How to Maximize Efficiency at Your Cement Plant with Vertical Roller Mills and Industry-Leading Maintenance

No matter what industry you are in, reliable, efficient equipment has always been among the most valued assets. With the right products and proper maintenance, your business can increase productivity while lowering operational costs. 

Using a vertical roller mill (VRM) to grind cement ingredients is a terrific example. Read on for more information about these exceptionally efficient grinders and how ProcessBaron—through an industry-leading maintenance program—can help you get the most out of your investment in these machines. 

Greater Capacity and Faster Grinding

Ball mill grinders have long been used because of their low initial costs. However, the overall efficiency of VRMs offers multiple advantages over the long haul.  

In a ball mill, the grinding process takes place by impact and attrition. On the other hand, a vertical roller mill exposes a bed of material to a pressure high enough to fracture the individual particles in the bed. 

This process creates a stable and consistent grinding bed between the rollers and the VRM table. This makes the grinding process more manageable and reaches your desired particle size much faster. 

Also, consider that VRM grinding capacities are approximately 20% to 25% larger than a ball mill’s capacity. Such an increase in volume allows you to reach the desired particle size for more types of projects. 

Greater Energy Efficiency 

The cement industry is one of the most energy-intensive industrial sub-sectors, accounting for almost 15% of the total energy consumed by manufacturing. A vertical roller mill can lower your power consumption leading to a significant reduction in your cost of operation. 

While a ball mill is simple to operate and requires less power than some alternatives, it can’t match a VRM’s efficiency. On average, a VRM consumes 25% to 40% less energy than a ball mill system. 

Increasing the Life of Your Equipment through Annual Maintenance 

Your cement plant should always include VRM maintenance when scheduling your yearly outage. During that scheduled service, worn parts and other issues can be identified before they become problems that cause unscheduled downtime. 

No matter what machinery you use, routine maintenance is essential for extending the lifespan of your equipment and achieving maximum operating efficiency. But, given the exceptional capabilities of VRMs, regular service also allows your equipment to reach and maintain maximum energy efficiency. 

Learn more about our preventative maintenance field services! 

Bring in the Maintenance Experts 

Outsourcing your vertical roller mill maintenance to a team of experts can provide an additional level of experience and up-to-date product knowledge. Such expertise will not only ensure high-level operation, it will also maximize equipment uptime. 

Our team at Southern Field, a subsidiary of ProcessBarron, specializes in industrial maintenance. Our experts are industry leaders when it comes to maintaining, repairing, upgrading, or replacing equipment. 

Our field service engineers have years of experience working with VRMs, including hard welding, roll and mill repair, housing repair, kiln repair, and more. Not only does our team at SouthernField have the technical expertise, but we prioritize your experience as a customer. 

Our priority is keeping your plant operating smoothly and efficiently. Whether you’re a new or existing customer, we’ll get the job done right and on time. We are your partner in success. 

Are you interested in learning more about ProcessBarron’s involvement in the cement industry? Contact us today!