Concrete Lab, a portable analysis laboratory for Carmix mobile concrete batching plants
13 November 2018
Digital innovation is part of Carmix Metalgalante's DNA. This is why the Italian company is always focused on technological development as a measure to widen the operating range of its machines and make them the most effective and economical solution for producing high quality concrete in all conditions and in all construction sites. This vision is encapsulated in the concept of Concrete Lab, a small "analysis laboratory" stemming from the synergistic combination of Promix and Concrete-Mate. These two technologies transform Carmix 3500 TC, Carmix 5.5 XL, Carmix 3.5 TT and Carmix 2.5 TT into real mobile concrete batching plants.
Promix, the electronic probe for a perfect mix-design
Carmix machines are equipped with Promix, a system measuring all parameters of concrete and immediately reporting its characteristics. This instrument evaluates the concrete mix with a stainless steel probe housed inside the concrete mixer and powered by a solar panel, while a display in the cabin receives information in real time. This sensor detects slump, temperature and speed of mixer rotation and signals when the concrete is ready. All data is constantly updated every ten seconds and sent to a receiver which, through a high-readability display, provides the parameters of the concrete being prepared. This information can also be stored in a PC or sent to other mobile devices via GPS.
Concrete-Mate: the revolutionary electronic dosing system
Promix technology combines with the technology of Concrete-Mate, a digital Mix Design Manager including an RMC Plant standard level management software that, using four sensors in the mixing unit, guarantees a top-quality concrete mix, in compliance with international concrete production standards (UNI 206-1 - ASTM - ACI etc.) and full control over production costs. Concrete-Mate allows the operator to select up to 15 different mixes and 99 types of materials, to obtain multiple combinations that fit any worksite. When the software has stored a mix design, it suggests the operator the dosage of each element, the sequence of operations and the working time for each process step. Moreover, at the end of the process, the system issues a report containing all analytical data of the mix design (including the name of the client company, the worksite and operator), as well as the mix processing time, any weight deviations between the charged weight and the theoretical weight and control over the whole operation.