Year-round production at Des Moines-based Iowa Prestressed Concrete (IPC) proceeds unabated in all weather conditions, owing to the installation of a
Year-round production at Des Moines-based Iowa Prestressed Concrete (IPC) proceeds unabated in all weather conditions, owing to the installation of a Chamtech Rollcov-R system. Sealing out the elements with high-tenacity, impermeable, UV-resistant and flame-retardant fabric, Chamtech Systems notes, the seamless tarp covers forms to protect concrete as it cures, ensuring the integrity of precast structures while maintaining an uninterrupted production schedule.
Rollcov-R is a free-standing, self-storing, retractable curing system that rolls easily on rails to cover forms in minutes, requiring only two employees for tarping. The lightweight, high-strength, aluminum structure is adapted to fit each company’s forms; and, modular sections provide versatility. Further labor-saving features include easy-to-operate front and rear rollup doors.
Among available Rollcov-R options are tear-resistant tarp; insulated fabric of R-3.7 thermal resistance value; and, for noninsulated versions, a white translucent roof to admit natural light. Additionally, motorized opening and closing, as well as sections separated by doors can be provided. Preassembly is also an option for faster installation.
Quebec-based Chamtech Systems cites multiple benefits for Rollcov-R users. Elimination of manual handling of heavy bows and tarps reportedly leads to increased productivity, plus greater safety due to easy extension and retraction of the cover. Energy savings in heating the enclosure are significant, since the system provides a tight seal to maintain temperature and humidity while shutting out precipitation. Low life-cycle costs and convenient in-house repair, due to the system’s modular structure and tarp, contribute to an operator’s return on investment.
Product developers emphasize that every Rollcov-R is custom-built to suit producers’ needs. Besides accommodating forms of any size, the system can be designed to permit staff to work under cover. Protection thereby is extended to products and employees for year-round operation. Û www.rolcov-r.com