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China-Based Conglomerate Uses AI to Optimize Energy Efficiency of Cement Cooler Process

Minimized process variation

Optimized control

Increased energy efficiency



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A China-based company that mainly manufacturers, processes, and distributes iron and steel products has developed into one of the largest steel conglomerates in Southwest China. With over 60 years of experience in the industry, this steel company produces millions of tons of steel and steel products annually, and closely follows the development trends of the industry. China is one of the leading producers of steel, which is essential for many manufacturing, transportation, construction, and consumer products. While focused on steel manufacturing, this large company also manufactures chemicals, cement, and other products.



This company has been a long-time customer of GE Digital software solutions for the energy management systems of their steel business unit. The cement sector of their business was looking for a solution to optimize control of their cement cooling process. They were experiencing challenges with ideal control of the cooling process, which resulted in suboptimal heat recovery and inefficient energy usage. Cement cooling is a significant step in the cement production process. It is an energy-intensive process, and efficient cooling is paramount to efficient energy usage.


Using AI Software to Create a Process Digital Twin


GE Digital partner, Shanghai Sealu, introduced the cement division to Proficy CSense, which is an analytics software that improves asset and process performance with a Process Digital Twin. For the cement division, the Process Digital Twin used data gathered from the cooler to create simulations that predicts how the cooler will perform.


With Proficy CSense, this company learned how to optimize control of their cement cooler process to maximize heat recovery, optimize energy efficiency and reduce net energy consumption. GE Digital and Shanghai Sealu showcased how Proficy Csense can:


Analyze: With seamless connectivity, rich visualization and predictive analytics, this steel company can use available data to understand variation in cement cooler operations


Predict: By providing a predictive model that can capture the relationships between controllable process inputs and process outputs, the company can predict future performance


Simulate: Using Proficy CSense, the team can use a Digital Twin model to simulate process behavior


Optimize: Deploy an optimizer to optimally adjust process inputs in real time to maximize heat recovery and energy-efficient cooling, which can help the company optimize productivity GE Digital’s team of experts provided six hours of complimentary analytics consulting to accelerate insights and value derived from Proficy CSense:


  • By analyzing the data, new insight was gained about the variation in the cement cooler’s performance
  • Creating a predictive model allowed the customer to see how a Digital Twin model can predict how process input changes can affect the cement cooler’s performance
  • The Digital Twin model showcased how it can be used to simulate process behavior and performance based on process input changes
  • The GE Digital team shared how to deploy an optimizer to adjust process inputs in real time to maximize heat recovery and energy efficient cooling, which simulates its improvement impact in the process


With the success of this project at the cement division, the company is looking into rolling out Proficy CSense and Process Digital Twin technology at other plants.


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About Shanghai Sealu Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd.


Shanghai Sealu Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. is a high-tech company focusing on industrial automation/informatization system integration and design consulting and system development. Since its establishment, the company has accumulated significant experience in the field of automation and smart factory design and development, whether it is from electrical design, system design or software development, it has strong strength and rich experience.


The main business of the company: Sealu mainly undertakes the design, programming, consulting and system development of industrial automation systems/intelligent production systems. At the same time, it is the premier agent and authorized system partner of General Electric (GE).


Advantages: The company has advanced technology and rich engineering experience, especially in the steel industry and discrete manufacturing industry. The company’s technicians’ program and debug various PLCs establish the Internet of Things systems, and have rich experience in the fields of big data summary analysis and intelligent manufacturing system.



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