In addition to septic tanks, the American company Huffcutt Concrete Inc. primarily manufactures individually designed sanitary houses made of solid concrete parts especially for motorways and now supplies them throughout the country. The manufacturer was able to significantly increase its production capacity by investing in a circulation plant made by the renowned manufacturer Ebawe Anlagentechnik GmbH, a Progress Group company.
Since then, it has been able break into new markets and begin manufacturing structural and architectural wall panels. The new equipment will assist in providing the shortest possible delivery time and also offers impeccable, extremely stable and durable buildings and panels with architectural designs.
American construction company relies on concrete
Today, Huffcutt is a leading precast concrete company in the USA, supplying quality products to parks, companies, government organizations and private customers throughout the USA. The company attaches particular importance to innovative processes and durable modular buildings made of precast concrete elements.Huffcutt pays special attention to individual customer requests, be it colored concrete, architectural designs or sustainable energy options - Huffcutt supplies custom-made unique products that are 100% tailored to the customer requests.
Last year, Huffcutt invested around 26 million euros in the construction of a completely new production hall at the Chippewa Falls site. The solid walls produced on stationary tables were to be produced quickly, efficiently and with high quality on a circulation plant in the future. Huffcutt chose the German company Ebawe Anlagentechnik, one of seven subsidiaries of the Progress Group, as its supplier. Once all the technical and commercial details had been clarified, assembly began in Wisconsin in autumn 2018.
New circulation plant revolutionizes production process
The scope of delivery also includes an M-System BlueMesh mesh-welding machine from progress Maschinen & Automation, also a subsidiary of the Progress Group. However, this machine was installed at the related company Stein Bros. Steel in Saint Paul, Minneapolis. Stein Bros. Steel is a manufacturer of steel products for the construction industry and supplies Huffcutt with reinforcement meshes as well. The reinforcing steel is unwound from the coil and cut and bent according to the data supplied by the ebos software. This work step is performed by the MSR 16 machine. The mesh welding machine produces the reinforcement meshes just-in-time and precisely for each solid wall. It is the first of its kind in the USA and enables Huffcutt as well as Stein Bros. Steel to efficiently produce tailor-made meshes.
After completion of the production cycle, the removed solid wall shuttering is cleaned by means of a set down-cleaning device. The pallet passes through a stationary cleaning unit and is given a clean pallet surface by means of spatula and brushes and is thus ready for the next production run.
Huffcutt uses the solid walls produced on the new German-made circulation plant primarily for the construction of sanitary houses especially for motorways. These are designed in an architecturally sophisticated way and individually according to the customer requests by the use of form liners.
Concrete modules individually designed
The producer works with different surface designs such as wood, concrete or tile optics, with colors and structures. The small buildings are assembled directly in the plant and completed with the sanitary facilities. The prefabricated modules can thus be transported directly from the plant to the building site and set up there. Thanks to the new production line, Huffcutt is able to offer its modules with the shortest delivery times in the industry. Production is now much faster than the previous manual method and requires less work force.Huffcutt still has an older production hall in which settling tanks continue to be produced so that no personnel had to be laid off.
Thanks to the new production plant from the Progress Group, the American precast concrete company was able to make its product range more flexible and thus also land orders for the construction of schools and warehouses with solid and sandwich walls.
American construction methods on the test bench
The Huffcutt plant is configured in such a way that it is also suitable for the manufacture of semi-precast elements through expansion with some components. This double-wall plant could revolutionize the construction method there, because the construction of properties differs significantly from European construction methods. While in Europe, construction is mainly carried out with concrete and stone, the USA relies largely on timber-frame construction with outer walls made of thicker chipboards. The roofs are mostly tacked with roofing felt and walls as well as doors and windows are hardly insulated. For this reason, the houses are mostly equipped with air conditioning systems, which run around the clock in summer. In addition, there are the increasingly frequent hurricanes that uncover entire roofs or completely collapse houses.
It is therefore only a matter of time before the European solid construction method is also applied in the USA.Huffcutt could be a pioneer in this respect and, with its solid concrete elements, could also convince other construction companies of the stable and sustainable concept of building with concrete.
Huffcutt Concrete Inc.
4154 123rd St.
54729 Chippewa Falls
+1 (715) 723-7446
Ebawe Anlagentechnik GmbH
Dübener Landstraße 58
+49 3423 665-0
Progress Maschinen & Automation AG
+39 0472 979-100
Progress Software Development GmbH
+39 0472 979-900