Starting up a Brickyard
When starting your first brickyard, don't look down on the smaller more affordable machinery. Of course they are not on the commercial production scale of larger JUMBO MK3's and HYPERSTATS which Doubell Machines offer; but they do provide a low-cost learning curve for your workers to understand the process of brick-making.
It also provides a great way for managers to become familiar with the potential problems that may arise when working with people as well as material usage.
People new to brick-making often forget that a larger machine requires a substantial cash-flow to keep up with the increased production that it offers. Machines like this are HUNGRY for raw material! And considering the curing time of the bricks before maturation, without enough working capital, the machine could end up standing without work for prolonged periods of time.
Another consideration is that a machine which produces more bricks, blocks and/or pavers may require more machinery to ensure the mixing is kept up! The Doubell Panmixers do a great job, but their heavy duty function does come at a heavy duty price!
As the production of larger machinery increases & the mixing throughput requirement rises, one must consider the bottlenecks. If the mixing station is not keeping up the machinery, a skiploader may be required to reduce the cycle time of the mixing station by pre-loading the aggregate to mix. This eliminates the loading time of the panmixers & cuts it down to mixing time only.
While this technique to speed up mixing may be important for larger block machinery, in humble beginnings of the Do-It-Yourself brick machine it can be equally as important to ensure the machine is fed to maximise the potential production.