How To Assess A Concrete Batch Plant.August 6, 2013
Assessing Concrete Batch plants can be broken down into 5 areas.
1. Plant production or through-put. Measure the opening of the aggregate gates and butterfly valve openings. Material flow depends on its density and is restricted to the square area it must pass through. Use an average of the top 5 mix designs to evaluate plant production.
2. Remaining equipment life cycle. Most batch plants have a life cycle of 40 years. However material wear and lack of maintenance can reduce the cycle time of plant components. Short term capital replacement costs can reduce the value of a plant. Replacement costs can be found on most equipment web sites.
3. Environmental Compliance liability. As our population continues to grow, so well the environmental standards required for concrete batch plants. Being a good steward in your local market will always pay off over time, but may require short term investments.
4. Forecasting concrete market trends. As the population moves out to rural areas, concrete markets will evolve over time from a 4 sack residential market, to a 7 sack commercial market. Housing growth will demand commerce structure to support the populations needs and will continue to evolve.
5. Material supply chain costs. Aggregate and cement suppliers also evolve in changing markets. Resources are limited and production rates can have limits. In some areas of our country, water availability is being reduced and becoming more expensive. Sustainability and recycling of all materials will continue to increase as a necessity.