Combining carrousel plant and reinforcement
Predalco, Belgium, has been active as a small producer of lattice girder floors, called “predalles” since 2011. With the start of the first major carrousel plant for the production of lattice girder floors, Predalco started an impressive development path turning it into one of the country’s leading lattice girder floors producers with 45 employees in total, and a daily production capacity of up to 3,000 sqm. Only a few months ago, Predalco started its second carrousel plant by EBAWE and is making a considerable impact on the Belgian market. Following a positive experience with the first carrousel plant that was opened in 2011, Predalco in 2018 chose its second carrousel plant just as a copy of the first plant but aimed to bring in more automation in the steel reinforcement processing by adding a straightening and bending machine MSR 16 and a lattice girder welding and handling machine VGA Versa, which represents the best in flexible, justin- time production.
Mix between manual labor and automation
Also in the new carrousel plant, Predalco aims at finding the right mix between manual labor and automation. To guarantee a high precision of its precast elements, the company uses a plotter in its carrousel systems to avoid any possible mistakes caused by human error. To save concrete and distribute the concrete in the most efficient and time-saving way, an automated concrete spreader fed by a concrete delivery system, ensures an optimized distribution of the concrete. Because of a very good balance between human labor and automation, each carrousel plant is run by only 8 workers, and the company’s total production is operated by a total of 16 production workers. Also for 2019, Predalco targets a further production growth hoping to reach a min. of 600,000 sqm of lattice girder floor production.