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Customised moulds for the concrete brick, block and paver sector

Published 21.10.2016 under Press Releases
Customised moulds for the concrete brick, block and paver sector

21 October 2016: Reef Construction Machinery of Cape Town, part of the PMSA Group, manufactures Rocksolid moulds for the concrete brick- and block-making industry, as well as providing a service to the industrial energy sector.

Aimed specifically at the concrete brick, block and paver sector, the moulds feature reusable tampers, resulting in about 30% saving for the customer when ordering a second mould. The top and bottom liner plate junctions on the block moulds are welded for extra rigidity.

In addition, stainless steel core bars are used for extra strength and durability. The outer mould plates are thickened for improved mould rigidity, while wear- resistant steel is used for longer wear life.

The company also manufactures two different types of paver moulds, namely a standard mould and a solid frame with a bolt-on insert. Wear-resistant steel is used for longer wear life. The outer thick liners on these low moulds give rigidity and stability.

“Our mould life is well over 100 000 drops on average, with only a tamper re-shoe recommended in order to preserve the neatness of the end product,” Soreta Louw of Reef Construction Machinery comments.

Bolt-on tamper shoes allow for mid-life shoe change, in addition to reuse of the tamper. Extra-thick tamper bases limit bending while vibrating, and also prevent material hanging on top of the shoes. Extra-strong bent-section tamper legs also help to prevent bending, while windows on legs facilitate cleaning, and stops material hanging on top of the shoes.

The extra-thick tamper base provides longevity, as well as preventing deformation during vibration. The end result is a dramatic reduction in vibration time, which results in a super-compact end product, with reduced cement requirements.

In addition to moulds for the brick-making industry, Reef Construction Machinery also supplies components for the industrial energy sector, mainly for systems fired on agricultural waste products and bagasse. “These components are exported worldwide,” Louw reveals. The company also manufactures customised retainer moulds.

Located in Blackheath in close proximity to Cape Town International Airport, the company has a complete drawing and design office. Established in April 2015, it also has a machine shop, boiler shop and service centre.

“We supply parts to our existing customers, while also carrying out maintenance and repairs on moulds and concrete machinery for both the brick-making and wet-cast sectors,” Louw elaborates. The company has eight personnel and 18 workshop employees.

Commenting on the current state of the construction industry, Louw points out that the road-building sector is booming due to a lot of upgrade work at present. The housing sector, however, remains in doldrums.

“Up to now, we have been fortunate in having customers in both the wet-cast and brick-making sectors, which has kept us busy constantly,” Louw adds. She herself has been involved in the concrete industry since 2000, joining PMSA when Reef Construction Machinery was established in the Western Cape.

“We are fortunate in being part of the PMSA Group, as it allows us to provide a much wider service to our customers, with the back-up of a well-established company that has been in business since 1976,” Louw concludes.

About Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA)
PMSA is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of concrete block, brick and paving machinery, turbine and counter-current pan mixers and batching plants for the concrete, refractory and ceramic industries. PMSA has been servicing the needs of local and overseas customers since 1976. PMSA brick-making machinery produces two million bricks a day in the Johannesburg area alone.

PMSA Contact
Quintin Booysen
PMSA Sales and Marketing Manager
Phone:
(011) 578 8700
Email:
quintin@panmixers.co.za
Web:
www.pmsa.com

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