How Does Volumetric Concrete Work?
The concrete industry is constantly evolving and growing. Staying up-to-date with the latest technology is key to success in this industry. Volumetric concrete has its advantage to traditional barrel ready-mix. This article we will discuss the capabilities and qualities of volumetric concrete.
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What Is Volumetric Concrete?
Volumetric concrete is mixed by volume of materials as compared to weight. Volumetric concrete mixers hold all required materials for the production of concrete. These mixers mix and pour the concrete on-demand at each job site. In comparison, ready-mix concrete is produced at a batch plant to the desired mix design and then transported to the site with a traditional barrel mixer.
What Are The Benefits Of Volumetric Concrete?
You pay only for what you use. Volumetric concrete is made on-demand at the job site, meaning you can change the mix design, amount and add-ins suddenly limiting the chance of over or under paying for concrete. In comparison, ready-mix concrete requires quantity and mix designs before delivery, you pay for what you’re given even if you don’t use it all. This also leaves room for downtime. When a ready-mix barrel mixer doesn’t have enough concrete for your project, they have to leave and go back to the batch plant for more. Downtime is money wasted, with volumetric concrete, downtime is eliminated, allowing changes to be made last minute without ever having to leave the jobsite.
Due to the capabilities of volumetric concrete, anything can be added in or changed last minute to align with the project’s needs. Volumetric concrete mixers have the capabilities to have add-ons to their trucks allowing versatile mix-ins. Cemen Tech C60’s have the ability to have a liquid color component that can be added on to the mixers allowing for colored concrete. Fiber choppers are also an option to give added strength to concrete where rebar is absent or can be substituted. Volumetric concrete’s flexibility in comparison to ready-mix is its ability to change on-demand without ever having to leave the jobsite.
Because only the amount needed for the job is mixed, excess waste is eliminated. As previously discussed, with traditional barrel mixers you have to pay for the full truck load, no matter the size of the project or changes needed even if you don’t use it. Mix designs can be changed at any given time with volumetric concrete mixers meaning no unnecessary wasted concrete. Oftentimes with traditional barrel mixers, the load will begin to mix in transit from the batch plant to the jobsite. This can cause various issues with the quality of the mix. If the mix arrives on the jobsite and is not good to use, it is thrown out and the process has to start over again.
Where Can You Use Volumetric Concrete?
Concrete of all kinds has its limits. Volumetric concrete is suitable for both small and large projects. Limited to no waste with volumetric concrete means you still only pay for what you use, even on the smallest of projects. For larger projects downtime is eliminated without the need to run back to a batch plant for more materials.
Volumetric concrete can be used for both residential and commercial concrete. Commercial applications can be found in construction projects, utility work, or parking lots and roadways. Whereas residential can be found in basement foundations, patios and even pools.
How Does A Volumetric Concrete Mixer Work?
For more information about volumetric concrete and volumetric concrete mixers, contact a Cemen Tech concrete solutions specialist or call (800) 247-2464 today.