Gain Control From Batch to Pour Through Real-Time Visibility

April 24, 2018 Karli Langner

Visibility is Viability for Your Ready Mix Operations

How frustrating is it to have zero insight in to your materials once they leave your production site?

This is a matter that most ready mix producers can understand, however, recognizing the impact that new innovations can bring to the table can help you regain power over your product. 

An investment in knowledge can pay the best interest..

​Combat these frustrations by enabling real-time visibility of the properties of fresh concrete from the moment that it's loaded in to the truck until it's poured.

A  probe device in the truck measures the properties of fresh concrete while they are turning in the drum, gathering information that can help with wiser decision-making, and a tablet reads the data back to the driver.

Once the driver leaves the plant, the information is available on their tablet in real time while they're en route. The data provides visibility into the properties of the materials, letting them know whether or not more water should be added. Depending on the truck, a button can be pressed to pour water in to the cab to maintain the slump or to get the slump where it needs to be. This can save the driver time when they get to the site.

If slump has to be adjusted on site, then that's about 5-15 minutes of extra work to do. Industry averages estimate the cost of just one minute of delivery time to be nearly $1. Reducing delivery time = more dollars that you can put back in your pocket.

“With COMMANDassurance, we discovered a lot of our trucks were in the yard five to 10 minutes after materials reached fully mixed status. A fully mixed truck costs between $1.25 and $1.50 a minute, which equates to over a dollar a yard on a 10-yard load. Eliminating wasted time in the yard alone helps to pay for the system and also improves our trucks.”

- Brad Burke, Technical Services and Marketing Manager at Permian Basin Materials

The data goes to the cloud and is then distributed to various users. When the batch system is loading the next load, it can make better decisions by using information from the prior load's slumps and how much water was added in transit. This data is stored in the cloud, making information from months ago readily available to all who have access to it.

Take Command of Your Fresh Concrete

If you can measure it, you can improve it. That's what we're all about. For more information on on how we can work together to accomplish this, contact us.

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