CIA Precast & Steel is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, tailored precast concrete and steel fabrication. With more than 25 years’ experience we pride on consistently exceeding customer expectations and providing value-add solutions.
The two state-of-the art facilities enable CIA to deliver the complete service offering for commercial and industrial building needs. With capabilities in product design and development, CIA offers modular systems, design and construction of pre-engineered proprietary products, CAD drawing facilities, structural steel detailing and fabrication.
CIA sister company founded few years ago is ADVANCIV: passion in creating quality precast concrete elements for the customers and take pride in seeing the products in the environment around.
ADVANCIV is a manufacturer of quality precast concrete products to the local council, government, building and construction and civil infrastructure industries. ADVANCIV works with customers to design and manufacture solutions that provide added value to projects.
ADVANCIV has the capacity to design, manufacture and supply customized:
- Stormwater Pits
- Box Culverts
- Wheel Stops
- Kerb Entry Inlets
- Custom Products
Latest added product for ADVANCIV are concrete pipes: this helps to establish strong relationships with civil contractors, local government, builders, developers and plumbers by providing high-quality products, delivered on time.
ADVANCIV has the ability to service not only Newcastle and the Hunter but also Sydney, Central Coast, Mid-North Coast, Blue Mountains and even the Central West markets.
Advanciv concrete pipe: automated and software controlled batching plant
During COVD in Summer 2021 ADVANCIV decided to invest a new turn-key factory, specially dedicated to the production of concrete pipes with very tight quality controls, highly controlled environments under rigid production standards and testing specifications.
Excellent quality concrete pipes produced nowadays is a direct result of the following operations:
- Computer aided design and analysis
- Advanced concrete mix designs
- Automated and software-controlled batching
- Precision fabricated wire reinforcement
- Quality driven manufacturing techniques
- Improved water tight joints
- New installation standards
The new factory is composed of a latest generation BFS – Hawkeye Pedershaab machine and MCT Italy Batch Plant. The Batch Plant, as key component of this new factory to feed the entire operation, was studied in depth throughout the development process within ADVANCIV, selecting MCT Italy as the best partner for this important step for the group, meant also to strengthen their presence in the NSW construction business by starting a proprietary asset for the precast products manufacturing.
The plant itself comprises of a of 30 m3 drive-over receiving hopper where the trucks discharge their materials and these are then taken via a feeding belt to the aggregate storage hoppers. The materials are then distributed into the correct compartment through a reversible shuttle belt, and all of these functions are controlled by the MCT Aggregate Feeding system, which runs independently from the main control system.
4No. Aggregate hoppers with a capacity of 40m3each, 160m3 in total, then receive the materials, and these are monitored via laser probes to ensure the precise volumes are both checked for materials used and materials being properly discharged when filled from the aggregate feeding system.
When a mix is called, the materials are collected by MCT’s Aggregate weigh batcher and discharged into the skip hoist.
The ‘skip hoist’ then takes the materials to the 1500/1000 planetary mixer, which provide the factory with the concrete through an inclined belt. Upon the mixer platform are the normal components such as Cement Weighing, Water distribution, Admix & dust extraction.
The mixer has 3 doors allowing further expansion to second feeding belt line if required in the future. Cement is fed from 2 of 100T each (80m3) to the mixer.
The mixer is washed via MCT’s own deigned washing heads and all the washed water and materials are gathered below the plant where they are separated and this water is recycled back into the plant, the waste material can also be recycled.
All of the dosing, mixing and concrete distribution is controlled via MCT’s very own Compumat system, which is intuitive.
MCT Italy: total control
Since 1967 MCT Italy has been managing the complexity of the production cycle, transport and distribution of concrete, developing for our customers integrated and customized technological systems in relation to specific concrete elements.
MCT Italy S.r.l. turnkey solutions include all the components of the system starting from the detailed design of the functional areas of the site, going through to the manufacturing of the plant and completed with the automation of the processes which performances we measure and check.
Years of experience in 5 continents and top-notch connection technologies are what CompuNet, the MCT Italy software for management and control of both batching plant and concrete delivery system,is made of. Batch Plants and factories dedicated to concrete pipe production have been recently been in Canada, Australia, USA, Middle East and Europe. MCT added value includes research in safety, risk prevention and knowledge that translates into total compliance with specific national regulations regarding plants, emissions and environmental impact.
Together with Hollow core and Block & Pavers productions, the concrete used to produce precast concrete pipes has low water-cement ratio because most manufacturing processes utilize relatively dry mixes.
- detects the moisture content of the aggregates through dedicated sensors mounted on the aggregates extractions gates (or belts)
- checks the power absorption of mixer motors
- manages the batching water by determining the amounts to be deducted from the value set in the mix design according the water content that has been monitored by the sensing probes
- provides final fine water correction through extremely precise flowmeter
MCT Windows running software automation is totally developed and realized inhouse, allowing the customer a full control on the plant, giving access to the analysis of the working parameters and the production reports, and plan the management of the production, including all the auxiliary platforms of the concrete batch plant.
With the remote technical support, we provide a 24/7 assistance to help in case of required support, to check or assist the operations of the batching plant: it is possible to modify parameters or processes on-line, while it is running, just by an internet connection.
Another flagship project for mct in Australia
Mr. Gabriele Falchetti, VP Business Development for MCT Italy, pointed out: “ADVANCIV’s highly specified concrete is being supplied to meet the project’s stringent requirements via a purpose-built precast batch plant at Tomagi. MCT Italy is honored to have been selected to build a lasting legacy that will support NSW development, creating economic opportunities and greatly improving the daily lives of many people”.
“Our flexible designs of batching plants and concrete distribution systems ensures the optimal solution for every process with the best utilization of space and the great performances with regard to safety and concrete delivery to the precast machines. Our long-term experience with almost all the precast machinery suppliers facilitates the project development through our technical departments for the best design of the whole precast factory. We will infuse and adopt new technology and integrated traceability system into this old industry, in order to make it relevant for the future” he concluded.
ADVANCIV’s Project Manager Stephen Reed continued: “The precast plant was sourced from MCT and erected by local contractors under MCT representatives’ supervision. “ADVANCIV selected MCT to supply the batch plant due to the positive experiences with similar MCT precast plants on comparable projects in Perth and Sydney.”
- Automatic Aggregates Loading System
- 4 Aggregates Bins 160 m3 storage
- 1 Planetary Mixer EPM 1500/1000 with 3 gates
- 2 Cement Silos 100 Ton each
- Concrete distribution belt
- Moisture & Plasticity Control Systems
- Automation System Compunet®
- Remote control Desk