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.

2020 Winners

1st Place

"Mission Zero” presented a technology path towards zero emissions, 100% fuel substitution, and zero waste at cement plants. The presentation reviewed a pilot installation for pyroprocessing of supplementary cementitious materials at FLSmidth’s Dania, Denmark, R&D Center, results from calcined clay production in a calciner rather than a rotary cement kiln, and the use of existing technologies such as low NOx calciners for alternative fuel combustion.

Judges noted that the approach includes 100% fuel substitution and zero waste and potentially has the greatest impact on the cement industry

2nd Place

“Introducing the Ultimate Filter for Cement Kiln Baghouses” presented a high capacity, high surface area, multi-lobal, needle felt alternative to glass/membrane fabrics used in high temperature cement plant applications. The introduction included test results from tenacity, elongation, shrinkage, glass transition temperature, and VDI filtration performance tests. Of particular note was potential application in kiln/raw mill, clinker cooler, and alkali bypass applications.

Judges were impressed with the unique needle felt fabric designed for high temperature environments and extreme applications including kiln/raw mill, clinker cooler, and alkali bypass filter installations. 

3rd Place 

"Efficient Alternative Fuel Handling for Main Burner Firing” presented alternative fuels handling system that unloads, screens, conveys, doses, and continuously feeds RDF to the main burner of a cement plant. The system includes the ability to unload walking floor trainers and is fully enclosed. The case study presented highlighted the system’s ability to handle material with moisture contents up to 40% at a high dosing accuracy and without fluctuation in feed rate.

Judges noted the installation allowed the unloading, screening, dosing, and feeding of high moisture content RDF with a high dosing accuracy directly to the main burner.