VDZ has been offering its training programme for more than 60 years. Based on the positive experiences and the feedback from the many companies who have sent their experts to VDZ or for whom VDZ has provided customised courses, the current training portfolio has been further developed into a comprehensive programme covering all aspects of cement production. The programme is offered in English and the courses can be booked individually. In addition, all courses can also be customised on request for a company‘s own employees exclusively and held at any location.

The training programme contains varied seminars and courses for newcomers and experts in the cement industry. As classroom teaching units these are held at VDZ in Duesseldorf, allowing participants to profit from our facilities during practical exercises, when these are foreseen. To facilitate individual, continual learning, VDZ also offers online courses, which are designed to train employees in the cement industry through computer-based learning methods. These web-based courses are accessible at any time. They combine different elements to make learning easier and more efficient, such as animations, focussed explanations, questions and tests. Trainees can learn at their own pace. In addition, companies can provide tutors to offer plant and company-specific support.

VDZ is delighted to provide the following seminars and courses:

Process Technology of Cement Production (3 – 14 February 2020)
This course consists of two modules: "Raw Material Preparation and Grinding Technology"
(Module 1) as well as "Clinker Production and Material Technology" (Module 2). Each module has a duration of one week. The course gives a deep insight into cement production technology, covering topics from quarry operation to cement grinding. Further Details

Crash Course Process Control (2 – 4 March 2020)
The SIMULEX® cement plant simulator for training plant supervisors, foremen, production personnel, control room operators and young engineers was developed by KHD Humboldt Wedag AG in cooperation with VDZ. For over ten years VDZ has been using the simulator within the framework of training courses and has been continually supporting the further development of the system with practical input from the industry. As a result, the simulator provides a realistic reconstruction of a production plant with a state-of-the-art supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA). Further Details

Seminar Wear of Refractory Materials (24 March 2020)
The refractory lining of a cement plant is subject to wear, which can be typical to abnormal depending on the process conditions. A premature wear of the refractory lining usually results in an unexpected loss of production, which is associated with high costs. In order to be able to better assess the reasons for the wear that has occurred, the course gives an overview of the types of wear in the cement plant and their interpretation. In addition, details are shown how the wear behaviour of the refractory lining in the cement plant changes as a result of the use of alternative fuels. Further Details

Seminar Installation of Refractory Materials (25 – 26 March 2020)
For good lifetimes of the refractory materials in the clinker production line, a faultless installation is an important prerequisite. Even though the installation is carried out in most companies by external companies, supervision should be done by trained employees. This seminar should help the participants to be able to better evaluate the refractory installation and thereby recognize deficits at an early stage. Further Details

Plant Maintenance and Refractories Course (22 – 26 June 2020)
Our Plant Maintenance and Refractories Course covers all topics concerning the high efficiency and availability of a cement plant’s key machinery. Measurement of rotary kilns and ball mills as well as independent expertise in mechanical maintenance and inspections are also among the major aspects. We provide an extensive know-how transfer on high quality refractory kiln brick lining materials and installation including their relation to mechanical failure. Further Details

Energy Balances and Efficiency (5 – 9 October 2020)
Learn how to conduct and evaluate cement kiln trials and mill trials. Kiln and mill examinations are carried out in order to gather data on the performance and to validate warranty performance data such as the output, the energy consumption, input/output ratio or the efficiency. They also provide a reliable foundation for the optimisation of individual operational system components, the cement quality, the reduction of emissions levels and for assessment of material cycles and coating formations. Further Details

Crash Course for Young Engineers (14 – 18 June 2021)
The cement industry provides excellent job opportunities for young engineers or scientists. Training schemes introduce these new employees to cement technology, taking their different professional backgrounds into account. This training course provides a one-week in-depth training session which covers all relevant aspects of cement technology including chemistry, mineralogy and environmental aspects. Quality control as well as cement performance in mortar and concrete will also be covered. Further Details

Customised Training Courses, Seminars and Workshops (by arrangement)
Besides our open training courses we offer a wide range of customised training courses, seminars and workshops. During over 60 years’ teaching activity we have conducted numerous tailor-made training courses and seminars for cement producers and national or international organisations around the globe. The biggest advantage of this kind of training is that the topics, duration and the level of difficulty can be tailored to fit the customer’s needs to provide maximum practical benefit. Further Details

VDZ Online Courses (flexible starting dates)
VDZ Online Courses are designed to train industrial employees in the cement industry through innovative, highly flexible online learning methods. The courses can be used either for self-paced learning, as a supplement to classroom training or as a knowledge base. VDZ Online Courses provide the latest knowledge on cement production in an industry-proven, easily understandable format. Thanks to web-based technologies, high quality animations, self-tests and certification, employees can learn cost-efficiently anywhere and anytime they have access to the Internet. Further Details

All courses are conducted by experienced engineers and researchers who have gained their expertise and practical experience working in cement production, in different international projects with regard to process and product optimisation, energy efficiency and emissions reduction, and in various practice-oriented research projects.

All seminars and courses can be found in the VDZ Technical Training Programme 2020/2021. The courses can be booked online via the VDZ Education and Training Website.

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