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Phase 1: Technical Audit

The first phase of the SATOPEIS Service is the company Technical Audit, carrying out a thorough, exhaustive analysis of the company's situation.

 

The aim is to compare the practises carried out with the best techniques available on the market, in order to obtain a reliable, precise diagnosis of the company's situation and how it will evolve over time in the event that corrective actions need be undertaken and they are not being carried out.

 

Within this context, the SATOPEIS Service work team is introduced to the cement company. This creates fluid communication with the Client's team, with the idea of a possible collaboration in later phases.

 

Given that needs for different companies can vastly vary, the Technical Audit was designed so that it is:

 

  • Global, in analysing situations that affect all client company levels, or
  • Partial, when carried out heeding to a special client interest in very specific aspects.

GLOBAL TECHNICAL AUDIT

This is used to analyse situations affecting all levels of the company, in order to obtain a description of the cement company's technical reality and compare it with the best techniques available. For this reason, the Audit's analysis points are designed to cover all of the company's Manufacturing Process, which are: 

1) The raw materials for clinker production.

2) Raw material preparation.

3) Clinkering.

4) The raw materials for cement and cement grinding.

5) Shipping.

6) Cements, their testing and analysis.

7) Quality Control Methods: analysis, testing and Laboratory equipment.

8) Increase in product portfolio.

9) The support for implementing Quality Systems.

10) Technical Documentation for Quality and Marketing.

11) Technical Assistance for clients and help on the market.

Partial Technical Audit

This includes the same tasks as the Global Technical Audit, but unlike said audit, it will be reduced to one or a few of the aforementioned processes, or even to a very specific aspect of just one of them.

For this reason, the work carried out during each one of this audit's stages will be the same as defined for the GTA.

STAGES OF THE TECHNICAL AUDIT:

1. Visit to facilities.

2. Interview with the Client's Management Team.

3. Collection of documentation and analysis.

4. Drawing up a report on the situation, specifying possible points to improve found.

5. Presentation of the report to the Client.

Phase 2: Optimisation and innovation projects

Once the Technical Audit is over, the results are presented to the company with the Projects to Optimise and Innovate and Broaden Technical Documentation in terms of the Environment, Quality and Marketing, referred to by the Service's second phase.

Said projects, which define aspects such as:

• Objectives (both financial and technical)

• The definition of Technical and Financial Success Indicators.

• Total costs (including SATOPEIS support costs),

are presented to the client for approval, along with an action timeline, proposed to carry out the action plan (which may be total, if all projects are approved, or partial is the client decides to only carry out one of the projects, or by phases, if all projects are approved but they are staggered out over time).

Phase 3: Opening, Developing, Monitoring and Maintaining Projects

When the client approves the projects and the action plan to be carried out, the third phase of the SATOPEIS Service is opened.

This is when the Cement International Technologies' work team begins working "on-site." First of all, the milestones to be reached along with company members are set. Then, by monitoring the indicators and reviewing the work carried out, a report will be drawn up This report will be the foundation for Monitoring and later Maintenance of the projects in each one of their facets.

When the projects are finished,  a results maintenance phase will be defined along with the client in order to consolidate results over time.

Phase 4: Closing projects

Once it has been verified with the client that the results obtained have been consolidated over time, work will be considered concluded at the company and the projects shall be declared closed. A list of final recommendations will be drawn up to be delivered to the client in the End Service Report.