Concrete Products

FEB 2018

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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58 • February 2018 COVER STORY BY JOSEPHINE PATTERSON Located in Placida, Fla., a small community on the state's Gulf Coast, Colonial Precast Concrete continues its more than two-decade tradition of utilizing Elematic machines to produce custom precast hollow core. With the purchase and installation of Elematic's E9-1200e extruder in March 2017, Colonial Precast is able to pour multiple thicknesses—8-, 10-, and 12-in. hollow core planks—and rips with one power unit. Since installation, the company has used it exclusively for a timeshare expansion project in Kissimmee, Fla. (see sidebar on p. 58). Launched in 2014 ("Elematic extrusion technology: Automation, speed, concrete optimization," Concrete Products, April 2014), the Extruder E9-1200e combines shear compaction for concrete savings and marked surface smoothness improvement; a modular design able to change thicknesses in half the setup time; and, a unique digital control system. The E9 can record production data as it extrudes slabs, and interfaces readily with MES, Elematic's plant-wide manufactur- ing execution system. This opens up the possibility of plant-wide automated production, including software for enterprise resource planning (ELiPLAN), batching and mixing (ELiMIX), concrete distri- bution (ELiDIST), machinery positioning (ELiPOS) and tools for CAD integration and maturity control. A PERFECT FIT Elematic's E9 optimizes hollow core for Colonial Precast

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