Creteheads, Owen Blevins, Concreteanswers.tv bringing you the internet’s most passionate show about concrete plants and equipment. Today we’re going to listen to Lasse Mannola from Polarmatic in Finland, talk to us about his awesome new product that’s over here in the states and actually it’s been out in Europe and the rest of the planet about 20-25 years. They’ve got about 700 units in operation and this thing is an ultra high efficiency heater. They heat aggregate and of course hot water for your concrete and for your plant. I know, I know you’re going to tell me, ‘I don’t heat aggregate’, well why don’t you? You don’t heat it because it costs a lot of money, well check this out! The Turbomatic heating system is built in a sea container, which is painted in accordance with the customers colors and we build the system in either a 20 foot, or like in this case a 20 foot container, or we can also build it in a sea container depending on the capacity of the unit and all the heating options the customer wants to have. So this is a one megawatt oil fired Turbomatic heating system. The heart of the system is a hot water tank. Inside the hot water tank there is a combustion chamber and a heat exchanger and a bypass. The combustion air is generated with a compressor, which is located inside this sound proof enclosure. The combustion air is generated with the compressor; it goes through the blue pipe to the oil burner, which is located right here. The hot combustion gas goes either to the heat exchanger which is located inside the tank or through the bypass, where it exits through the pipe on top. The hot gas is piped to the aggregate bins and we can heat each bin individually with either the hot turbo steam or the hot turbo gas. The unit also generates warm water for batching purposes and that water is pumped with the large dosing water pump. During normal operations the dosing water pump, pumps the water either to the water batcher or the water meter and we’ve also connected a recirculation line from a location very close to the water meter and we pipe that to warm air blowers which are located beneath the bins to keep that area warm and that water is returned back to the hot water tank. We also have a small recirculation pump that pumps the water to the warm air blowers. The idea is to keep the go to water line always filled with warm water so when you make your next batch you know exactly what temperature water is going to your mixer or to your truck mixer. Today we have delivered more than 700 units. Each is custom made for the specific customer conditions. We’ve delivered systems to all kinds of different batching plants; from precast to pipe, block, paver and all kinds of different concrete industry customers. We can heat, with our heating system, the Turbomatic, we can heat the aggregates, and we can generate all the warm water for dosing purposes, for filling the truck mixer water tank, for washing purposes at the batch plant. We can heat all four slab beds, we can heat molds, and we can heat production facilities, we can heat offices. We can basically heat everything that you need in a batch plant or a precast, pipe, block, paver plant. We can also generate the heat you need for curing purposes. So basically it’s a single burner, single system taking care of all the heating needs that the customer has and with an ultra high efficiency with let’s say the heating power that you can produce the amount of concrete, however cold it is outside, we have units operating in Siberia in minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit temperature producing whatever the customer wants to produce. One hundred cubic yards per hour and meeting not only the production capacity but also meeting the concrete temperature. With our system it’s possible to produce the amount with the highest possible, with the ultra high efficiency in a fast efficient and a very easy manner. The unit is PC operated, fully automatic. The operator only has to select a few set points and the unit will run start and stop fully automatically and at all times with the highest possible ultra high efficiency. Folks does that thing look like NASA on the inside or what. Do you think it’s going to last 30, 40, 50 years, I think so. Incredible technology, these guys have their acts together. We actually travelled up to Canada to see this unit in operation and it’s the real deal. The next video in this series is from the plant we went to visit. We listened to the owner tell us how much he loved this machine. Incredible testimonial, you need to check that out too. See you later!