Bulk Equipment, Construction, Vibrators

OLI Vibrators shakes up batching plant design

Tecfitmac Engineering’s concrete batching plants have become the company’s most popular product. ABHR finds out how OLI Vibrators helped.

Tecfitmac Engineering’s concrete batching plants have become the company’s most popular product. ABHR finds out how OLI Vibrators helped.

Lee Hutchinson was approached to design a mobile concrete batching plant that was easy to transport and could withstand Australian conditions. And with almost 30 years of engineering experience under his belt, Hutchinson soon got to work. 

The plant needed durability, simplicity, the ability to handle up to 30 cubic metres per hour, and to be compact enough to fit on a busy site.

The resulting plant ended up being a major success, turning into the cornerstone of Hutchinson’s company Tecfitmac Engineering. But there is always room to improve. 

“Some of the feedback we were getting from clients was during wet, cold, and humid conditions they could get build up in the hoppers,” Hutchinson told ABHR.

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“Concrete can stick to the walls of the machine, which was causing problems for productivity.”

That’s when Hutchinson reached out to OLI Vibrators for a solution. 

“They helped take the design to the next level,” Hutchinson said. “The company provided vibrators that suited the plant perfectly.”

The vibrators are located predominantly at the base of the hopper and have eliminated any build up occurring. Every mobile batching plant now has the OLI OMV850 hydraulic vibrator fitted as standard, with further collaborations and pneumatic solutions to come.

The vibrator’s robust design was an excellent fit for the batching plants, which are deployed all around Australia to help manufacture concrete slabs, roads, culverts, and more. Large construction companies, farmers and even a major aquaculture business have put the machines through their paces.

None of the batching plant customers have reported any issues since installing the OLI vibrators.

Hutchinson said this reliability is critical for his company’s rural and regional customers.

“I’ve been in the agricultural and mining industries for close to three decades now and knew I would need to have something that could withstand rough conditions,” he said.

“OLI’s technical support and overall customer service has been second to none. I’m old school, so the face-to-face meetings and direct phone conversations meant that I had all the right information I needed to deliver a quality product.

“As a small business owner, having that information is so important. OLI has bettered the design of the plants and has eliminated a key issue.”

OLI vibrators are popular across the construction sector, being used in several major tunnelling projects, along with highway infrastructure upgrades and precast concrete manufacturing, all over Australia and New Zealand.

Mark Thompson, OLI Vibrators general manager, said the company prides itself on providing high-quality, European-built equipment.

“Product performance and reliability – whether out on-site or in the factory – is of paramount importance,” he said. 

“There’s a limited timeframe to work in, and our customers need to know that the equipment will be working as it should, when they need it. If a business has a hang-up and can’t get its product out of a silo or hopper, we can be there straight away.

“Our range of equipment means we can provide the best tool for the job, instead of something generic.”

Hutchinson said the company is also looking forward to exporting the custom-built machines.

“We’ve had some interest from New Zealand and other countries – the response has been amazing,” he said.

“We look forward to the future of the business partnership between OLI and Tecfitmac Engineering and hope to make the product even better.” 

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