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Mastering the Art of Mixing Concrete: Using Industrial Equipment

Mastering the Art of Mixing Concrete: Using Industrial Equipment

Concrete is a fundamental material in construction, and mastering the art of mixing concrete is essential for the success of any project. At Utranazz, we offer a wide range of concrete mixers designed to meet diverse project needs and make industrial construction projects easy to execute.

In this article, we will explore the various types of concrete mixers available, their specific uses, and tips for mastering their operation on industrial work sites.


Concrete Mixer Trucks


Concrete mixer trucks are used to transport large amounts of ready-mix concrete from the batching plant to the construction site. They are ideal for medium to large projects requiring consistent quality.

How to Master:

To effectively use concrete mixer trucks, ensure proper loading and mixing time to maintain the concrete's workability. Regularly check the drum’s rotation speed and monitor it to ensure the mix remains consistent during transit.


Volumetric Concrete Mixers


Volumetric Concrete Mixers are used to mix concrete on-site by volume rather than weight. They are perfect for projects requiring different concrete mixes or quantities that vary throughout the day. With a much larger capacity than other concrete mixing equipment, a volumetric concrete mixer can often reach double the capacity of a traditional drum concrete mixer truck. There is much less wastage with volumetric mixers, as concrete mixes can be tailored on-site and changed if necessary.  

How to Master:

Mastering the use of volumetric mixers involves understanding the precise adjustment of materials. Regular maintenance and consistent checking of material proportions will ensure accurate mixes. By programming accurate ratios into the mixer, you are able to prevent wastage and ensure cost-efficiency.



Rough Terrain Concrete Mixers



Designed for rugged environments, these mixers are ideal for construction sites with difficult access or uneven terrain. They are commonly used in large-scale infrastructure projects such as dams, roads, and bridges.

How to Master:

Operating rough terrain mixers requires skill in navigating challenging landscapes. Before commencing any project, make sure that the assigned operators are trained in handling the equipment on uneven ground and maintaining balance. Regular inspection of tyres and suspension systems is vital to prevent operational hazards.


Rough Terrain Mixers in Use

As discussed in Concrete Connect, our Fiori DB460 self-loading rough terrain concrete mixer was hired to install phone masts in remote areas of the UK. In these hard to reach areas, the Fiori DB460 was able to tackle steep gradients with ease – ensuring that concrete was moved around easily, efficiently and safely.

As well as new and stock machinery, our range of industrial concrete equipment extends to hiring – allowing many contractors or construction firms to build out their fleet with a project-specific focus. As in the case study featured by Concrete Connect, our ability to advise on the correct equipment for the job is what makes us a comprehensive concrete equipment partner at every stage of your project.


Concrete Remixer Agitators


Concrete Agitators keep concrete in motion and agitated to prevent setting, especially when there are delays between mixing and pouring. They are used for projects where concrete needs to be transported over long distances or when there is a wait time before pouring.

How to Master:

To master the use of remixer agitators, operators should monitor the rotation speed and temperature of the mix. Keeping the concrete at the correct consistency requires attention to detail and regular checks to prevent premature setting.


Reversible Drum Concrete Mixers


These mixers are used for small to medium-sized projects and are known for their simplicity and ease of use. They mix concrete in singular batches when the drum rotates in one direction and discharge it when the drum rotates in the opposite direction.

How to Master:

The efficient use of reversible drum mixers involves regular cleaning of the drum to prevent buildup and ensuring the blades inside the drum are in good condition for consistent mixing. Reversible drum mixers are known for their extremely low maintenance and operating costs, as well as their effectiveness on job sites where a small amount of ready-mix concrete is required.


Pan Mixers


Pan mixers are ideal for producing high-quality concrete in small batches, making them suitable for building foundations, roads and pavements. Pan Mixers are known to be versatile and mobile – allowing you to easily transport them to different job sites.

How to Master:

Mastering pan mixers requires an understanding of the mixing cycle and timing. By enabling on-site mixing, pan mixers reduce equipment costs and potential delays to the project timeline. Operators should ensure the pan and blades are clean and free from any residual materials to ensure full operational effiency. Regularly checking the consistency of the mix and making adjustments as needed will ensure high-quality output.


Tips for Using Concrete Mixers on Industrial Work Sites


1. Training and Certification

Ensure all operators are adequately trained and certified to use the specific type of mixer. This not only improves efficiency but also enhances safety on the construction site.


2. Regular Maintenance

Schedule regular maintenance checks to keep the mixers in optimal condition. This includes inspecting the drum, blades, and mechanical components to prevent breakdowns and ensure consistent performance.


3. Safety Protocols

Implement and adhere to strict safety protocols. This includes wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), following operational guidelines, and conducting safety drills.


4. Monitoring and Adjusting

Continuously monitor the mixing process and be ready to make adjustments. Environmental factors like temperature and humidity can affect the mix, so observing the process ensures the concrete maintains its quality and workability.

By understanding the unique capabilities and mastering the use of each type of concrete mixer, construction projects can achieve greater efficiency, reduced waste, and high-quality results.

At Utranazz, we aim to offer new, stock and hire concrete mixing equipment specifically suited to industrial applications. For over 50 years, we have provided the UK’s most extensive range of concrete equipment – whatever your project, you’re in good hands!


To get in touch with us about our range of products, you have a number of choices:

  • Make us an offer on any of our used equipment advertised on our website.
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