Concrete Plant Automatic Control System Support and Service Expands

Jonel Archer Automatic Control Systems for concrete plants are now supported by FESCO Direct service persons. The company has completed advanced training on the systems enabling them to handle much of the technical field work and training.
WAUKESHA, Wis. - Oct. 3, 2013 - PRLog -- FESCO Direct LLC is improving its ability to support and service operators of the popular Jonel automatic control systems for concrete plants. Concrete plants are large machines used to manufacture concrete and are commonly operated through automatic control systems. Automatic control systems enable an operator, from the safety of a batch office, to activate the plant and produce a batch of concrete that meets very tight tolerance then repeat the process over and over. Jonel’s Archer concrete plant automatic control system is a powerful and easy to use automatic control system that has been sold by FESCO Direct since 2009, however until recently was not installed or supported directly by FESCO Direct personal. More information on the Archer concrete plant automatic control system is available at

Concrete plants were originally operated using scale and lever type systems. A typical concrete plant’s aggregate, cement and water gates for the bins and batchers were open and closed using manual levers. Batchers were balanced on a beam or other scale type system so that as the batcher filled with material the scale registered the weight usually on a beam or dial. As technology improved the beam style scales were replaced with load cells and numerical displays. As technology continued to improve the manual levers have been replaced position sensors, limit switches, actuators, and computers all compromising an automatic control system to operate the concrete plant. Today’s concrete plants don’t have levers or traditional scales at all. They are built standard with load cells, limit switches and most of the other equipment necessary to automate a concrete batch plant.

The automatic control system on a concrete plant links all of the various gates and actuators together to a central junction box that interfaces with a computer or PLC interface. The concrete plants operator can then operate each of the plants functions from a single location. Most concrete plant automatic control systems also have the ability to store various concrete mix designs and variations making it easy to produce a large variety of concrete specifications throughout a single operating day. The addition of automatic controls to a concrete plant is less risk of a bad batch. Bad batches usually result from material flow issues when dealing with a concrete plant equipped with an automatic control system. A concrete plants automatic control system is often interfaced with dispatch and accounting software enabling concrete plant operators greater control and understanding of their overall business operations.

The Jonel Archer concrete plant automatic control is a powerful and affordable automatic control system for concrete plants. Its unique design enables you to have a basic or very advanced system.  Small operators only looking to operate their plant and have a consistent product can equip their concrete batch plant with this automatic control system for less than most other automatic control systems available. Growing and large producers can completely integrate centralized dispatch, truck tracking, inventory tracking and multiple plant capabilities with this powerful system. This dynamic automatic controls system displays all of the concrete plants inventory, functions and operations on a multiscreen display.

FESCO Direct LLC specialized in sales and service of concrete plants and other equipment used to manufacture concrete. Automatic controls systems have been an important part of their product line, and recently the company sent their team of service and engineering professionals to a multi-day advanced training with the concrete plants automatic control manufacturers and developers staff. Company spokespersons have confirmed completion of the advanced training program and have started offering in-house support and service, but the public marketing campaign has yet to begin. Company officials expect much of their business will come from past customers and word of mouth but they anticipate engaging in a regional marketing campaign in the near future. Parties interested in further assistance, service or information on a control system for a concrete plant should contact a FESCO Direct sales professional.
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