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The Ultimate Guide to Ready Mix Concrete

Ready mix concrete, as the name suggests, is concrete which has been mixed prior to being delivered to the site. The mix itself is created in line with the customer’s requirements, taking into account the type, grade and amount.

If you’re on a tight schedule, ready mix concrete is perfect. One of the key benefits of ready mix concrete is that there is a seamless transition between the concrete being batched to the concrete being used. Furthermore, you can be sure that when you receive the concrete, it’s mixed to your exact specifications.

If you want to learn more about ready mix concrete, where it’s made and its various applications, read our handy guide below.

Ready Mix Batching Plant

Your concrete won’t be mixed on site, it will be mixed in a designated batching plant. These plants have a number of important features which allow them to mix precision batches of concrete without disruption. Such features include;

  • Control room - this is the ‘brain’ of the plant where calculations are done and measurements are sent out to each sub station, providing the necessary information to create each mix
  • Aggregate bins - where all of the different types of aggregates are stored, weighed out and then carried to the mixing station on a conveyor belt.
  • Cement silos - this is where cement is stored, weighed out and sent to the mixing station ready to be mixed with the aggregates.
  • Mixing station - here, water, admixture along with cement and and aggregates are mixed together until the required slump is achieved.
  • Discharge point - where the mix is discharged and loaded into the back of mixing truck.

The Ready Mix Concrete Process

While the above section should give you an idea of the different elements of a batching plant, watch the video below to properly familiarise yourself with how the process comes together.

Preparing For a Ready Mix Vehicle

Preparing for a ready mix concrete delivery is about making sure that your site is as clear as possible before the mixing truck arrives. Ultimately, this allows us to get as close as possible to the pour site, and makes the process as seamless as possible.

Firstly, remove things like debris and waste from the site, and make sure any cars blocking the way are parked elsewhere. This will allow the mixing truck a clear path through. For reference, our mixing trucks are around 11 metres long and 3 metres wide - this should give you a good idea of how much room you will need.

If you don’t think there’s enough room, don’t worry. Let us know in advance and we can arrange for truck-mounted concrete pumps to be sent to your site. These pumps can extend to 150 metres, allowing us to reach even the most inconveniently-placed pour sites. WE always ask for a minimum of 25m parking space with any pump job.

Questions?

If you would still like to learn more about ready mix concrete, you can always head to our FAQs page. Here, you can find out the answers to all of the questions that we’re commonly asked about ready mix concrete. However, if you have a question which you think hasn’t been answered, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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