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Equipment

Special equipment

The production of Fibre Concrete Elements requires special equipment which can be obtained from specialized suppliers. Though some pioneer FCR producers have developed their own equipment with some success, experience has shown that this cannot be recommended in general.

Selfmade equipment

Do not try to develop your own MCR and FCR equipment. So far no self-built vibrating table meets the quality which is necessary for reliable broad dissemination at a competitive price.

Vibrating screeding table

The vibrating table is the main piece of equipment for tile and semi-sheet production. The vibrating device can either be hand- or toot-powered or driven by a car battery or connected to the mains. The metal table is covered with a special plastic sheet before the fresh concrete mix is screeded on it.

Wooden or metal bench

The vibrating table is fixed on a working bench, on which other accessories may be placed also.

Accessory tools

A set of masonry equipment, i.e. spades, measuring pans, sieves and a trowel, sand and cement batching boxes, a fibre cutter, fibre weighing balance and a shovel are the basic tools.

Moulds

Moulds are obtainable for several shapes and sizes of tiles. To start MCR or FCR production a set of at least 100 moulds for regular tiles and some additional moulds for ridge tiles are required. The moulds are usually made of either PVC or fibre glass when sold by a supplier or of concrete when produced locally.

Curing area

The curing tank is usually made of clay bricks, concrete blocks or stone. Whenever possible the air curing area should be protected from the sun by a shed.

Sheetmaking equipment

The equipment described above is for MCR and FCR tile or semi-sheet production. MCR/FCR sheet production requires a quite different table. Since compaction is done by hand a solid wooden table with a frame is required to prepare the matrix while corrugated asbestos sheets serve as molds.

Buying an equipment set

If you buy a set of equipment, we strongly recommend to ask for a good service network providing spareparts and technical assistance in the case of production problems arising

We strongly recommend not to “reinvent the wheel”. Equipment design and production is a very demanding and expensive task. It should be reserved for large development programmes. Therefore you normally buy a kit.