During 2015 the Slab Plant at Buxton had been operating for 25 years and was starting to show its age. It had been seen that the mail ‘anvil’, which is a critical part of the vibration/compaction system, was starting to show fatigue and the supporting concrete was cracking and braking away thus leading to an increase in quality problems and operational issues. At the end of 2015 the Slab Plant had to undergo signification CAPEX improvement works to reset the anvil.
Following this work the Plant had been achieving some record levels of production with all the productions boards being filled on many days which totalled over 830m2 of product. Slab Plant Foreman, Pete Craven, says: “You can tell the machine is running much better just by the sound it is making. There is no loss of vibration at the anvil which gives us a much better compaction of the product allowing the machine to make slabs without having to stop for various issues and setting alterations.”
As the DIY paving season is now underway in earnest these extra M2 slabs are proving useful in helping us meet our customer demands.