Concrete Products

JUL 2015

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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20 • July 2015 NEWS SCOPE PRODUCERS In two retrofits and two transit-to-central mixed conversions, Tracy, Calif.-based Con- E-Co dealer DHE Inc. has installed Model 12 tilt mixers at the Ameron Hawaii batch plants on Oahu and Maui islands, while also deliver- ing a new Model 12-equipped Lo-Pro 427CM plant. The move to central mixed production at two locations was partly driven by perfor- mance requirements for a major bridge deck contract, and to address increasing demand for specialty concretes. "We serve a broad range of market appli- cations, and are producing a wider range of mixes with higher levels of admixtures," says Ameron Hawaii Vice President Eric Yoshizawa. "We now have a high degree of standardiza- tion with our mixers, and this has operation- al benefts in terms of parts commonality as well as operator training and moving person- nel seamlessly between locations." The Model 12 drums provide improved control in ready mixed production, he adds, and have the option for variable speed drives—a Con-E-Co exclusive that reduces component wear and splatter volume. Shipped fully assembled, wired and plumbed for streamlined installation, the tilt mixer features a full 12-yd. drum and ad- vanced "Five Star" mixer paddle design. The 427CM batch plant is engineered to quickly accept optional bolt-on expansion modules, making it easy to grow as production needs increase, and includes a patented "blending" cement batcher. The Ameron Hawaii flagship operation is located on Oahu along the Sand Island Access Road. The producer runs a 60-mixer feet between the headquarters and three satellite plants. — Concrete Equipment Co., Customer demands drive central mixed upgrades at five Ameron Hawaii alleys The Con-E-Co Model 12 mixer upgrades are the frst major capital improvement for Ameron Hawaii since the producer returned to local ownership—a Honolulu developer acquiring the business in mid-2014 from National Oilwell Varco.

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