Vortex Hydra manufacture equipment to produce concrete tiles based on high-pressure extrusion process of a wet concrete mixture onto an aluminium mould, also referred to as pallet, which is then cut to size.
This method produces an incredibly strong product with sharp definition and it is used by all main producers of concrete tiles in the world. Different tile’s profiles can be produced with the same machine by changing the moulds and the extruder’s shaping head accordingly.
After extrusion, tiles, over pallets, are stored in curing chambers, where the concrete reacts and the tiles achieve the minimum strength required to sustain itself without mould. Curing time can be of 24 hours, in natural conditions, or 7-8 hours when forced heating systems are in use. At this point the tiles are separated (or de-palleted) from the mould, packed and stored on the yard, where the concrete can complete the hydration process and get stronger, before despatch. Few moments after being separated from tiles, the moulds are used once again for another production cycle.
The production capacity per shift and the level of automation are depending on local market conditions. For this reason, to meet a wide customer base, Vortex Hydra, in its many years long experience, has developed 4 main production systems (UNO, MODULO, ROTARY, MATRIX) that cover a production range from 2.000 to 60.000 tiles per shift, as indicated in the scheme.
As soon as you know your production target, you can learn more about the systems that meet your needs in the following pages.
Raw materials: sand, water, cement and pigments