Looking ahead to the fall and winter seasons, I’m getting excited about a sophisticated and cost-effective way to heat aggregates, batch water, and practically everything else around your plant with a single solution.
The TURBOMATIC is made by Polarmatic, a Finnish company that has expertise in making concrete at some very cold ambient temperatures. Their single solution for heating both aggregates and water for every purpose makes a lot of sense for winter concrete production.
Why aggregate heating?
What’s driving everyone toward better aggregate heating methods is the use of higher-strength mixtures with less water content. Water alone can no longer provide enough heat for batching concrete in cold weather. The TURBOMATIC is good at one thing– extraordinarily efficient generation and distribution of heat. Not a BTU is wasted.
How it works
First, gases from propane or natural gas combustion pass through heat exchangers in a small two- to three-thousand gallon water tank to warm process water. Then the gases are piped to valves at each individual aggregate bin.
A tiny amount of water is metered into the gas stream to provide humidity, preventing the drying of aggregates that occurs with hot air systems. This keep the water-cement ratio in balance. Valves under automated control regulate the flow of gases to each bin individually to maintain temperatures set by the operator.
Besides heating water and aggregate for concrete production, the TURBOMATIC can provide water for truck mixer wash/fill, batch plant and office heating via heat exchangers, and warm water for any other purpose such as truck saddle tanks and washout.
Solid return on investment
Replacing separate water heating and aggregate heating systems with a TURBOMATIC has been proven to save enough money to generate a very compelling ROI.
Check out our page that has more TURBOMATIC information. If you’re looking to produce concrete more efficiently this winter, contact us and we will be happy to help you consider this option in more detail. You can also call me directly at 888-378-6210.