Smopyc, the International Exhibition of Public Works, Construction and Mining Machinery, brought together 964 exhibiting firms in its 19th edition, from 22 to 25 November, at Feria de Zaragoza, to present the latest developments in the sector, with efficiency, sustainability, and mobility as main topics.

The DigiEcoQuarry project was very much present in this event through the work of one of your partners in the project:Arco Electrónica. Arco carries out complete weighing, dosing, control, and automation projects for multi-sector plants: concrete, aggregates, mortar, environment, agri-food, and chemical. Arco is a member of ANEFA, ANEFHOP (Spanish National Association of Concrete Manufacturers), ANFAPA (Mortar Manufacturers Association), and TECH SOLIDS(Spanish Association of Technology for Solids). Their role in DEQ is as developers of automation and communication solutions for Treatment plants and storage facilities within KTA3, Pilot in VICAT’s Pilot #1, HOLCIM’s Pilot #3, and CIMPOR’s Pilot #5, respectively.

At Smopyc we were able to speak with Víctor Gracia, part of their marketing team, who told us about the innovations related to DEQ that they presented at the event for example, the advances in the field of weighing systems that they have developed within the  DigiEcoQuarry project; the metal detectors that they were already commercializing and, above all, their developments related to access control for quarries.

Access to quarries can be done either using a QR reader, with RFID cards, or using a camera to read license plates. This is why they have resolved to heavily invest in their management software for the automation of aggregate plants. In his words: “Being part of  DigiEcoQuarry has allowed us to have great visibility, both nationally and internationally, and our customers can see the great advantages of working with us because we design and manufacture everything ourselves right here, in our facilities in Zaragoza, Spain. When we held the last Consortium Meeting of the project in Lisbon, we all visited one of the pilot sites of the project, Cimpor, and later many companies began to be interested in our work and asked us about our weighing systems, innovations that were already installed over there”.