Concrete Products

JAN 2019

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 92 of 103 January 2019 • 87 INNOVATIONS REPORT BATCH WATER Available in 5,000- to 30,000-gal. sizes, Hot- Batch Batchwater Tank Heaters are insulated models with integrated, high-temperature burners designed to withstand exposure in harsh ready mixed or manufactured-con- crete plant environments with minimal maintenance. The tanks intuitively maintain positive features of the industry's previous offerings while addressing their shortcom- ings, especially those involving maintenance requirements and insulation integrity. Among key HotBatch Batchwater Tank Heater ben- efits and features, product engineers note: • Multiple burner sizes; • Completely re-buildable Powerflame burner; • Extensive Powerflame service technician network; • Ability to operate on poor quality water sources; • No boiler inspections or water treatment required; • Stationary and portable configurations; • Diesel, natural gas, propane, and combination fuel options; and, • Premium insulation with superior R-value and longevity. The latter is an alternative to a typi- cal approach combining spongy insulation material, thin vapor barrier and overlapping sheets of aluminum. The optional HotBatch premium insulation provides what engineers note is a longer-lasting, higher-quality treat- ment of closed-cell urethane foam, sprayed on with a minimum 2-in. thickness. The dense insulation mechanically and chemi- cally bonds to the tank, eliminating risks for water intrusion, and can be easily repaired with kits available from multiple global ven- dors or American Geothermal direct. The end result is an insulation method that can perform for decades and maintain batchwa- ter temperatures for days after a heating or cooling cycle. The HotBatch series joins the manufac- turer's line of rugged equipment for concrete production, ChillBatch Batchwater Chillers and ThermaBatch Batchwater Heat Pumps. Hot- Batch and ChillBatch units can be mounted on the same skid or mobile trailer. For skid mounted and mobile configurations, the entire system is also pre-plumbed and pre- wired for simple installation on the job. Among many upgrades to complete the system are custom fittings and piping options; plant deliv- ery or saddle tank pumps; strainers; water level indicators; continuous circulation systems; mobile solutions; and, cellular monitoring services for remote job sites. HotBatch models are designed with other concrete plant equipment and components in mind to ensure simple drop-in replacement and familiar operation; features common to other tank heaters include fill water spray bars, standard manway, skidded base and exhaust louvers. HotBatch is not considered a boiler and does not require any of the water treatment or inspections typically associated with boiler systems. — American Geothermal Inc., Murfreesboro, Tenn., 615/890-6985; World of Concrete Booth N813 Next generation American Geothermal tanks ease operation, maintenance Manufactured with standard or premium insulation packages, the HotBatch is pre- sented as a next generation batchwater tank heating system rather than total reinven- tion, and configured to pair with ChillBatch Batchwater Chillers. The HotBatch launch dovetails American GeoThermal's construc- tion of a new manufacturing facility, with triple the existing operation's floor space, to allow faster production plus more extensive research and development leading to fur- ther water heating and cooling equipment innovations.

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