The cement plant laboratory ensures excellence of the final product by conducting cement quality control inspections at every production stage. Analyzes are conducted on stone (G), raw meal (H), clinker (S) and cement. Chemical analyzes and physical tests of the cement are performed by specialized technicians using all equipment and measurement devices as required by Canadian and American Standards.
The laboratory controls raw material at each step in its transformation through continuous sampling, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Data are analyzed instantaneously, and the operator takes the appropriate correctives action, if necessary.
By taking part in various audit programs, Ciment Quebec Inc.(CQI) ensures that tests and measurements are precise and the equipment is in good working order.
The entire North American cement industry participates in this program. It involves sending participants’ samples of cement that must undergo all required chemical and physical tests. The results are then compiled and a report is produced. If discrepancies are seen in the same tests that are completed on the calibration samples, recommendations are made by the CCRL and corrective action is taken immediately.
This program involves a specialized technician visiting the facilities and checking all the equipment used, as well as the working method of our technicians. Following this audit, a report is prepared and corrective actions are taken if discrepancies are observed.
The St-Basile cement plant laboratory has a 5 rating – the highest rating issued by the CCRL.
To be able to deliver cement in the United States, suppliers must register their product on a list for approval. This approval process consists of sending the specific DOT a sample of the cement to ensure that it meets their requirements. Moreover, once approval has been granted, samples are sent on a regular basis for audits.
Quality control tests on the concrete are conducted at the laboratories of Ciment Quebec in Laval.
At Ciment Quebec Inc. we are committed to manufacture the best cements. We achieve this through the skills of our dedicated employees, the high quality of the materials we select and with the technology we use for manufacturing. Our cement manufacturing process Synergia™ requires 30 % less energy and generates up to 10 % less polluting emissions than other cements available on the market. This enables us to produce eco-efficient cements of the highest quality.