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The Ingredient Your Concrete Needs

September 22, 2016

As a baby-powder like substance, Fly Ash is becoming one of the most important substances for the efficient production of concrete.

So, what exactly is Fly Ash?

Fly Ash is the remaining fragments from burned coal. Various equipment, like electrostatic precipitators or bag houses, collect Fly Ash as it burns off coal. The exact formula varies from composition to composition, but usually the tiny particles are composed of small glass spheres.

Fly Ash is one of the most affordable substances for concrete strength and durability. Further, Fly Ash is efficient at reducing the need for water while improving concrete workability.

Because of its shape, Fly Ash is the ideal component for powder concrete mixtures. Since Fly Ash doesn’t absorb as much water as other ingredients, concrete degradation is minimal compared to other materials.

If your plant’s been using other ingredients like Portland Cement, consider making the switch to the environmentally friendly and more cost-effective option. While switching may require an initial adjustment, the long-term return on investment will be worth your while.

Here at Standley Batch, we have just want you need to get started with Fly Ash, especially with our Fly Ash Silos for storage. Contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 425-8084 to learn how we can retrofit your current plant equipment to work with the latest technology and materials.

Celebrating 110 Years of One of the Best Manufacturing Methods Around

September 13, 2016

Imagine Ancient Rome. Think armor, the colosseum, marble surrounding you on all sides.

Now imagine Ancient Roman aqueducts. See the repeating arches perfect in their symmetry, spanning across the channel and overflowing with water.

Ancient Romans had it right years ago with their complex aqueduct system. They built these structures by relying on molds for consistency and quality. Sound familiar?

Precast concrete has a history of being the choice for beauty, longevity and ease of use.

John Alexander Brodie, England native, invented the precast concrete system in 1906. Even though his system didn’t take off in Britain right away, many others across the world were impressed with how quickly he could build houses using his pre-fabricated housing technology.

Many in the industry still value precast concrete for its time and money saving qualities. Because required maintenance is limited, precast concrete is an ongoing favorite for U.S. manufacturers. Without Brodie tapping into the Roman’s earlier approach of replicating structures, we may not be where we are today in terms of speed, durability and installation.

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Currently, manufacturers use precast, especially when prestressed, concrete for office buildings, bridges and parking garages. The future for precast is bright. We expect manufacturers and the general public to learn more about how versatile, healthy, durable, ecological and cost-effective precast concrete is and begin to use this time-efficient method of creating lasting structures more.

Ready to get started?

If your plant isn’t optimized for manufacturing precast concrete and you’re interested in learning where to begin, Standley Batch Systems can provide custom solutions to fit your current operations. Contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 425-8084 to learn more.

 

How We Do Color Batching

September 8, 2016

We could write all day about how great our Color Batching System.

Every batch is weighed for color consistency to the 1/100 of a pound.

Our system is fast with speeds reaching up to 1,000 RPM.

Our system can produce a lot. We’re talking up to 250 lbs. slurry or 150 lbs. g-grade or c-grade dry.

Cleaning is rapid, with quick changeover from mix to mix.

Dispensing is easy thanks to flexible tubing.

We have options: paver block systems, ready mix systems and more.

Even though we could write all day about the value of our color batching system, we know you’re more interested in how it works.

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We’re proud to offer the customizable Color Batching System to meet all your concrete-coloring needs. Call (800) 325-8084 or email sales@standleybatch.com to order your unique system today.

The Trends Are Minimal for Concrete Pavers

August 23, 2016

Minimalism is on the rise for many American families. At one time, property owners looked for lavish designs and demanding patterns to fill their spaces. These themes would come to life in carpets, furniture, wallpaper and so on.

More and more often, homes are now going the minimalist route. This is especially apparent in the movement back to sleek hardwood floors over carpet; flat and straight furniture over rounded; and simple but striking accents placed strategically on natural-toned matte walls.

This trend is also trickling out the door and into landscaping design.

Up until recently, many property owners were interested in color and patterns in their driveways and walkways. These patterns are more than just eye catching but often the center of attention. Concrete pavers are usually the material of choice for achieving these desired looks because of their lasting quality and range of value.

As with most trends, people are beginning to desire a more subdued look when it comes to their landscapes. Concrete pavers should still be the material of choice. With the numerous benefits concrete pavers offer, there shouldn’t be difficulty in convincing customers that for a style that complements, pavers are the way to go.

While showing your future customers examples of your work, be sure to include examples of concrete paver designs supplementing the surroundings instead of standing out. Modern looks are angling more toward neutral colors, simple patterns and overall quiet arrangements. Your customer may not know what they want until they see it. Make sure you’re the one capturing their vision.

Some customers may still crave intricate, eye-catching designs. Keep many variations of your work throughout your portfolio to showcase the range of your creative work. Whether your clients are interested in keeping up with the trends or really making their walkway pop, prove to them concrete pavers are diverse enough to meet their desires.

Email or call Standley Batch Systems today to learn about how we can help with your concrete paver output. Contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 425-8084.

Standley Batch is American Made

August 4, 2016

Now more than ever, the desire for American-made products is on the rise.

United States citizens are looking for companies that invest in America for their products and services. From tools to footwear to vehicles, people feel good when the products or services they purchase contribute to the American economy.

Standley Batch Systems is a proud American company, but many American companies are based in America while still importing most, if not all, of their final product from other countries.

Standley Batch manufactures products for every aspect of our concrete paver, precast concrete, prestressed concrete, ready-mix plants, dry-mix plants bagging plants and frac sand plants here in the U. S. We’ve been leading the industry for over 75 years, and as a company, we’re more than just American based, we’re American made. This fact has only further cemented our hold on the industry.

At the same time, Standley Batch knows when it’s time to incorporate other experts.

We are a trusted dealer for Rapid Mixers. Rapid resides in Ireland, and since Rapid’s products go unchallenged, we value their partnership and the high-quality work they continue to put forth. Currently, Rapid’s planetary mixer is uncontested, and we’re proud to have the ability to supply our customers with the best in class.

American manufactures have a reputation to keep up. Consumers know they can trust us to uphold ourselves to U. S. standards and only reach internationally when we know the product is superior than what can be found on our soil.

Standley Batch is located in the middle of America, right on the coast of the Mississippi river. We’re proud to represent Cape Girardeau and America locally, nationally and worldwide.

Email or call Standley Batch Systems today to learn about how we can set you up with a custom plant the American way. Contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 425-8084.

Key Benefits of Concrete Homes

July 25, 2016

Concrete homes have a bad rap of appearing too prison-like thanks to their square and often unimaginative structure, but that’s unfair to the range of innovation happening throughout the concrete and design industry.

Originally, Brutalist architecture made concrete homes popular from the 1950s to the mid-seventies rejecting the comfortable standards made popular by previous architectural movements. However, today concrete homes are making a comeback with comfort and ease leading the way.

There are many reasons you should consider concrete as a key material when building or remodeling your home.

  • Concrete homes usually have lower energy bills compared to their material counterparts.
  • Pets are less likely to damage concrete since its inherently scuff proof and easy to clean of urine and other pet accidents.
  • Since concrete isn’t of interest to pests such as termites or squirrels, you’ll save money normally put towards preventative maintenance.
  • With tornados becoming more prevalent across the country, concrete homes provide stability in the wake of fierce storms.

Concrete homes were once popular not just because of their appearance, but because of the many cost-effective benefits the material gives residents, and it never goes out of style.

Ask your concrete distributor how your home can benefit from concrete features.

Concrete structures can also be stunning. For inspiration take a look at this curated Pinterest board.

 

A Quick Guide to Rapid Mixers

July 7, 2016

Just as the KitchenAid stand mixer revolutionized baking in 1919, Rapid has been leading the concrete industry’s mixing needs since 1969. Rapid is an international company revered for mixing technology know-how and their mixing equipment, which you can order through Standley Batch.

The right mixer for your cement plant can make or break your plant’s output and efficiency. Investing in or upgrading to Rapid’s innovative mixers will keep your company competitive and productive while generating superior homogenized mixes.

The high capacity Rapid Pan Mixer mixer offers large yields suited perfectly for the ready mix industry. Other features include sturdy chill cast wear sleeves and paddles, heavy duty discharge door mechanisms and spring tensioned mixing arms.

For smaller batches, precast products and mixing semi-dry colored concrete, the Rapid Planetary Mixer is the best equipment. With this mixer, the motor and gearbox are on top of the machine meaning easier and safer cleaning maintenance.

Known for its fast mixing time the Rapid Twin Shaft Mixer is compact enough to fit in your existing plant but powerful enough to mix all of your aggregates thoroughly. To make sure of your mixture’s quality, the Rapid Twin Shaft Mixer also features tight-sealing inspection hatches which allow for viewing of your aggregate.

To add a Rapid mixer to your plant call us at (800) 325-8084 or email sales@standleybatch.com to upgrade your plant today.

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