Getting a Cement Plant Power System Report Completed

By Jeff MacKinnon, P.Eng., PE

Cement plants have a cyclical profile where they are producing product before the building cycle, and full out throughout the building cycle (spring to winter) to keep with demand, then annual maintenance in the winter until it is time to get started again.

Hybrid Approach

With leaner engineering groups in all of industry, we recommend a hybrid approach with you using internal electrician and engineering resources to gather the data needed for the complete power system analysis. If there aren't any power quality concerns at the plant, or your power system study isn't current we recommend getting started with:

  • Short Circuit,
  • Protection Coordination, and
  • Incident Energy (Arc Flash)

Electrical Safety Program

In the 2015 revision of NFPA 70E mining was removed from the exceptions, and MSHA has endorsed NFPA 70E as the standard for PPE selection with regards to arc flash. What this means to you is that NFPA 70E is the de-facto workplace electrical safety standard for cement plants.

Having a current (every 5 years) arc flash analysis, which includes a power system study, is a requirement for any successful electrical safety program.

Getting Started today

If you aren't in a position to get started with a power system analysis at your cement plant today.'

If you are ready, to go NOW, give us a call and we can provide a free quote and execution plan to ensure that the report meets all operational needs of your engineering and safety groups.

As always, if you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate to give me a call.