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Fiber distribution gauge brings ‘Internet of Things’ to mixer chutes

Steel reinforcing fiber leader Bekaert Corp. premiered at World of Concrete 2017 a laser-enabled device measuring concrete mixes’ homogeneity and fiber distribution profile. Mounted at the end of a mixer truck chute, the Dramix eyeD generates graphs and limited dashboards that attest targeted reinforcement uniformity.

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Sensors on the Dramix eyeD device generate readily charted fiber distribution characteristics (right) at each point of a mixer truck’s discharge cycle.

Free of calibration requirements, device sensors continuously analyze the passing mix. After each concrete load, a quality control manager or technician can access a report on any Wi-Fi-powered mobile device, allowing immediate intervention and correction in case of inadequate mix cycle or load inconsistency. Report accuracy eliminates the need for other time-consuming, labor-intensive steel fiber mix quality control measures, chiefly washout tests, Bekaert engineers contend. The first Dramix eyeD field demonstration is scheduled this spring as part of a steel fiber mix slab placement in the United Kingdom. — Bekaert Corp., Marietta, Ga., 770/421-8520; www.bekaert.com

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