Increases Daily Form Pour Rates and Turnaround Time Without Expensive Additives
SANDY, UT – April 15, 2006 – PowerBlanket announced today the successful completion of a series of tests by NPCA members of the PowerBlanket™, a heated curing system that optimizes concrete curing conditions in spite of cold or sub–freezing ambient temperatures. For example, tests conducted by O–Well Precast using PowerBlankets™ showed PSI increases of between 77 percent and 135 percent over 2″ foam curing blankets.
“We’re delighted by the results,” said David Naylor, President of PowerBlanket. “Every pre–cast manufacturer who used our PowerBlankets™ reported earlier breaks with no cracking or defects. As a result they’re able to ship earlier, use less additives, and shut off expensive steam or boiler heaters. All of our customers have been able to increase production for an operating cost of approximately $1.00 per day – without buying additional molds or using additives.”
Initially offered for use by on–site contractors, the use of PowerBlanket™ technology has spread to the pre–cast industry due to customer demand. “The PowerBlanket™ was designed to eliminate weather as a construction variable – we’ve made it possible to pour and cure concrete in any weather conditions,” said Naylor. “What we realized is those same advantages extend to the pre–cast business: our customers now preheat molds, heat their sand, aggregate piles, and steel, and reduce curing times by maintaining optimum temperatures. All have reported increased production turns and reduced costs. Some of our customers even use their PowerBlankets™ in warm weather since increased and consistent temperature can create the perfect curing conditions.”
The PowerBlanket™ is waterproof and plugs into any 110–volt circuit. PowerBlankets™ are made of heavy–duty reinforced 14.8 ounce vinyl and are lightweight and easy to move and store. As many as four PowerBlankets™ can be plugged together for easy and effective coverage of large areas or surfaces.
“Our pre–cast customers have quickly come to rely on the PowerBlanket™,” added Naylor. “They pour up to three times a day using the same form. They turn off their boilers or steam systems and still reach 4,000 to 7,000 PSI overnight. PowerBlanket™ customers achieve all those economic and productive advanages without purchasing additives or accelerants. We’ve made it possible for the pre–cast industry to ship high–quality product on a predictable schedule – all for a lower operating cost.”
PowerBlanket™ was founded by David Naylor, a construction and contracting veteran with over 19 years of experience in the commercial building trades. Combining new technologies and years of practical experience, PowerBlankets™ are designed to thaw four to eight inches of solid ground or one foot of snow in a single overnight period, and to maintain a temperature of between 65 and 70 degrees in newly–poured concrete in ambient temperatures as low as minus –10 degrees Fahrenheit.
The PowerBlanket™ is durable, easy to use, and provides extremely low operating costs. One PowerBlanket™ can maintain optimum temperatures for a 600 square foot area using 110 volt power from a single 20–amp circuit. At an average operating cost of approximately $1.00 per day, the PowerBlanket™ provides effective ground prep with virtually no labor, optimum curing temperatures, and quicker job turnarounds for on–site concrete work, and an increased pour rate, a reduction and/or elimination of costly additives, and the need for fewer molds for the pre–cast concrete industry.