There are a number of different kinds of concrete, which means that we regularly get asked: What is volumetric concrete used for? In this blog we address that question in detail by explaining what volumetric concrete is, the benefits of using it, and what kind of jobs it is particularly suited to.
What is Volumetric Concrete?
Any concrete that is described as ‘volumetric’ has been mixed on site in a volumetric truck. Volumetric concrete is freshly made for immediate use in batches, according to the specific amount and formulation required for the job. Multiple batches of different mixes for a range of jobs – slabs, paving, footings, for example – can be produced in the order required on site.
How Does a Volumetric Concrete Mixer Work?
The volumetric truck is also known as a mobile concrete batching plant. It’s a concrete mixer on a truck that contains concrete ingredient materials and water. These are kept separate whilst the truck is in transit and are mixed once it has arrived on site. This method ensures ultra-fresh site mixed concrete in batches that produce the exact mix and amount of concrete required.
How is the Concrete Made?
The technical capabilities of a volumetric truck allow for highly specific mix designs that can be used for large, medium, and small-scale projects. The process is as follows:
- The Mix Design. The truck control panel is calibrated and programmed with all the required mix designs. Our operators scroll through the menu to find the correct mix design for the customer.
- Measuring the Ingredients. The control panel on the truck displays to the operator the required settings for the cement, aggregate and water. The operator adjusts the truck settings and you are ready to pour concrete.
- Mixing the Concrete. This is done in the auger at the back of the truck. The operator starts the mixing process by operating the central conveyor to bring forward the aggregate, this automatically feeds cement and water into the auger. Fresh concrete is produced on site to your exact requirements.
What are the Advantages of Using Site Mixed Concrete?First and foremost, volumetric concrete allows you to eliminate waste, which is good for your budget. A volumetric concrete mixer will mix only the amount you want, no matter the size of the job. Our customers are able to see their concrete being mixed, and they use it immediately – so volumetric concrete is always fresh. No matter how many different batches you need, a volumetric mixer will provide them, and should you need to make changes as the last minute, we are easily able to accommodate them. Finally, our concrete is made using eco cement, making it the ‘green’ choice.
What is Volumetric Concrete Used For?
If you want high-quality, freshly mixed concrete, that is blended to your specific requirements, volumetric concrete is the best choice. We provide concrete for slabs, footings, pavements, and powerfloats. The Custom Concrete calculator helps you to work out exactly how much you will need for your job. If you require guidance on the mix, our knowledgeable customer service team are waiting to help.
Are you ready to order volumetric concrete? Call the Custom Concrete team today on 01525 861899 or 07771 545410