The precast concrete production process can take many forms. Likewise, the precast concrete forms themselves can be produced in a variety of ways. However, there are some basics that precast concrete producers adhere to. Let’s look at a few of them.
For thousands of years, humans have been perfecting the production of concrete. And for all that time, the number and variety of applications for precast concrete have continued to expand. Meanwhile, many concrete structures from ancient civilizations remain standing to this day.
How did they — and how do we — do it? With a complex process of physics and old-fashioned ingenuity and know-how married to more modern techniques, including the introduction of steel rebar as reinforcement mechanisms.
Rogue Valley Precast’s plants and the production of precast concrete elements represent a level of quality control and quality production of fresh concrete that is well-regarded. Our prestressed concrete, produced in a controlled environment and shipped to construction sites throughout the region, set the industry standard.
Concrete remains the No. 1 building product in the world. Its continued relevance owes a great deal to the precast concrete production process and the product stability and durability that this process creates.
A Brief Overview of the Precast Concrete Production Process
Preparing the Forms
First, we prepare the forms. This part of the precast concrete production process includes choosing the concrete mix, determining concrete thickness, and installing rebar for steel reinforcement.
Mixing and Pouring
Depending on the project and the precast product itself, pouring concrete can be a complex procedure. Our engineers have already determined the matrix, the amount of reinforcement, and the final shape of the product. The batching (or mixing of raw material) process includes sampling to test the concrete for strength.
Once pieces are prepared and poured, the finished product is set aside to cure, based on strength specificities engineered and determined beforehand. Each piece of fresh and cured concrete — now shaped into a form that permits a wide variety of precast concrete structures: retaining walls, culverts, catch basins — leaves our production center ready to be installed.
Precast Concrete Production Process Advantages
The efficiencies built into the precast concrete production process are well-known. And once a cast has been produced, the process can be repeated, and the cast can be reused again and again.
Plus, precast components themselves are designed to be produced with quick turnarounds and swift manufacturing process times embedded in the production process itself. WIth preset forms, standardized mixtures, and consistent hardening time, the benefits of precast concrete construction are readily apparent.
Finally, our production processes include elements that have been SMART Certified. In fact, our sister facility in Woodland, Washington, was the first in the United States to achieve this designation.