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Cemented AI: How CEMEX Is Using The PI System To Automate Kiln Operations
CEMEX, the global building materials company, was sitting on a gold mine. Ten years ago, the company digitized operations, installing equipment sensors and PI System technology in every facility, creating an inbound stream of real-time data. With a decade’s worth of operational data, it was time for CEMEX to leverage that information to further advance its digital transformation. “Data is the new gold. We had a gold mine sitting there and we were not tapping it,” said Rodrigo Javier Quintero, operations digital technologies manager at CEMEX, during the PI World San Francisco 2019 conference. Taking a giant step towards autonomous manufacturing, CEMEX combined existing process knowledge with Petuum’s Industrial Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution, creating a springboard for predictive — and prescriptive — methods that would transform future operations. Thanks to Petuum and OSIsoft’s PI System, CEMEX is on the path to automating processes and achieving previously impossible production goals.