Mixamate expands in-house testing capabilities

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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.