The Covid-19 outbreak has affected everyone around the world with a continuously growing impact on the global economy. This pandemic’s effects on markets and commercial activity is presenting many challenges in the construction industry.
Weeks ago we all began to face mandatory closures of non-essential workplaces. In most areas construction work was only to continue for services relating the healthcare sector and critical provincial infrastructure, forcing many projects to be delayed or cancelled. Many face issues with disruptions of the supply chain, site access and safe labor. On May 6th, Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, announced the government would be easing restrictions on essential construction to allow below-grade multi-unit construction projects to continue. This will help clear the way for the housing and jobs our economy needs to support the economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19. Construction is a massive employer in Canada, with over 1 million people contributing to society in a positive way.
As the numbers continue to decrease the economy will continue to open, so be prepared. Early this week, thousand headed back to work under the health restrictions of our new reality, put into place to ensure everyone’s safety. Government officials urge business owners to learn these new guidelines to prepare for reopening so everyone can hit the ground running to provide the necessary services we count on every day.
Health and safety have always been a primary concern here at Bay-Lynx Manufacturing, and we remain ever-vigilant in ensuring our staff are kept healthy and safe. We have been able to remain open in our parts and service departments and have started up production once again as well.
Upon speaking with one of our current customers, Cory Little of Local Concrete, we were very pleased to hear that they too were able to remain open with steady work throughout this pandemic. They had some key customers they had gained over the last year whose projects were classified as essential which helped keep them busy. They were thankful they supplied a wide range of products with their volumetric mixers such as concrete, U-fill and grout for various uses in the construction industry. Local Concrete also increased their service area to a 100 km radius, Corrie states “without volumetric trucks we would not have been able to do this.” Because of the nature of volumetric truck they could operate their yard while maintaining a safe distance as well as on the job site due to the remote operations of the trucks. They have also moved to an electronic invoicing system to remove on site interaction.
Cory’s methods can be incredibly helpful to your business as well. We have heard many different approaches over the past couple months. While some customers are afraid to perform any action in the unpredictable market, others look at this as an opportunity. Use this time to put your operations under the microscope. Plan for next season. This can be used as a time to look at your business in regards to site staffing, set-up, shop tools and equipment and office software. One of the common mistakes we here about at Bay-Lynx is when customers come to us for a new unit last minute. If you feel that your business could use another stone spreader or mixer, this is something you should be preparing for at the end of the previous season. This not only allows you to have sufficient time to hire a driver, but ensures you will have your unit ready to work at the start of the next season.
We truly hope that we can all come out from this stronger and able to adapt, like Local Concrete, to the changes in which we conduct business. During these unprecedented times, we would like to encourage everyone to stay strong, considerate, patient, and vigilant as we look forward to brighter days ahead.
Today marks the one month anniversary of the long-awaited reveal of our new volumetric mixer at the 2020 World of Concrete Show. With crowds flocked around the booth and numerous others watching via livestream, we unveiled the all-new Titan Mixer!
Here’s a video of the full reveal just in case you missed it!
As you may know, volumetric mixers already give owners a number of great advantages. These include saving significant dollars, reducing waste and reducing time spent on the job. A volumetric mixer precisely meters out cement, sand, stone and water on-site. Whatever type and amount of concrete is needed, the volumetric mixer gives total flexibility to complete the job with no waste, no time limit and no worries.
The all-new Titan has all these benefits and so much more. With the use of Hardox 450 steel and innovative BatchPro Connect Software, the Titan is also lighter, stronger and smarter!
Hardox 450 steel is used extensively in the construction of the Titan volumetric mixer and attributes to it’s lighter and stronger traits. The Titan is the only volumetric mixer in North America that is part of the Hardox in my Body program. As a result of this, each Titan mixer is fitted with the official Hardox in my Body sticker, verifying its premium build quality.
The Hardox 450 steel’s flexible build removes unnecessary weight and maximizes payloads, accounting for over 1,350 lbs. of weight savings. Lighter components mean fuel savings, increased capacity and reduced environmental impact.
The Hardox 450 steel is some of the strongest and toughest steel in the world, able to withstand any material that operators load it up with. The hardness of the steel provides better dent scratch resistance, avoiding rust and keeping your fleet in like-new condition. As a result, this has increased the Titan’s service life to over 200% compared to that of a standard mixer.
Not only have payload and durability increased, but the resale values of construction equipment made with Hardox steel are 15% higher than their mild steel counterparts.
The Titan mixer also includes some of the most advanced mixing technology on the market. The new BatchPro 3.0 Panel and automation components on the mixer communicate with the BatchPro Connect App to control all sand, stone, cement, water and admixture contents.
BatchPro Connect is a three-tiered software solution that includes a customer order portal, a dispatch platform and an operator’s mobile application. The customer order portal can be linked to your website to allow customers to place an order online, which can then be sent directly to dispatch. The dispatch platform communicates to the mixers through the operator’s mobile application. It creates jobs and assigns them to your mixers, allowing you to track all jobs with digital copies of the tickets and receive status notifications from your operators. The operator’s mobile application simplifies all day-to-day tasks of concrete delivery. This application allows you to print tickets, collect signatures and get a faster and more accurate mixer calibration. This BatchPro Connect technology will save you time and money, while providing an exceptional customer experience!
The innovative Titan volumetric mixer is changing the face of concrete delivery. Interested in having a Titan join your fleet? Contact our sales team! We would love to learn more about your business and how we can help you achieve your goals.
We had the joy of following a couple of Ecomix’s crews to watch them offer great customer service with their fleet of Bay-Lynx mixers. See here:
Due to a major change in the operation and specification of volumetric mixers in the UK, the Bay-Lynx team worked relentlessly on providing a mixer that will be able to meet these changes. The major challenge was to reduce the overall weight. Known as project ULP-300, the new Ultralite Plus is the first all-aluminum volumetric mixer on the market. And now with the BatchPro Connect mobile app and dispatch software, it is also the most advanced.
The engineering team at Bay-Lynx knew that they met their goals on paper, but would their data transfer to the physical build? Not only did Bay-Lynx meet their goal, they exceeded it! Bay-Lynx’s goal was to have a mixer that could carry enough material to deliver eight cubic metres of concrete whilst staying within 32,000kg weight limit as well as meeting the legal axle regulations. Bay-Lynx was thrilled to see the initial test meet their goals and successfully and legally deliver over eight cubic metres. Now that Bay-Lynx was confident in their build, it was time to prove it to the customers.
Bay-Lynx announced the live demo tour in early October of 2019. Just over two weeks later, the demos commenced. The new Ultralite Plus travelled all over the UK, stopping in locations such as North Yorkshire, Henley-on-Thames and Derbyshire. The response was outstanding! Not only were concrete operators impressed with the new look, but also the ease of operation, ease of calibration using the mobile app and the autodosing of water and admixtures that maintained the consistency and the quality of the concrete.
The tour has only just begun. The team is lined up with demos all the way through December. Customers are lined up to see what was thought would be too difficult to achieve.
Bay-Lynx listened to what customers wanted. They wanted to be able to carry a payload that can deliver eight cubic meters of concrete no matter the mix design. They wanted a machine that was easy to use and easy to calibrate. They wanted a quality product and a package that has not compromised on the specification of the truck and the ability to meet day to day operational needs and challenges.
Bay-Lynx has Delivered.
If you want to see the new era of Volumetric Mixers, contact the Bay-Lynx sales team for a demo today!