking the plant from no alternative fuel use to a 25% substitution rate with alternative fuel feeding both at the main burner and at the preheater tower. The case study was presented by Jan Tuma.

3rd Place (Tie)

For a high efficiency, high performance V-series rotary feeder and airlock that replaces screw pumps in many pneumatic conveying applications. The case study presented demonstrated a saving in power consumption of 32% with an annual cost savings of $160,000. The case study was presented by Fred Wuertele.

For a low drag filter bag membrane installation. The case studies presented demonstrated energy savings and appreciable drops in differential pressures with one plant experiencing a 16% increase in feed rate and 9% increase in airflow. The case study was presented by Carlos Lopez Cuevas.