Does the Quality and Consistency of Your Mix Materials Need a Boost?

August 17, 2018 Karli Langner

Reduce Incidents and Error

For maximized efficiency, it’s important to get your fresh concrete properly batched the first time. An automated batching system, like Command Alkon's COMMANDbatch, can help you to take control of the batching process and deliver greater quality and consistency. Certain functions can help to eliminate wet loads, simplify calibration, and achieve consistent results. Temperature control functionalities ensure quality while minimizing process heating and cooling costs.

Automated batching systems contain a feature that delivers instant alerts before the mix reaches out-of-tolerance conditions and helps you to identify changes in the concrete before it becomes a problem.

Consistency is the Name of the Game

Quality control solutions, such as COMMANDqc, use real-time data to optimize mix materials, while insuring that all standards set forth are met. Every ready mixed concrete producer spends a great deal of money, both in manpower and material, to design and test mixes and ensure that they are compliant with industry specifications.  Quality control solutions help to manage this process with their configurable notification and reporting tools.

All producers struggle with the challenges caused by the lack of visibility into concrete properties while a load is in transit. Accepted practices to ensure concrete quality costs producers in both time and materials. Unfortunately, these practices still fail to provide the peace of mind and information needed to ensure quality and avert risk.

Quality Throughout the Delivery Cycle

With COMMANDassurance, you can gain a constant view of the properties of your fresh concrete throughout your delivery cycle as well as capture and archive a historical snapshot of the quality of the concrete you deliver and place.  Achieve real-time and historical data on the concrete properties of a load from the time of loading through placement. Slump, temperature, volume, drum rotation, and other data that summarizes the overall workability of the concrete in the drum is available in real-time to drivers, dispatch, and production. 

Real-time notifications and displays indicate when the load is ready to leave the yard, when it is ready for discharge, how much water was added, how much material remains in the drum after discharge, and other key factors that ensure less time is spent performing adjustments, testing, and washing out during the delivery cycle.  Production of future loads can be adjusted based on real-time information coming back to the batch operators, allowing further streamlining of the next delivery cycle. 

Quality personnel can rely on the historical load data to evaluate and optimize mix designs across your operations, reducing the need to overdesign mixes to mitigate the risk of rejected loads or removing placed concrete.  The data is archived to assist with claims disputes and payouts. 

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