Strescon Limited, of the Osco Construction Group, is one of the most important precast suppliers in the Canadian Maritimes, with several production facilities in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, also playing an important role in the ready-mix concrete business.
After a few years of business analysis, it was decided to better optimize the concrete production and delivery in the relatively old set-up of the main production facility in Bedford, Nova Scotia. The project had to be completed without interrupting the production of concrete elements produced in the existing tower batch plant. With this new investment, Strescon’s management thoroughly evaluated the possibility of realizing an automatic concrete distribution system integration in the old factory layout. Marcantonini Concrete Technology has been a reliable partner for Strescon for the last investments in their batching equipment and presented the best choice during the project development once again for this new expansion.
Completely customized system
The integrated cladding system has been developed in order to endure the low temperatures of this region: MCT is very experienced when it comes to the challenges of the difficult weather conditions having realized projects in the worst environments all over the world, and this helped our engineering department to use the best solutions to adapt to the project conditions.
New integrated software solution
The complete railing system for the flying bucket has been developed starting from the batching plant and going inside the production building in order to serve the single production hall in both directions: this system allows the factory to achieve the optimal production cycle with the perfect integration of batching, mixing, delivering and pouring phases. The plant is also equipped with 4 telescopic silos for cement storage with a capacity of 85t each on: this type of vessel is the best solution in order to ensure the requested storage within the shipping dimensions of the sea containers used by MCT to deliver all around the world.
The engineering of the plant was studied and customized in order to adapt the new batch plant layout to a specific corner of the production building, optimizing the available room in that area: this solution also allowed taking advantage of the batch plant rooms for the accommodation of admixtures and special material tanks, the control board panels, the MCC and control room and the heating system. A stair-tower has been integrated to the plant footprint in order to ensure the access to every platform of the plant and to the top of the storage unit: further to that MCT allowed for a hoist area within the same plant footprint in order to perform standard and extraordinary maintenance to every part of the plant, and lift parts from the ground to any platform of the structure.
The fully automated control system for the plant is comprised of the new integrated software solution that manages all the production processes; dosing, batching, mixing and delivery by the distribution system that serves the two sections of the production hall. The software automation system ensures an optimal and consistent production process and reduces manpower required in the batching plant management. The automation of the entire plant, including all the components from the aggregate loading to the concrete distribution system, is integrated in the MCT CompuNet platform. The design of the automation software ensures maximum flexibility in the customization of the set-up, and this aspect is a unique feature of MCT approach.
Relationship established over the years
Eng. Alessandro DiCesare, VP of Operations at MCT, says: “We are very proud of the relationship established over the years with Strescon Limited. We had the opportunity to share our thoughts and solutions with a highly regarded partner, utilizing in the best way our main keyword ‘customization’. The very high level of customer standards here at Strescon are always great opportunities for us, and I can definitely affirm that this State-of-the-art plant delivered to Strescon Limited is another landmark for our business in North America”.
George Lawson, Capital Projects Manager at Strescon, points out: “We are very pleased with our long partnership with MCT. The synergy with the people at MCT made it much easier facing even the hardest technical challenges and developing the best solutions for our needs in terms of batching and concrete distribution, and plant automation.”