In February, Concrete Pipe & Precast, LLC, based in Ashland, Virginia, USA, fired up a new, automated batching system at its Jessup, Maryland, plant. The 70,000 square foot production facility experienced an equipment failure in its aging batch plant last October. Engineers from Advanced Concrete Technologies (ACT) visited the CP&P Jessup, Maryland, USA, precast plant within days after the major malfunction caused a shutdown of the plant’s original batching system. The ACT team worked with CP&P to design a new batch plant solution with a compact footprint. The design fit within the existing infrastructure and provides consistent high quality concrete to the plant’s HawkeyePedershaab precast production lines.
Jessup batch plant installation includes a low-profile 195-ton three-compartment aggregate storage system, including weigh belt conveyor, from ACT/Wiggert. Hydrotester moisture sensors located below each aggregate bin, combined with microwave probes in each mixer, enable the PCS control system to consistently and accurately maintain the correct water/cement ratio for every batch.