Concrete Products

APR 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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52 • April 2018 INNOVATIONS REPORT PIPE & PRECAST The recent merger with Blaubeuren, Germany-based BFS, a key pipe and manhole machinery manufacturer, positions HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technology as a leader in precast plant automation solu- tions, while adding equipment for pressure pipe, prestressed pole, plus block & paver production. HawkeyePedershaab presents Prima as a cutting-edge production management system programmed to bring assembly line efficiency to wet cast concrete. Traditional setups in such operations make it nearly impossible to drive productivity because there are too many variables and no process flow to be tracked, measured, and optimized. In contrast to traditional configurations around stationary forms, Prima introduces a system where forms automatically circulate in a loop through specialized work stations: stripping, cleaning and oiling, steel placement, filing, and ultimately curing. It uses RFID tags and readers positioned on carrier pallets and throughout the plant to track the operations and relay expected process times, reinforcement and filling requirements—allowing operators to prepare and efficiently execute the necessary operations for each form. Prima also tracks the time consumed for each form, which exposes bottlenecks and gives the manager information to improve processes. The system takes safety to the next level by eliminating the need for fork lift trucks in the production area as well as overhead transport of products or mix buckets. System data enables the plant manager to build a production plan that is realistic and feasible, and coordinate the que to optimize throughput while balancing manpower demand. Prima is the ideal automation solution for precasters who work with standard wet cast products as well as made-to-order concrete prod- ucts, HawkeyePedershaab engineers affirm. BFS WORKHORSE The Souveraen from BFS, they add, anchors a fully automatic produc - tion line yielding high quality concrete pipe with a single operator. The powerhouse machine produces pipe with an inside diameter of 10 to 63 inches (250–1,600 mm); near-perfect, smooth finishes; and, reinforcement up to the spigot end. The Souveraen can mold socket concrete pipe; reinforced or plain concrete pipe with integrated lifting HawkeyePedershaab: Automation propels dry, wet cast plants into the future BFS brings HawkeyePedershaab automation for dry cast production, embodied in the Souveraen machine and Floortrac moving floor.

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