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Holcim to deploy AI to over 100 plants worldwide

by Mark Cantrell
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Holcim has announced it is scaling up the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in manufacturing across more than 100 of its plants worldwide over the next four years.

The company claims the move will improve efficiency and reinforce capacity for its customers.

AI technology is already in use at 45 plants to predict and prevent failures before they occur, Holcim says. The company intends to “broaden and deepen” this application to “boost operational resilience”.

This will entail Holcim further rolling out a state-of-the-art predictive maintenance solution from AI platform software provider C3 AI, as well as piloting generative AI to enhance its capabilities.

Miljan Gutovic, Holcim’s chief executive, said: “AI is a transformative technology that will revolutionise our industry. Already widely embedded across Holcim, AI catalyses operational efficiency and enhances customer service. We will ultimately scale up our use of AI to hundreds of sites worldwide.”

As part of the rollout, Holcim’s maintenance teams are being equipped with what is said to be best-in-class predictive technology for real-time asset management and optimisation. The company’s AI initiatives in manufacturing span several other areas, from cement quality and process optimisation to autonomous vehicles and computer vision.

The application of AI is part of Holcim’s Plants of Tomorrow programme intended to modernise a global network of over 140 integrated cement plants and grinding stations across more than 40 countries.

By using digital and AI solutions, Holcim says it is creating “connected, smart and energy-efficient” sites that “complement other decarbonisation levers”. The initiative also includes the use of unmanned drones for enhanced inspection and safety practices, and smart control systems for efficient energy consumption.

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