Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA)– the leading provider of concrete brick, block and paving-making machinery and innovation in Africa– has been at the forefront of the maxi brick’s success by supplying its series of brick-making devices to producers across the country.
The maxi brick functions as a light-weight structure item that is made from conventional aggregates such as stone and cement, nevertheless it is also provided with various external finishes such a single or double diamond. In the late 1980s, brick manufacturer Jaap Prinsloo played an important function in the success of the maxi brick after buying a total of 17 PMSA VB4a brick and block-making devices, which have produced a range of products including maxi bricks. He estimates to have actually produced more than 55-million maxi bricks each year since.
” The PMSA VB4a plants make it possible for the user to produce over 65 000 maxi bricks per nine hour shift with each maker. The consistent dependability of PMSA’s devices has actually made sure an output that relates to approximately 18 500 inexpensive homes annually, or a total of 370 000 affordable homes over the 20-year duration,” he discusses. “The maxi brick has actually been launched to new heights in the budget-friendly real estate market, due to its affordable style, fast building and construction time and ease-of-use.”
PMSA marketing and sales supervisor Quintin Booysen notes that the VB4 and VB4X variety of block making machines from PMSA come basic with adjustable speed control of the hydraulic functions, resulting in faster and smoother device operation, with increased performance and a decrease in wear and tear. “What’s more, an electronic PLC control enables change of pre-vibration, feed box movement, number of feed strokes and number of pre-vibrations, while the device is still in operation. These features guarantee instant adaptation to altering moisture contents and aggregate consistency, without stopping the maker,” he explains.
The strong maxi brick can be found in dimensions of 290 mm x 140 mm x 90 mm, although various other sizes are likewise available. “The distinct style of the brick permits a brick layer to lay a single skin 140 mm wall in one process, instead of a double skin external wall made from stock bricks,” adds Prinsloo.
Regional structure requirements need a 90 mm thick internal wall, and PMSA director Walter Ebeling notes that the maxi brick can be turned on its edge to develop internal walls too. “This accelerate the building procedure significantly, as just a single skin is required to satisfy the national structure guideline of South Africa.”
According to Ebeling, a typical low-cost home requires between 2 800 to 3 000 maxi bricks for the internal and external walls, compared to 8 000 to 9 000 basic stock bricks for a comparable sized inexpensive home. “By merely turning the brick on its edge for internal walls, maximum space utilisation inside the structure is accomplished by preventing thick walls that would otherwise have actually used up valuable floorspace in an already little housing unit,” he continues.
Ebeling adds that this ingenious method of construction enables a small group of just two bricklayers and two assistants to set up a structure in between 32 m2 to 40 m2 in area in a single day. “This distinct procedure assists contractors in minimizing structure expenses, while enabling more housing to be delivered within a tighter spending plan.”
Seeking to the future, Booysen believes that the outlook for the maxi brick is extremely positive across Africa. “The maxi brick has shown to be highly effective in South Africa for more than 20 years, and it has actually been utilized in the construction of hundreds of countless budget-friendly houses locally. I believe that the maxi brick has enormous capacity in other African countries where there is a scarcity of housing, and minimal funds to construct them,” he concludes.