Steel Concrete Moulds
SMF have been fabricating steel moulds for the precast concrete market for the last 30 years. During this time, we have produced moulds for a vast range of applications. Over this time SMF have built up a reputation for not only meeting but exceeding the expectations of our customers.
We understand that your steel concrete moulds need to be used many times a day (semi-dry process) or once a day (wet cast process) and we will work with you to develop quick release systems which make the de-moulding and re-casting processes as quick and easy as possible. Similarly the design needs to take into account the repetitive use aspect and to make sure the mould goes back together exactly the same every time. Even the smallest of gaps can lead to concrete bleed (concrete leakage) which can ruin the end product.
SMF can supply steel concrete moulds from our range of standard moulds or we can design a bespoke mould to suit a specific application. One of the clear benefits of getting the input of our in-house team is their familiarity with production techniques. Their vast experience of what works and what can cause problems in production means they can identify potential costly errors at design stage and eradicate these long before you go into production.
All moulds are 3D CAD designed and manufactured in-house with emphasis on ease of use and fast setup/de-mould times to maximise product output. As with all our products and design work we pride ourselves on finding sensible practical solutions to the challenging problems encountered during mould design.
Our steel concrete moulds are built to last, and do not compromise on accuracy or tolerances. These moulds are ideal for standard production as well as for longer production runs where durability is key to minimise down time and optimise cost efficiency.
Ensuring good quality precast concrete involves keeping close control of many factors including raw material supplies, the production process, the testing of cubes for strength and other characteristics, training of staff etc however one the elements that often doesn't get the attention it deserves are the moulds in which the concrete will be cast and cured.
To achieve dimensionally consistent and accurate precast concrete with no bleed there is no substitute for well-made steel moulds. There are therefore a number of points we always consider when developing new moulds with our clients:
- Understand our client's needs and requirements
- A design the provides suitably strong and durable moulds
- Tolerances and surface finishes on the end product
- Understanding how concrete behaves wet and once cured
- Repetitive use and set-up efficiency
- Vibration characteristics of the concrete product