New Cellular Lightweight Concrete Panel and Equipment Pad Molds Introduced
The 1Sider™ is a one piece polyurethane rubber mold used in casting a concrete panel with texture on one side only. The molds are specially designed to have a hardness suitable for both conventional dense concrete and cellular lightweight concrete (CLC). CLC is formed by combining compressed air with a liquid foaming agent, a foam is produced which is mixed with regular sand and cement concrete leaving numerous tiny discrete air pockets within the material. The 1Sider™ will initially be available in only two textures: Plain and Ashlar. The cast panels are 6' (183 cm) long by 1' tall (30 cm) and 2" (5 cm) thick for the Plain and 2.75" (7 cm) thick for the Ashlar. These molds can be used in conjunction with Greentec's SupaPost™ post molds and its SupaCoping™ coping molds to produce components for the SupaFence™ panel and post style precast fencing.
The aerated CLC cast SupaPanel™ looks similar to other panels on the market but with one significant physical difference – it weighs only about half as much. This difference is an important one for installers. Now, these fences can easily be installed with the effort of only two people. Cranes and forklifts are not required. The installation process is also similar to existing panel and post systems. The posts are set into a deep foundation in the soil and the panels simply inserted into the post slots. Concrete fencing is long lasting and rot and termite resistant. Applications include privacy fencing, screening walls, security fencing and sound barriers.
"Our SupaPanel™ 1Sider™ molds last longer than competing molds and the concrete panels fit and look better thanks to the tongue and groove system," says Merle Thompson, a Greentec principal.
SupaPad™ equipment pad molds are also now being offered. Standard pad sizes range from 24" (61 cm) to 40" (102 cm) with thicknesses of 2" (5 cm) to 2.5" (6.4 cm). Molds form a pad top surface that is either smooth or pebble textured. A special emergency (backup) generator pad mold is also being offered that is 54" (137 cm) long by 31" (79 cm) wide by 3.4" (8.6 cm) thick and features rounded corners and a smooth top. All pad molds are made of strong durable ABS. The sides are tapered and feature a lip around the edge.
The molds are intended to be filled with CLC to create lightweight equipment pads. CLC has the general appearance of regular concrete but is much lighter in density. Equipment pads are designed to support outdoor equipment. They keep equipment from sliding, transfer weight evenly to the soil or gravel below and prevent standing water from forming below equipment.
Applications for precast equipment pads include the following:
Greentec Construction Technologies, LLC provides solutions for CLC manufacturers worldwide.
The company's products include molds for the SupaBlok™ dry stacked, interlocking building block, SupaPost™ precast post, SupaCoping™ concrete coping, SupaPanel™ MaxiFlex™ "plug and play" panel system as well as the SupaGen™ foam generators and SupaFoam™ foaming agent.
Additional information about Greenetc's products can be obtained by contacting the company or visiting its website at GreentecCT.com.