Block Production

"Oldie But Goodie" Brought Back to Life

The Besser Prestopac…A notable, yet nearly forgotten machine has recently made its way back onto our manufacturing floor.  The Prestopac, a one-at-a-time block machine, was first manufactured in 1947 for Besser customer, Neisser, located in Lima, Peru.  At the time, this machine (standing less than 5' tall) was used to produce quality concrete block for local housing requirements.  At the peak of its operation, this machine could only produce 300 block a day - a far cry from the Vibrapac®, released eight years earlier.  In the early 1960s, because the limited appeal and usefulness,… Continue reading

Argentina Block Association Members Find Product Innovation in Spain

While attending the annual Argentina Block Association conference last year, our regional sales manager, Oriol Armadás, discussed the possibility of having a group of Association members tour some progressive European concrete products producer facilities in Spain to see firsthand the exciting innovation occurring in our industry.  Mr. Claudio Defagot, President of the Association, mentioned to Oriol that the market in Argentina is down about 20%, which is prompting producers to look into new, value-added products to add to their product line. Mr. Ricardo Manzur, Director of Full… Continue reading

Certified Pre-Owned and Reconditioned Block Machines and Mixers

As fellow manufacturers, we know there's nothing quite like having a brand new machine in your facility. Shiny exterior. Pristine condition. Modern features. We also understand that often times budgets do not allow for such purchases. Thankfully, by choosing Besser, you can have the best of both worlds - new and cost effective! Through comprehensive inspection, maintenance, rebuild, and testing processes, we offer two excellent options for those looking to update their plant or replace equipment with minimal downtime and cost. Certfied Pre-Owned Machines We have certified pre-owned… Continue reading

Celebrating 44 Years of Blockmaking

Congratulations to George Spickelmier of ORCO Block and Hardscape on his 44 years of blockmaking! “George Spickelmier was a production manager for most of his 44 years with ORCO Block & Hardscape. During those years, if you were to put together all the block that was produced under his watch, you could build a 6’ high wall all the way to Miami and back again, again and again, equaling over 52,000 miles,” commented  Rick Muth, company President. At the time of his retirement, George was operating two Dynapacs at ORCO’s Stanton, California plant. The entire Besser Team joins in… Continue reading

Besser Offers Free Online Training for 2016

We’re excited to offer our FREE online training sessions again in 2016!   This year, monthly training sessions have been held with topics covering admixtures, molds and form maintenance, batching and water, quality control, equipment upgrades, product testing, manufacturing bottlenecks, and most recently managing downtime.  Sessions cover all aspects of production with many topics chosen directly from student feedback.  We're certain that those attending will be thoroughly impressed by Ron Scherer's knowledgeable and enthusiastic instruction.   To provide flexibility to attendees,… Continue reading

Training for Oldcastle Staff in Indianapolis, Indiana

Training at Besser takes many forms. We conduct Blockmakers Workshops®, offer online courses and also bring our training direct to producers in their plants. Most recently, we were thrilled to participate in Oldcastle’s training program held on 12 November in Indianapolis, Indiana. The day began with more than a dozen students, representing six different Oldcastle facilities, touring Northfield Indy’s two fully-automated Besser equipped plants, which include the dual Dynapac and V3-12 concrete products machines and the Masa paver plant. Jeff Oliver, Plant Support Specialist for… Continue reading

Besser September Newsletter

Over the past month I've had the opportunity to visit several of our customers and I'm excited about the installation of new Besser block and pipe machines around the world. The Advanced Servo Vibration and Servo Main Drive are increasing production for block customers, no matter the age of the equipment, and the results are excellent. You can read more about some of our recent customer success stories in the email below, in upcoming issues and on our company blog.  The World Center for Concrete Technology is offering two Blockmakers Workshops® this fall. If you are considering… Continue reading

Shaking Up Productivity - Machine Upgrade Yields Many Benefits

Many efficiency experts suggest that managers should focus on the small improvements in their process that will yield the greatest return on investment. This advice seems directly targeted at the challenges faced by many block and paver producers. Smart plant managers know that continually improving processes is key to securing their competitive edge. When considering these incremental improvements, managers review many factors. Their considerations often include how the upgrade will impact existing process controls, increase operational efficiency, positively enhance plant safety,… Continue reading

Brazilian Portland Cement Association Members Find Product Innovations in Spain

While in Brazil attending the Concrete Show earlier this year, Oriol Armadas, Besser Regional Sales Manager, was contacted by Eduardo D’Avila, President of the Brazilian Cement Portland Association. Mr. D’Avila explained to Oriol that the market in Rio de Janeiro is down approximately 20% which is spurring producers to investigate new, value added products to add to their product lines. Eduardo mentioned that a group of association members from Rio de Janeiro would be attending a marble trade show in Italy during September and how they would greatly benefit from tours of progressive… Continue reading