Taking Good Care of the Concrete Mixer

Maintenance of a Concrete Mixer

Proper concrete mixing is as important as the concrete quality and its constitution. To assure good quality and strength all the ingredients of the mix should be combined thoroughly. Proper mixing process should be carried out as it will get us a homogeneous mass of uniform concrete. Uniform mixing of the concrete gives you good consistency and color thus producing the desired concrete that is workable and facilitates compaction. Gone are those days when concrete was mixed manually. Today all the mixing is done by the concrete mixing machines. Whether the concrete plant is a small scale or large scale these machines have taken over all the areas, providing good consistency and efficient mixture. They also reduce the time consumption.

With more and more infrastructural development coming up the concrete industry is growing fast. Thus different types of mixing machines have come into the market. For small scale and large scale sectors there is a wide range concrete mixing machines that can fit into the type of concrete mixing plant you have the project on. Whatever the sector is, continuous mixing process should be given importance. The mixing should run throughout the concreting period until desired concreting is achieved. Hence we can say that that concreting is a non-stop process in the industry. To achieve this, it is very important to maintain the concrete mixer.

Before the operations are commenced it is very important that the operator have read the maintenance and working manual. The maintenance process can be carried out in a daily, weekly and monthly manner. But apart from timely checking there are some common points to be taken care of.

  • The mixer should be at a leveled platform in the construction site and should also be firm enough to hold the machine.
  • After the mixing operation the blades of the device should be cleaned properly.
  • The skip must be supported properly with a sand bag cushion and should be operated carefully.
  • When it is not in use the drum should be in a tilted position or covered, so as to avoid catching rain water or any other water.

Daily, Weekly & Monthly Supervision of the Concrete Mixer DeviceThe Daily Supervision Should Follow the Following Procedures:

  • Before beginning the daily routine, check the machine for any waste concrete or any build up on the wall or floors of the mixer. Remove them if present.
  • When the production takes and extended break, apply high pressure wash.
  • At the end of the day clean the mixer with a high pressure washer.
  • The discharge chute should also be checked clean.
  • While cleaning any type of build up in the blades, arms, walls and floors, metal hammers are a big no. use plastic hammers instead as the parts are cast iron and metal hammers can make tem brittle.
  • Make sure that the door seal is clear of build up.

The Weekly Supervision Should Follow the Following Procedures:

  • The clearance between the floor of the mixer and mix blades should be checked and adjusted to approx 3mm.
  • Check the clearance of the blades to the floor and wall tiles before starting the device and do adjustment accordingly.
  • The bolt tightness should be taken care of after every adjustment.
  • The oil level in the hydraulic should be revisited every time to assure that there is no leakage.
  • The gearbox should be greased at proper time intervals.
  • Ignore casting blow holes and walls should be analyzed for any damage.
  • The spray heads of the high pressure washer have to be cleaned with a wire brush so as to avoid concrete build up in the nozzle.

Monthly Supervision of the Device Should be Carried out as Follows:

  • Inspect leakage and replace the door seal if any.
  • Using a dipstick to check the oil level, it shouldn’t be overfilled.
  • Change the gearbox oils to avoid emulsification and contamination.

Concrete, Block or Slab Foundations; Choosing the Best Alternative

The foundation represents the life of the structure and thorough analysis must be done at the beginning of construction. Basic consideration in slab construction include climatic factors, position of the water table, winter conditions, probability of frosts, storms and strong winds. With these in mind, you may decide to choose between the slab placed on grade type or “below the grade- basement slab foundation. Each of the two types has different tolerance to changing environmental conditions.


Both types of foundations are held by the concrete footings. The footing is the wide trench dug and filled with a layer of concrete mix from where the blocks and the wall will rest. The nature of the footing made depends on the characteristics of the building, soil characteristics and size of building. The purpose of the footing is to prevent shifting and gradual sinking of the wall.

Poured Walls

This is the most common form of basement in construction. It is favored because of impermeability to water and forms a seamless wall. The mix is introduced into a mould that has been reinforced with steel bars for extra strength to be achieved. It is important to have the wall done as a continuous process for good bonding to be achieved and cracks are avoided from different setting paces.

The concrete mix can be prepared using self-loading mixers, which achieves greater efficiency and uniformity of the mixture. The mix is poured and left to set for a one-week period after which the forms are removed.

block making machinesThe toughened block foundations have cedar blocks formed well together and united together with mortar. In extreme climatic conditions they can be applied as a stem wall supporting a complete slab above . They act as good material to separate the slab from the ground layer and good prevention of water intrusion.

The use of block walls is also common in construction. Blocks made using the block making machines are set to lower than the grade, enhanced with concrete is introduced to create a continuous slab impervious to water and is a good foundation.

While pouring the mix, vibrator equipment is used to force all slurry mix into place, eliminate all air pockets and ensure voids are completely removed before setting of the material. Storm water drainage can be done using concrete pipes, which are both hardy and durable.

Special pipe making machines are used in their manufacture so as achieve accurate and long lasting pipes. These pipes are also hardened by use of circular wire cages made using Cage welding machines.

Cage Welding MachineCage welding machine

After appropriate footings are made, soil/dirt is well compacted, and a six inch layer of gravel is applied. PVC sheet is placed to act as the vapor barrier. A layer of sand is then placed on the barrier, followed by a wire mesh for reinforcement, after which the mix is poured.

Making an informed choice of the floor is a critical factor in construction. Creation of these floors and other concrete products is now achieved efficiently through innovative concrete making equipments which achieve high precision and durable products.

Case Studies on Successful Utilization of Compact Batching Plants


There has been an increase in the utilization of automated machines that manufacture high quality and uniformly mixed products. To obtain maximum efficiency during construction, central mix or batching devices need to be used.

This equipment adequately mixes ballast, cement, sand, and other additives to produce a homogenous mix that raises the durability, strength, surface finish, fire resistance and other properties of buildings.

Economic analysis of the machines  

Onsite devices allow easy and fast mixing of the aggregate which result to drastic cost reduction.  The price of producing one ton of concrete is much lower when using this equipment as compared to the other mixers or manual mixing.

These plants are only economical when installed at the site or near the building area. When they are too far, the transportation charges are very high.

Trends in India and other parts of the world

With the rapid increase in large construction sites in India, the demand for compact batching plants use will rise. Small residential building projects did not use this equipment but with rapid development of modular and small machines, their use is becoming common.


With a very high population of 1.25 billion, good GDP per capita ($4,247) and ease of getting credit and high global competitiveness, India construction business is set to rise. According to 2013 estimates, the industry was valued as $126 billion and total spending of $ 427 billion.

According to PWC, the global building volume is set to increase to $ 15 trillion by 2025. Most of these constructions will be on emerging markets such as China and India. By 2025, China, India and US will account for 60% of all construction. By 2010, China was leading in this market. It is expected that construction quality and regulations will necessitate the use of the machines.

Case studies on the use in real estate

This equipment has been successfully used in local and international real estate projects. Though not widely used in real estate market due to transportation charge limitations, it is expected that this trend will increase in the future.

Real Estate Projects

                                                                     Real Estate Projects

Case studies on the use in industrial and infrastructure projects

Industrial constructions sites are large and require contracted works. Most of these sites utilize batch machines to increase productivity. The current cost of production is Rs.7 to Rs 8, for every 100 m3. The use of ready mix ballast which started in Mumbai is slowly and successfully being applied in other large cities and metropolitan areas.

Critical quality and productivity benefits associated with batching plant

The average hourly output for these equipment is far much higher that other mixers. Typical plants produce 25-200m3/hr depending on the size. Smaller semi batchers generate 8-30 M3/ hr. When using manual labor, these volumes will require many laborers and supervisors.

Small mobile systems that can be easily dismantled folded and installed at large building sites save transportation and labor cost. They save between 500-1000 Rs per 1000m3. In addition, projects can be finished within schedule and cost.

Five Reasons to Apply Concrete Pipes

Why Cement Pipes?

One of the best properties of pipes made from concrete is its Compressive Strength. Tangible material provides excellent resistance supporting any load. It gains inherent brute strength at the time of production which in turn helps for successful installation and sustainability. Application of good aggregate of mixing ingredients also adds additional strength. The outcomes are tested for edge bearing test and potency.

  1. Benefits of Cement Tubes

Apart from that these kinds of gadgets are beneficial in several ways for example,

  • Stay consistent for long term without significant deterioration
  • Suits for fundamental engineering requirements
  • Economic option when compared to other traditional piping materials
  • Offers good dependability
  • Stays convenient for users to fix
  • Features with excellent level of comfort for fixture requisites
  • Non flammable and safe choice for building sites
  • Ease of availability
  • The user can place it securely while working in ditch like places without existing line
  • Suits best for planning underground conduits

reasons to Apply Concrete Pipes

  1. Pipelines for Drainage

When it comes to setting drainage pipelines, this product would remain the best choice. Economically and functionally these products remain the most preferred choice in many countries around the world. Countries like Australia and New Zealand have set recognize standards in duct construction and recommend it to be the benchmark merchandize for industrial usage. It has replaced usage of steel in several industries for its corrosion reinforcement quality. In addition to that, these are less reactant to electrochemical activities and stay stubborn to a great extent at times of heavy load stresses.

Pipelines for Drainage

  1. Durability

With technical guidance today, designers are able to structure machines to do exclusive jobs and conduit making machine is one among them. It is a versatile invention that stays efficient for construction industry. The hume or spun channel for instance is reinforced cement duct used for sewage purpose.

  1. Latest Technology

 This remained the top choice in earlier days. With the change of requirement increasing through decades, solid tube creation machines have been introduced to simplify production process. HawkeyePedershaab is a dry cast equipment that is designed to produce both reinforced as well as non-reinforced conduits with bell or in-wall joint as per client preference.

dry cast equipment -solid tube creation machines

  1. Optional Features

Apollo Concrete Solutions also provides plethora of construction based machines. Our solid tube making equipment is available with excellent optional features like powered pivot for press arm, concrete feeder, lifting hole equipment, cooling and elevating system for casting lined channel, quick relocated platform and pit cover.

Apollo Concrete Solutions

Supportive Mechanisms for More Production

Additional production station can also be added to the existing one and this system helps in creating produce of multiple sizes at the same time. This type of manufacturing technology offers good scope for outputs with less expense for labor and meager material wastage. Buying such device is an economic and useful option for manufacturing units.

Supportive Mechanisms for More Production


Pollution, moisture, chemicals are some of the factors that affect duct lines. However, this may happen if the material is metal base. The inception of concrete cylinders has reduced the above range of risks and offers durable solution to several industries.

Future of Concrete Based Construction

Different Types of Applications using Concrete

Concrete is made of binding different materials and aggregates and applied for structural purpose. It remains strong and hardens and stays effective for economic and reliable building works. In recent days its usability has been found to be applicable in wider ranges of applications including road, bridge and different forms of structures.

Different Types of Applications using Concrete

Making of Roads

Concrete is inert and non-porous when compared to other conventional materials applied in the preparation of roads. It can withstand natural disasters and not disturbed by moisture or pests and gains strength as time passes on. These are some of the reasons which favored in the making of roads.

Developmental Changes in Building

When it comes to changes in structural sector, blending of newer range of materials has now been accepted worldwide as one of the top sustainable ingredients for building applications. Considering the impact on building aftermaths of natural disasters, several research oriented studies found this material to be the fast, cost effective and most reliable ones when it comes to good quality. This has also become one of the reasons to find enormous growth in building industry.

Growth of Smart city and its Impact

Urbanization is what Nations are focusing on and it has resulted in encouraging infrastructural growth in cities across the world.

Technical Excellence in Present and Future Structural Activities

Technical Excellence in Present and Future Structural Activities

Different levels of technically developed construction projects can be identified in many cities and concrete based structural works support to a great extent. The growth of cities to smart cities with flexible forms of housing and commercial spaces is gradually making impact on present and future plants of urbanization.

Faster Productivity Overlook

Due to the demand for infrastructure, people also look for fast productivity. The inception of equipments in view of managing inter-erection works of residential, commercial and public projects like roads, dams, etc have revolutionized productivity needs.

Application of Construction Equipments

There are different forms of structural friendly equipments which have been destined considering issues like poor quality, expensive labor charge and wastages. The applications of building supportive devices eradicate the above three aspects in a reliable way.

Batching Plant

Batching Plant

The batch facility eliminates several practical issues involved in infrastructure creations such as, stationary plant that facilitates smart transmit of ingredients, reduced emission of polluting factors, minimal or meager wastage of materials, less man power requirement, etc.

Advantages of Batch Plant

  • Supports for higher production requisites
  • Available in different capacities
  • Helps to obtain consistent and uniformity of ingredient mixing
  • Ensured return on investment
  • Reduced operational costs
  • Time saving and environmental friendly

Mixing Plant for Blending Ingredients

Mixing plant is designed to facilitate efficient blending of building ingredients leaving less wastage. This equipment provides optimum results in high-end material requirements. This optional also helps to reduce operational as well as production cost.

Ready Mix Plant

Ready mix plant is designed to ensure excellent performance of mixing building ingredients and featured with technically advanced specifications.


Construction equipments have brought great changes in carrying our reliable and faster structural works. Apollo Concrete Solutions provides advanced forms of devices which support for housing and commercial works to a great extent.

Redefining Construction with Innovative Equipments from Apollo Concrete Solutions

Renovating Building Methodology

Infrastructure development is what the whole world is focusing on from the economic and developmental perspective. How to reduce the time and cost of construction? And How to create more effective solutions to obtain construction in its perfect form are some of the priority concerns of the infrastructure industries. Competitive solutions are highly appreciated throughout the globe and Apollo Concrete Solutions is one of the leading manufacturers of top notch construction equipments that support the building sector through designing and supplying construction related devices.

Renovating Building Methodology

Apollo Inffratech Pvt. Ltd operates in India and our prime business is manufacturing higher grade concrete equipments like batching plants, concrete pumps and transit mixers, etc. Our equipments are designed as per International Standards and by using highly recognized technologies to support building activities from its core. Our equipments are absolutely construction friendly and stay best in creating cost effective, reliable and time saving solutions for smooth and fast construction process.

Worldwide Recognition – Three Important Facets of Apollo Inffratech

Three Important Facets of Apollo Inffratech

  • Joint Venture-Apollo Inffratech has been into global business through our joint venture with Hawkeye Pedershaab USA in manufacturing internationally adopted concrete pipes, box culvert with vibrated casting technology and manhole systems, etc in our Production Unit in India.
  • Strategic Partnership-Our partnership with Spiroll – UK in the specialized manufacturing of prestressed hollowcore slabs which is available exclusively for all India.
  • Joint Venture-We also have stepped into joint venture with Italian based Carmix and working under the establishment named Apollo Carmix Equipments Pvt. Ltd in manufacturing self-loading concrete mixer.

Leading the Role Concrete Solutions

With excellent team work and research analysis knowledge our professionals are skilled in grabbing the latest demand in building. How to bring out construction in the most effective form and how to reduce wastage and loss are our prime concerns while manufacturing building equipments. Based on detailed analysis of concrete property, availability of materials and transportation facilities we provide suitable concrete solutions to small, moderate and large scale projects. The range of equipments available with are suitable for residential projects, highways, bridges, commercial complexes, etc and some of the prominent devices we supply are,

  • Batching Plant for Concrete Mixing and Supply.
  • Concrete Batching Plant for Precast Applications.
  • Concrete Pumps and Fixed form Concrete Paver.
  • Transit Mixers.
  • Hollowcore Slab Making Machine.
  • Self Loading Mixers.
  • Pipe Making Machines. etc.

suitable concrete solutions to small, moderate and large scale projects

Common Features of our Concrete Equipments

  • Cost effective.
  • Durable and Reliable.
  • Fast in Performance.
  • Reduces Labor Cost.
  • Highly productive and stands for long run.
  • Requires less time and cost for maintenance.

We have been providing economic solutions to particular aspects of construction and stick the modern requirements of building. Find the most reliable form of concrete equipments and hollowcore slab making devices at Apollo Inffratech and benefit more. For more details visit www.apolloinffratech.com and we are there to hear, suggest and offer the best of solutions for your construction projects.

Material and Equipment Considerations In Concrete Pumping

From the naturally existing water,concrete is the next widely used product.Concrete represents the foundational aspect of every building and structure thus special emphasis must be applied in the construction to ensure high quality and longevity of the building is attained.Concrete pumping equipment should therefore be selected with caution and maintained to deliver good concrete free of air and well mixed for high quality.

Functional Designs Of Concrete Pumps

Inevitably,during construction,certain areas will be inaccessible for normal delivery of the concrete mixture. Concrete pumps are specially designed to deliver this mix.Direct acting pumps are designed to deliver concrete over more than 1000 meters horizontal distance, and can rise the mix to 120 meters height.Therefore they have greater functionality and can deliver greater volumes of concrete.

Concrete Pump PMP 40 D

Peristaltic pumps operate through a vacuum system and can cover a horizontal distance of 90 meters and an elevation of 30 meters.Pumping of concrete also reduces handling which could affect the quality of concrete.

Effect of Heat Evolution During Concrete Pumping

Heat results from cement hydration reactions and can result to cracking once the cement has set.The intensity of these reactions is determined by the amount of clinker in the cement itself.Frictional forces during pumping could also lead to heat evolution and should be minimized.

Rheology and Pumping

The flow rate of a concrete mix is a critical consideration during pumping. Construction engineers use various techniques to determine this flow rate to achieve longer lasting concrete structures. The Bingham model is one of the techniques used for determining the interparticle friction but is currently being replaced by rheometers.These equipments have proved very useful in handling of self compressing concrete.

Critical Requirements for Pumping Concrete

Critical Requirements for Pumping Concrete

Certain characteristics of concrete are important for a successful concrete pumping operation;these include.

  • The concrete mixture should neither be too dry ,nor too wet for easy movement through the system.
  • Friction is a major consideration in pumping and an adequate amount of water is required.Presence of a motar film at the walls of pipes also enhances lubrication.
  • A higher percentage of cement is beneficial for concrete pumping.
  • The size and shape of aggregate as well as presence of air in the mixture interferes with effective pumping of the mixture.Too much air could restrict pumping.

Enhancing Durability during Concrete Pumping

The transportation and delivery of concrete to the site affects their durability. Concrete pumps must always be at their highest efficiency  to avoid this delay. Durability index is a method used to determine the  stability and hardiness of a concrete structure. Air may get introduced during pumping and make the concrete unable to resist temperature fluctuations.This leads to reduced longevity of the concrete.


The concrete pump is a critical requirement in delivery of concrete to inaccessible sites. It helps reduce handling and delivery time of the mix which are critical in the durability of concrete.Two particular designs of concrete include the direct pumping system and the peristaltic systems.Proper proportioning of mixed concrete enhances setting,transporting and durability of the concrete.

Significant Suggestions to Solve Concrete Issues

The below graphical presentation gives significant suggestions to solve concrete issues and the common issues found with Concrete mixing process. Know the process of solving concrete mix problem including choose Concrete Ready Mix Solution.

Concrete mix is one of the delicate products that can change its colour and texture when the mixture is delayed for application and delay in mixing might effect in decolouring of the content, which revolve result in excess hardening of the mixture so always saves time in construction as well as used Ready mix solution because it is environmental friendly as well as the best economic option for large level projects. More information and concrete mix solutions, contact us at http://www.apolloinffratech.com/contact_us.html .

Significant Suggestions to Solve Concrete Issues

10 Worst Results of Applying Improper Concrete Mix

How Failure Happen in Concrete Mix?

Concrete mix produces efficient results in terms of adding strength to the construction structure. Failure to meet the proper requirements in obtaining the right procedure and right ingredient in concrete making leads to formation of cracks and poor building structure with seepage possibilities. Concrete bears good tensile strength however; the same has to be preserved in terms of following appropriate mixing guide. The common mistake which many construction workers commit is that they either add excess of water or little water than the required amount. This amounts to leakage and improper curing of concrete slabs.

Improper Concrete Mix-Some Facts Behind

Improper mix results due to the following factors

  • Not managing the mix with the right quantity of water
  •  Excess of water in the mix leads to formation of humidity in between which may obviously lead to lack of curing
  • Cracks on the concrete surface may appear soon.
Improper Concrete Mix-Some Facts Behind

10 Worst Results of bad Concrete Application

  1. Poor construction quality also happens by allowing lesser time for curing than what is required in actual.
  2. Concrete is a flexible component that can be mixed to get any desired shape, however the mixing proportion should be finite
  3. One of the obvious risks in concrete mix failure is that concrete reduces in its strength when the mixing ratio in not concurrent
  4. The amount of entrained air also affects the concrete texture and quality
  5. The quantity of chemicals and other admixtures also need to be in right proportion to obtain consistent concrete.
  6. The application of high grade ingredients plays an influential role and the cumulative grading has a strong impact affecting the final outcome of concrete texture and subsequent shape.
  7. Improper mixing of concrete obviously leads to lack of consistency
  8. Segregation of cement ingredients is also an often occurring worst effect due to the impact of inconsistent concrete mix. This results in the failure of solid components to go compatible with other fine particles or water.
  9. Conventional mixing method like hand mix or manual mixing method has serious impact on concrete texture if time taken for mixing or concrete ingredient and water ratio remain unbalanced.
  10. Failure to apply the mix on time also leads to construction flaws.

Modern Concrete Solutions that Sweeps Majority of Concrete Mix Issues

In recent days the inception of concrete equipments like ready mix concrete, ready mix concrete batch plant, transit mixers, concrete pumps, or the hollowcore slab making machine, etc are best solutions with which investors can experience good return on investment. Moreover, these concrete problem solving equipments are fast, reliable, and cost effective solution.

Modern Concrete Solutions that Sweeps Majority of Concrete Mix Issues

Apollo Inffratech –In the Process of Serving Construction Industry

We are one of the leading concrete construction equipment manufacturers in India and we serve construction industry with quick performing and cost effective solutions which can keep the consumers stay away from failure in concrete mix. We supply batch plants suitable for small to larger construction projects.


Concrete mix is the key point of successful and strong construction work. Improper mixing results in affecting the quality of construction and risk of obtaining worst building quality. Applying batch plant or a transit mixer for timely mixing in correct proportion and timely supply of mixture is one of the best and affordable solutions available today.

Road Transport & Highway Projects in India – New way of Transformation through Smart Construction Machineries

Better Highway Projects with Better Machineries

Presently, in India, there are formidable highway projects connecting different cities and states. However, there is an incredible use of concrete and other materials used for road projects. With cement industries in India are doing well, the construction industry is offering rood construction equipments.

Important Role by Cement Industry

There is a huge challenge faced by the Indian government and the cement industry. There is currently a need of 20,000km of work to be attained in 20 kms per day. However, with the availability of world-class transporting and mixing vehicles the work has been bit easier and roads are turning out to be better. Apollo Concrete Solution provides different vehicle and construction machineries.

More Demand for Upcoming Projects

Apollo Inffra Tech has witnessed a growth in machinery demand and is quite struggling to maintain the order. Product like self loading mixers, transit mixers, pipe making machines etc are in great demand and are used in constructing roads.

Pipe Making Machines

Adopting New Techniques of Road Building

The highway projects in India are designed by adopting new techniques, technology and equipment usage.  The road construction plants transport some high-tech machinery tools for various purposes.  These machineries have various advantages and also don’t cost much.

Bringing Down the Cost

Presently, the cement as a raw material has maintained its price level over the years. Moreover, the cost difference between concrete and asphalt road is getting narrower. To add more, road construction machinery from the company helps in getting better and faster work.

All Designed with International Standard

Road making machineries are designed with international standard and display the global technological breakthrough in construction industry. The main aim of using such machineries is to provide Indian infrastructure a new face and better connectivity to each other.

Functions of Self Loading Mixers

There are multiple functions of this self loading mixer that carries the capacity of 7,600 ltrs. It comes with different features like double mixing screws, drum rotation by hydraulic motor and reversing drum. However, it depends on the model the machine is being purchased having different features.

self loading mixer

Partnering with Different Machine making Companies

Apollo Inffratech has been partnering with different companies which are known for manufacturing different machines. Three major companies having tied up with are- Hawkeye Pedershaab, Spiroll and Carmix. These companies are offering the best self-loading mixers machines  which are largely used for concreting highways in India.

Giving what Country Deserves

Presently, the country is witnessing a good change in roadways and building highways. The National Highways Development Projects (NHDP) is aiming to build 6 and 8 lane highways in coming years. This could be million dollar project that will certainly change connectivity of the states.


Road Transport and Highway Projects in India are shaping up well and with the availability of machines for building roads, the work has been smoother. With the demand for building highway is increasing, the future of Indian connecting roads seems quite promising.