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Review: "Guide for Surface Finish of Formed Concrete"

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Dec 6, 2018 1:05:46 PM

(This week's post is a review of the American Society of Concrete Construction's "Guide for Surface Finish of Formed Concrete." You can read it at Google Books here.)

Amazon Book's summary (April 1, 1999), "Exactly what is a smooth-form finish? What is a rough-form finish? To what extent are bugholes, voids and fins acceptable in each type? This easy-to-use guide explains and illustrates the answers to these questions and, even more importantly, serves as the standard for the differences between as-cast structural concrete finishes. The succinct, yet thorough, text includes a glossary and a handy table on as-cast finishes. But the guide's Presentation Photos are what make it truly unique. Three sets of 6 different, full-scale photographs depict various as-cast finishes, with bugholes and voids ranging from 1/16" or less to 2" across. Attach a Presentation Photo to a bid or specification to show what surface finish is to be expected."

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(Jan 1, 2005 edition from Google Books)

Form Release Agents

Release agents are differentiated from form coatings or sealers that are usually applied in liquid form to contact surfaces either during manufacture or in the field. Coatings and sealers serve one or more of the following purposes:

  • Alter the texture of the contact surface 
  • Improve the durability of the contact surface
  • protect the contact surface from moisture

Release agents, on the other hand, are applied to the contact surface of the forms to prevent bond to the concrete and thus facilitate stripping. They can be applied to form materials during manufacture or applied to the form before each use. Manufacturers' recommendations should be followed in the use of coatings, sealers, and release agents (Reference 10-11), but ACI 347 recommends independent investigation of performance before using a new product.

There is no ACI standard to define these products, but the term form oil is frequently applied to petroleum compounds originally intended for other applications such as diesel fuel or heating oil, while release agent more often refers to products containing proprietary reactive ingredients specifically formulated for use on concrete forms. Release agents are commonly classified on the basis of how they act instead of what is in them. The two basic categories are barrier agents and chemically active agents, sometimes called reactive agents. Some release agents are a combination of the two types.

Barrier type releases agents create a physical barrier between the form surface and the fresh concrete, preventing the concrete from sticking to the form. Familiar examples are home heating oil, diesel oil, and used motor oil. U.S. environmental regulations prohibit the sale of these commodities as release agents, but they have been widely used because they are inexpensive and readily available. They are applied in relatively thick films, covering 200 to 600 sq ft per gallon, and such heavy applications can increase surface staining and bugholes on the concrete surface. If coated forms are left for several days before concrete is placed, barrier oils may evaporate, possibly leading to some sticking of the concrete to the form.

Chemically active or reactive agents contain an active ingredient that may be dissolver in an oil-based carrier or emulsified in a water-based carrier. The active ingredient is typically some type of fatty acid derived from plant or animal sources, and it combines chemically with calcium ions in the fresh concrete. The reaction product is a thin layer of what chemists refer to as a grease or metallic soap or salt; non-water-soluble, it permits the form to release readily from the hardened concrete.

The reactive fatty acid components are generally considered biodegradable and have found favor in the past decade because of increasingly stringent environmental regulations. For similar reasons, manufacturers have also been turning to water-based carriers, which will probably be subject to freezing.

 


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Beware of "Smooth - As Cast" Texture Description - There is no such thing

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Dec 3, 2018 5:07:12 PM

The most commonly specified textures for precast include smooth, retarded and water-washed, form-lined, sand- or abrasive-blast, acid-etched or acid-washed, and tooled

Precast Concrete Smooth As Cast Texture and Form Oil

Smooth texture, as the term implies, is an as-cast finish. This texture is a direct result of the quality of the formwork surface. It is the least aesthetically pleasing but the most economical of the surface textures, especially if the surface is to be field painted. Form defects and color non-uniformities are noticeable with this finish texture, air voids are normal, and surface crazing should be expected.

 
 This post is based on a review of the Precast Concrete Manufacturers Association of Texas' informative site and their Designer's Notebook Specification Guidance Part 2.
 
Surface Finish of Formed Concrete
 
 
"Amazon Book's summary (April 1, 1999), "Exactly what is a smooth-form finish? What is a rough-form finish? To what extent are bugholes, voids and fins acceptable in each type? This easy-to-use guide explains and illustrates the answers to these questions and, even more importantly, serves as the standard for the differences between as-cast structural concrete finishes. The succinct, yet thorough, text includes a glossary and a handy table on as-cast finishes. But the guide's Presentation Photos are what make it truly unique. Three sets of 6 different, full-scale photographs depict various as-cast finishes, with bugholes and voids ranging from 1/16" or less to 2" across. Attach a Presentation Photo to a bid or specification to show what surface finish is to be expected."
 
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"A word of warning, exposed concrete is the most difficult finish to achieve. A lot of designers think, "We're just going to cast the concrete, take the forms off and whatever is there, that's what we're going to take." Then, the first forms come off, they look at the concrete and say, "Oh my gosh, that's not what I wanted. What do I do now?" The only thing you can do is either paint it or tear it down and start over again. What I find that most designers want, most architects want when they say, "Exposed concrete", thinking it's not going to be architectural concrete, it's going to be exposed concrete, so it's going to be cheaper. They don't want exposed concrete. They want smooth as-cast architectural concrete, which is the most difficult finish to achieve. 

A word of warning, those of you that either design for exposed concrete or who have to build exposed concrete, what you are asking for and what you are going to receive may be two entirely different things. You have to understand the distinction between the two. 

Whenever somebody tells you that something is "Almost" like something else, you should usually run, don't walk. If exposed concrete is "Almost" like architectural concrete, that's a problem. Run away from those things, don't walk. If you want architectural concrete, specify architectural concrete."

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Precast Concrete Producer Profile: Team Elmer, Traverse City, MI

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 23, 2018 4:18:25 PM

Welcome to another episode of The Team Elmer's Update, where we take you past the orange barrels and onto the job site.

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Manhole structures are vital components when reconstructing a roadway, connecting several underground pipes together, while allowing workers access to those underground facilities, but how was it made? Well, it's actually created ahead of time in a pre-cast production facility.

It's hard to mold things out of concrete in the field. A lot of bridges that you drive over are pre-cast bridge beams, so it basically means a plant took concrete of a certain specification and pre-stress steel, and molded that into a certain size for an application. It's a pre-cast structure. We're making something ahead of time in order to use in the field. The reason that we're using concrete in these applications is for strength and longevity.

 
It basically connects pipe, so you have a sewer pipe coming into a manhole, and a sewer pipe going out, and it allows you access to those pipes and underground facilities. Elmer's makes a variety of pre-cast products. We make pre-cast septic tanks. We make retaining wall blocks. A lot of the outlying plants, we make septic tanks with waste concrete. It depends on the health department code as far as what sizes are allowed in each county. We make 1200 gallon tanks. Some of them are double compartment. The biggest thing that we make probably is manhole structures, which are behind us.
 
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First step is making a manhole is setting up your wire, rolling it, get your rebar out and tied onto it. The grease just fills any cracks where the metal doesn't fit real snug, and then the form oil has to be on there or you would never get the metal back out of your form. The concrete would stick right to it, and then you wouldn't be able to use your form again. Then you would flip it, set it down somewhere, and then strip the skins inside and outside of it, set it back down and redo the process.
 
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Dave calls the concrete dispatch and asks for a load of concrete. The driver comes over and they actually just fill the form up with concrete.

Once you pour it, about eight hours is all you've really got to let it sit before you can pull it again. It all depends on how busy we are. Sometimes we pour certain stuff twice a day.
 
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Dave and Keith have a lot of prep in what they do. They have to put the wire in the structures. They have to put lifting pins in the structures. They have to look at the plans and understand where they're going to put holes in the structures. They either cut those holes or ahead of time, they actually preform them. There's a lot of math behind it, a lot of skill behind it, and a lot of prep. It's not just pouring concrete and walking away.
 
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But our pre-cast capabilities don't end there. Our production facility can also be used for a variety of other miscellaneous projects, including special events to benefit the community.

We recently built a memorial monument structure, which was very exciting. Barry, Dan, Keith and Dave did a very nice job with that. Max headed up that, and it's a really cool thing to go see. But really, you can make anything out of concrete. We do different things every year. It just depends on what the challenge is, and Dave and Keith are up for anything.
 
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Thanks for tuning in to another episode of The Team Elmer's Update. As always, stay safe out there. We'll see you next time.

Don't forget to subscribe, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. And check out teamelmers.com for more project information.-
 
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Quick Reference Guide To Concrete Form Release Agents

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 8, 2018 2:05:50 PM

Concrete form release agent product lines, Grifcote® and Cast-O-Magic® are fast drying, readily and inherently biodegradable.

Technicians are available to visit your site, determine your needs and design the right product for you. Arrange a Casting Solutions® Visit.

Grifcote FR-50-VOC concrete form release agent Grifcote® Workhorse FR-50-VOC is the workhorse for the concrete industry.
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Grifcote PR-SS-VOC concrete form release agent Grifcote® PR-SS-VOC Packerhead Pipe is specifically designed for Packerhead pipe operations and those really tough release jobs. Give us your toughest release challenge and we’ll recommend an economical solution.
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Grifcote LV-50 Plus concrete form release agent Grifcote® LV-50 Plus NSF Potable Water was created specifically for use with castings that would be exposed to potable water. The material is NSF (ANSI 61) approved for use with potable water and some restrictions do apply in specific applications.
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Grifcote Bio Gold non-petroleum concrete form release agent Grifcote® Non-petroleum Bio Gold is a non-petroleum, non-staining concrete form release that is both VOC compliant and biodegradable.
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Grifcote FR-50-VOC concrete form release agent Grifcote® Biodegradable Con 1.1 VOC is a concrete form release specifically designed for the construction/poured in place industry. It is a proprietary blend of organic materials that promotes clean and easy separation from all types of forms while deterring build-up and sticking.
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Grifcote LV-Super concrete form release agent Grifcote® Biodegradable LV-Super is a proprietary blend of vegetable oil base stock (renewable resources) and a highly refined petroleum distillate while incorporating additional reactive materials resulting in superior form release technology. 
 
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Cast-O-Magic 320 Concrete Form Release Agent Cast-O-Magic 320 is a mineral oil based product which excels in architectural wall panels, T and I beams and general precasting where appearance is important, and minimum form clean-up is desired.
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Cast-O-Magic 320 VOC Concrete Form Release Agent Cast-O-Magic 320 VOC is formulated to meet EPA California, Northeast States OTC and Great Lakes VOC regulations. 
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Cast-O-Magic 229 VOC Concrete Form Release Agent Cast-O-Magic 229 VOC is formulated to meet the strictest environmental standards. It is a vegetable oil blend and contains low VOC’s. Its biodegradability allows for little or no storm water run-off implications.
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Cast-O-Magic 205 VOC Concrete Form Release Agent Cast-O-Magic 205 VOC is a high-performance release agent formulated to meet and exceed the strictest environmental standards. It works well on all types of forms - steel, aluminum, plywood, epoxy, coated foam, and urethane.

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Causes and Fixes for Self Consolidating Concrete Bug Holes, Article Review "Precast Inc." Magazine

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 2, 2018 9:52:30 AM

Like a persistent mosquito, one question has plagued precast concrete producers for years: “How can I eliminate bug holes?"

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In the past, this question was much harder to answer, because concrete was placed at a stiffer consistency that required excessive vibration. And excessive vibration sometimes caused more bug holes. After the introduction of self-consolidating concrete (SCC), bug holes(ii) became a less common occurrence. Yet, as a recent online industry discussion revealed, this perturbing problem is still with us.

Let’s focus on production’s tail end

The first thing we all learn about SCC is that it’s a tricky devil to work with. There is no room for error, consistency and control are king, and problems, like bug holes, can have more than one cause.
Most online commentators agree that there are three main causes of bug holes:

1.  Improper selection and application of form release agents
2.  Problems with SCC mix design (cement, water content, viscosity, admixtures)
3.  How SCC is placed in the form

Rather than trying to cover all possible sources of bug holes, I decided, like the online commenters, to focus on form work, placement and form release agents. Attempting to cover complex SCC mix-design issues would be too unwieldy for one article(iii).

National Precast Concrete Association / Precast Magazines / Precast Inc. Magazine / 2014 – May-June / Causes & Fixes for SCC Bug Holes / Causes and Fixes for SCC Bug Holes

By John Pelicone, June 2, 2014 

Two types of release agents

1.  Chemically reactive agents: When a chemically reactive form release agent is used, a nonviolent chemical reaction takes place when fatty acids react with free lime on the surface of fresh concrete. This reaction results in the formation of a metallic soap, a slippery material that allows air bubbles to rise along the vertical surface. This “soapy” film also prevents the hardened concrete from adhering to the forms during stripping.

2.  Barrier release agents: Thicker coatings on forms are typical of the older barrier-type materials, like heavyweight used motor oil, vegetable oils, diesel fuel and kerosene. Barrier type release agents are less expensive than chemically reactive agents, but they are not generally recommended for reducing SCC bug holes.

A problem with the heavier, thicker barrier agents is that the flowing SCC may actually push the release agent down the vertical face of the form, thereby enfolding or entrapping air pockets that lead to surface bug holes.

(The article continued with comments from industry leaders.)

Bob Waterloo, technical sales manager, Hill & Griffith Co., Indiana (hillandgriffith.com)

“Training. I’m a huge proponent of training workers on proper application. ‘Thinner is better’ is what I advise plant workers during my training sessions.

“Here’s an analogy: Think about waxing your car. You put on a thin coat and then buff it out; it’s the same with release agents. In fact, the coating should be thinner than a wax finish on a car.

“But do workers always take the time to mop or rub down forms after spraying? Labor is a major expense for all precasters, and the person prepping forms may not follow proper application methods if he knows the forms are needed in production ASAP.”

So in conclusion, let’s summarize the industry’s consensus from for preventing SCC bug holes in three points:

1.  Use the thinnest application possible of a quality form-release agent, using superior sprayer equipment (pumpers maintained at proper pressure and sprayer tips/nozzles in good condition);
2.  Maintain proper SCC placement from one pour location in the form, remembering that a slower placement rate allows entrapped air to escape; and
3.  Maintain forms in clean condition.

Read the whole article here. 


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Precast Solutions: Bourbon, Neat, with a Splash of Precast Concrete

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 26, 2018 12:55:28 PM

Two Kentucky bourbon distilleries look to precast concrete for their building needs. 

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Kentucky is known for many things: horse racing, college basketball, Hot Brown sandwiches and bourbon, to name a few.

Driving through Kentucky farmland, it’s easy to spot the distilleries by the distinct buildings used to age bourbon. These rickhouses are essential to producing America’s native spirit, which is unique thanks to the region’s limestone water, corn and new charred oak barrels.

Recently, two bourbon distilleries have moved away from the traditional look and turned to precast concrete for their building projects. Based on their experiences, they are hoping the material is used more across the industry in unique ways.

Learn more by going to the article by Matt Werner in the Fall 2018 issue of Precast Solution Magazine from the National Precast Concrete Association. Photo of Riff Distilling in Newport, Ky. courtesy of Schumacher-Dugan.

Matt Werner is the managing editor of Precast Solutions magazine and NPCA’s communication manager.


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NPCA extends product-specific certification to water, wastewater tanks

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 18, 2018 12:42:09 PM

The National Precast Concrete Association takes quality control and validation to the next level with a new product-focused certification for water and wastewater tanks.

NPCA Certified Water Tank

Water or wastewater tanks fabricated by Listed Product participants will soon have an additional quality assurance marking to accompany NPCA Certified Plant. Photo and article from Sept. 2018 Concrete Products Magazine.

While its Plant Certification program has traditionally centered on precast concrete production processes candidate operations must abide, the just-launched Optional Product Listing for Water and Wastewater Tanks Program describes specific product models, plus design and performance criteria to obtain certification. Like other association programs, the new offering enlists independent third-party engineering firms accredited to ISO/IEC 17020:2012 for Plant Inspection.

All NPCA Certified Plants can participate in the water and wastewater tank program by completing a detailed submittal package for the model(s) they wish to list. The submittal includes plant information; product description indicating tank capacity and model number; complete set of drawings; plus, reinforcing details and structural calculations. Documents must bear structural or professional engineer stamp. Once the submittal is approved, the plant undergoes an unannounced inspection that includes a watertightness test on a tank chosen at random. The plant will be granted a product listing based on successful test completion. Listed products will appear on the NPCA site, www.precast.org, below the producer name, and with plant product schedule.

Just as Plant Certification enables quality-conscious agencies, engineers and specifiers to identify and select premier precast concrete producers, NPCA notes, the Product Listing Program takes certification one step farther to include specific water or wastewater tank models. Plants displaying the NPCA Certified Plant and NPCA Listed Product markings on their tanks underscore processes complying with industry, design and performance standards. The certification and listing programs reflect NPCA’s commitment to assisting members with maintaining excellence in precast production and operations. By setting one standard of quality, they level the playing field for all producers pursuing market segments or individual contracts.

Additional information on Plant Certification and Listed Products can be obtained from NPCA Director of Certification and Regulator Services Richard Kolewski, 800/366-7731. 


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Elections, Awards and Plant Tours Top NPCA Convention in Providence

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 11, 2018 6:25:34 PM

NPCA members elected a new chairman of the board, honored a longtime Associate member with the industry’s most prestigious award and toured eight precast plants in three states during the association’s annual convention in Providence, R.I., the first week in October.

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NPCA’s 53rd Annual Convention hosted more than 500 attendees and included the Hill and Griffith Company's display.

Mike Hoffman, vice president of corporate development at Lindsay Precast Inc., headquartered in Canal Fulton, Ohio, was installed as the chairman of the Board for the next 12 months. Hoffman, a 32-year employee at Lindsay Precast, has a long history of leadership on NPCA committees and task groups and has served on the Board of Directors since 2012.

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Chairman of the Board Mike Hoffman, Lindsay Precast (R), is handed the gavel by Immediate Past Chairman Ashley Smith, Smith-Midland (L).

Howard Wingert, president of Concrete Sealants Inc., in Tipp City, Ohio, was honored as the 2018 Robert E. Yoakum recipient. The Yoakum Award, one of the most prestigious honors in the precast concrete industry, is presented annually to an NPCA member for service to the association and the industry. Wingert has contributed much to both NPCA and the industry, serving on the NPCA Board of Directors and many committees, serving on ASTM Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe and ASTM Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products, which he chaired for more than 10 years.

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2017 Yoakum Award Winner Andy Wieser, Wieser Concrete Products (L), presents the 2018 Yoakum Award to Howard Wingert, Concrete Sealants Inc. (R).

The Douglas G. Hoskin Award, NPCA’s top membership development honor, went to Leo Feuerstein, operations manager at Western Precast Concrete in El Paso, Texas. The Hoskin Award is presented to the NPCA member who sponsors the most new members. It was the third Hoskin Award in the last four years for Feuerstein, who sponsored 29 new NPCA members.

The Northeast Precast Concrete Association helped coordinate the full slate of plant tours, which kicked off the Convention with eight plant visits over 1 ½ days to precast facilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. NEPCA, an NPCA affiliate group, also had a strong presence at the event.

More than 500 attended, which makes it the second largest Convention in NPCA’s history, behind only the 2008 event in Hawaii. More than 80 exhibitors filled the Precast Marketplace, which is a record for the annual fall event. The NPCA 54th Annual Convention will be held Oct. 3-5, 2019, in Seattle, Wash.


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Video Tour of Mammut Technocrete Precast Concrete Manufacturing Plant, Dubai

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 4, 2018 9:32:07 PM

Building is a technique just as much as it is an art. Brick by brick, panel by panel, column by column, a building takes shape. While constructing beautiful buildings, great cities are created.

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Revolutionizing the construction industry in the Middle East region is Mammut Technocrete. Mammut Technocrete was established at Dubai TechnoPark in early 2005.

The world's largest manufacturer of precast concrete panels. The first company in the world to combine innovative construction technology from Canada with German high-tech production equipment.

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Mammut Technocrete became the world's largest and most advanced precast concrete production facility in an incredibly short span of time. Defining the success of Mammut Technocrete is a strategic combination of strengths. Excellent production facilities, unmatched product quality, diversity of products, unsurpassed service, consistent availability, and the support of a satisfied clientele.

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For Mammut Technocrete, every business opportunity begins with a thorough understanding of a client's needs.

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Working closely with clients, consultants and contractors, the Mammut team offers technical guidance on the types of products required for each project. With technologically enabled manufacturing capabilities, Mammut Technocrete is able to offer a full spectrum of concrete products for any construction requirement.

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Equally important is the fact that the Mammut product range has earned global renown. An annual production capacity of 2,500,000 square meters, in addition to customized precast panels, enables uninterrupted supply to help complete clients' projects on time.

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The high-tech automatic plant has four production lines, where every activity is carried out by fully automated machines or robots, right from mixing concrete to transportation and storage. The highly reputed 65 millimeter Mammut Plank is manufactured at the semi-automatic plant. Used as roof or floor slabs, or as formwork, Mammut Plank is particularly useful in fast-paced construction projects.

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From wall panels with greater or architectural openings to staircases, columns, beams, landings, and footings, the special plant at Mammut Technocrete produces a variety of special elements. Each product here is made to order.

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Mammut Technocrete's operations are backed by several highly acclaimed characteristics that have revolutionized the construction business. A large of variety of aesthetic, cost-effective and durable products, standard sizes and custom made panels, the most advanced cutting-edge technology, dedicated product teams, stringent quality control, and constant research and development for better products and procedures.

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Video Tour of Kyushu, Japan Precast Concrete Manufacturing Plant

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Sep 28, 2018 1:16:41 PM

"This plant was really quite remarkable because everything they did was at the highest level of quality. They were incredibly efficient at the way they did everything," Paul Akers.

"But the thing that got our attention, was the quality of the concrete work. Now, a lot of the components they were making were huge pilasters, columns, and floor systems, but yet they were concerned about the most minute details. They had people filling small, little, tiny cracks, or a small void, and then they would go over it and sand it. They are very attentive to details.

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Hi everyone. Paul Akers here, and welcome back to the American Innovator. In 2016, I took the BI Group from Kazakhstan to a precast concrete factory down in Kyushu, Japan. Now, accompanying us on this trip was Mr. Amezawa, the former president of Georgetown, Kentucky in the United States, and vice president of Lexus in Kyushu, Japan. Now, this plant was really quite remarkable because everything they did was at the highest level of quality.

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Their kaizen activity was really remarkable as well. They were constantly making improvements. They were incredibly efficient at the way they did everything. But the thing that got our attention, was the quality of the concrete work. Now, a lot of the components they were making were huge pilasters, columns, and floor systems, but yet they were concerned about the most minute details. They had people filling small, little, tiny cracks, or a small void, and then they would go over it and sand it. They are very attentive to details.

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Now the question is, why? Why are the Japanese so obsessed with making sure everything is right and there are no discrepancies? Because when I asked the president of the company, "What is this all about? Why do you like such great quality?" He said, "Because when we produce great quality, the customer trusts us." And I realized one of the most important lessons I've ever learned in this precast concrete factory. Quality equals trust.

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When the customer knows that you're always gonna pay attention to the small things, and you're gonna produce the highest quality product, they trust you. When they trust you, you have a long-term relationship with them. The Japanese are not concerned about a year down the road, or two years down the road, or their current contract, they're thinking 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years. They have a very long-term view of everything they do, and the way they support that is through the pursuit of quality.

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Quality makes the customer trust you. When the customer trusts you, they're gonna wanna do business with you long term. So everywhere you walk around, you saw people doing things that, for most companies, they would never even bother. Look at, they're worried about the transition between the rebar and the concrete, when this is all gonna be buried in concrete. Nobody's ever gonna see it, but everything must be done to a certain level. Now this also comes to the next question, and that is, with the Japanese, there's something called Monozukuri.

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And Monozukuri basically translates for us, into craftsmanship. They believe work should be meaningful, and work is really important. They have this elevated view of work. They think work is really important, Monozukuri. They believe that it requires your attention, your sobriety, your attention to detail. And if you do this, you're going to produce a quality product, number one, and number two, you'll win the trust of the customer.

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So everywhere we went, we looked at their workmanship, and we said, "Oh my gosh, this is crazy. Look at the perfection that they're going to," and transitions were correct, laminations were correct, rebar was tied dead straight. I mean you look down, a laser had shot it in. All the relief work, when the molds came out, all the transitions were right on the money. When you went to their workstations, they were properly set up so the worker could work efficiently. Notice where the rebar is at the top, with gravity moving down towards him, so he sets the bent rebar down, then he walks over, picks up the next pieces he's gonna do. They're in the correct position, eliminating motion, transportation, very efficient. They're very aware, and they have a deep respect for resources and people. Great little innovation with this concrete clip that just clips on very quickly, very easily, which supports the rebar up off the floor, and the worker can very easily put this on. It's just really innovative, and we just kept looking around.

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Everywhere we looked, we saw this intense quality, and this pride in workmanship, Monozukuri. It is just an awesome concept, and in their plants, you have to realize, these are 40-year-old plants, and they look new. They keep everything at a high level. They keep the rope tight. They're very concerned about maintenance, and about flow, and about evenness. If you have a workshop or a work environment that's deteriorating, then you can't create flow, and you're certainly not going to produce Monozukuri, a high level of craftsmanship. And everywhere you went, you just sat there with your mouth open going "Wow. These people are serious about quality." And it was everywhere, to the point where they were sanding the slabs. I was just like "No, this is impossible. Wow, how could they do this?" Even the little bit of flashing that came off from the pour when it's relieved from the mold, was so minuscule, it was paper thin. That's the preciseness that they maintain in their mold.

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Next is one of my favorite parts, when they actually have to build an order. They have a water spire, that's a person who goes around and pulls all the necessary supplies just for that specific order, one piece flow. Gets everything put together in a kit, and then rolls that kit over to the area where they stage the tying of the rebar, and the preparation for the pour. Now, this is beautiful because it's really the Toyota production system. This is exactly what you see at Toyota, and here you're seeing it at this concrete plant. Now watch how effortlessly this woman does it. She grabs the empty bins, which she's gonna fill next. She rolls the cart into position, hits a foot pedal with her foot, right? Which then allows the carts that are very heavy and difficult to maneuver to roll off of her cart, onto the staging area so the next person in line can do it.

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Next, we had a great breakout session from the president, and we gave him a Kazakh hat, which he loved, and we just learned so much. We're so grateful for everything we've learned from the Japanese. We've just been in an amazing experience. And as one of the girls said to me, there are three things you never get tired of seeing. Number one, water, fire, and the Toyota production system. When you see it in action, whether it be in a precast concrete plant, or at Toyota, it is nothing short of magic."

About the author

Paul Akers is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, speaker, & Lean maniac. He has written several books on Lean and he travels the world to educate & speak about Lean principles, Lean manufacturing and Lean Health. Paul has a weekly podcast called The American Innovator where he shares about Lean & his travel adventures. For more information on Paul Akers and Lean, visit his website. http://paulakers.net/

He is the founder and president of FastCap, based in Ferndale, WA. FastCap is an international product development company founded in 1997 with over 2000 distributors worldwide. At its core, FastCap is a Lean company, determined to continuously improve everything, everyday. FastCap's products reflect the idea that everything can be improved and the best ideas come from the shop floor. For more information on FastCap, visit FastCap's website. http://www.fastcap.com/ or Blog http://blog.fastcap.com/

For Spanish videos, visit our FastCap Spanish YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCipv...

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