Maintaining the Quality of Central Mixed Concrete

If the quality of the materials used are less than satisfactory, then a construction project is liable to fail sooner rather than later. As such, producers and distributors of central mixed concrete make it a point to produce and deliver products according to the highest industry standards.

Production

Aggregates and paste make up the two basic ingredients of a good concrete recipe. As with any manufactured good or product, the ingredients must be mixed using the right tools and methods. To this end, producers of central mixed concrete need to acquire a concrete batch plant that is in excellent condition. The automated controls ensure that all ingredients are properly measured and mixed. With durable, sealed drums and modern controls, the materials can be combined free of impurities and maintain their consistency.

Delivery

As the final product is transported to the construction site, its uniformity and workability should be protected. Improperly agitating the concrete during transport or prolonging delivery to the job site can only diminish the product’s quality. Likewise, using a poorly designed truck or carrying out deliveries when environmental conditions are not optimal may ruin the product completely. Given these factors, concrete suppliers would do well to invest in sturdy and functional truck mixers as well as plan delivery to the job site within specific ideal minutes or revolutions.

The “Run Out of Oil” Rhetoric

How many times have you read or heard that “the Earth will run out of oil by 20XX?” In 2013 alone, global daily production broke the 90 million mark. This number is projected to increase in the coming years. David Biello, editor for Scientific American, says the world may or may not run out of oil, depending on your point of view.

Does “running out of oil” mean draining the Earth of its reserves or making the ability to harvest those reserves more difficult? Biello says the Earth has all but run out of oil in the shallow shales and fields. However, beyond the reaches of the world’s deepest drilling rigs lies an estimated trillion barrels’ worth of reserves.

Oil production, on the other hand, is the more pressing matter. As reserves get harder to reach, technology must adapt and enable deeper drilling than ever before. The cost of drilling to greater depths consequently increases, which leads to a corresponding rise in oil prices. In other words, technology must continue to evolve if the petroleum industry wants to keep the rigs pumping.

This early, however, the industry is tapping into other potential sources such as shales and tar sands, cutting imports in recent years. At the same time, drilling rigs must become more powerful and efficient to reach unprecedented depths.

What You Should Know about Oilfield Equipment

On TV programs or internet videos depicting oilfield activities, you probably think that extracting the crude oil from below ground is easy. However, the process involves different types of equipment, from drilling machines to workover rigs. Take a look at the things below for more information.

Drilling rig

As the name suggests, a drilling rig’s main function is to create holes in the ground. Drilling rigs come in varied sizes. Some are small enough to be mounted on trucks or trailers, others are massive enough that they can be left to stand on their own, such as oil platforms.

Well control equipment

An oilfield won’t be able to generate oil without well control equipment. This machine regulates the oil flow to prevent blowouts. In the world of oil drilling, blowouts are considered the most destructive disasters. Not only do blowouts have the tendency to result in ecological damage, they can also put lives and health at risk.

Workover rig

This type of rig actually comes in handy when the original well drilling equipment fails. However, for the workover rig to work, killing the well should be first on the priority list. This means to stop the pumping of oil until the workover rig is brought in and does its job in the oil production cycle.

Some distributors offer all these machines at once, but some provide them piece by piece. For smooth oil production, it’s best to go with a one-stop shop seller that can offer the entire set.