How Does a Volumetric Concrete Truck Work?
Custom Concrete runs a fleet of volumetric trucks, delivering site mixed concrete to construction sites, DIYers, and residential projects. This amazing vehicle allows us to offer our clients fresh concrete, mixed to unique formulations, for a range of different applications – pavings, slabs, footings, etc. Often we provide a number of different mixes on one visit. So how does the volumetric concrete truck work so efficiently?
Delivering The Concrete You Need, Where You Need it
Concrete makes our modern towns and cities possible. For this reason, the efficient transportation of concrete will always be a priority. The volumetric concrete truck was patented in 1964 by an American farmer, Harold Zimmerman, and he held on to his sole ownership of the design until the 1980s. He managed to create a portable concrete mixer that could deliver fresh concrete, where it was needed, mixed to the unique specifications required by the job.
How Does the Volumetric Truck Mix Concrete?
Key to the volumetric truck’s operations are a series of chambers which contain: cement, sand, stone, water, and specialist cement additives. The cement materials are kept in these chambers during transportation. Only when the truck arrives at the site does the mixing process begin.
The specific ratio of ingredients is programmed into the mixer. Each of the separate components is dispensed and combined in the mixing drum, then the water is added to achieve hydration. The mixed on site concrete can then poured, immediately after it has been mixed.
The Benefits of Volumetric Concrete
The volumetric concrete truck is able to deliver a consistently high quality product, mixed to the client’s specifications. These qualities alone mark it out as a hugely advantageous method for delivering concrete. However, there are a number of additional benefits associated with the volumetric truck. These include:
- Mixed Batches of Concrete. If you require different mixes for slabs and footers, we can deliver them in the course of one visit.
- Reduction of Waste. The Custom Concrete Calculator helps clients to order the exact amounts of concrete they need. This eliminates waste, reduces the operational costs, and ensures that there is no concrete to dispose of once the job is complete.
- Flexible Load Sizes. Our volumetric trucks means that the Custom Concrete team can deliver to clients requiring large or small amounts of concrete.
- Flexibility. If there is an unforeseen issue on site, we can adjust the mix to deal with it.
Working With Custom Concrete
The Custom Concrete team care about getting things right for clients. For this reason, we have specialists available to offer advice and guidance when you order. Technical advice is always available and technical data is provided when requested. Our volumetric concrete trucks are are 10 metres long, 2.5 metres wide and 4 metres high. They have a good reach but if you need line or boom pumps, we provide concrete pump hire.