How Does a Cement Mixer Work?

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How Does a Cement Mixer Work?
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What parts does a cement mixer have?

Cement mixers have completely changed the way cement is mixed. Long gone are the days of hand-mixing. Cementer mixers provide a quick, easy way to mix cement without the strain and hassle of hand-mixing. The cement mixers of today have a drum in which the cement is mixed. The drum is rotated by a drive unit. There is a loading chute located at the top of the mixer. The ingredients to be mixed are funnelled into the drum by way of the chute. In addition, there is a long chute that can be used to change the angle, depending on the position of the drum. There are also paddles located in the drum.

How does it work?

The drum contains blades that are set at an angle to the axis, located at the centre of the drum. These blades run in a direction of longitude. The cement mix is dumped in through the upper chute, and the drum is set to begin rotating. There is a hydraulic gear that runs the main engine, thus rotating the drum. Water is then added to the cement mix. Because the drum is constantly rotating, the mixture of cement and water turns and rolls in the drum, coating the drum's surface. The mixture will continue to turn and mix until the cement mixer reaches the desired destination. The paddles will then push the mixture toward the front of the drum so that the cement can be extracted when the time comes. When the mixer arrives at its intended location, the mixture will be ready to pour. To achieve this, the drum's rotation is reversed, and the angle of the blades then pushes the cement toward the opening of the drum. It then spills out of the drum and onto the chute. The chute can be pushed towards the intended site, and the concrete is then poured.

What happens once it's empty?

Once the cement is poured and the drum is empty, it must be flushed thoroughly with water. This prevents cement residue from hardening inside the drum. In addition, the chute and outside equipment must also be thoroughly cleaned to avoid hardening of residual cement. Once the mechanisms are cleaned, the mixer is ready to be used again.

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