The Readymix Concrete Industry Senario
The construction industry has come a long way benefited hugely from Readymix Concrete, from its early days. Global trends are very clear, that this technology has since grown in a big way in the developed countries, consuming more than 60% of the cement produced. In the coming years, Readymix Concrete industry in India is expected to grow further and faster with the adoption of newer and better technology.
While there are several advantages of Readymix over Sitemix, quality and time is amongst the most prominent besides, labour and space requirements on site, for the latter, which add to the cost. A typical 1500 sq ft of area will take around 6-8 hours for concreting if site mix is used which if compared to Ready mix, will take only 2-3 hours. Ready mix is also environment friendly and any grade of concrete is available at a given point of time. Further the gap between the organised and unorganised sector is quite wide, which is cause of concern for the customer. Now, a lot of major cement manufacturers in India have ventured into Ready Mix Concrete and India today has a increased acceptability of ready mix and we are seeing increased penetration into more cities / towns by the day.
With the increasing use of Readymix Concrete and the advantages, the related risks are a challenge, which the industry has to understand and enable appropriate actions. Systems and processes needed to ensure the risks are adequate addressed and consistency, quality and timeliness are maintained.
Quality of Readymix Concrete (RMC) is one of the most critical requirements and cement being a key input for any constriction. In order to propagate and encourage the use of RMC as an efficient and cost-effective method and to supply fresh concrete with required performance expectations, the RMCMA (Ready Mix Concrete Manufacturers Association) in conjunction with the Quality Council of India (QCI), has developed an auditable criteria focusing on strengthening the RMC manufacturing processes to gain stakeholder confidence in the quality of RMC.
As with any manufactured product, concrete also needs to meet quality and consistency, which needs to be assured and controlled along its design and manufacturing lifecycle. The raw materials and other ingredients must be accurately combined to ensure specific proportions and must be thoroughly blended to ensure the finished product is delivered according to the requirements of the buyer. Although success depends upon several factors, a vital prerequisite is the infrastructure and environment which includes well-maintained equipment and an efficient production facility along with processes and systems to support.
The RMC Plant Certification Scheme is operated by the QCI and is based on the “Criteria for RMC Production Control” published by the ‘Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council’ (BMTPC) under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.
There are two types of certification schemes available as follows:
- RMC Capability Certification based on the RMC Production Control Criteria
The audit shall be conducted with the help of the Check List included in Section B of the Criteria document.
The auditor shall verify against the Check List and shall provide for remarks and objective evidence of compliance/noncompliance in the production facility.
This deals with criteria of Plant, Machines, Test facilities, technical Manpower etc. which any plant irrespective of their size and capability must fulfil to qualify for certification.
- RMC 9000+ Capability Certification based on Quality Management Systems as per ISO 9001 and the RMC Production Control Criteria
The audit shall be conducted with the help of a Check List prepared by the Certification Body subject to the following:
The check list shall embed all the requirements of the "RMC Production Control Criteria"
The check list shall address all the requirements of ISO 9001 standard
The check list used by CBs shall be verified by the Accreditation Body to ensure the compliance with the reference documents
Why is certification good for my business?
Certification to ISO 9001 demonstrates to potential customers your organisation’s ability to meet their requirements and needs. This results in:
- Enhanced customer confidence and satisfaction, which in turn can lead to increased business.
- A significant competitive advantage because more and more companies require management system certification from suppliers and sub-contractors in order to conduct business with them.
Where do I go from here?
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