New Technology Improves Efficiency on Tried-and-trusted Equipment

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Cape Brick remains the longest-running manufacturer of the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly quality concrete masonry products in the Western Cape, through its commitment to customer service excellence and constant product innovation.

A major contributing factor to this ongoing success is maintaining long-standing relationships with equally reputable partners such as Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) – the largest supplier of concrete brick, block and paving making machinery in Africa, which has remained an equipment supplier-of-choice to Cape Brick’s Philippi manufacturing plant for more than 15 years.

Cape Brick MD Anthony Gracie reveals that the company recently added a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, which serves the mixing and block plants on an integrated platform. “The SCADA system displays visual, animated graphics of machine operation, machine parameter control and data capture. It has proven to be a tool that we cannot run without, as its advanced and interactive efficiency increases daily manufacture by between 10 and 20 percent.”

Another innovative PMSA concrete solution supplied recently to Cape Brick is the FL Ludwig wireless moisture measurement tool. According to Gracie, the tool ensures a highly-consistent water dosing in the mixture, which ultimately results in more predictable concrete.

“The most important thing in this industry is the predictability of the concrete, as the plants are susceptible to changes in moisture content. If the water is consistent, the concrete will be too, and this tool enables precise humidity monitoring in process flows, which ultimately results in the plants running more consistently,” he adds.

PMSA sales and marketing manager Quintin Booysen states that the company is committed to providing a comprehensive, value-added service offering to its customers. “PMSA prides itself on its equipment and business relationships that are built to last, and this is clearly evident in the fact that our relationship with Cape Brick continues to grow from strength-to strength after 15 years.”

Gracie indicates that Cape Brick experienced a 30 percent growth in turnover in 2014, and anticipates similar success in 2015. “The industry is looking good, and we are remaining competitive by maintaining a high output of a diverse range of superior-quality products. PMSA has been vital in our ongoing success, and will remain our partner-of-choice in the foreseeable future,” he concludes.

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