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Difference Between Dry and Wet Concrete Batch Plant

Concrete batching plants come in two main types: wet and dry. They differ significantly in functionality and operation. In essence, dry batch concrete plants do not have on-site mixing capabilities, while wet batch concrete plants can produce and batch concrete on demand. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the differences between the two:

The difference between concrete mixing transporters

From an operational cost perspective, dry batch plants are generally more cost-effective due to the absence of mixing facilities, making them suitable for long-distance transportation. Dry mix concrete plants are specialized production lines capable of handling long-distance concrete transport, whereas the properties of the concrete limit wet mix concrete plants and are not suitable for long-distance transportation. Additionally, wet mix plants use central mixers during the production process, resulting in more efficient and uniform material mixing. However, the quality of concrete produced by dry batch plants may sometimes be less satisfactory, making them more suitable for less stringent quality requirements.

Apart from requiring the addition of water, wet batch concrete plants typically have higher maintenance costs compared to dry batch concrete plants. In terms of lifespan, wet batching plants often have a longer lifespan than dry batching plants. While wet batch plants can adjust batching times to produce dry-batch concrete, this is not necessary and can increase costs.

Different configuration

In terms of transportation vehicles, wet mix concrete mixer trucks are mainly used to transport pre-mixed concrete, while dry mix concrete mixer trucks are responsible for both transportation and mixing. There are also differences in configuration, with wet batch plants equipped with twin-shaft concrete mixers, which are not present in dry batch plants.

Dry batch plants consist of batching hoppers, storage silos, belt conveyors, and other components, making them compact in structure. Wet mix plants can be stationary or mobile, but dry intermittent plants obviously cannot achieve this.


Difference between status and storage time

There are also significant differences in state and storage time. Wet mixed concrete contains moisture and must be used promptly, with a storage time of no more than 24 hours. Dry mixed concrete is supplied in dry loose or bagged form and needs to be mixed with water before use, with a longer shelf life.

Regarding production equipment, most wet concrete is produced by wet batch concrete plants, while specialized dry batch plants produce dry concrete. There are also differences in variety, with fewer varieties of wet mortar and more varieties of dry concrete due to the lack of production restrictions.

Sand processing is also different, with wet mixes not requiring drying, while dry mixes require drying, resulting in superior quality for dry concrete. In terms of transportation equipment, wet mixes require the use of concrete mixer trucks to prevent segregation, while dry mixes can be transported by regular trucks.

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Understanding the differences between wet and dry mix concrete plants is essential for choosing the right type of plant for your construction needs. Whether you prioritize cost-effectiveness, quality, or flexibility, there is a concrete mixing plant type that suits your requirements.

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