This basic checklist is ideal for factory planning:

Product specifications (what you’ll need)
  • Thicknesses.
  • Lengths.
  • Cuttings and openings (askew ends, corner cuts, holes, etc.).
  • Marking (Identification).
  • Requirements of standards.
  • Required loading capacities.
General info
  • Capacity/day/year.
  • Available raw materials/supply.
  • Stockyard operations/truck loading.
  • Expansion plans.
  • Working hours.
  • Environmental requirements.
  • Low-cost investment or low labor requirements?
  • Production planning (how to guide).
Technical specifications
  • Mixing plant suitable for homogenous zero slump concrete.
  • Concrete transportation (fast and reliable).
  • Heavy enough cranes.
  • Lifting beams and clamps suitable for all production.
  • Casting beds (the key to product quality)
  • Basic or advanced layout?
  • Does the layout allow continuous and safe operation?
  • Are drainage holes required?
  • Safety requirements.
  • Maintenance arrangements.
  • Do not try to squeeze too much into the factory area.
  • How to handle waste materials?

Information supplied courtesy of the IPHA. Contact UltraSpan Technologies if you are planning to set up a new factory.