CarMix introduces combined batching plant, mixer
When times are good, you should have a CarMix, but when times are difficult, you have to have one, says Norm Maurice, president of Sudbury’s CarMix Canada and Paramount Construction.
Maurice, a veteran foundation contractor, has not only incorporated the Italian-made compact concrete mixer into his construction business, he will not run his company without one.
When he brought the machine to North America in 2005, he put it through its paces to make sure the product was everything it was touted to be. Confident in the machine’s capabilities, Maurice began selling them in 2008 and is actively seeking distributors who can sell and service the product. Six have been sold to date and customer satisfaction ranks high.
Maurice sees the potential for this machine on surface and underground because of its size and portability. “The gravel is there,” he said. “They produce their own materials underground and can transport the powder. The machine is small and will go wherever the LHDs go.”
CarMix is a batching plant and mixer in one portable unit, which ranges in size from one cubic metre to 5.5 cubic metres. Materials like granulars, powder and water are mixed on site. It has its own water pump, water gauge and scale on the larger units, which measure and weigh the materials entering the drum, ensuring a consistent mix. Its compact size and all-wheel drive capabilities means it can go to sites where a larger concrete mixer cannot.
120 cubic metres
“The 5.5-cubic metre model has poured up to a 120 cubic metres in one day,” Maurice said. In European countries, these machines have been used for large projects like hydro dams.
Timing plays a critical role when pouring concrete. Once batched, the driver only has one hour to transport the mix.
“Often for us, the truck would be almost an hour away from the job site,” Maurice said.
CarMix’s versatility makes it an attractive feature for remote locations such as mine sites in Ontario’s far north.
“We often do work in remote areas and it gets expensive to transport concrete over long distances.”
Maurice said they have also reduced scheduling stresses that accompany advanced orders, contractor readiness and potential loss of productivity if contractors are waiting for the load.
“You don’t always know when you’ll be ready (for the concrete), and orders must be in a day in advance,” he explained. “So now we make the concrete when we need it right on site.”
Manufactuered by Metalgalante for more than 30 years, the machines are built with brand name engines like Perkins and Cummins for the larger units. Maurice said all the components are “user-friendly” and available not only locally, but also throughout North America.
Presently, Maurice has machines at Sudbury Tracks and Wheels Equipment Brokers Inc., Earlton’s Brownlee Equipment and in Parry Sound.
Although he has not sold any units to local mines, Maurice has scheduled at least eight trade shows for 2009 in Canada and the United States. Despite current economic conditions, he is confident that the machine’s quality and capabilities will translate into sales.
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