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Case Study

Vortex Equipment Chosen For New Cement Loadout

Portland Cement Loadout Facility - Mid-West, United States
Aero-Slide, Inline Filter, Loading Spout, and blower handling Portland Cement

About Portland Cement:

Portland cement is a type of cement that is widely used in construction due to its strength and durability. It's named after the stone from Portland in Dorset, UK, because its color and quality were similar to this stone.

The production process of Portland cement involves combining elements such as calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron, and other ingredients. These are usually derived from limestone, clay, and sand. The mixture is heated in a kiln, a process known as calcination, which results in a hard substance called clinker. This clinker is then ground into a fine powder, which is the final product - Portland cement.

Handling of Portland cement requires precautions due to its dusty nature and alkalinity. It's recommended to use protective clothing, gloves, and goggles when handling cement to avoid skin and eye irritation. Inhaling cement dust can also cause respiratory problems, so appropriate masks should be worn.

In terms of usage, Portland cement is commonly used in concrete, mortar, stucco, and grout. In concrete, it's mixed with sand, gravel, and water, creating a strong and durable building material. As a component of mortar, it binds bricks and stones together in masonry construction. For stucco, Portland cement is combined with water and sand, providing a smooth, solid, and waterproof surface on walls. In grout, it fills gaps and seals joints, like those between tiles.

Careful Planning:

This customer took careful consideration when making a decision about what equipment manufacturer they were going to use. They visited several operational sites to see how Vortex equipment performed when compared to industry competitors. Ultimately this customer decided that Vortex was the right manufacturer to provide them with high quality equipment that provides superior dependability, cleanliness, and safety. See below pictures of the Vortex equipment installed at this new cement loadout terminal.

Vortex Aero-Slide (Angle 1)
Vortex Aero-Slide (Angle 2)
Vortex Aero-Slide (Angle 3)
Vortex In-Line Filter being used for dust control
Vortex Loading Spout loading cement into a trailer
Blower that provides the air necessary for fluidization of the cement in the Aero-Slide
Vortex Loading Spout

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