Ready Mixed Concrete
If the construction industry has a public face, it’s the familiar ready mixed concrete truck with the revolving drum – a daily fixture in traffic and on construction sites.
High visibility stems from the near universal use of the product it delivers. Easily the world’s most widely used construction material, concrete is part of everything we build. And nearly three-quarters of it comes in the form of ready mixed concrete.
Concrete That Delivers
Ready mixed concrete is more of a delivery system than a type of concrete. Like all concrete, it has three basic components: cement, water, and aggregates – the stone, sand, and gravel that bind together.
In the early days of concrete construction, workers mixed these components right on the project site – and still do for certain types of construction. But as concrete construction evolved and advanced, bringing concrete to the job site with truck-mounted mixers became more efficient and offered a more consistent and higher quality product.
Truck mixers have a revolving drum to mix the concrete and discharge it through a chute. Inside the mixer drum, blades or fins mix the concrete when the drum spins in one direction and discharge it when the direction is reversed.
The process begins at the ready mixed concrete plant, where the raw ingredients are loaded into the truck-mounted drum. Once loaded, the concrete ingredients can be mixed immediately by rotating the drum or mixed on the way to the construction site.
Other types of plants thoroughly mix the concrete ingredients before loading it into the truck. The drum need only revolve slowly on the way to the site to keep the mix agitated.
Concrete is one of the world's most versatile and durable construction materials. Yet, its remarkable qualities and be made even better – and it can last even longer – by following some basic practices for quality construction. Over the years, Lehigh Hanson has compiled a list of common challenges and how to solve them. Click here for some best practices about finishes and sealers, curing and cleaning.
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We Supply Ready Mixed for a Variety of Uses
- Foundations & basements
- Decorative concrete
- Insulated concrete forms
- Structural concrete
- Architectural concrete
- Green construction
- Pervious concrete
- Polished concrete
- Dams & water resources
- Flowable fill