Tag Archives: Production technology

Beautiful and safe precast in Russia – with Love!

#precast #buildings

Atmosfera housing project by YIT in Russia

Russia has been a central part of my life for the 21 years. My first experiences with this great country date back to 1990´s when I moved to St. Petersburg to work there. Since then many things have changed, but also many things have remained the same.

Building construction in Russia 

In the early 90´s St. Petersburg was a typical ex-Soviet city where the economic growth was taking first steps. Many western companies started investments and opened subsidiaries in Russia. People began to move in to big cities searching for jobs and a better standard of living. And it is still going on.

The need of new flats is huge in all major Russian cities:  in Moscow they are building 4,5 million SQMs/year and in the Moscow about 5,5 million SQMs/year. In St. Petersburg and other big cities the annual volume of built housing is from 1 to 3 million SQMs.  In 2010 there were 714 000 completed homes in Russia.

Precast concrete building traditions

#precast, #precasttech

New precast factory of YIT in Russia

It is clear, that such huge building volumes put a great challenge to constructors to find the most cost effective way of building. Russia has a long history with precast concrete buildings. The value of this ready-to-install building product has been recognized widely. Old problems related to the quality of precast products and buildings can be easily solved with modern building methods and precast manufacturing technologies.

Effective building construction

#precast #piles

Precast concrete piles for safe and sustainable foundations

The typical size of supplied precast factories can vary from 100.000sqm- 500.000 sqms of housing per year. Less manpower is needed thanks to more and more automated processes and advanced technologies. Using prefabricated concrete products allows the constructors to maintain the high quality of houses even when building during the wintertime. The modern precast connections can be made safely in temperatures even up to -20 degrees Celsius.

Modern solution for sustainable foundations

#Precasttech for #Piles

Precast concrete pile production line

Many big Russian cities are located on river banks and see coasts. In such conditions houses must be built on pile foundations. Elematic has developed a unique production plant for foundations: it is possible to produce even 3 KMs of piles/day on a single plant. This is not possible using other solutions on the market. In St. Petersburg we have a client, who has recently bought a 3rd such line. This is just one example of the great market opportunity waiting for modern precasters.

 Harri Lahtivesi, Elematic’s area director for Russia

 

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

Competitiveness in precast production lifecycle, part 3

During last years, competitiveness has been one of the main issues in our customer discussions. In precast concrete factories, staying competitive is a multi-dimensional effort concerning not only production lines and machinery, but also operator skills and operational best practices.

In precast concrete factories, competitiveness concerns not only production lines and machinery, but also operator skills and operational best practices.

In precast concrete factories, competitiveness concerns not only production lines and machinery, but also operator skills and operational best practices.

In this blogging, I share my views on how a precaster and a technology supplier can cooperate to improve the competitiveness of a precast investment. This blogging also continues the blogging series on precast production lifecycle started by Petri Vesa.

Operational competitiveness of a precast factory

I prefer to have people thinking over machines. Even so I work in a leading precast technology company. No factory can operate optimally, if people – operators, production managers, designers, owners – do not develop it.

Profitability of a factory requires parallel support for hardware, software and people. One way to acquire all of these is our Precast Academy, the only training concept of its kind available in the market.

Elematic provides you with factory lifetime support  to increase profitability of your investment

Elematic provides you with factory lifetime services to increase profitability of your investment

As its best, a technology supplier can offer for a precaster similar references and industry knowledge on operational best practices based on proven track record.

Local factory service and maintenance

In major capital goods investments, daily productivity is in the core of the investment profitability. When a machine breaks, fast delivery of the right spare part is essential. Preventive maintenance contract with regular machinery inspections and factory visits is a minor cost, but a major element in the creation of competitive advantage.

Ways to ensure the daily productivity of your precast factory

Ways to ensure the daily productivity of your precast factory

Production renewals for competitiveness

Finland was ranked as the world’s third competitive country by World Economic Forum Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 .

Strong part of Finland’s competitiveness is mechanical engineering; companies in this sector know how to apply new technologies rapidly to customer-driven products and production processes.

In building construction sector, Finland has gathered unique cluster knowhow in precast building design, connections and production. Also, our building construction companies are internationally recognized of their quality work.

How does this then benefit a precaster?

Technology innovation and engineering tradition is a firm base for continuous development. For a precaster, benefits come in the form of

–       faster reaction to market needs,

–       more cost-effective manufacturing models and processes, and

–       premium quality machinery.

 

Inspections and factory audits to stay competitive

Inspections and factory audits to stay competitive

 

It would be interesting to hear your experiences in your precast investment development. And by that continue the discussion on how we could make the precast industry even more competitive together.

Meanwhile, Happy Holidays!

Petteri Laitinen,  Director, Customer Services, Elematic

From a plan to an efficient precast factory – precast production lifecycle, part 2

Elematic choses as the one-stop-supplier for Bismayah

The brand new precast city of 500,000 inhabitants and 100,000 apartments will be built in Iraq in 7 years

After inspiring and hectic Bauma 2013 with 530,000 visitors from over 200 countries I feel confident to share with you some tips for trouble-free precast factory delivery. This blogging continues the views on profitable precast production lifecycle presented in the part 1.

Optimizing the production flows

A good precast production technology and investment planning is characterized by close cooperation of various building construction stakeholders. When entering a factory building phase, more direct communication between a precaster and a machinery supplier more efficient precast factory.

Elematic and precast production design

Precast factory building planning hand in hand with production design improves factory’s efficiency

A precast factory building can be used many ways as a space. To optimize the efficiency of the factory, effective layout of different processes is a key. The layout of processes in the factory should not only minimize the movement of employees and production equipment, but also the logistics at the production site.

Elematic provides concrete transportation plans for the site

Original technologies turn into original machines manufactured by Elematic

Another critical production efficiency issue is concrete transportation and distribution at the site – to make it as smooth as possible both inside and outside the factory. Also, different geographical locations may require different concrete production solutions resulting varying transportation needs.

Elematic and factory set-up

Supervision and consultation are available to ensure factory’s optimal operation

In a machinery start-up, installation supervision and raw material and concrete mix consultation are provided to ensure factory’s optimal operation. The overall timeframe of the factory set-up can vary between 0.5-1 year.

By the way, do you know Bismayah already?

Elematic and Bismayah

Elematic was chosen as the one-stop-supplier for the world’s largest precast concrete factory

A good way to follow precast factory delivery almost in real-time is via Bismayah project. It is the biggest precast concrete project in the world so far. The brand new precast city of 500,000 inhabitants and 100,000 apartments will be built in Iraq in 7 years. Bismayah starts in full speed just now. Elematic is chosen to a one-stop-supplier for a precast concrete factory that will be the world’s largest of its kind.

Petri Vesa, Sales Director, Elematic