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 MACHINE CONTROLS BESSER PROGRAMS NEW VISION CONTROL FOR PIPE; WELDS FORM TO A T In addition to the Connector operational optimization program (page 14), Besser Co. arrived at the 2012 Precast Show in Orlando with the Vision 3 Automation System for pipe machines, plus a new form yielding monolithic T-shaped pipe or manholes. Vision 3 is geared to provide precision and reliability for pipe production using bidirectional or conventional packerhead machines. Located on the plant floor near the pipe machine, its freestanding supervisor's console contains a program- mable logic controller for solid-state electronic control and a color flat panel touch screen PC that controls four high definition Ethernet cameras. Pre-programmed logic maintains control of the basic machine cycle and numerous built-in features, including maintenance schedules and troubleshooting; searchable parts catalogs; and, an extended memory capacity for storage and recall of setup in- formation for up to 200 different pipe sizes and configurations. Machine setup is sim- ple: The supervisor selects the desired pipe size and presses a button to complete; this eliminates the majority of the ini- tial fine-tuning usually required for daily start-up. Machine adjust- ments are made using a color touch- screen interface. The supervisor uses the touchscreen to monitor ma- chine operation and adjust its func- tions. Diagnostic help and instruction screens explain machine functions and aid operations, while testing screens provide enhanced trou- bleshooting ability. A memory card in the touchscreen unit maintains screen memory and pipe settings, with battery backup required. — Besser Co., Alpena, Mich., 989/354-1040; www.besser.com POUR T-FORM Available in an unlimited number of pipe and manhole sizes, the T Form is easy to set up and strip with collapsible cores for both the pipe and manhole (to as- sure proper manhole T positioning it is bolted to the pipe core) sections, and a tapered end section which helps alignment during set up. Built for durability and long life, the form features pantographed reinforcing supports that assure jacket shape and heavy-duty door hinges. Other features include a standard riser shovel plate, groove-forming pallet, tongue-forming header that opens with bead and lift eyes, tongue-forming header closed with lift eyes, and end fork truck pockets. The T Form is a three-piece jacket design, with two-piece version available for vertical pouring. 38 | APRIL 2012 WWW.CONCRETEPRODUCTS.COM

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