The polab® AMT and polab® Linea laboratory automation systems are thyssenkrupp’s full-size solutions for medium to very large cement plants. Whereas the polab® Linea features a narrow design and sample transport via transport belts and handling units, the polab® AMT is more compact and sampling handling is managed via an ABB industrial robot. Both systems are fully modular and feature the same internal components, allowing for easy upgrades in the future. Their small footprint allows them to fit easily into existing buildings in the plant, thus reducing investment costs.
Both systems are fully enclosed in a modern housing of aluminium and glass, allowing access to the room while they are in operation. During service and maintenance, individual modules may be removed while the overall system remains in operation, thus limiting interruption in a plants quality control.
Both the AMT and the Linea are controlled by the new polab® AQCnet software, which can be adapted to the customer's requirements. Service and spare parts are available on a long-term basis.
When leaving the AMT or Linea, the pressed tablets for XRF, XRD, or colour analysis travel on a belt system to the respective analysers, where they are analysed and then returned to the automation system. Sample tracking, their movement through the laboratory, and the data management are handled by the polab® AQCnet software system, which also operates the AMT or Linea.
Dr. Florian Huthmann, Head of Process & Quotations Laboratory Automation polab®
Powered by our state-of-the-art software system, the polab® AMT and polab® Linea can interact with a range of analysers, depending on the requirements of the industry and the customer.
The housing of the polab® AMT and polab® Linea systems, and the modular design of the machines inside the housing allow for easy accessibility. Most individual units are mounted on a self-aligning rail system to allow complete removal and reinstallation in minutes. This concept facilitates maintenance work without stopping the whole laboratory automation system. The housing provides maximum work place safety for employees, and the laboratory around the automation system can be used as a working space.
polab® AQCnet - Interface to analysers
polab® AQCnet communicates with instrumentation supplied by all known analyser manufacturers. Typical installations include XRF and XRD analysers, as well as laser particle sizers. Depending on local requirements, common additional analysers may include colour measurement, moisture measurement and C/S analysers. The open interface concept can be used to interface with other components based on the customer’s needs.
polab® laboratory automation systems are continuously adapted to the needs of customers with regard to sample preparation and analytical methods, providing state-of-the-art developments to meet all requirements. The polab® APM housed in the larger system supplies optimum pressed tablets for XRD analysis, which are indispensable for checking clinker and cement quality in plants that use alternative fuels and raw materials.
Today, polabCal closes the link between production control and cement quality. Fast isothermal calorimetry provides reactivity data of clinker and cement within 60 minutes to maintain targeted product qualities.
Advanced Module Technology
polab® AMT, a laboratory automation system of modular design, is equipped with an industrial robot. It integrates the existing polab® standard modules for capsule reception and sample preparation into a successful modular design.