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Hopkins launches innovative drum-cleaning system for truck mixers in UK

27 March 2015

A drum-cleaning system for truck mixers, which significantly reduces the health and safety risks involved in drum cleaning, has been launched onto the UK market. The Ready Jet G3 enables remote removal of concrete, which avoids injuries involved in climbing inside the drum as well as eliminating exposure to silica dust, a known carcinogen. 

Hopkins, a well-established concrete and aggregate supplier based in Somerset, has recently negotiated the sole distributor rights to market the machine in the UK. Nathan Hopkins, Director of Hopkins, says: “We wanted to offer our employees a safer environment in which to work and Ready Jet provided us with the perfect solution. All of the health and safety risks to individuals are removed and I’m really pleased to be able to champion safety within our industry.”

Manual cleaning is the most common and traditional method of clearing out residual concrete build-up from the drum and this involves operators physically climbing inside the drum via the small entry hatch, armed with a jackhammer in order to chip away and loosen the set concrete.

Vibrations from the jackhammer often loosen concrete from the roof of the drum, making falling debris one of the biggest contributors to operator injuries during the cleaning process. Last year, two people in America died whilst carrying out routine maintenance to the mixer drum, with several other people hospitalised.*

One of the major highlights of the Ready Jet system is that it significantly eliminates exposure to silica dust (recent tests of the system found no detectable amounts of silica). Chipping away at the concrete by traditional means exposes the operator to silica dust, a known carcinogen. Occupational exposure to silica dust over a period of years can result in Silicosis, a form of lung disease.

There is also the health and safety issue of working in confined spaces, as the rescuing of an injured operator is nearly impossible.

The G3 is run by remote control and works by removing hardened concrete from inside the truck mixer drum via robotic water blasting technology without compromising the integrity of the mixer drum or blades.

Putting to one side the health and safety risks and the potential damage to the vehicle from impact hammers – the Ready Jet system ensures significant time savings are gained. Commonly cleaning time can be reduced to around 2 hours per mixer drum, providing a quick return on production. To remove the same amount of concrete by traditional methods would take an operator around a day to complete the task.

Ready Jet is an ideal solution for both operator-owners and those with a fleet of mixers wanting a more safe and efficient method of cleaning residual concrete build-up. Nathan adds: “We recently unveiled Hopkins Ready Jet at the UK Concrete Show and it was really well received. We have had a number of enquiries and requests for demos, which is really encouraging.”


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