Rapid International

Mixer upgrade for Lagan Tile supports 24-hour production

Rapid International Ltd (County Armagh) has recently supplied Northern Ireland based Lagan Tile with a new RP 1000 Rapid Planetary Concrete Mixer. The mixer was specified due to its high capacity and increased levels of energy efficiency. The new mixer has been installed in Lagan Tile’s roof tile production plant located in Lisburn, County Antrim. Lagan Tile began producing concrete roof tiles in 1995 at a purpose-built factory near Lisburn. Since then, the company has grown from strength to strength, supplying customers in all sectors of the building industry in the UK and Ireland with quality products.

Lagan Tile is a division of Lagan Products, which manufactures a comprehensive range of high-quality building products, including roof tiles, cement products, ready-mix concrete and blocks. Established in 1962, the family owned Lagan Group is one of the largest privately owned companies in Ireland, employing over 1,000 people with a turnover in excess of £350 million.

RP 1000 Rapid Planetary Concrete Mixer

As a prior customer of Rapid, Lagan were confident in their decision to purchase the RP 1000 Rapid Planetary Concrete Mixer as a solution to their requirements for higher capacities and increased levels of energy efficiency. The mixer was supplied in partnership with Concrete Batching Systems, who designed, manufactured and carried out the full mechanical installation and integration of the Rapid Mixer, providing Lagan Tile with their specified mixing plant upgrade.

Commenting on their concrete mixer purchase, Lagan stated that they are “…very happy with it in terms of reliability and production, it has integrated very well into our manufacturing processes. We found the service from Rapid to be excellent, when we have needed support there has always been someone to help us.” John Pickering, Sales Manager Rapid, commented, “We were delighted that Andy and his team at Lagan chose to go with Rapid. Reliability was imperative to Lagan in order to support their 24-hour production schedule. Rapid became the clear choice for Lagan and we were happy to be able to provide a reliable solution that can meet the 24/7 production that they require.”

The Rapid RP 1000 Planetary mixer is capable of producing output batches of 1.0 m3 and is ideal for smaller outputs, precast products and semi-dry colored concrete. The Rapid Planetary’s star mixing action comprises up to three rotating mixing stars, with each star consisting of two rotating mixer paddles. This unique mixing action ensures fully homogenized concrete. The RP 1000’s standard features include: durable chill cast tiles, wear sleeves, paddles and heavy duty discharge door mechanisms. The mixer is complete with an up-rated gearbox, supplied by a specialist gearbox manufacturer.

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