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Integrated Hydraulic Solutions Ltd. today announced completion of a brand new all-in-one Concrete Pumping Truck for Mixamate. The new machine marks the second vehicle that has been created for the Country’s leading mix on site concrete & screed company, since I.H.S. was founded earlier this year.
The unique machine is capable of providing the delivery, mixing, and pumping of concrete from a single vehicle, removing the need to hire a separate concrete pump. Built on a brand new chassis, the truck comes complete with an integrated control panel for controlling the mixing and flow of materials. This makes operating the machine easy and offers both automatic and manual options for mixing and delivering different types of concrete.
It also produces a printed ticket, which is referenced and recordable, from its calibrated batching system. This offers a far superior quality of mix to traditional volumetric machines that rely on an estimation of rotations alone.
The Mixamate machine can pump 230 litres of hydraulic oil per minute, producing around 10-11 m3 of concrete per hour, delivered directly onto site through the vehicle’s on-board line pump. It’s a unique approach to the modern mix on site industry that delivers batching plant standard quality, and the hydraulic components of the machine make it supremely easy to use.
The new truck will join the rest of the Mixamate fleet this week and go straight out working on concrete pumping jobs immediately.
Mixamate is featured in this month's edition of Concrete Magazine, the official publication of the Concrete Society.
In a double page spread, the editorial coverage introduces Mixamate's new in-house testing lab, an investment we have made into ensuring the consistent quality of our concrete. The company’s Head of Quality Control, John Macleod, has over 12 years’ experience in the concrete testing industry, and emphasises the need for more detailed testing on a regular basis:
“With so many machines going out to sites on a daily basis it is important to have our own in-house lab to keep our quality control measures in order,” said Macleod. “External testing companies can be both expensive and sporadic, whereas our increasing quantity of deliveries means we need to stay on top of quality control on a daily basis. The new lab will allow us to do this, strengthening our ability to provide a quality product to all of our clients on a consistent basis.”
You can find out more about Concrete Magazine and sign up to the publication here.
Mixamate last week made a special out of hours journey to carry out concrete pumping in the Tower Hill area of Central London. In a tight space and within a limited timeframe our unique all in one Concrete Pumping Truck was able to deliver in double quick time and with no fuss.
Hotels can be notoriously difficult spaces to refurbish. With so many guests coming and going on a regular basis, any maintenance work that threatens to close down the whole or even part of the premises even for a short time is bad news for profitability. it is therefore crucial to minimise downtime and maximise profits. And so in one of our most recent jobs Mixamate provided a solution to (quite literally) work around the hotel we were pumping on and deliver concrete directly from truck to trench.
Using two Mixamate lorries the company administered 7.5 m3 of C40 concrete into a trench built for a new slab in a busy hotel near Tower Hill. The concrete line pumps of both lorries were utilised simultaneously to build one ‘super hose’ of more than 125m in length that would first stretch around the front façade of the hotel, then around Tower Hill station, and finally reach back around and down into the rear of the premises to pump concrete directly into a hole dug 8 metres into the ground.
The job utilised two trucks, two drivers, and was carried out from arrival to completion in just under 2hrs. We were also helped by the tremendously efficient walky-talky system that was used by the site staff to make calls from one end of the hose to another and help us precisely control the speed of pumping to allow the guys working in the trench to administer the mix in a safe and efficient way.
It was a smooth and swift operation that saw great teamwork between the Mixamate drivers and our customers alike to leverage the full benefits of our pioneering all in one Concrete Pumping technology. For more information on the Mixamate Concrete Pumping Truck click here.
For those who haven't already seen it, you can now download the dedicated Mixamate Concrete Calculator for both Apple and Android devices.
We work closely with customers across London and the South East on a daily basis, and one thing that we are committed to is being at the other end of the telephone to provide expert advise on measurements and quantities. Our Concrete Calculator App provides a handy starting point that you can save straight to your phone, giving you the simple tools you need to calculate the exact quantities of concrete and screed for the job in hand. From there you're just the push of a button away, as you can give us a call directly from within the app!
The Concrete Calculator exemplifies Mixamate's commitment to consistency of measurement and accuracy of mix. With Mixamate you only pay for what you take and our unique Conqueror machine contains an on-board computer system to ensure that every element of the mix is electronically weighed to give the highest accuracy.
If you'd like to download the app simply search 'Mixamate' in the Apple and Android stores, and for further information of course please just give us a call.
Mixamate has announced the launch of its own in-house concrete testing lab, to be independently verified by an external testing company. The new lab is situated at the Mixamate headquarters in North London, providing technology that will also allow the company to carry out concrete and slump testing on-site.
The measure has been introduced to allow for more rigorous testing of concrete on a regular basis. With a growing fleet it is no longer considered enough to rely on the use of irregular external testing alone.
“With so many machines going out to sites on a daily basis it is important to have our own in-house lab to keep our quality control measures in order,” said John Macleod, Head of Quality Control at Mixamate. “External testing companies can be both expensive and sporadic, whereas our increasing quantity of deliveries means we need to stay on top of quality control on a daily basis. The new lab will allow us to do this, strengthening our ability to provide a quality product to all of our Clients on a consistent basis.”
Mixamate will continue to work with an independent testing company that arrives on site to collect samples and test externally twice a week. The modern lab is situated in a fully insulated room that allows the company to maintain the correct temperature for testing in cold weather conditions. The concrete cube curing tank is heated to temperatures stated in the British standard guidelines and can even be cooled during hot weather to ensure consistent variables throughout the year.
Additionally, 10 – 20 on-site test will occur every week, throughout London and the South East. Samples are taken in 100mmx100mm steel moulds, and all data is then transferred onto a graph known as a CUSUM Chart.
Mixamate has a rich history of innovation in the mix on site sector. The company’s unique Conqueror machine electronically weighs every material that goes into the mix, giving a quality of concrete superior to volumetric mixers and producing a printed ticket with every batch. In 2013 the company introduced a unique all-in-one concrete pumping truck, allowing for the delivery, mixing and pumping of materials from a single vehicle, removing the need for a separate concrete pump and reducing the number of vehicles on the road.
Mixamate - the UK’s leading provider of mix on site concrete and screed – today announced record revenues for 2015. The company, which specialises in the delivery, mixing and pumping of concrete and screed on construction sites, saw its multi-million £ turnover increase by 30% on the previous year.
40 Year History
The result marks the most successful year in the privately owned Company’s 40 year history. During 2015 Mixamate undertook a record 8,000+ mix on site jobs, received more than 38,000 in-bound calls, and attracted over a quarter of a million pageviews on its website. Mixamate’s Managing Director, Chris Smith, attributes the growth to the Company’s investment in new technology and new services:
“In 2014 we rolled out our all in one Concrete Pumping Truck,” said Smith. “This is an unrivalled machine that allows for the delivery, mixing and pumping of materials from a single vehicle, removing the need to hire a separate pump. With property and construction projects moving again particularly in London and the South East, new and existing customers have begun to embrace this new way of doing things. The demand has been extremely high and it has brought greater efficiency to the mix on site sector at large.”
Re-investing in service
Not content with record results, the firm is re-investing in its pioneering mix on site technology, having added a further 6 machines (5 Concrete Pumping Trucks and 1 Screed Pumping Truck) in 2015 alone. The Mixamate fleet now stands at a total of 24 vehicles, with one third comprising of all in one pumping trucks and plans for further expansion in 2016.
“Using traditional batching plants for smaller jobs has become a very archaic, and expensive, way of doing things,” said Smith. “With the Mixamate machines every component that goes into the mix is electronically weighed, meaning you can now get batching plant accuracy in a mix on site service, unlike with traditional volumetric trucks.”
Bucking the trend
The latest figures from the UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ index (PMI) show tough times for the sector, with growth in the construction of new homes reaching its lowest level in three years in March. However, Mixamate’s investment in and commitment to new technologies and new practices has allowed the Company to capitalise on the growing popularity of pumping and mix on site services.
Mixamate proved it had retro cool this week, when an old Mixamate t-shirt randomly appeared on BBC Breakfast. It was spotted by an eagle-eyed customer who quickly snapped the image and sent it in to us.
The piece was part of a feature looking at the launch of a new London gallery dedicated to a series of punk and mod girls that were selected for a Photographer's project in the 1980's. It seems the Mixamate brand already had retro cool way back then as it appears to be being worn as a badge of honour by the trendy London youth!
You can see we're already rocking the familiar yellow and red and the logo font is not entirely removed from what it is today. A cracking spot and a lovely piece of history, proving that it's not always the most mainstream consumer brands that make it into the public psyche. Please keep your Mixamate memorabilia photographs coming in!
Mixamate's new all-in-one Concrete Pumping Truck was recently called in to perform a large job at Rutland House in Knightsbridge for basement construction specialists, Knowles.
Taking approximately 500 cubic metres of concrete, the job required specialist consideration as there was a good deal of underpinning going on. Plywood timbres can easily break when concrete is administered at the wrong pressure, and our unique machine provided just the right pumping speed to ensure a swift yet safe delivery.
"We are currently doing a big job at Rutland House Knightsbridge and using Mixamate to provide 500 cubic metres altogether on the same site," said Carolis Senkus, Site Manager for Knowles. "The on-board concrete pump is a particularly useful feature – it’s very good and you can control the speed of the pumping, which is very useful for us given that we are doing underpinning with plywood timbres and they can easily break with the wrong pressure. The driver is very helpful and the flexibility Mixamate gives us in terms of when we can receive the concrete and plan other site activity around that is hugely valuable."
Mixamate's advanced Concrete Pumping Truck has been specially designed to provide the delivery, mixing, and pumping of materials from a single vehicle - meaning you don't need to hire a seperate concrete pump anymore! For further information click here.
Mixamate's all-in-one Concrete Pumping Truck has been a welcomed addition to our fleet, with now multiple vehicles delivering, mixing, and pumping concrete throughout London and the South East.
We are forever fielding questions on this unique service and rightly so, it has provided a huge advancement in the way that concrete pumping is administered on construction sites and means that you don't need to hire a separate concrete pump anymore. However, they say a picture paints a thousand words so we have here launched a brand new video coming in at just over 1-minute highlighting briefly the truck in action.
The Batched on Site Association, of which Mixamate Managing Director Chris Smith is Chairman, was last month featured in Concrete Magazine, as the story surrounding the Government’s proposed legislative changes to the sector heats up.
In his opening column the Magazine’s Editor, James Luckey, spoke about the fine line to be had between regulation and killing off competition, as reducing the overall weight limit of volumetric machines would surely hand an advantage to the Industry’s major ready mix concrete suppliers.
In a separate article within the same issue of the magazine, Chris Smith, Chairman of the Batched on Site Association said:
“We have serious concerns about the Government’s current consideration to reduce the operating weight of these machines to 32 tonnes. This would significantly reduce capabilities to the point of putting the majority of operators out of business, threatening a £210m sector of the UK economy that has grown even in spite of the economy and accounts for an estimated 3,150 jobs.”
An online version of James Luckey’s commentary on the story can be read here.