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When business is booming for the construction industry, production lines at cement plants can’t move fast enough. At these times, keeping up with your customers' demands is a welcome challenge. For you, that means nothing is more important than keeping material moving through the crushers, preheaters, clinker coolers and kilns, all the way to the storage silos as efficiently as possible.

At Martin Engineering, we manufacture durable products that efficiently transport bulk materials like limestone, gypsum, clinker and coal for customers located throughout the world. So we know how your bulk materials handling processes work, the types of problems you encounter every day and, most important, how to solve them.

Durability. Reliability. Efficiency.

As the recognized leader in air cannon technology, you can count on us to solve your biggest challenges.
As the recognized leader in air cannon technology, you can count on us to solve your biggest challenges affecting your preheaters and kilns.

In your business, when equipment failure causes an unexpected shutdown, the consequences can be disastrous. If the wrong piece of equipment breaks down – like the conveyor to the front-end grinder or the air cannons that keep material moving through the preheaters and kilns – the whole operation can go down. When fugitive material spills from the conveyor belt, it can't be recovered and re-used so that spillage equals lost profits. That’s why the equipment you count on every day has to be designed and engineered to work when it’s supposed to, and to be durable enough to last.

So whatever challenge you may be facing, we have most likely seen it, figured out the solution, and tested it to make sure that it works! And if you have a problem we’ve never seen, we love new challenges! Contact a Martin representative to find out how we can apply our decades of cement industry experience to solving your problems today!

Increased Plant Productivity
  • Keep downtime for maintenance and housekeeping to a minimum
  • Move material more efficiently along conveyor systems
  • Reduce spillage and equipment damage by keeping conveyor belts aligned
Safer Plant Operation
  • Manage airborne dust and minimize the risk of explosion and inhalation
  • Prevent material from spilling off of moving conveyor belts
  • Eliminate the need for workers to enter confined spaces
More Profit
  • Reduce costs by minimizing waste and reducing energy consumption
  • Deliver more product by maximizing overall throughput
  • Eliminate excessive downtime for maintenance and cleanup
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Air Cannons - Prepare Now & Save Later

If you know you’ll need to install air cannon nozzles down the road, take advantage of scheduled downtime by installing new flanges now. Once they’re installed, they can easily be sealed until you’re ready to upgrade to new equipment. Plus, we’ll supply the new flanges and installation kit at no cost!

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Air Cannons Drastically Reduce Unscheduled Outages At Cement Plant
A plant produces over a million tons of cement every year. Due to the large production volumes, material was building up on the raw feed material inlet chute to the feedshelf in the preheat tower. The plant was incurring unscheduled outages due to buildup and blockages, costing tens of thousands of dollars per year.
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Air Cannons Improve Material Flow While Optimizing Limited Space
Workers at a cement plant were experiencing some difficulties achieving their volume needed due to the preheater's spoon. The issue developed because the number of air cannons needed to keep the material flowing was limiting the physical space. The plant realized they needed to find a solution that would promote material flow while optimizing space.
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Air Cannons Eliminate Need For Water Blasting
A plant used water blasting to remove material buildups from the pre-heater tower’s riser duct. Personnel were required to open access doors into the tower twice a day to remove the accumulations with a high-pressure water spray. The water blasting caused production problems, dropping lumps into the kiln feed, downgrading kiln efficiency and clinker quality.
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Flow Aid Solutions Reduce Production Outages At Cement Plant
A cement plant in Matozinhos, Brazil is one of Brazil’s leading cement production facilities. Opened in 1959, the plant produces 660,000 (600,000 metric tons) tons of clinker per year. The need to improve efficiency and maintain production without outages led company officials to consider ways to improve flow through the plant’s pre-heater tower.
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Air Cannons Reduce Need For Manual Cleaning
A cement plant produces 1,100,000 metric tons per year of clinker from one line. However, air cannon systems supplied by competitors were not working properly, leaving material buildups in the preheater tower. The buildups required manual cleaning at least two hours every shift, and a monthly slowdown for a major cleaning.
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MartinPLUS® Silo Cleaning Corrects Ratholing In Cement Vessel
A cement plant was experiencing build up which was hardening on the storage vessel’s walls. This produced a hardened rat hole that slowed flow and reduced live storage capacity. A leaky roof had contributed to the problems. It was estimated that the damp cement buildup reached 20 tons of material in the bin.
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Belt Cleaner Minimizes Need For Difficult Manual Cleaning
This cement plant produces one million tons per year. The plant uses a total of nine weigh feeders to move the raw materials—limestone, sand, shale and iron ore—from hoppers to the belt that conveys the material to the roller mill to be ground for kiln feed. To contain the cargo, these feeders use corrugated sidewall belts. Given their wall height, these belts are difficult to clean.
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Belt Cleaners Improve Safety and Efficiency At Cement Plant
A cement plant was having trouble conveying gravel, gypsum, slag and other materials on the main conveyors feeding the clinker. Previously, they used less expensive brush-type cleaners, which were ineffective. They had to stop once a day for manual cleaning, and there was significant spillage, creating dust and security risks.
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Air Cannons Eliminate Blockages Caused By Sticky Iron Ore
At the largest cement producer in Texas, when iron ore would come in wet, or it would rain, the ore got very sticky and would stick to the inside of the silo. TXI would shut down for regular 24 hour periods so they could manually air lance the resulting blockage that was causing low feed rates. Working with Martin Engineering, they developed a plan to install a series of air cannons.
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