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This section of the Mixamate website contains the latest mix on site concrete and screed industry news, as well as our own expert analysis and
opinion on upcoming developments as they happen. Here you will also find stories relating to recent jobs, wider construction stories, and the
important work we are doing in spearheading the UK's Batched on Site Association.

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Concrete pumping machine

  • Jul 18

Mixamate is this month featured in Rail Professional magazine, in an article examining the applicability of our unique all-in-one Concrete Pumping Truck to the rail sector.

“Mixamate is increasingly being called into railway jobs that require smaller amounts of concrete, but usually require greater flexibility,” said Chris Smith, managing director for Mixamate and chairman of the Batched on Site Association. “For signal boxes and level-crossings, our concrete pumping truck is perfect, because you don’t often know the exact quantities you will need and with Mixamate you only pay for what you take, so there is no waste.”

With 25 lorries already on the road and more in production, the Mixamate service is currently expanding. Each batch of our concrete comes with a computerised ticket, revealing – unlike traditional volumetric mixers – the exact strength and balance of the mix, and providing batching plant standard quality from a handy mix on site service.

To read the article in full, simply visit the Rail Professional website here

 

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Particle sized distribution testing

  • Jul 18

Mixamate’s expanded in-house testing lab is this month featured in Concrete Magazine, the official publication of the concrete society.

In an article highlighting the new developments that have been made to our in-house testing lab and on-site testing capabilities, the magazine looks at the intricacies that go into modern mix on site concrete testing, and how our scientific approach to material production helps us to produce batching plant standard mixes in a handy mix on-site service.

“There are a few mix on site companies that carry out the very basic testing measures,” said John Macleod, head of quality control for Mixamate. “We carry out a lot of in-depth testing such as air entrainment testing, slump testing, cube testing, cube testing and we are constantly carrying out trial mixes on a regular basis, whether it is to our new or existing admixtures, to try to help further improve the quality of product supplied.”

With the improved facilities, Mixamate can now turn around aggregate smaples within 24 hours, inclusive of particle sized distribution testing. The new set of measurements provides further quality to an already intensive amount of in-house testing.

The full article can be read exclusively in Concrete Magazine, which you can find out more details about here.  

 

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    • Concrete Cover July 2017

Mixamate helps out the Scouts

  • May 30

Mixamate recently helped out the 10th Fareham Scout Group with some free concrete and delivery. The group, based near Portsmouth, required the materials for the redevelopment of their compound activities area, and as a former Scout Member himself Mixamate Managing Director, Chris Smith, was more than happy to help out!

When Mixamate got the call, the Fareham based Scout Group were in the process of a large and exciting new redevelopment project. The design has revolutionised the the Group’s activities area, allowing the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who attend on a regular basis to practice outdoor activities including the likes of fire lighting, shelter building, and survival skills in a safe and secure area.

Part of this included a new campfire pit for larger events as well as some smaller fire pits for practice on a regular basis, which came to a concrete requirement of roughly 1.5m3. The delivery took place on Saturday and it was great to see all of the Scouts and volunteer workers pitching in to help barrow in the concrete, which is still a service that Mixamate is able to offer in addition to our unique Concrete Pumping lorries.

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“When Chris Clements, the Scout Leader, told us about the project we were more than happy to provide this amount of concrete to the group, as well as deliver it,” said Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate. “Saturday delivery is also not a problem because we’re used to catering to jobs out of regular office hours for our other clients. Sometimes giving back a little to people who give a lot feels the right thing to do, and as an old Cub and Boy Scout myself it seemed like an interesting project – the pictures we saw of everybody pitching in on the day looked like a Scouts activity enough in itself!”

The Group was extremely pleased with the end result and posted some pictures to its main Facebook page, which we have also posted above. 

“On behalf of the 10th Fareham Scout Group we have to say a huge thank-you to Mixamate, who were brilliant to donate this concrete and deliver it to us,” said Chris Clements, Scout Leader for the 10th Fareham Scout Group.” We had a successful morning constructing out new fire pits, which will allow the group to practice some exciting survival skills in a secure area. Everyone both Scouts and adults alike were also very impressed with the Mixamate truck. We were so happy with this we posted It on our Facebook page, and it was great to see all the leaders and parents who came and pitched in on the day to help – a real team effort and a really kind gesture from the guy’s at Mixamate to help us out in this way.” 

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Mixamate featured in Agg-Net news

  • May 23

Mixamate has this month been featured in Agg-Net news, in a story highlighting the significant updates we have made to our in-house Lab testing facilities over the course of the past twelve months. We have expanded our in-house lab facility by adding British Standard particle size distribution, building on our existing product testing range.

The story has been covered in numerous sources across the industry trade press, including Agg-Net news, which you can read in full online here

John Macleod, the company’s head of quality control, said: “There are a few mix-on-site companies that carry out very basic testing measures, but the Mixamate lab is far from basic. We carry out a lot of in-depth testing, such as air-entrainment testing, slump testing and cube testing, and we are constantly carrying out trial mixes, whether it be our concrete or new admixtures, to help further improve the quality of product we supply to our customers.”

For more information on Mixamate’s unique all-in-one Delivery, Mixing, and Concrete Pumping capabilities, simply click here

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Mixamate expands in-house testing capabilities

  • May 22

Mixamate has expanded its in-house lab facility by adding British Standard particle size distribution testing to their capabilities. The update builds on Mixamate’s existing range of product testing and will allow the company to carry out aggregate sampling within 24 hours.

In 2016 Mixamate announced the launch of their in-house testing lab, which has now evolved to cover air entrainment, slump and cube testing. Independent verification is still carried out by an external testing company, but the full range of in-house capabilities allows the company to operate in a constant state of quality control.

‘There are a few mix-on-site companies that carry out very basic testing measures, but the Mixamate lab is far from basic,’ commented John Macleod, the company’s head of quality control.

‘We carry out a lot of in-depth testing, such as air-entrainment testing, slump testing and cube testing, and we are constantly carrying out trial mixes, whether it be our concrete or new admixtures, to help further improve the quality of product we supply to our customers.’

A new temperature-controlled oven has now been installed at Mixamate’s in-house testing facility. Operating at 110°C (the British Standard temperature for carrying out particle size distribution testing), this allows the company to turn out some aggregate samples within 24 hours, providing an almost instant turnaround on results that can take up to two weeks to come back when sent away to an external testing company.

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‘Each sample is weighed and heated for 24–48 hours, depending on what we are sampling,’ explained Mr Macleod. ‘After the sample has been placed into the oven for the required period of time, it is removed and weighed again to measure the moisture content. The sample is then put through a range of sieves to check the grading on each particle size and the sample retained on each sieve is weighed, so that we can work out the percentage of sample on each sieve.

‘We have started carrying out this form of particle size distribution testing more regularly, as we used to send the aggregate samples for external testing, which can take up to two weeks for the results to come through. At that point it could be too late to act if there were any issues with the aggregates.

‘We can turn around our own tests in just over 24 hours, and these particle size distribution tests mean we can monitor the moisture content in all of our materials, so we can programme our mixers to increase or decrease the water content of our concrete mixes on a regular basis.’

By adding further capabilities to their in-house lab test facilities, Mixamate say they have added further depth to their quality-control measures, which has attracted much interest. ‘We have seen a great deal of interest in these areas from our customers, for whom it provides reassurance that we are dedicated to constantly updating and evolving to find the highest quality of mix,’ said Mr Macleod.

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Boom in Action

  • Apr 11

Mixamate was recently called onto a job where our on-board boom extension was required to deliver concrete over a fence and beyond a garden pond to the required spot.

Use of the boom is not a sight that we often see, since our 60m on-board pumping hose (stretching to 100m where necessary) is usually flexible enough to deliver materials around most obstacles. However, the boom is occasionally required to elevate the line above high terrain, or to completely avoid more delicate features, such as in this instance. 

The 8 metre job in Kent was carried out within 1hr and provided an effective way to solve a local builder's problem. Just over the fence sat the Customer's Koi carp pond and by using the boom we were able to complete the delivery without disturbing the the fish. 

So the fish, the builder, the customer and we were all happy with the outcome - we love a happy ending!

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Mixamate delivers to Buckingham Palace

  • Mar 7

Mixamate this morning made a screed delivery to Buckhingham Palace, where on-going improvement work continues. The residence took delivery of a total of 18 tons of pumped screed, and despite presenting numerous challenges the entire job was completed within 3hrs from arrival to departure.

The Central London landscape can often provide difficulties in the effective delivery of concrete and screed. In fact this is often one reason that companies choose to use Mixamate – our all-in-one machines provide the delivery, mixing and pumping of concrete and screed from a single vehicle, making them the perfect vehicles to operate within tight London locations. Nowhere is this truer than at Buckingham Palace, where strong security measures, busy roads, and a constant flow of intrigued tourists means that vehicles need to transfer in and out quickly and within procedure.

We’re unable to talk too much about the specifics of the job, and photography was strictly prohibited inside the grounds. However, the Mixamate marketing team was on-hand to capture a handful of shots from the outside!

It’s a huge honour to take responsibility for such an important job, and is further testament to Mixamate’s reputation as one of the most well established and well respected names in the mix on site industry. 

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Rail job on track as flexibility pays off

  • Dec 8 '16

Mixamate was recently called into a weekend job on a railway depot where the unique flexibility of our service proved essential. 

Taking place on a Sunday when inconvenience to services could be minimised, the customer had misjudged the amount of concrete required for the job and 50% more concrete than had originally been ordered was required.

Luckily our handy mix on site service meant that Mixamate was able to return to a nearby yard and do a quick reload to ensure that the job was carried out in full within the allocated maintenance window. It's a good example of the versatility of our service, and the extra lengths that the company will go to to ensure that our customer's needs are met.

This was a difficult job in a very sensitive area of the rail network that needed to be completed on the day. It took 10hrs to finish in the end as the events of the day unfolded, which is significantly longer than are average delivery time, but was worth it in the end to see an important transport hub completed on deadline.   
 

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Fireworks as Mixamate receives police escort

  • Oct 25 '16

A relatively straightforward Concrete Pumping job for Mixamate was ramped up a gear at the weekend, as we were assigned a police escort to get our concrete through!

The job took place on Saturday evening, around the time of a big fireworks display in Preston Park, Brighton. Owing to the huge amount of traffic surrounding the event, one of our machines got caught up in the melee, getting stuck down Preston Park Avenue running adjacent to the event.

As fate would have it, the local police were on hand to oversee the event, and took the immediate decision to clear the increasingly congested scene.

“It was an amazing scene,” said Mixamate Driver, Sean. “Everybody had gathered to see the fireworks and there was consequently a huge amount of congestion down the narrow lane. It was our fifth and final lorry load of materials to complete the job and time was of the essence to get everything administered in a single session. Luckily the police arrived at the scene fairly quickly. Two police cars put on their blues and twos, and one of the police officers walked along the scene, backing up traffic and clearing us through. I’ve never seen so much traffic move so quickly. We were only 500 metres from the job at the time, so we knew we were close!”

Indeed the job continued to be tricky even after Mixamate arrive on the scene, as 50m3 of C35 concrete needed to be pumped to trench from a distance of up to 145 metres away. Using Mixamate’s 60m pumping hoses, the three machines teamed up to form an assembly line and administer the concrete safely into the foundation base.

A huge relief and a dramatic scene as Mixamate received its first police escort onto site!    

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Mixamate works on Glass Paving job in London's Westend

  • Oct 5 '16

Last month Mixamate was called into the centre of London, to provide concrete for an interesting glass paving job. You can find glass bricks, or glass blocks as they're also known, dotted all around the city centre, and they allow pedestrians to walk directly over basement premises while still admitting light. It is an interesting architectural quirk that we take for granted across our UK cities, and was originally invented in the early 1900's to provide natural light in manufacturing plants.

The job was for Ricky Shields Pavement Lights - a company that has been a customer of Mixamate Concrete & Screed for more than 25 years. Ricky said: 

"Pavement lights are the things you walk over without giving it a second thought," said Shields. "By their nature they are used in tight inner city spaces, and for that we required the Mixamate mix on site service. There's no waste, we can dictate exactly how much we need what consistency of mix we require - including a C40, which is what we need for this sort of job. It's just a much much easier system to use and the service is always friendly. And having worked with him for so long Chris, the Mixamate Managing Director, is always on hand to help us out should we ever need him."

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Mixamate has always been favoured by companies working on tight inner-city jobs where site access is limited, and materials need to be delivered quickly to the trench. Now, with the launch of our new all-in-one Concrete Pumping Truck, this service has been optimised even further. It cuts down on time, labour, and site vehicles and particularly in the case of specialist jobs like this where work needs to be turned around quickly, can really remove an extra hassle from the process. 

For more information, and to see a video of the truck in action simply visit our dedicated Concrete Pumping Truck page here. 

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