Concrete Products

APR 2012

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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INNOVATIONS REPORT BY DON MARSH APILION MACHINES, AMERICAN MANUFACTURING SPARK NEW ERA FOR ZÜBLIN MAB The VSA 100 Model Automatic Pile Cage Welding Machine fabricates pile, column or girder reinforce- ments from 4-in. to 20-in. square. A change of ownership involving German and Swiss companies, coupled with a new North America representation, has reposi- tioned one of the original concrete plant automation brands: Züblin Maschinen und Anlagenbau GmbH. With headquarters in Kehl, Germany, Züblin MAB is one of the world's leading manufac- turers of cage-welding machines for concrete pipe, precast molds, and, vibrating, centrifuging and spun cast process equipment for concrete pipe, poles and piles. The business is an outgrowth of a German concrete pipe producer that unveiled the first automatic cage-welding machine in 1961. Fifty years later, Zurich-based AES Advanced Engineering Solutions GmbH acquired the Züblin MAB business, including the intellectual property from Ed. Züblin AG, a major building contractor with a pay- roll of 13,000. Züblin MAB now operates as the AES subsidiary of "apilion machines + services GmbH." In turn, it has enlisted Jones- boro, Ark.-based manufactured-concrete plant equipment specialist American Manufacturing Group for U.S. and Canadian representation. The deal with Ed. Züblin includes transfer of the entire Züblin MAB work force, according to AES, ensuring that its technical excellence and experience support a platform for future business development. "apilion machines + services [aims] to continue the tradition of The ASMS Automatic Pipe Cage Welding Ma- chine series includes three models whose cage-fabricating range spans 13.4- to 124-in. diameter. The series features longitudinal wire feed off coil operation and spot welding of cylindrical and ellip- tical cages with and without bell. engineering excellence for which Züblin MAB was renowned and grow the company [to its full] potential by continuing to provide innova- tive tailor-made solutions in response to customers' needs," company officials note. — American Manufacturing Group, 870/336.3339; www.amg-group.com; apilion machines & services, www.apilion.de, www.cagemachine.com or www.zueblinmab.de The SMS Pipe Cage Welding Machine series has five models with a range of capacities span- ning 13.8- to 173-in. diameter. The semi- automatic models fabricate cylindrical or elliptical cages with or without bell. WWW.CONCRETEPRODUCTS.COM APRIL 2012 | 37

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