Helping Cement Companies Become Proactive Using Vision

Digitization is here and it is changing the way we eat, sleep, connect, and do business. Whether we are ordering food, monitoring our sleep or getting a ride, consumers today expect a digital experience, and this digitization change is transforming not only our day to day lives, but also the way we conduct business. 

Today consumers expect their brands to leverage technology in order to deliver a better experience. Similar to how rideshare apps like Uber tell you when there is a surge of demand and, as a result, your ride will cost more, in the cement industry customers expect to know if there is a delay at the plant so that they can plan accordingly.   

At Atollogy, we are using computer vision to change the way industrial companies look at operations. By utilizing Atollogy’s Industrial Vision platform, teams are able to track and measure things like cycle time and safety thereby allowing them to monitor and manage operations more effectively.

In October, Atollogy gave a presentation at the IEEE-IAS Cement Industry Conference. Part of this presentation discussed a case study that highlighted how Atollogy’s solution can help cement companies increase safety and improve customer relationships. One example, safety violations, frequently resulted in human harm and/or death. The significant lack of visibility of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety cage utilization violations made it difficult to understand the extent of the problem as well as have any actionable data to help investigate and solve these issues.   Atollogy’s Industrial Vision solution addresses these challenges by capturing images and videos of events on the safe cage, which are then analyzed, and violations are flagged. As part of this case study, Atollogy demonstrated how plant management was notified of safety violations along with the corresponding driver and vehicle information which empowered the team to investigate.  

This sample report highlights the insights provided to companies enabling them to take a more proactive approach to safety. As an example, one of Atollogy’s customers had over 50% of the violations coming from just 3 vehicles. By working with the respective trucking companies the customer was able to reduce their safety violations by 30% in just a few weeks.

Returning to the initial example of an Uber ride, the app will tell you when there is a surge of demand and your ride will cost more. Similarly, Atollogy’s Industrial Vision platform is used in the cement industry to change the way contracts are written because companies are now able to track and measure things like cycle time and incorporate new insights into contracts.  

For example, having real time and historical operational data enables plant managers to offer their customers a discounted price and a maximum time on site if the customer arrives during defined time periods when the plant is typically slower. In doing so, these cement companies have fewer trucks waiting to be filled, which not only delivers better value and experience to their customers but also increases the plant’s efficiency enabling greater throughput.

Arming plant managers with new operational data is fundamentally changing the cement industry. Access to actionable data allows them to proactively engage in solving safety issues and creating new business opportunities resulting in fewer injuries, increased revenue, and an enhanced customer experience.

Author:

 

John Muhlner

Vice President, Product and Marketing

John@atollogy.com