Westkon Precast: Flexible slipformer production is key to success

Westkon Precast, one of the largest manufacturers of precast concrete in Australia, with two production facilities in Melbourne, is concentrating intensely on hollow core slabs and other pre-stressed concrete products by investing in flexible slipformer technology. The new, extremely maintenance-friendly Universal Slipformer, delivered by the Belgian Supplier, Echo Precast Engineering, is part of the strategy.

Universal SlipformerFor several months now, a Universal Slipformer and the corresponding ancillary equipment for the manufacture of a variety of prestressed concrete products have been in use on the two 150 m long beds: as well as hollow core slabs, massive and stadium slabs are being produced

Westkon Precast, founded in 1987, began to manufacture hollow core slab alongside its established production of reinforced and prestressed precast concrete elements. However, the existing equipment had become outdated and worn, and had to be replaced. Simon Hughes, the project manager of the upgrade, recalls, "We were faced with the decision of patching up our existing equipment, ceasing production of hollow core, or invest in new equipment. We decided on the latter and to extend our product portfolio in this segment even further." In order to reach this goal, they needed the latest technology, which they could also use to manufacture a large range of products.

Convinced by flexibility

Universal Slipformer
The Universal Slipformer allows Westkon Precast to manufacture hollow core slabs of 20 to 50 cm in height.
Westkon visited producers and service providers throughout Europe, and explored all the methods of production from extrusion, through slipformer technology to wet cast. Finally, the company was convinced by the flexibility of slipform technology, and started looking for a slipformer, which is easy to use, quick to convert and maintenance-friendly.

The fact that the choice fell on the Universal Slipformer from Echo Precast Engineering, one of the companies in the Progress Group, was no accident. “We were attracted by the flexibility of this machine. It was very important for us to be able to manufacture using automated equipment, which, in addition to producing hollow core slabs, was able to manufacture new products for the market, such as solid planks and stadium plates," says Hughes.

Hollow core slabs are still considered a relatively new product in Australia, and for this reason, attract interest particularly with an extended range. "It's certainly becoming more popular because of its efficiency, speed of manufacture, and installation, as well as the large spans, which can be achieved with hollow core slabs,” adds Hughes.

Universal Slipformer with two exchangeable production units and eight slipformer moulds

Two brand new production units and new mould sets allow Westkon Precast to manufacture a wide range of products. The first production unit is designed for the manufacturing of hollow core slabs– 1.20 m in width and 20 to 50 cm in height. An additional mould set is used to produce stadium plates that were used on the latest stage of the new Simonds Stadium Grandstand.

Simonds StadiumFor the Simonds Stadium in Geelong Westkon Precast produced over 8500 m2 of hollow core slabs and 1250m2 of the new lower bowl stadium plates. (Picture credit: Kardinia Park Stadium Trust and Phil Hines Photography)

Westkon Precast uses the second production unit to manufacture hollow core slabs of 15 cm in height and pre-stressed solid planks of 8 to 15 cm in height. It only takes a few minutes to change over the production units. Even changing the various sets takes less than half an hour. With the Universal Slipformer, Westkon Precast is able to cover a wide product spectrum and react quickly to market demands. A multi-angle sawing machine, a fresh concrete saw, a multi-function trolley and a plotter, have made Westkon a highly automated production facility.

Positive interim results: first projects already concluded

The new products - pre-stressed solid planks and stadium plates - have been well received in the market," says Simon Hughes. Two stadiums have already been equipped with these elements. For the Simonds Stadium in Geelong, including the precast walls, columns, beams, seating plates and steps, Westkon Precast produced over 8500 m2 of hollow core slabs and 1250 m2 of the new lower bowl stadium plates. The entire structure of the arena, which can hold 11,000 spectators, was constructed from precast concrete elements.

Hughes is convinced that the future prospects of these production methods are positive. "The market is growing - but that is no guarantee of success. The key lies in flexibility."

Simonds StadiumTwo stadiums have been equipped with the stadium slabs produced by the new slipformer

NBM&CW December 2017

Click Here
To Know More / Contact The Manufacturer
Please provide your details we will contact you as soon as possible
Choose Title from the listPlease let us know your name.
Please let us know your Designation.
Invalid Input
Please let us know your email address.
Please let us know your City.
Please let us know your Contact Number.
Please brief your query.
Our other value-added services:

To receive updates through e-mail on Products, Technologies, equipment, please Select the Product Category(s) you are interested in and click Submit. This will help you not only to save time but also to get best quote for right products from many manufacturers of the same category; it helps you to evaluate and negotiate the best price.

Equipment & Machinery
Invalid Input
Building Products
Invalid Input

Challenges in Design & Construction of 4680m Elevated Viaduct at Pilkhuwa – A Case Study

The 4680m long elevated viaduct at Pilkhuwa is a part of package-3 of Delhi-Meerut Expressway Road project. It is passing through a very congested area with 24x7 heavy traffic and market on its both sides. The main challenges Read More ...

Mumbai Metro Line 2A Use of precast construction in urban infrastructure projects

Md. Adil SHAIKH, Mangesh SAWANT & Ajay TANK, Sr. Design Engineers at Spectrum Techno Consultants present the various aspects of planning, design and construction considered for this project keeping in view its complexity Read More ...

Design Intricacies of Precast Concrete Structures for Multi-Storied Residential Towers

With Precast, we can envision a cost-effective, fast-track, safe and sustainable future for the construction of high-rise structures. Nidhi Gupta & Ahilan R. Design and Engineering team, Starworth Infrastructure & Construction Ltd., Bengaluru Read More ...

Echo Precast - Increased automation in production of prestressed hollow core slabs

With a multi-angle saw (MAS) from Echo Precast Engineering, Belgium, the Franconian building materials manufacturer Dennert is focusing on higher automation in the production of prestressed hollow core slabs Read More ...

Ecofriendly Paver Block

In the past few decades, the rapid process of industrialization and urbanization has increased the generation of waste material at huge rates and landfills are filling up faster than the exploration of new sites. Disposal of industrial Read More ...

DECAST Ltd, one of the largest precast companies in Canada, has invested in a self-stressing casting bed from Tecnocom in Italy

Tecnocom specializes in providing molds and casting beds for the precast industry and is a part of the PROGRESS GROUP of companies; which is a leading precast technology conglomerate worldwide. PROGRESS GROUP is represented Read More ...

Rethinking Repaving

As states continue to look at ways to efficiently repair roads, Indiana is testing a new product in an urban environment. Every commuter has experienced it at some point. Cruising along an interstate when you come to a grinding halt Read More ...

Architectural Precast Concrete

Concrete can easily replicate the high-end look of masonry, marble, cut stone and even exotic and sculpted motifs in both beauty and durability and the versatility of architectural precast concrete gives designers a freedom that is not Read More ...

Precast in Residential Construction

Urban population is growing at the rate faster than expected and hence the providing residential units is one of the most important challenges of the developing countries like India. The precast technology is spreading its wing from Read More ...

Aurobindo Realty & Infrastructure chooses Elematic to fast-track projects in Hyderabad

Aurobindo Realty & Infrastructure has adopted precast technology to speed-up construction processes and take advantage of the growth boom in Hyderabad, which is home to about seven million people, and is one of the fastest growing Read More ...

Sansiri invests in sophisticated battery mould technology by Tecnocom

Sansiri Public Co. Ltd, based in Bangkok, Thailand, has more than three decades of experience in the field of construction projects and real estate development and has successfully delivered hundreds of projects all over Thailand. It has gained Read More ...

Enhancing Buildability Using Precast Concrete Technology

Though precast construction is in use for almost 80 years, it continues to be the least understood construction method in developing countries. Only a limited number of countries in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and some parts Read More ...

Greener, Faster and Sustainable Construction Practices Through Precast Solutions

It is very important for us to have a greener, faster and sustainable approach towards the construction of buildings and infrastructure in order to meet the ever-increasing demands of the construction industry. One such method Read More ...

Precast Segmental Lining for Underground Tunnels

India, which has been lagging behind other countries in metro rail development with the country’s first Metro commissioned in Kolkata in 1984 followed by New Delhi only during 2002, is now catching up with over 585km of operational lines Read More ...

Precast Construction to the Rescue

Precast construction meets the expectation of cost in building structures and has proven to be the most suitable technology for India. It is also the most effective when there is a large volume of construction that requires a balanced Read More ...

Offsite Manufacturing is the Future of Construction

Across the globe, Data Driven Design, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA), Modular Construction, Offsite Manufacturing, Intelligent Buildings and Construction Software are gaining prominence as they enable faster construction Read More ...

New Building Material & Construction World

New Building Material & Construction World
MGS Architecture

Modern Green Structures & Architecture

Modern Green Structures & Architecture

Lifting & Specialized Transport

Lifting & Specialized Transport

Indian Infrastructure & Tenders Week

Indian Infrastructure & Tenders Week