Learn To Operate A Volumetric Mixer
Operating a volumetric mixer is not hard once you learn the basics and there are several ways to get up to speed.
- You can have onsite training.
- You can watch a training DVD.
- You can attend a training class to learn how to operate the mixer.
All these are great tools to help an operator learn the system. Let’s break it down a little deeper.
- Onsite training. A factory service technician will come to your location and train you in the proper way to do calibration, maintenance, and operation. With hands on training, you will start pouring to learn the basics and your service technician will also show you how to washout the mixer which is a critical area of daily operations. The more time you run the unit, the easier it becomes and more natural it feels.
- Video training. Watching videos of calibration, maintenance and operations demonstrates the steps to run the unit. You will need to do hands on operation to get the feel of the unit and how it works. Videos can also be a great way to go back and review steps if you have questions after a service technician has left.
- Training Class. Our factory offers a spring and fall class on operation, calibration, and maintenance, with these classes you will learn the steps to running your unit. You can get some hands on experience with a unit too and these classes are good to use with onsite training.
Onsite training is the really best tool you can use to get up and going the fastest because the service technician will work with you on a one-on-one basis. They will watch to make sure you understand the equipment and its capability to do the job. Running the unit is really the best teacher. Go out and run the unit. Get that experience and every day you will get better at what it takes to operate the mixer and to provide the best quality of concrete.
There are other resources you should consider when learning how to operate a volumetric mixer.
- Attend an ACI (American Concrete Institute) Field Technician Grade 1 class. You will learn how to test concrete, understand slump, the importance of controlling the water-cement ratio, and the proper way to take cylinders and how to handle them. Using a concrete testing lab is another way to get proper cylinders and test data. This class will help you better understand what concrete is and what high quality concrete looks like. Check out what ACI offers for guides.
- Use the VMMB (Volumetric Mixer Manufacturers Bureau) for basic resources. Click here to view VMMB white papers. Look for the VMMB registration plate on your volumetric mixer, only volumetric mixers that are built to meet these VMMB Standards, and pass all of the required tests, are eligible to receive and display the VMMB registered rating plate. Each of these is numbered, and cannot be transferred to another unit. This plate is a guarantee that the unit it represents met all of the requirements for capacity, accuracy, and consistency that have been established for the industry at the time of manufacture.
- Understand ASTM C-685 which is the specification for Concrete Made by Volumetric Batching and Continuous Mixing.
- Get the PCA (Portland Cement Association) Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures handbook. This is handbook goes through all the fundamentals of concrete, aggregates, cement, admixtures, testing, weather cold and hot, curing methods, and special types of concrete.
All these training tools will make you a great operator and enable you to deliver the best concrete!