Rapid R3000 doubles output for Eco Readymix
New 3.0 cubic metre pan mixer delivers uniform and precise batching at Ellesmere Port plant
RAPID International recently supplied Eco Readymix, one of the UK’s largest ready-mix concrete, mortar and floor screed suppliers, with a new R3000 3.0 cubic metre Rapid pan mixer, which forms an integral part of the company’s new batching plant at its Ellesmere Port site and will produce around 70,000 cubic metres of material annually.
Trading for more than three decades, Eco Readymix, supply eco-friendly, ready-mixed concrete, mortar and floor screed to a wide range of customers, including leading construction groups, with the company’s two depots in Wrexham and Ellesmere Port serving customers across North Wales and north-west England.
After experiencing an upsurge in demand and having been satisfied with the performance of their existing R1500 1.5 cubic metre Rapid pan mixer, Eco Readymix approached Rapid to supply and install a new mixer, offering greater output levels and flexibility.
The new R3000 pan mixer has an output of 3.0 cubic metres per batch and provides double batching, which, according to Gary Billington, managing director of Eco Readymix, ‘…is a big benefit for us to increase our truck turnarounds, whilst loading.’
The Rapid pan mixer has been specifically designed with the ready-mixed concrete industry in mind, offering high outputs and fast discharge time. The pan’s mixing arms ensure all materials are kept in constant motion, in every direction, providing a thoroughly homogenized mix.
Commenting on the mixer’s consistency, Mr Billington remarked: ‘Our customers are already starting to give us great feedback on its uniform and precise batching results.’
The Rapid pan features durable chill cast tiles, wear sleeves and paddles, as standard, which are ‘…essential for our industry and our high demand of use…,’ said Mr Billington, whilst safety concerns are mitigated with spring-tensioned mixing arms.
The mixer is also equipped with an uprated gearbox, supplied by a specialist gearbox manufacturer, and Eco Readymix opted to have their new pan mixer fitted with a jet wash head, allowing for integration with a Rapid Jetwash system for high-pressure mixer cleaning. ‘This offers a virtually maintenance-free pan and prevents any build-up of materials between washes,’ said Mr Billington.
‘We are delighted with our new Rapid R3000 pan concrete mixer and it is batching to perfection at Ellesmere Port’s new plant,’ he added. ‘Despite other manufacturers trying to improve their rival pan mixers for some 20 years, we believe nothing works as well as the Rapid mixer.
‘We have been using the Rapid R1500 in our Ruabon depot for eight years now, with no issues and it still runs faultlessly six days a week. This is unlike its predecessor, from another European mixer manufacturer, that was double the price and lasted all of 10 months.’
Mr Billington continued: ‘As for Rapid’s customer service and aftercare, we couldn’t speak highly enough of our dealings with the team. From sales, to fulfilment, to post installation advice, Rapid have been there every step of the way and all in all we couldn’t be happier with the end result.’