Huffcutt Testimonial: From Start to ‘Finnish’

For 70+ years, Huffcutt has been delivering quality precast concrete products to the industry. According to Operations Manager, Chuck Kroll, he believes that the most challenging aspect of producing concrete is consistency. Consistency not only as a measure of workability, but the ability to repeat the same finish ability and hardened concrete results time after time. Huffcutt has just commissioned a new state-of-the-art batch plant in which they are producing architectural wall panels utilizing a carousel system, using Polarmatic as an integral element of the progress. The following are excerpts from his overall experience collaborating with Polarmatic.

Since Polarmatic’s headquarters are in Finland, we were curious about the means of communication with Huffcutt located in the USA. Kroll mentions that communication was mostly through email due to the fact that it is not usual to have international calls from Huffcutt phones. However, seeing the importance of connection for proper support, he eventually added the service to his phone plan. There were minor complications with communication as the difference in time between the US and Finland is ample, but it certainly did not hinder progress. For example, Kroll continues, ‘I knew when I sent an email that I wouldn’t get a response until the next day.’ He feels that in order for any collaboration to work well and to ensure success of a project, one must ask questions -- and a lot of it.

As for the preparation of the container’s arrival, Huffcutt manufactured the heating registers and the components to get them installed. When the aggregate bins were delivered, there was a short time frame to get the registers installed before the bins were set into place. Kroll states that once the bins were set in place, installing the registers would have been much more difficult, if not impossible. However, he does wish that they had cut the openings for the ‘steam’ lines to the registers while they were on the ground, but for Huffcutt, time did not allow for that. Throughout the project, there was coordination with HVAC, plumbing and electrical companies to get plans in order to complete the installation.

A challenge was getting everyone on board and on the same page, in which technical specifications mostly came from Polarmatic. Initially, this was a concern as Polarmatic was a new name to the contractors of Huffcutt, so it made describing the system a bit challenging. The success of the project is due to the fact that Huffcutt was hands-on throughout the entirety of the process. The communication with Polarmatic was constant which helped with smoother operations. As far as operating the system, there are only a few at Huffcutt who are knowledgeable about the structure. The most important item to learn is how much time is needed to heat the aggregates. At the beginning, Kroll states, there were concerns of missed information somewhere because of the copious amount of questions. In the end, there was no missed information. It was just a matter of reviewing the acquired information. 

At Huffcutt, Kroll regrets, the Polarmatic system is not receiving the credit and attention that it deserves. “It’s kind of an unsung hero that is just doing its job in the background without anyone noticing it”, says Kroll. We at Polarmatic hope that this continuum will shift into more of a focal point in the future. However, Kroll continues, there have been sincere concerns from the public as the receiving hopper is clearly visible from a few nearby streets. People have been asking if something is on fire and that there is smoke rolling out from the cover. What they are seeing is Polarmatic -- hard at work.

Takaisin etusivulle

CPi Worldwide 3-2021

Heating Solutions Case Study

Our German case study Berger Beton SE is presented in the latest issue (3-2021) of CPi Worldwide.

Lue lisää »

Our response to COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, we want you to know that Polarmatic remains committed to supporting yo...

Lue lisää »

Polarmatic featured in Canadian Concrete Expo Blog

Polarmatic offers comprehensive curing solutions to precast producers. These solutions are now featured in the Canadian Concrete Expo's Blog posts with an interview of our long-standing customer M ...

Lue lisää »

Polarmatic parantaa huoltopalveluitaan

Polarmatic Oy haluaa palvella asiakkaitaan entistäkin paremmin ja tarjota kattavan vuosihuoltopalvelun mahdollisimman monelle asiakkaalle ennen seuraavan lämmityskauden alkua. Olemme vahvistaneet p...

Lue lisää »

Tuoteuutiset - kiviaineen kosteusmittauksen taloudelliset vaikutukset

Laadukkaampaa betonia ja merkittäviä säästöjä on saavutettavissa mittaamalla kiviaineen kosteus annoskohtaisesti betoninvalmistuksessa. Tästä huolimatta kiviaineen kosteutta ei mitata kaikilla beto...

Lue lisää »

Polarmatic now member of British Precast

As of November 1st, 2016 Polarmatic is an Associate Member of British Precast. Through the membership Polarmatic deepen its contribution to the precast market and strengthen the customer support in...

Lue lisää »

1000th TURBOMATIC delivered

On Oct. 31, 2016 we celebrated the delivery of the 1000th TURBOMATIC heating unit to our trusty customer Salzburger...

Lue lisää »

Article about Polarmoist in CPI Magazine

The April issue of CPI (Concrete Plant International) Magazine contains an extensive article about Polarmatic's Polarmoist probe.

You can read the article now by downloading it as PDF-file ...

Lue lisää »

Polarmatic strengthens its presence in the North-American market

Midmatic–Group has enlarged after establishing a new company, Polarmatic North America Ltd. (Polarmatic Ltd.) in the USA. The new company will market Polarmatic products and also work as the distri...

Lue lisää »

World of Concrete, Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 2-5, 2016

Visit us at Las Vegas Convention Center for the 2016 World of Concrete Exhibition.

Booth N257 Concrete Batch Solutions

Lue lisää »

ICCX Russia 2015, St. Petersburg

8-10. December in Hotel Park Inn Pulkovskaya.

Polarmatic Stand No. 49. Welcome!

Lue lisää »

Cement. Concrete. Dry mixtures-2015. Moscow, Russia

1-3. December, Moscow Expocentre, Krasnopresnenskaya naberezhnaya, 14.

Polarmatic stand No. A1-6. Welcome!

Lue lisää »

Engineering Days 2015, Vienna, Austria

1.-2. December 2015, The Imperial Riding School Vienna

Lue lisää »

MIDDLE EAST CONCRETE, Dubai 23-26 November (co-located with the BIG 5)

Visit us at stand MECJ124

23.-26. November 2015 Dubai World Trade Centre

Lue lisää »

Betonipäivät 2015, Helsinki

Polarmatic is participating at Betonipäivät 2015 in Helsinki, Finland.

29.10.2015 Messukeskus

Lue lisää »

NPCA’s 50th Annual Convention

Visit us at the NPCA's 50th Annual Convention October 21-24, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Marriott City Center

Lue lisää »

NRMCA's 2015 ConcreteWorks Sept. 19 - 22, 2015, San Antonio, TX

Visit us at NRMCA's 2015 ConcreteWorks at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, September 19-22, 2015. You will find us together with Concrete Batch Solutions at booth #5.

Lue lisää »

CTT ’2015 Trade Fair in Moscow 02.– 06.06.2015

Polarmatic will participate in the International Show of Construction Equipment and Technologies ‘CTT 2015’ in Moscow Crocus Expo on June 02 – 06, 2015. You are most welcome to visit Polarmatic sta...

Lue lisää »

AstanaBuild, Kazakhstan, 19-21 May 2015

Polarmatic will participate in the AstanaBuild exhibition in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 19-21, 2015. Welcome to visit our stand A-86 at Expo Centre Korme, Hall A.

Lue lisää »