AquaControl your Concrete Mixer Moisture

Imagine your mixer with precise moisture control, because you are using AquaMix sensor with your BatchTron controller.  Or use Aquacontrol as a stand-alone concrete moisture controller.

AquaControl touch-screen concrete mixer moisture controller, together with the rugged and accurate AquaMix microwave moisture sensor in the mixer, gives a choice of three different water dosing control methods.  As a result you can choose the best, most accurate method for your plant and product.  Because of this versatility, you will get at least 30% improvement in speed compared with older resistance-based methods.  Also, it uses the same PLC software as in BatchTron. Fast and reliable.

Product features

Concrete moisture is controlled in the mixer using AquaMix sensor and Aquacontrol system

With AquaControl's full color 7 inch touch screen, everything is easy to see and understand. The display gives you a 'Window' into your mixer's operation; it's intuitive . . . . Read more

Uses the rugged AquaMix mixer moisture sensor for best accuracy and longest life.

Water measurement by volumetric meter or weight.

Two-speed water valves give high dosing speed as well as high accuracy.

Water calculation is based on the actual material weights and the water/cement ratio, therefore giving unequalled accuracy.

Runs stand-alone but will also communicate with batching computer.  This gives better automation while giving better concrete moisture correction.

Can control two mixers from the single controller which results in a major saving.  The single controller connects to a separate moisture sensor in each mixer and a separate set of water valves and meter for each mixer.  Each mixer’s operation can be customized and tuned as if it were a separate controller because they each have their own screen pages, menus and data memory.

AquaControl controls added water to give precise concrete moisture control

AquaControl’s screen shows the mixer moisture graphically throughout the mixing cycle.  This allows each stage to be monitored.  For the first time, the operator is able to see the concrete moisture correction in action.  This allows the operator to know when mixing is complete and also to adjust the mixing parameters properly.

New 7 inch touch screen is much bigger than previous mode.  As a result it is clearer and easier to use.

Mixer blade wear and adjustment can be clearly seen.

PLC and touch screen are fully industrialized components in a sealed wall mounting cabinet.  Consequently, problems created by fine dust in filtered outside air are eliminated.

AquaControl can emulate Franz Ludwig, Hydronix or Lesueur mixer moisture controllers, ensuring full compatibility with your batch controller.

All parts are standard off-the-shelf items at electrical distributors.

Three software programs to suit your operation and budget:

MasterMix gives highest water dosing speed and greatest mixer output when the mixer is running batches back to back.

MicroMix is lower in cost because it does not require a water meter or scale.

Fast MicroMix  gives the same short mixing cycles as MasterMix and is easier to set up; see Mixing Cycles page for details.

Customers, examples

Concrete mixer after using the AquaControl concrete moisture controller

Twin Valleys Precast, near Edmonton Alberta, installed an AquaMix sensor with their BatchTron controls in 2014. It has been correcting their concrete mixer moisture since then. Their AquaSense sensors in the sand bins compensate the weight of dry sand while the AquaMix sensor corrects the concrete moisture in the mixer, hence giving them consistent batches of SCC . . . Read more

Produits de Beton Préfabriqué Saramac, near Montreal, installed two AquaSense and one AquaMix sensor with their BatchTron control system in 2017.  It is in daily in production of architectural concrete where the mix design, moisture and color are critical.

MS Concrete, Pakistan, have used the predecessor to AquaControl since 2006 and replaced the sensor plus water valves and meter in 2017.  In conclusion, the life of the typical mixer moisture sensor is at least 11 years.

The company

Training a group of users on BatchTron III at Hanson’s New Orleans plant.

Company history and background . . . Read more
Scale-Tron started building control systems over 45 years ago.  The company introduced MixTron, the first concrete moisture sensor and mixer water controller, in 1989 and it was an instant success.  Now well known in the precast concrete industry, it was replaced by AquaControl in 2016.

Company technical personnel

Three engineers and two product specialist technicians are available for startup supervision, support, service and also training:

Robin ShepherdsonRobin Shepherdson, President and company founder. Professional engineer for over 40 years.  He has designed most of the company’s equipment and directs R&D as well as supervising all aspects of the company’s business.

Marian EnachescuMarian Enachescu, BSc, P. Eng. Senior engineer. Professional engineer for over 20 years, specializes in BatchTron, AquaSense and SiloWeigh.  He has added many of BatchTron III’s major features and supervises installations and startups across North America.

Robert Xiang HuRobert Xiang Hu, BSc, Senior engineer. Joined Scale-Tron over 20 years ago.  He is responsible for most of BatchTron I and II’s recent upgrades.  Based in Washington DC, he is our primary installation and startup expert, traveling between his home and job sites.

Chris ShawcroftChris Shawcroft, General Manager. Came to Canada with HNC Mechanical Engineering.  He has spent over 7 years with Scale-Tron, first as Service Manager and now as General Manager.

Samir Bouadin, technician. As our newest team member, Sam, who is a qualified automation/electrical  technician, is presently responsible for quality assurance.  He also maintains our UL certification.

Best service in the business” says Greg Roache of Gainey’s Concrete Products. May 2017

 

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