The foundation for concrete pumps was laid in in pre-na […]
The foundation for concrete pumps was laid in in pre-nazi Germany during the construction of a tall war memorial when the crane and bucket being used to lift the wet concrete smashed into the memorial. Fritz Heil, an engineer on the project, then designed the first concrete pump to get the wet material safely to the top of the memorial. Concrete pumps didn't truly begin to gain popularity until after World War II, however. Due to so many cities across Europe being destroyed through bombing and military campaigns, the concrete pump stepped in as a way to reconstruct buildings more efficiently than by the previously used bucket method.
As every construction manager and worker knows, a thorough plan is mandatory before any building process can begin. Part of this plan includes the type of equipment that will be necessary to lay the foundation for the building or structure. When purchasing concrete pumps to accomplish this, project overseers should anticipate the size of the surface area and the time in which it needs to be filled as well as the methodology of dumping. For a project where areas of undried concrete would need to be traversed to reach another area, a truck mounted boom pump would allow the operator to accurately pump in an uncovered area by using its jointed arm while not touching any other wet concrete in the surrounding area. If the construction job also requires filling a heightened, framed area, such as a poured wall, the ability for the robotic-like arm of the mounted boom pump to reach upward allows the cement to be poured effortlessly.
While maintaining the same primary functionalities, concrete pumps often accomplish their objectives in a number of different ways. The concrete pumps used for construction can be broken down into three primary categories: stationary/trailered pump, truck mounted pump, and specialized usage pump. Stationary pumps are generally smaller and are often built on trailers to allow them to readily go from one job site to the next. As expected, these smaller concrete pumps have a lower output than their larger counterparts. Due to this they are commonly used for smaller, more accessible projects such as minor roadside construction, small homebuilding projects, and recreational areas like basketball courts and swimming pools. Truck mounted concrete pumps, sometimes called boom pumps, are the most well-versed of the construction material pumps. Not only do their large engines and hydraulic systems give them a high pumping rate they are also able to reach far and long distances when pumping. Its reachability is enabled by an articulated boom that can extend (sometimes over 100 ft) to pour concrete in wet or hard to reach areas.