Concrete Products

FEB 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 60 of 95 February 2017 • 59 COVER STORY BASALITE The plant upgrade saw ex- isting exterior aggregate bins maintained for base mixes, and a repurposed rail car maintained for face mix aggregate bins. Stand- ley Batch equipped the new line with base and face mix hoppers plus feed belts charging the Tiger machine from separate ends. Basalite Concrete Products wrote a 70-page controls manual for the new Tracy production line, and awarded the package to Marcotte Systems Ltd. Programmers tai- lored the controls around new face (top screen) and base (lower screen) mix aggregate handling and pneumatic cement transfer components. Basalite has the flexibility to operate the plant per zones through easy to use touchscreen interfaces. Each zone interface permits visualization of the complete operations and provides zoomed features towards spe- cific processes and equipment identified for that zone. The distributed system offers complete live redundancy through Marcotte's unique MSYNC backup software. This guarantees production uptime from all zones. The dis- tributed system architecture utilizes advanced remote I/O technologies and protocols to ensure reliability and greatly reduce wiring. Unique features ensure faster production, mechani- cal strength and stable constant texture and color, Mar- cotte Systems note. A smart moisture feature permits Basalite to accurately attain water/cement ratios and slump with real-time moisture measurement and com- pensation. A sub-recipes feature equips plant operators to quickly adjust and balance mixes through admixtures, color sequencing and blending for a variety of combi- nations. Batch playback gives quick access to histori- cal batch records and visualizations for continuous improvement. CONTROLS PLANT BY ZONE

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