Category Archives: Innovations

Elematic Acotec

Winner Application Renewed

New Acotec lines for high performance

After faithfully serving the operators for 28 years, the line for producing Acotec light partition wall panels has been renewed for even higher performance level and versatility. I have to say that I sincerely appreciate the skills of the designers of the original Acotec line for their fine work, which made it possible for the line to be competitive for such a long time. Of course continuous development took place during the past years, but finally the time came to take the technology to a new level and I can proudly say: New Acotec production line has been released!

Elematic Acotec

The first benefit we now can offer with the new lines is that you can select the technology level that which suits your needs as there are now SEMI, PRO and EDGE versions of the line available. So, with the SEMI you can start a factory with minimum investment while still getting good capacity and a high quality product. PRO has all the main functions automated, and the EDGE version offers a fully automatic production line with automated curing and packing.

When the investment decision is made, you usually do not want to wait for a long time for the production to start – you more or less want to see truckloads of panels shipped from the factory, unstopped like a river flowing. To make this come true as fast as possible, we took the modularity of the lines to a new level, so now a line module includes electrification and pneumatics. When also the line control was changed to state-of-the-art EtherBUS-system, the installation of the line is literally plug and work. This reduces the installation time to half what it used to be.

Acotec panel production

Acotec panel production

When you start the production, you don’t only want it to start quickly, but you also want it to run without interruptions. Nothing makes you go crazier than seeing alarms flashing, bells ringing and seeing the river of panels dry-up like a camel’s hump. This why we have made dozens of improvements to the new Acotec production lines: To make it run like a train. The conveyors are of new design and of new materials, and the new automation system enables faster movements of the plates and panels. The handling of plates is extremely gentle to maximize their lifetime and minimize dents, which would cause faults to panels and cause malfunctions in the line.

But it is inevitable that sometimes the train will stop. In such a situation you want to know why and where is the problem, to be able to solve it as fast as possible. That’s just what the new Acotec line does. On its control screen, it shows the location of the fault on a map (layout of the line) and tells in plain language what the problem is, also giving advice on how to fix it. This way the line is back in operation in a blink of an eye. Furthermore, mistakes in solving the malfunctions, which could damage the machinery, are prevented.

So, when in no time you have your own river of panels flowing again like the river Amazon, you can relax and check the latest automatically generated production reports from the control system. Seeing that the planned capacity is reached and downtime and level of rejected slabs lower than the target makes, you do not need to worry. You can just concentrate on enjoying doing business with Acotec from Elematic.

Jani Eilola, Product Line Manager, Floor Technologies and Acotec

Early birds of 3D – never stop chasing your dream!

I joined precast business in the early 80’s. Since then basics of the business have not changed too much but the usage of precast is widening every year. People are after fast, practical and private housing solutions. These have been the precast advantages from the day one.

Precast building construction

Precast business is not stagnated though. I would describe it to be a field of small incremental change. There have been several radical innovations in the pipeline during the years, such as 3D facades developed in the project Dimenssio in the early 90’s. The timing and competencies were just not right then.  Nowadays, when 3D printing technology has taken giant leaps to become an everyday reality, I’m just thinking that should we dig into this idea again?

Industrial and affordable building solution for fast urbanization

Precast has also always been an option when deciding on the building construction method. This applies on not only housing projects, but also on industrial and commercial building. Nordic countries have been in the front row of this building method development during the years.

In today’s world precast projects are started more and more in the areas with no precast building traditions. Social pressure to find industrial and affordable building solutions achievable for large populations is high.

More precast knowledge across the whole value network

Within these new markets, the knowledge and know-how of safety and sustainability in precast should be supported actively. Development needs to be done in the building construction value networks – with architects, structural designers, builders and manufacturers.

The importance of the right and up-to-date knowledge is underlined even more now, when Internet has the strong role in the solution and supplier search. Internet is a perfect channel to get familiar with the global offering. But the offered options need support and validation by real and local references and adaptable technological solutions lasting time. One example of the required knowledge could be precast solutions’ material efficiency.

Elematic EDGE floor production plant

The EDGE floor production plant with 8 beds for a reference

With these thoughts and experiences, it is my delight to continue my precast career more as an advisor and hunt my dream of a state-of-the-art 30-line hollow-core slab factory!

 Eero Virtanen, Commercial Director, Elematic

Can precast be inspirational and beautiful?

Precast housing reference

Apartment building with a graphic concrete facade in Espoo, Finland. Construction year: 2013.

This question we are often asked. Our answer is definitely yes! I’m glad to notice that this thought is more and more widely accepted and also applied around the world.

Since the late 1990s Graphic Concrete  has been working with projects ranging from industrial buildings to schools, hospitals and commercial and residential buildings.

Industrial precast building

H.A.N.S., Industrial Precast Building, Czech Republic. Construction year: 2009.

Our core idea is to create premium precast concrete surfaces and that way inspire people in their everyday environments. Preferences vary from a region to region. When Southern European and Arabian consumers prefer strong and clear ornaments on their building surfaces, Northern Europeans are more into non-figurative patterns and textures. One of the top surfaces has lately been nature in its various representations.

Graphic concrete

Example of an ornament as a graphic concrete surface figure.

We call these surfaces graphic concrete – according to our patented technology. We offer a real industrial and cost efficient product for large-scale surfaces, which can also be visually creative.

Precast slabs

Sample slabs with graphic concrete surfaces

Today the technology is a proven concept within the prefabrication concrete industry. Versatile buildings demonstrate the vast range of graphic concrete applications in e.g. facades, walls and pavement slabs. All these are possible without compromising the uniqueness of a building and the vision of an architect.

Industrial precast building

Industrial precast building: KV Tändtickan, Göteborg, Sweden. Construction year: 2013.

One important point is, that graphic concrete is not an additional cost. Every precast concrete facade or wall has always a surface. So it is more a choice between inspirational and monotonic surface than anything else.

Harri Lanning, Managing Director, Graphic Concrete Ltd

Precast production lifecycle, part 1

Setting-up a profitable precast production is not a piece of cake. Instead, it is a quite complicated puzzle with contradictory interests of city planners, architects, investors, builders, precasters and most of all – users of the buildings. Or is it so?

Precast as a building method

It is only precast that enables building of large open areas without partition walls. Or creation of public schools with world-famous waterproof art on the facades.

Building construction planning

Precast can be amazingly flexible building method. Cooperation of architects, structural designers and technology developers has concretized most innovative buildings in the era of industrialized building construction.

Precast as a building method by Elematic

Close cooperation of architects, structural designers and technology developers create innovations

When designing modern minimalistic villa or busy business center, precast is a choice of pragmatists. Precast walls are sound insulated and fire and moisture resistant. Precast also reduces need for cooling and heating.

Precast saves materials and resources in the building phase. In structural design, cooperation with precast technology supplier can actually save money in the building process.

Precast production technology planning

Building with precast by Elematic

Precast as a building method

Precast production investment is as heavy as you want. There are multiple precast products and production options. You can build the whole house with precast. You can also set-up the whole production outdoors or have it totally automated. Or then you can acquire only one tilting table for a small-scale production of varying  precast products.

When the demands of factory capacity, flexibility and level of automation are clear, precast technology and machinery supplier can provide you with preliminary production plan. As a one-stop-supplier, Elematic can also support in finding the best production practices.

Precast production consultation, a service from Elematic

Consult Elematic to find the optimal precast production solution

 From precast production plan, profitability calculations can be processed for your feasibility study. The factory layout draft is normally provided with the supply contract. From the corporate investment planning perspective, it is good to reserve 0.5-1 year for production solution definition.

More views on premium precast factory deliveries and investment development as part of the precast production lifecycle in my next bloggings.

Petri Vesa, Sales Director, Elematic

Precast for Life

Have you ever thought what might be the smallest precast product in the world? We found it out with the Red Cross, one of the largest global development aid organizations. The product is called “latrine”, a common and easy sanitation solution widely used in developing countries.

The smallest precast product in the world

The smallest precast product in the world. Image source: The Finnish Red Cross.

Latrines are built of a precast plate, sheltering walls and a hole in the ground. They play a critical role in improving the hygiene and health of families and communities. Local artisans have skills to build the latrines by their community requirements.

Precast for Life by Elematic

Elematic invites you to join Precast for Life, the community project for the Red Cross, at BAUMA 2013

At BAUMA 2013, Elematic is joining the Red Cross to supply 400 latrines to improve life of 2400 people. Our goal is to collect 400 hand prints during the fairs. Join our community project, Precast for Life, and leave your hand print at our BAUMA stand B1 313/414.

To find out more, visit our magazine, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.