Rapid International’s concrete support for Ty-Rock
First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
Rapid International Ltd has recently supplied Ty-Rock, a leading Northern Irish producer of ready-mix and precast concrete products, with a new upgrade to their stationary concrete batching plant. The new additions and upgrades on the batching plant, situated at the company’s County Armagh site, is said to have enabled Ty-Rock to vastly increase its output capabilities.
After experiencing an upsurge in demand and having been already satisfied with the performance of their existing 1m³ Rapid Pan Mixer, Ty-Rock opted for Rapid to upgrade the plant to allow for greater output levels and flexibility.
The primary works carried out involved the installation of a new Rapid R3000 3m³ Pan Mixer contained within a new fully cladded mixer platform. Modifications included upgrades to the existing weighed belt, extension to the conveyor from weighed belt to mixer platform, installation of a new aggregate holding hopper, and Rapid’s very own high pressure mixer washout system.
Additional features were also included to allow Ty-Rock to be flexible in producing a variety of products from their range. This included a movable wet-batch hopper. A ready-mix extension chute was also designed in to allow better service for ready-mix collections.
Commenting on his satisfaction with the newly upgraded plant, Gary Heatrick, co-owner of Ty-Rock, says: “The plant has helped the company work more efficiently, increasing output considerably from the previous plant and providing more efficient loading times. The plant improvement is saving the company both time and money on a daily basis.”
At the heart of the new plant is the Rapid R3000 Pan Mixer, capable of producing output batches of 3.m³. The mixer has been specifically designed with the ready-mix industry in mind, offering high outputs and fast discharge time. Durable chill cast tiles, wear sleeves and paddles are supplied as standard, as are heavy-duty discharge door mechanisms. Safety concerns are mitigated with spring-tensioned mixing arms. The mixer has an uprated gearbox, supplied by a specialist gearbox manufacturer. Ty-Rock also had their new Rapid pan mixer fitted with a jet wash head, allowing for integration with a Rapid Jetwash system for high pressure mixer cleaning.