Ready-mixed concrete firm improves safety and efficiency with DrumBlaster Build-up Control Technology (BCT)
READY Mix Tees Valley have become the first independent provider of ready-mixed concrete in the UK to install DrumBlaster at their concrete plant in Middlesbrough. Supplied and installed by ADC Trucks, DrumBlaster addresses safety and efficiency issues that have plagued the mixer truck industry for many years.
According to ADC Trucks, use of DrumBlaster Build-up Control Technology (BCT) for a few minutes each day is proven to reduce build-up by 85%, mitigating the personal risk and requirement for regular drum entry to manually remove the build-up of concrete.
Safe and simple to use, drivers simply reverse up to the bump stop and activate the fully automated system with their dedicated key fob. The fob is linked to the DrumBlaster monitoring tool to record usage and allow management to standardize and monitor the build-up control process.
Jim Greenwood of Ready Mix Tees Valley said: ‘We run 10 mixers daily out of our new dry batch plant, having previously used a wet batch plant for the last 11 years. We were struggling with daily build-up because of the dry batch process. I made the decision we needed to buy a daily drum cleaner and started looking into the market.
‘DrumBlaster was the obvious choice; its cost-effective and requires minimal loading hopper modifications. We have now run the system for three months. We cleaned all the trucks out manually before it was installed.
‘I have personally inspected the inside of every truck and have been amazed by the results. Not a single trace of build-up, even on the backs of the capped blades of the Hymix and McPhee trucks.
‘I am opening a new plant in Leeds in 2020 and have already ordered a DrumBlaster for the new site.’
DrumBlaster incorporates an extendable boom with a rotating head, allowing the mixer drum to remain stationary. Using recycled or fresh water, the highly efficient electric-driven pump combined with the water jets at the tip of the boom remove the day’s build-up before it hardens.
The system is designed to accommodate multiple mixer drum configurations and can be customized to suit site requirements.
One of the major advantages of DrumBlaster is that only minimal, if any, modification is required to the mixer truck, with no need to swing out or remove the loading hopper from the mixer.
Fuel savings, increased tare weights and improved life of the mixer drum are cited as a few more of the many benefits to be realized with DrumBlaster.
De Buf concrete mixer supplier partners with Riverside Truck Rental for enhanced service, repair and maintenance.
ADC Trucks, the UK and Ireland suppliers of De Buf concrete mixers as well as other specialist vehicles and products to the construction industry, have announced a new partnership with Riverside Truck Rental (RTR), part of the NRG Fleet Services Group.
Moving forward the partnership will allow ADC Trucks’ customers to benefit from the reassurance and services that RTR provide on a nationwide basis. Customers will have access to 24h support, seven days a week, via RTR’s customer service centre, as well as access to more than 20 nationwide workshops for service, repair and maintenance.
Breakdown and recovery services will also be provided, and a team of mobile engineers will be available when necessary.
Andrew Chilvers of ADC Trucks said: ‘We’re really pleased and excited about the partnership, the opportunity to work and collaborate with Riverside and, in doing so, provide an enhanced service to our customers.
‘Riverside are well established and very experienced when it comes to fleet management and repair and maintenance of HGV vehicles, and currently manage thousands of trucks on the road today.
‘Their 24/7 support, nationwide workshops, and mobile engineers gives us the infrastructure to provide our customers with a service second to none.’
The collaboration will also enable ADC Trucks to offer customers greater choice when looking to buy new trucks with various finance options available including lease, short-term and long-term hire.
Chris Snelson, fleet director for RTR said: ‘It’s great news to have ADC Trucks on board and we’re really looking forward to working with them within the construction haulage industry.’
Historically, concrete truckmixer customers have had one supplier to service the truck chassis and another to service the concrete mixer body, but with this new partnership, customers will benefit from the service of a ‘one-stop-shop’ – from initial purchase, to aftercare service and the required maintenance for the life of the trucks, maximizing uptime and return on investment for our customers.
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