October 30, 2020
CCL has become the UK and Ireland distributor for Maturix; the smart concrete monitoring system that offers cost, time and quality benefits for concrete construction projects.
The deal agreed with the system’s creator, Sensohive, makes CCL the preferred UK and Ireland distributor for all in-situ suspended slab and precast applications in the UK and Ireland.
Designed to provide accurate, continuous, real-time data on concrete strength and maturity, the wireless sensor system works via a disposable probe fixed within the concrete. The system is based on the principle of concrete maturity which explains the interrelation between temperature, time, maturity and strength of concrete. Following the pour, the monitoring system measures the temperature of the concrete every ten minutes and combines this with the amount of time that has passed since the monitoring was activated, to provide accurate predictions of strength and the amount of time remaining until the concrete reaches the predetermined strength.
Using flexible hardware that allows the probe to be cut away and left permanently inside the concrete once monitoring is no longer required, the system uploads data to the cloud which can be retrieved in real time from any location thanks to simple-to-use online software, which is compatible with any internet-enabled mobile device or computer.
Luke Kani Zihni, Senior Precast Engineer from CCL explains: “Using the Maturix system can give an accurate, real-time indication of the concrete strength. With built-in features such as SMS notifications and predicted curing times, the system reduces reliance on the costly use of the conventional cube test methods of compression crushing to determine the strength at a certain point in time, delivering cost savings and eliminating a number of risk factors to improve build quality and reduce future maintenance costs.”
For in-situ slab applications the strength of the concrete is verified on site, as opposed to under lab conditions. Construction can be progressed as soon as the cure allows, rather than waiting for testing or the designated cure period. Multiple monitoring points can be used to avoid the risk of high temperature differences within the slab, which could lead to cracking and future maintenance issues if they are not identified during the build.
For precast factories, the ability to accurately predict curing times means each slab can be moved from the bed as soon as it has reached the necessary strength, thereby increasing efficiency by shortening production phases and resulting in energy and cost savings.
The Maturix system requires only one calibration test per concrete mix, avoiding the costs, delays and incomplete data associated with the multiple compression cube lab tests usually required.Casper Harlev, CEO and co-founder of Sensohive adds: “The partnership with CCL is a great opportunity for us: they are experts in post-tensioning and pre-tensioned concrete technology, and this is where our solution can create great value in delivering real-time insights. With CCL’s strong position in the market and its focus on innovation, we are sure that the collaboration is the right step for both parties.”