The solution depends on what the final objective is.
One of the first questions from new producers venturing into Hollowcore production is, “What’s the best technology: Extrusion or Slipforming ? “
The answer depends on what your final objective is, as they both produce hollowcore slabs and there are pros and cons to each technology. The following table summarizes the comparison factors to assist you in the decision making process.
Extruders in general make a more profitable hollow core production, with a lower operating cost.
Slipformers provide the flexibility of producing other precast elements.
What is the best fit for my operations ?
1- Decide your primary precast element first, then make a decision on which technology to use, for example:
- If your primary product is hollow core slab, then Extruders is the best fit. Your operating cost will be much lower and higher profits will even justify having a slipformer for other elements, not for hollow core.
- If your primary precast element is not hollow core, then the Slipformer is the answer, as it will also allow you to produce hollow core slabs and the higher cost of production will have a lower impact in your bottom line.
Hollow Core is a more advanced technology and more efficient than other precast elements for flooring. Hollow Core is widely used in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, with an impressive expansion into Central and South America. Even though there are some Hollow Core plants in Africa, there are still other methods that are more common in this region.
Hollow Core Extruders or Slipformers? It is certainly an interesting topic…give us a call to discuss more, we offer a free consulting service to assist you in your Hollow Core needs and are able to provide you with comparisons for both operations based in industry facts and statistics.