What is a Concrete Pump?
A concrete pump is a machine that transfers the concrete by pushing the liquid concrete with high pressure so that it flows through the pipe and reach the destination at another end where concrete needs to be poured. Concrete pumping is reliable, economical and efficient means of getting the concrete pour. Sometimes, it the only way to get concrete into certain locations which are constrained by easy access. A concrete mix with enough water is pumped through lubricated pumps so that the concrete moves through reducers, bends, and hoses. In order to get an optimum pumping operation, an efficient configuration must be determined. A professional concrete pump contractor can help you to determine the most efficient system, with correct line pressure, appropriate length and diameter of the pump. You can also get expert help on pumping rate, line diameter, horizontal and vertical distances, vertical rate, variety of bends, flexible hoses to be used, optimum configuration and reducing sections.
How does concrete pump work?
The concrete truck pours the liquid concrete into a hopper through the mesh to prevent large rock falling into the hopper. The hopper churns the concrete using the inbuilt auger to make the concrete flowable.
The concrete in the hopper is sucked into a valve system in small intervals of strokes. A concrete pump operates using hydraulic and electrical systems to move the hydraulic and material cylinders. When the material cylinder retracts, it draws the concrete into the cylinder. At full retraction of the cylinder, the S valve is signaled to change the direction of the loaded cylinder and drive cylinders. The concrete piston of the loaded cylinder pushes the concrete through S tube into the delivery pipelines. On a continuous operation, the liquid concrete is pushed into drive lines. The hydraulic pump pushes the drive cylinder pistons alternatively back and forth. As the dive cylinders and concrete pistons are linked, they move synchronously.
When the hydraulic moves back and forth, it creates a hydraulic flow to move the pistons in the drive cylinders alternatively. When the drive cylinder moves back, the concrete is sucked into the concrete cylinder from the hopper and the concrete piston is extended towards the hopper in the other cylinder.
The concrete piston pushes the concrete from its cylinders to delivery lines through S Tube. When the pump shifts to drive cylinder to end of the stroke, the S tube valve shifts to other the concrete cylinder which has the sucked concrete in the last cycle, thus ready to create a new cycle to pump the concrete.
You can also operate a reverse pumping to move the concrete in the opposite direction into the hopper. This is usually done to clean the concrete hoses at the end of concrete pouring.
Some concrete pumps have different types of valve system like ball valve, s-valve, the has the basic working procedure to pump the concrete.
For a smooth operation of a concrete pump, it is very important that the pump operator has required experience and knowledge to operate, fix any problems that occur, prevent any problems like pump blockages and help the pump to keep pumping the concrete.
Types of Concrete pumps.
There are different varieties of concrete pumps to cater to different requirements and challenges in concrete pouring. Each has its own advantages, disadvantages, and capabilities.
Boom pumps are loaded on trucks and has self-contained units of the frame and the pump. It is used for pouring concrete for almost every concrete installation from slabs to large volume commercial and industrial projects. Its pumps have single axle for high maneuverability and suited for areas with challenges to access. Some pumps have six-axle rigs which are powerful to reach high rise and large industrial projects.
Line or Mobile Pumps
Line pumps are versatile and portable units which can pump not only concrete but also grout, wet screeds, foamed concrete, sludge, and mortar. There are different line pumps to meet a wide variety of needs. They can be used to repairing underwater concrete, placing concrete in heavily reinforced sections. They have a low cost and few wearable parts. It is easy to maintain and easy to operate as they are small in size.
Why chose us?
A concrete pump has many challenges in terms of choosing the appropriate pump, configurations, a professional pump contractor, Hard Rock Concrete Pumping team has required trained, certified technicians who have gained vast experience in 25 years in providing concrete pumping trucks and placements services in Las Vegas, NV. They are leaders in Las Vegas concrete contractors for all your needs of construction concrete. You can avail these services to provide you the best solutions for your concrete pouring requirements.
Professional pump contractors have sophisticated pump trucks, tools and techniques and experts who provide quality, reliable and affordable services at your place.
They are available with a single phone call to provide initial inspection, suggestions, and quotes for the concrete pumping services in line with your requirements and aspirations. You can rely on their quality services and vast experience gained through previous projects.
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