Concrete Products

JUL 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 94 of 107 July 2017 • 93 INNOVATIONS REPORT BATCH PLANTS EFFICIENCY DELIVERED In the finished plant, aggregates are loaded into ground bins and then transported by conveyor to four elevated, 100-ton aggregate bins which, along with their support structure, are hot-dipped galva- nized. A 3000L Haarup mixer charges a traveling bucket that delivers the concrete to a hopper filling the pole forms. Valmont Utility also deploys Tuckerbilt mix transport vehicles to discharge concrete into special-product forms. The batch plant and mix delivery run on Haarup controls. As safety is of utmost importance to Valmont Utility, the plant has easy access for all service requirements in the form of stairs and walkways to maintenance areas. There are also lines for all grease points running to a central location, making the maintenance point more accessible. "Haarup listened to us during the design of the new batch plant, offering suggestions and implementing the requirements of the proj- ect effectively," says Valmont Utility Director of Concrete Operations Ronald Barnett. "They then worked with the general contractor to ensure the design and installation of the new batch plant proceeded smoothly, allowing us to continue with normal production, which was imperative for supporting our customers." The new equipment enables Bartow production crews to mix larger batches and realize higher quality concrete with more reliable pro- duction, in turn helping Valmont Utility meet increasing spun cast prestressed pole demand. — Haarup North America Inc., Portland, Ore., 503/954-1718;

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