How does clever shuttering make your precast wall plant more efficient?

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Would you like to make your wall production more cost-efficient? Are you wasting money for wood that needs to be thrown away after one casting? What if you found a solution that halves the amount of required wood? We might have a solution for you. It’s called FaMe, a versatile shuttering system suitable for table molds, battery molds, and column as well as pillar production. The system comprises of push-button magnets and aluminum side forms and comes with many benefits – from high quality results and cost-efficient production to safe working methods and beyond.

Why to use aluminum and magnets?

If your goal is to produce straight-edged wall panels with low production costs, FaMe provides the means. How? By installing the side profiles with magnets that are easily attached and removed from the table surfaces, so there’s no need for welding, bolting or grinding, hence, your table surfaces will remain in good condition and you can produce panels without damages to the tables. What’s more? With the one and the same frame system you can handle most wall thicknesses, from 70 – 500 mm, with accessories even up to 800 mm.

Steel and wood are commonly used as side forms in wall panel production – both of which have some significant downsides: steel is heavy and wood needs to be thrown away after usage.

FaMe magnets and aluminun side forms in use

Improve quality and save money

With aluminum side profiles, you can make some serious savings by decreasing the amount of waste wood. For example, if you spend 2.5 km of plywood monthly, you will half the wood purchases. Aluminum is a recyclable material and you can cast directly on it, so you would need to buy only plywood if needed. At the plywood price of 1 euro per meter, this would mean savings at the wood cost of approximately 15,000 euros in a year.

Furthermore, if you use wooden profiles, it’s likely that the panels don’t come out as straight as they could, because of the challenges faced with wood and water. I think everyone, who is familiar with using the wood side forms, knows how hard it is to adjust wet wood straight and in 90˚ corner. If you try to adjust them by hammering the magnet, it’s a health risk for both, the employee and the magnet.

So, why wouldn’t you change to aluminum side forms?

Safe and easy to use

The magnets and side forms are extremely easy and safe to use compared to other shuttering systems. Less finger injuries will occur. Why? The push-button and the housing of the magnet have been designed so that it gives you a smart cover against any injuries. It allows you to use the magnet safely without a possibility of getting hurt – but note! User instructions must be followed. In addition, you won’t stumble on the magnets because of their green color, which works as an attention color at the factory hall. The aluminum side forms can be lifted without cranes, because they are safe and light to lift with manpower. Hence bottle-neck effects are avoided and productivity is enhanced at the factory.

The  FaMe system also makes it easy to prepare the edges and window or door openings on tables or battery molds, as you just put the side forms to the desired places and attach them to the mold with push-button magnets. You can easily move the magnets by sliding them on the surface before pushing the button for attachment. The magnets can be placed wherever you want, because of the patented and compatible jaw groove of the side forms and the magnets. How to remove, in case of attaching them to the wrong place or after casting? It’s simple with a releasing tool. Just attach it to the magnet and push the handle to remove it from the mold. If you are new to using magnets and side forms in your wall production, we will guide you on the best working methods.

Do you have doubts about the material, aluminum? You can use it like you would use wooden side forms, hence you don’t need to worry about cutting it – it’s possible with a miter saw. The aluminum side forms are like Lego blocks, which you can attach to each other when needed. Only a connection piece is required.

How to maintain them in good condition?

Just like you maintain your car or other production equipment at the factory, the magnets and side forms need maintenance. When kept in good shape and used as advised, the magnets will last for over a decade. What you should do is to always clean them after usage. Also, while oiling the molds, reserve some for the magnets as well for easier cleaning. The magnets can also be repaired if needed, spare parts are always in stock and ready for quick deliveries.

How to start using FaMe shuttering?

Nobody buys a car without a test drive; hence, if you are interested, a free trial of Elematic magnets and side forms could be organized for you with a money-back guarantee. A good way to start would be, for example, to purchase only push-button magnets and use your local wood side forms with FaMe aluminum adapter plates. This is an easy jump to the new system, and the next step could be trying the aluminum side forms for shuttering or in the windows and doors. We will also guide you on the most efficient ways of using the system.

Consistent quality of wall panels with safer working methods and decreased amount of used wood is what can be reached with FaMe shuttering. You will save in production costs, factory personnel will have safer equipment to use and your customers will thank you for the straight wall panels!

 

 

 

 

 

Mikko Puputti, Sales Engineer FaMe

Elematic Oyj

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