The CONCRETE Times • November 15 truck Mixer FEATURE - continued from page 8 The business end – the vehicle’s control panel for mixing. NO BARRIER TO SUCCESS FOR ARMCON LEADING VOLUMETRIC CONCRETE SUPPLIER HELPS TO KEEP THE MOTORWAYS SAFER. 10 Steel barriers dividing motorway varriageways are being replaced on major routes, with a concrete step barrier, which is both safer and more durable than the outgoing steel barriers. According to the Highways Agency, in the UK there are more than 400 crossover accidents each year, where vehicles break through the central reservation barrier. A report by the Transport Research Laboratory, showed that 70% of these accidents could be avoided if concrete barriers were intsalled. All existing motorways are set to introduce concrete central reserve barriers, as part of both ongoing upgrades and straight replacement. The concrete required to complete this task is a C28/35 air entrained fibre mix with a slump enabling the mix to be flow freely, consistently and accuraately through the slip forming unit for the barrier which, was the key to the success of this project, fulfilled by Midlands based, Accumix Concrete Ltd. Accumix Concrete, operate a fleet of Armcon Volumetric Mixers that they consider the best to me teeds of these projects. Steve Philips, Managing Director of Accumix, says that his fleet of Armcon Volumetric Mixers are particularly suitable for this type of work. “They require no batching plant to be open and can operate out of hours and produce all the fresh concrete we need, quickly and on demand.” Concrete step barrier installation using a Accumix Volumetric Unit. It is estimated that up to 70% of motorway accidents can be avoided once concrete barriers are installed. “The size of the on-site batching sector”, according to market research organisation BDS, “continues to increase”. BDS estimates that, “for the first time, the market share has gone past 10% of the total UK market for the batching of concrete for on-site use.” depending on the customer’s preferred choice and the production/assembly line can produce a completed unit every 14 days. Armcon build regularly for stock to cover urgent customer requirements, so production runs on a continuous basis. For every 10 Volumetric Trucks sold in the UK, 7 are made at the Poynton factory, and, according to David Lukey, the Armcon philosophy is a simple one. “Build a quality product, provide unrivalled back up support, including mobile engineers on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via a helpline, training courses whether for one man, one vehicle operation, right through to fleet operators running up to forty units.”.
The Concrete Times - November 2015
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