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A new range of patented vibrating presses

New concept of vibrating press with immediate demoulding characterized by the fact that this equipment can produce according to two different modes
of operation:
• A demoulding mode by turning the mould over
• A demoulding mode by raising the mould

This special vibrating press has thus the ability to manufacture a wide range of products. The production is fully automatic with particularly optimised industrial
production rates.

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AIR’BLOC IN SAINT-MAUDEZ: INAUGURATION OF A PLANT DEDICATED TO THE MANUFACTURE OF INNOVATIVE CONCRETE BLOCKS

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Inauguration of a new plant dedicated to the manufacture of innovative concrete blocks

On October 21 and 22, 2020, the brand new Perin & Co. plant was inaugurated. Located in Saint Maudez, this facility is the 3rd Air’Bloc® plant.
established in France. In 2014 Perin & Cie will design and develop the Air’Bloc. It is the combination of a concrete block and an all-mineral cement-based insulating foam called Air’Mousse. To generate the insulation, Air’Mousse, patented by Perin & Co., a special filling machine must be installed. This machine is the result of a 3-year collaboration between Quadra and the Perin & Co. group.

Collaboration between Quadra and Perin & Company

As an industrial partner, Quadra participates in the development of Air’Bloc installations, provides innovative equipment, while improving existing production lines. As part of its new investment in Saint-Maudez, it was important for Perin & Co. that their partner was able to meet precise specifications. Thanks to its technical expertise and after an in-depth study of the various aspects of the project, Quadra was able to provide an appropriate response.

Plant layout

Given the particularity of the Air’Bloc® manufacturing process, the equipment was installed in a rational and functional manner. This layout allows each stage of the manufacturing process to operate simultaneously and continuously. With its different equipments, this versatile production unit can produce classic blocks, rectified blocks and high quality Air’Bloc®.

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State-of-the-art concrete block plant at Prefer in Belgium

Palettisation des produits secs

The installation of this new plant had to meet very precise specifications both in terms of production performance and product quality. To meet the group needs, Quadra presented a solution capable of ensuring continuous operation of the vibrating press.

To achieve a high efficiency rate, simultaneous or independent production cycles have been proposed for the fresh products, the dry products and the packaging line:

  • By ensuring at all times, the supply of the press with empty pallets to consume concrete continuously.
  • By pre-storing a large quantity of dry products pallets, thus avoiding the presence and systematic intervention of an operator.

The handling solutions offered and the automated management of materials favoring the continuous operation of the vibrating press are the reasons why PREFER decided to renew their confidence in QUADRA for this new project.

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New production unit for the manufacture of innovative concrete blocks with high performance

During the last 10 years, the construction industry has been changing to technical products with high thermal, mechanical, acoustic, seismic and environmental performances. The concrete industry has been recently providing innovative products which combine technical reliability, aesthetic finishing, and easy implementation. These new products are largely approved by the manufacturers that are submitted to the new energetic and environmental regulations buildings. The concrete block is promoted, and regains market shares.

The company Pomel Beton, group Bomeil/Boulard Verdier since 2010, and member of the Groupement Gedimat, manufactures a large range of concrete products intended for industrial, residential, agricultural construction, and also used in the landscaping industry. Pomel Beton’s old production unit did not allow the manufacture of technical blocks or the use of new technologies. Therefore the group took on a strategic position in investing in technical installations provided by Quadra.

As part of this investment, the company Pomel Beton defined several specifications. More than a supplier, Pomel Beton was looking for a partner able to assist them in the manufacture of new value-added products such as a grinded block, and the insulation block “Air’Bloc’.

Following a strong investigation of all aspects of the project such as the existing environment, the current and future production requirements, and a rational implantation, Quadra provided the following equipment: batching and mixing plant, vibrating press, grinding machine, palletising robot, handling equipment, and dosing and filling system feeding the hollow block with a mineral foam for the manufacture of the product Air’Bloc.

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Fabemi invests in a new model of vibrating press with high production capacity

The quality and the manufacturing excellence are the particular strengths of the group that focus on using the best manufacturing technologies. Following the realisation of manu projects with the manufacturer of Equipment Quadra, Fabemi renewed its confidence in his partner with the modernisation of its plant of hight capacity of production. The technical challenge perfectly taken up by Quadra was the integration of a new generation vibrating press within an existing plant, in reusing some Equipment.

The thorough study and in-depth analyse carried out by Quadra enabled the new block machine to manufacture a volume of production that was never reached, without being disturbed or slowed by the other Equipment. In order to make use of the performance of the block machine, Quadra has recommended to replace the traditional palletising equipment with a modern Equipment fully automated and robotized and removing all the hydraulic functions. This new cubing line consists of three robots operating simultaneously, following the cycle time of the vibrating press, within operating condition combining precision, speed, flexbility and reliability.

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Launch of a new interface: measurement, evaluation and characterization of vibration

It’s widely agreed that the perfromance of the concrete, particularly in terms o f mechanical resistance and sustainability, comes from the quality of the vibration during the mfanufacture of the fresh concrete. Quality vibration ensures a concrete with uniform composition and guarantees a global homogeneity of the material overall. The current challenge in manufacturing concrete products is reducing the manufacturing cycle time while improving the quality of the product, enhancing the sustainability of the materials and assuring consistency of production. Controlling vibration and its effects on product quality and speed of production are crutical in the concrete industry today.

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Short cycle time plus outstanding product quality: key arguments for commissioning a new plant in England

The Maen Karne Group is made up of Maen Karne Aggregates Ltd and Maen Karne Concrete Products (formerly Western Blocks Ltd). Recently acquired by the GRS Group, the Maen Karne Group has displayed sustained growth since its founding and is now one of the leading renowned suppliers to the precast industry in the southwest of the UK. The Maen Karne Group is active in several fields: supply of aggregates, manufacture of ready-mix and precast concrete, manufacture of concrete products (mainly blocks and pavers) and the supply of waste management solutions. Divided into four sites and equipped with two plants for the manufacture of concrete blocks, Maen Karne placed an order with Quadra for the upgrading of the existing production line and commissioning of a “high performance” block making machine at their Melbur site, located in the county of Cornwall. High production capacity, consistent and optimum quality in terms of height, compaction, durability and dimensions, and ease of maintenance – these were the main requirements for the new plant. The wealth of experience and proven skills of Quadra have finally convinced the Maen Karne Group, which has chosen to rely on the French equipment and know-how.

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Performance, product quality and flexibility: vibrating press of high capacity set-up in Dominican Republic

Renowned for combining high-quality products and product innovation, the company BC Suplidora, manufacturer of concrete products, has been a key player in the Dominican Republic. Based in Santo Domingo, BC Suplidora has decided to increase and upgrade its production facilities in order to cater to a fast-growing market. This manufacturer was looking for a supplier able to assist the company in the achievement of its ambitious objectives in terms of performance and production capacities. BC Suplidora commissioned the French equipment manufacturer Quadra to install a complete production plant, fully automated, including the latest technological advances. The requirements were related to the flexibility, the performance and the efficiency of the equipment provided, with a view to outperforming and offering further enhanced products, and efficiently meeting the growing needs of the customers. The new production unit was also the opportunity to enable BC Suplidorato to extend its range of products. BC Suplidora aims to specialize in the production of concrete kerbstones and to position the company as one of the pioneering manufacturers on the island for this type of product.

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Bespoke block making machine designed for manufacturing hemp blocks

Located in Etalans in the east of France, Vieille Matériaux was founded in 1963 by René Vieille. Currently headed by his grandson, Sebastien Vieille, this family-owned company has been specializing in the manufacture and trading of precast concrete products for more than 60 years. Recognized throughout its area for the quality of its products and its ability to innovate, Vieille Matériaux achieved a resounding success with the launch of its insulating blocks called “NRJ block” and their high thermal and acoustic performance. Vieille Materiaux is continuing to grow and has expanded its product range with the manufacture of hemp blocks called “Biosys”. This is a special building solution with a globally unique product, mechanically assembled when it is dry, with a high-precision vertical and horizontal interlocking system allowing fast and simple use.