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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Page 64 of 89 February 2018 • 61 COVER STORY COLONIAL PRECAST BUILT TO LAST The E9-1200e was designed for continuous production. It's a robust machine with a long lifetime—mainly because it does not vibrate. It is sturdy and durable, fast to clean, and easy to maintain. "[Elematic has] made a lot of improvements for when you need to replace [parts]," notes Mike Lewis, production manager for Colonial Precast. "[You] don't have to pull the shafts completely out to get to the screws or tubes off of it. They got rid of all the rubber bushings they used to use for the leveling plate, everything is on sling rods now." The company has poured with the E9 in all types of weather, including during Florida's hot summer days with temperatures inside the machine reaching up to 157 degrees. Despite the elements, the machine has run consistently at the same speed with no major repairs. In fact, Colonial has poured around 320,000 square feet of hollow core in 10 months with the E9 and has only replaced one chain. A testament to Elematic as well as Colonial Precast's mechanic, the company has Elematic machines in the yard dating back to 1998 that are still working. Along with the E9, Colonial also has two E-900 extruders that produce 10- and 12-in. and 8-in. hollow core planks, respectively, and two E-600 extruders that produce 6- and 8-in. planks, respectively. The machines help the company achieve 50,000 square feet of hollow core a week, if all 12 of its casting beds—ranging from 1,000 feet to 450 feet—are poured.

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