How Concrete Pumps Works

Concrete pumping is a very efficient and reliable means of placing concrete.  One of their advantages is that they provide the ability to access places that other methods would be unable to reach.  A concrete pump can be used for small or large jobs and provides a smooth and even distribution. 


Concrete pumps are the only placement option in very tight, confined spaces or on tall high-rises.  Pumps are the favored method for large volume mat pours and handle these jobs efficiently.  Additionally, concrete pumps can accomplish most placement jobs more economically.  Today’s concrete pumps can place concrete so precisely, there is less need for shoveling and moving it around.  This greatly reduces labor and time.


There are two types of concrete pumps.  One of them is attached to a truck and is known as a boom concrete pump.  It is used on big construction projects to quickly move large volumes of concrete into place.  The pump is operated with a robotic arm that is controlled by a pump operator and is extremely accurate in its placement.  The other type of concrete pump is called a line pump and is mounted on a trailer or truck.  It is operated manually and used on smaller projects such as residential driveways or pools. 


Concrete pump operators are certified by the American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA), which is the only recognized certification program in the industry.  In order to get certified, an applicant must do the required prerequisite safety training and pass a test before they are given the ACPA endorsement. 


Conco is one of the leading concrete contractors in San Francisco offering a range of innovative, quality servicesWe have been honored to work on many high-profile projects and were recently awarded the concrete package for the San Francisco 49ers Stadium.  Our concrete services include commercial, educational, parking and other construction development as well as public works projects.

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