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36 • August 2019 LafargeHolcim's Siggenthal, Switzerland, cement plant will be the lighthouse where integration of all relevant modules are tested for the global initiative, which has commenced with 30 pilot projects. "Transforming the way we produce cement is one of the focus areas of our digitalization strategy and the 'Plants of Tomorrow' initiative will turn Industry 4.0 into reality at our plants," says Global Head – Cement Manufacturing Solomon Baumgart- ner Aviles. "These innovative solutions make cement production safer, more efficient and environmentally fit. We are moving to fully data-driven operations in order to support fur- ther profitable growth as part of our Strategy 2022 – 'Building for Growth'." Among the technologies implemented are predictive operations that can detect abnormal conditions; process anomalies in real-time; reduce maintenance costs by more than 10 percent; and, significantly lower energy consumption. Automation and robot- ics are important elements of the strategy. Unmanned surveillance, for one, is being per- formed for high exposure jobs across an entire plant. Partnering with Swiss start-up Flyabil- ity, LafargeHolcim is using drones that allow the frequency of inspections to increase while simultaneously reducing cost and increasing safety for employees by inspecting confined spaces. A new PACT (Performance and Collabo- ration) digital tool allows operational decision making from experience-based to data-centric by combining data from various sources and enabling machine learning applications. Adam Wallace has joined Besser Co. as sales manager, New Products, a new posi- tion responsible for promoting the sale of equipment, parts, paid service, and training to customers and pros- pects for the company's entire offering. Wallace most recently worked in sales for Schwing Amer- ica, supporting ready mixed concrete equipment for key accounts in the United States and Canada. He has an MBA in Global Concrete Indus- try Management; bachelor's degree in Concrete Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University; and, an associate degree in Concrete Technology from Alpena Community College. Separately, Besser has promoted Richard Dolly to regional sales manager – West, who will lead the team of representatives Robert Frisby, Wally Hernandez and Brian Motley; and, Ralph Schlereth to regional sales manager – East, leading the team of representatives Terry McNamee, Rich Matzke, Dan Leman and Brad Meyer. Both East and West teams will continue BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS MANUFACTURERS Resource Management Associates, a long- time environmental permitting, regulatory compliance and plant design consultant to ready mixed and manufactured-concrete producers, has opened a satellite office for clients throughout the Southeast: 127 Church Street, Suite 230, Marietta, GA 30060. RMA's New Jersey headquarters mailing address has changed from Forked River to P.O. Box 188 Toms River, NJ 08754; 888-RMA-0230. LafargeHolcim Ltd. has launched a four- year "Plants of Tomorrow" plan to upgrade global cement production processes with artificial intelligence, predictive mainte- nance and digital twin technologies. The initiative is one of the largest Industry 4.0 technologies deployments in building mate- rials production. A "Plants of Tomorrow" certified operation will show 15 percent to 20 percent of operational efficiency gains compared to a conventional cement plant, company officials note. Adam Wallace © 2019 Terex Corporation. All rights reserved. Terex, the Terex Crown logo and Works For You are trademarks of Terex Corporation or its subsidiaries. THINK PERFORMANCE, THINK FOWARD. OPERATES UNDER STANDARD BATCH PLANTS HEIGHT: 12' 4" LIGHTER FOOTPRINT WEIGHT: <27K LBS COMPETITIVELY PRICED INNER•CITY APPLICATION SUPERIOR TO REAR DISCHARGE IN MANEUVERABILITY, PERFORMANCE, VISIBILITY & SAFETY 1-800-433-6691 E: TM

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