Following the announcement of an ongoing R&D partnership with BASF in December 2015, FLSmidth continues to build strategic relationships with global players to create platforms for future growth.
Strategic agreement with Kleemann
In April 2016, FLSmidth announced a long-term cooperation agreement with Kleemann for the supply of cone crushers for mobile applications in the construction industry.
Kleemann (a Wirtgen Group company) is known as a global technology leader for road and construction machinery. This agreement brings together FLSmidth's technology leadership within cone crushers with Kleemann's leading position in mobile crushing in the construction and aggregate industry.
Manfred Schaffer, President of the Minerals Division, said, "This alliance is a result of FLSmidth's strategy to cooperate and develop technology in partnership with leading peers. As FLSmidth is the main provider of productivity within minerals and cement, and Kleemann has a strong foothold in the construction industry, it provides a unique opportunity for FLSmidth to expand into adjacent markets."
FLSmidth and GE cooperate on data platform
In May 2016, FLSmidth joined forces with General Electric (GE), a leader in the Industrial Internet, to create digital solutions for increasing productivity in the cement and minerals industries.
The new solutions developed on GE's cloud-based Predix platform will leverage FLSmidth's expertise in cement and minerals processing and GE's Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities to maximize the potential of connected equipment units.
FLSmidth will build their solutions on top of GE's Predix platform with applications for managing process flows, thereby allowing customers to leverage process data and analytics for monitoring, benchmarking their performance, and predicting maintenance of their equipment.
Operating costs account for around 80% of the total cost of ownership for running a mining operation or cement plant, and energy is the single largest component. Ongoing monitoring of processes makes it possible to increase productivity significantly.
"Cement and mining companies already collect significant volumes of data, but currently, only a fraction of it is used. This will be the first available solution for a full coherent process monitoring to leverage optimization solutions offered by a full-service provider like FLSmidth," explains Jens Almdal, Head of Global R&D in FLSmidth. "By connecting our control applications with GE's platform, we can bring FLSmidth's proven expertise in resource optimization and productivity together with GE's monitoring and data analytics solution to create an unrivaled combination that will dramatically improve the productivity in the cement and minerals industries."
"FLSmidth and GE are bringing together the best from two worlds, GE's digital industrial expertise to help customers to be more productive and FLSmidth's deep insight into processes and maintenance of cement and minerals plants. Our collaboration will form a strong foundation for the development of a greater digital ecosystem," said John Manison, General Manager of GE's Mining Solutions business.
The FLSmidth control applications integrated on GE's Predix platform will be launched in Q3 2016.
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