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Small Batch's Automated Mixing System Now Powered by Perkins

Thu April 25, 2019 - National Edition
Perkins Pacific


The Smart Batch system uses 16 premeasured bags that are lifted by machines and mixed electronically, ensuring a more consistent product.
The Smart Batch system uses 16 premeasured bags that are lifted by machines and mixed electronically, ensuring a more consistent product.

Smart Batch Systems, a technology and equipment manufacturer, is making its customers' lives easier with a newly designed version of its mobile automated mixing machine. The new updates give customers a greater range of features like daily electronic reports to manage work at job sites.

When Smart Batch started to make updates to its GC-1 mobile mixing machine, it wanted a dependable engine that would meet strict Tier IV emission standards. Smart Batch worked closely with the Oklahoma City office of Perkins Pacific to source a four-cylinder, 4.4-liter, 110 hp Perkins 1204F engine. The Perkins engine offered multiple options for configuration to match its unique needs.

Smart Batch's GC-1 mobile mixing machine has automated the way construction crews measure and mix flooring underlayment.

Traditionally, workers would need to pick up and empty as many as 600 bags of material and individually manage the mixing. That leads to increased dust, injury from lifting and handling so many bags, as well as the potential for human error in getting the correct ingredient mix.

The Smart Batch system uses 16 premeasured bags that are lifted by machines and mixed electronically, ensuring a more consistent product.

"The newer version of the GC-1 gives the user a more detailed list of metrics like run time, batch mixing and pump functionality," said Shashank Ramarao, engineering manager of Smart Batch. "The process not only makes mixing materials easier, but reduces dust and waste, saves time and improves the safety of workers."

The electronics in the upgraded GC-1 also allow the operator to control and monitor the machine using a tablet, and Wi-Fi connectivity provides real-time data on the machine's performance.

"The data and daily reports serve as a valuable warranty tool that provides proof of the batch mix and when it was installed," said Ramarao.