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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72 • February 2018 INNOVATIONS REPORT PRECAST/PRESTRESSED Engineers at Wisconsin-based Spancrete, a leader in engineered precast hollow core machinery solutions, have embraced product variety, plant productivity and automation in one of the most ambi- tious equipment portfolio upgrades in the manufacturer's history. An expanded lineup announced last month includes new extruder, plotter, multi-function machine, multiple saws and other ancillary plant components. Compared to legacy offerings, anchored by signature slipform hollow core machines, the new equipment provides more technolo- gy-based precast production solutions. Each is scalable to a company's individual plant needs, Spancrete officials note, be it one component or device to supplement an existing system; a replacement machine that will adapt to existing casting beds; or, a multiple product con- figuration. The manufacturer has also announced availability of replacement parts that fit most hollow core extruder brands. "Everywhere in the world, precast plants are adapting to the changing needs of customers, confines of the marketplace and available resources. In expanding our equipment offerings by focusing on automation, we are aligned to meet precast production system needs today and in the future," says Spancrete President and Chief Operating Officer Alan Antoniewicz, who oversaw new machine and component development with Vice President and Managing Director, Machinery John Schnell, formerly vice presi- dent of Precast Operations. All of Spancrete's current machinery is automated, making production lines easy to operate. New offerings create efficiency and reduce operating expenses with their ability to take 2D and 3D precast designs and seamlessly feed production processes. Addition- ally, company engineers have outfitted new equipment with remote diagnostic analysis and maintenance capabilities. They allow techni- cians to quickly assess a potential problem and work on a resolution without needing to be on-site, thus minimizing plant downtime. — Spancrete, Waukesha, Wis., 855/900-SPAN, 414/290-9000; www. Extruder paces major Spancrete machinery series expansion As a versatile companion to signature hollow core slipforming machinery, an extruder leads the Spancrete portfolio expansion.

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