Concrete Production is Not Just For Ready Mix Companies Anymore

Ask most in the construction industry and they will tell you that when it comes to concrete, you buy it from a concrete production company; it is trucked into the jobsite and put into place by the builder or contractor working on the job. This has been the method of doing business in construction for a very long time, and considering the expertise to operate and overall cost of buying and operating a concrete plant, this arrangement made sense.Ask those on the cutting edge of the construction industry, the ones that set the trends the masses will eventually follow, and they will tell you, that is not necessarily the case anymore. With the advent of automatic controls, highly portable plants, and assembly line type construction methods the dynamic of producing concrete has changed.Concrete plants have traditionally been large structures, sometimes containing mixers, water heating and cooling systems, admixture systems, and other accessories. They have traditionally taken up a lot of space, and required concrete pier or slab foundations. The expense to disassemble, transport, and erect a concrete plant, even those that have been considered portable is usually substantial enough that it hasn’t made economic sense to consider any other methods of getting concrete other than trucking it in from a concrete producer.Companies like Peak Innovations are changing this model of doing business. Their product line includes innovative concrete plants that are designed to be transported behind a pickup truck, and erect on stable soil, while maintaining a production rate and product quality comparable with any standard traditional concrete plant. In fact, Peak Innovations concrete plants comply with specifications required by most state and DOT agencies, or can be modified for compliance if necessary.Ultra portable plants like the Peak Max have been designed to transport easily and set up in a couple of hours with no major site excavation and preparation. Plug and Play technology allows a plant operator to simply tow each modular component into position using a pickup truck, then connect the components together and into the automatic control as simply as plugging an extension cord into an outlet or attaching a garden hose to a spicket. And by offering complete “turnkey” systems including admixture systems, hot and/or cold water systems, automatic control, batch office, and power generation and more assembled and offered by one company, they have removed the blame factor often used by other companies when a concrete plant breaks down.Additionally, Peak Innovations has simplified the use and production of concrete by providing complete operation and plant setup training with every plant sold. Some of the new plant owners are trained on setup and operation at the factory as their plant nears completion, while other are trained at the jobsite using their own plant. The actual operation of the plant using the automatic control enables the plant to deliver recipe specific concrete, accurately and consistently over and over again with the ease of pushing a button.Both concrete producers and contractors are beginning to move toward the use of ultra portable concrete plants like the Peak Max. Producing concrete onsite offers benefits to all involved including the concrete producer, contractor, and ultimately the final project owner. By stationing an affordable and easy to transport concrete plant at a job site a concrete producer is able to supply large amounts of concrete to job site without the expense of paying truck driver and fleet expenses of moving concrete back and forth long distances. It also allows them to bid on projects that might otherwise be out of their service territory due to distance, remote locations, or other obstacles.Contractors might benefit the most. Having a concrete plant on a jobsite, they are able to eliminating bad loads, delivery delays, and inability to get concrete when a crew requires it. Contractors are also able to bid on remote projects where the logistics of concrete delivery can prove a problem. Some contractors are even electing to purchase and operate their own small portable concrete plants to provide a competitive edge in concrete price without reducing their profit margin on the project.Finally, the ultimate job owner benefits because of the overall lower cost of the project. Simply put, contractors bidding jobs with a concrete plant onsite are frequently able to bid the job at a lower cost than a competitor trucking the concrete in from another location.Of course, there will always be a need for large stationary concrete plants, and not every project makes sense to locate a concrete plant onsite, but as the construction industry becomes more competitive; innovators in the industry are looking for any way possible to edge out the competition, and considering a concrete plant onsite is becoming a popular solution.