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is a wide range of uses for
ready-mix concrete, including
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Technology tools can help manage ready-mix fleets. BY JEFFERY VAN GROOTEL
n the world of ready-mix concrete -
where the material a driver transports
turns to solid and becomes unusable
within three hours - timing is crucial.
Project managers depend on getting the
materials they need exactly when they need
it, and at the right consistency. To ensure a
quality pour, the material's journey from
the batching plant to the jobsite must
include the proper rotation of the mixer
drum, and the correct ratio of water versus
Working on large jobs that require fleets
of ready-mix trucks demands constant
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communication between the concrete truck
operators, dispatch and the batching plant.
If a project requires 50 loads of ready-mix
concrete, the dispatcher must closely
coordinate the arrival and departure of each
truck, where even a minute of idle time can
cost thousands of dollars.
This precise transportation and logistics
management continues to be a thorn in
the side of ready-mix operators. The good
news is that significant advancements in
monitoring and communication technology
can improve ready-mix fleet management,
making organizations that invest in new
technology more efficient, more competitive and less wasteful.
One of the worst scenarios for a readymix driver is to arrive at a jobsite or be in
transit and have a malfunction with the
drum rotation or the inability to ensure
the correct water cement ratio in the mix.
Wasted materials and squandered time
equal lost profits and ruined reputations.
However, technology solutions that
monitor both drum rotation and water
add enable ready-mix fleets to not only
improve how they monitor the quality and
consistency of their ready-mix product,