Lorry traffic flows smoothly from supplying raw materials to loading cubes of finished products. There is plenty of yard storage, allowing for safe and efficient lift truck flow. Inside the facility, a large elevated control center allows operators a clear view of the entire operation. In all, its employee facilities are second-to-none, using the latest technological equipment.
At the heart of the plant is a Columbia CPM60 concrete products machine, utilizing steel pallets (pallet size 700 X 1400 mm) and Columbia’s renowned vibration system to produce high-quality brick products. Housed in a generously sized acoustic sound room, operators can switch molds and products rapidly to optimize productivity. “Columbia has an excellent reputation in the UK for the equipment reliability, longevity, and their on-going support,” says Dominic, “We are completely satisfied with Columbia as a highly responsive, first-rate partner.”
The Brick Division prides itself on the quality of its products, innovative development, competitive pricing, and first-class service & technical support from its central base. During single shift operation, Mansfield’s Columbia CPM60 concrete product machine produces more than three million units a month, including standard products, coursing bricks, closure blocks, and infill slips for the beam and blocks flooring market. In short, Mansfield Brick is in a unique position to satisfy the requirements of the demanding United Kingdom building industry.
Using Columbia equipment, implemented in 2010, Mansfield Brick has been an industry leader for almost ten years with its state-of-the-art facilities and impressive production.
The Mansfield Brick team is focused on raising the bar on operational efficiency, with a specific production capacity target of 30 million or more bricks a year in single-shift operation. Its dedicated team of maintenance engineers reviews the plant and equipment, making plans to meet the ambitious target accordingly.
Varying moisture levels in raw materials were affecting the company’s ability to consistently achieve the optimal mix design, resulting in the delivery of wet batches of concrete into the plant. To address this, Conspare refurbished Mansfield’s planetary mixer by implementing new wear parts, restoring the vent filter to control dust on the mixer platform, and installing Matrox chute liners and two belt scrapers. Conspare serviced the existing mixer washout system to keep its pan clean, and Mansfield commissioned a Hydronix HydroControl automatic moisture control system to control the mixer sensor. Overall, the services provided by Conspare hugely improved Mansfield’s operation. Hydronix HydroControl’s latest winning selection immediately provided consistent quality concrete to the operation.