The Future of Concrete Pump Design

Posted On: 01/20/2021 | Posted by: DY Concrete Pumps

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Construction is a fast-moving industry that relies on innovation and efficiency to maintain its forward momentum. Almost every project aims to create a sturdy structure while investing the smallest possible amount of time, resources and funds.

In order to achieve this feat, equipment has to be modern and optimized for the tasks at hand. As projects get larger, taller and more intricate, equipment manufacturers need to develop new technologies and innovations to keep up.

The First Concrete Pumps

Prior to the invention of mechanized concrete pumps, pouring concrete was laborious and time-consuming. For lower structures, crewmembers would transport wet concrete in wheelbarrows and buckets. As buildings began to get taller, builders relied on cranes to lift buckets of concrete to the pour site.

In 1927, Max Giese and Fritz Hull, a pair of German engineers, came up with the idea of pumping liquid concrete through pipes. Their patented design revolutionized the ways concrete was poured.

Concrete pumps significantly cut the time spent transporting concrete and therefore cut the time spent on a project.

Thirty years later, in 1957, Fredrich Wilhelm’s company began selling the first twin-cylinder hydraulic concrete pumps. These pumps became the standard for concrete pump design, and their basic structure is still in use today.

Types of Modern Concrete Pump Design

There are two primary types of concrete pump design in use today — boom pumps and line pumps.

Boom pumps feature long-reaching robotic arms called booms. This boom arm is used to place concrete with precision, allowing builders to transport concrete to elevated pour sites more efficiently and at high volumes. Boom pumps are excellent options for larger, more difficult projects.

Line pumps are smaller units often mounted on trucks. Without the boom arm, they rely on hoses hooked up to the main body of the unit to deliver concrete to the pour site. These pumps work with lower volumes, making them a better choice for smaller projects.

Most types of concrete pumps are built based on the twin-cylinder design developed in 1957. The design uses two cylinders with pistons that alternate between pulling concrete from the hopper to discharging it through the hose.

Of course, in recent years, there have been many updates to the concrete pump design.

Trust Innovative Concrete Pump Design From an Industry Leader

Many things have changed since 1957 — especially architectural design and the speed at which buildings are erected.

In the modern era, cities urbanize quickly and construction has to move at a more rapid pace. We rely heavily on modern construction equipment to build our structures quickly and keep up with demands. Concrete pumps represent just one of the many construction machines that have aided in this development over the years.

Though concrete pumps today still utilize a twin-cylinder design to pump concrete, these modern pumps feature innovations that allow them to work faster and more efficiently. At DY Concrete, we strive to take utilization to the next level, working at the leading edge of concrete pump technology so our machines are as optimized and functional as possible.

Our machines also feature advanced hydraulic systems, operator friendly controls and an S-Tube that allows for the most efficient pumping and cleaning processes possible. To find out more about how our innovative pumps can help you on your work sites, please contact us online or call us at 1-844-397-8677.