Egyptian mill blends flour-making tradition with high-tech ABB solutions

2012-12-03 - New flour mill uses System 800xA for optimum productivity and cost-efficient maintenance
Cairo, Egypt — ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has completed the commissioning of an 800xA control system for a major new flour mill in Egypt’s Delta region.

The Itahad mill, owned by West Delta Mills Co. features System 800xA overseeing the entire processing line comprised of mill equipment from Germany-based Maschienen & Muehlenbau Witten (MMW). System 800xA provides a centralized control solution for monitoring the entire plant, as well as comprehensive production and equipment status reports that help improve and maintain superior product quality. ABB also delivered supporting electrical components and equipment for the mill’s Motor Control Center (MCC) and other site machinery.

This unified view into the process results in cost savings for Itahad, as monitoring operations requires less manpower. Furthermore, by providing data such as alarms, stock levels, and motor loads, System 800xA equips operators with valuable information for process optimization. By generating regular equipment status reports, System 800xA also serves a tool for preventive maintenance.

Last October, the mill was inaugurated by Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Hisham Qandil and several other officials. “This is mill is testament to what we can achieve by combining world-class technology and equipment with local engineering expertise (from ABB),” said Prime Minister Qandil.

Mohamed Ismail, ABB’s project manager, shared, “With ABB solutions, Itahad’s production can be viewed, maintained and optimized to its fullest potential.” The facility has a daily production capacity of 300 tons of wheat flour.

The second phase of the project involves the installation of the same ABB solution in another West Delta Mill-owned facility, also in the Delta region. The second mill is scheduled for completion in early 2013.

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Egypt's Prime Minister Dr. Hisham Qandil (center), ABB site manager Mohamed Allam (left, foreground), and Egypt's Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Eng. Abu Zeid Mohamed (right) during the mill’s inauguration.