Written by Global Cement Staff
Mexico: Grupo Kopar has won first place at the Cemex Integrate Supplier’s Innovation Program. Three ideas for innovation and their contribution to the company, the communities where it operates, and the environment were recognised from a field of 28 suppliers at Cemex Mexico’s Supplier’s Day 2016. The awards were presented at a ceremony at Monterrey on 12 October 2016.
The ideas submitted, which mainly focused on providing more efficient processes, products and services, were subjected to an evaluation and voting process directed by a group of 20 executives and experts from different areas of the company. Additionally, 40 companies earned the OHSAS 18001:2008 Standard and were recognised as ‘Health and Safety Certified Suppliers.’
Grupo Kopar came first with its idea for a high efficiency valve for dust collectors. The project consisted of making more efficient dust collectors by redefining the pulse filter cleaning valve system by migrating from traditional diaphragm valve technology to efficient Mac spool valves. Grupo Kopar supplies pneumatic and motion control components, with applications ranging from pneumatic valves and cylinders to robots.
Second place was awarded to Equipos y Explosivos del Noreste for its idea for a low-density blasting agent. Its agent is made from a different fuel than the one currently used, offering a cost reduction and improved results for the displacement and fragmentation of each quarry blast. Equipo y Explosivos del Noreste has been present in the mining and construction explosives market since 1989, providing high-quality technology in all of its products.
Third place was won by Vidmar for its automatic bag weigher CWB 25-50. The system is designed to perform automatic random cement bag weight sampling without human intervention to improve health and safety conditions. Vidmar is a specialised engineering group with more than 30 years of experience.
It is a global specialised supplier in the industrial weight and automation field.