Loom of Fruit d.o.o. is a new company for the production of prestressed concrete pillars, formed from the merger of an Italian company with extensive experience in the area of industrial prefabrication and a Serbian company, with the sole aim of: offering fruit production companies a better quality to price ratio in order to match the increasingly competitive foreign market.
The combination of Italian Know-how and the geographical position of the Serbian production plant is a guarantee of advantage in terms of cost and delivery times for the more and more interesting markets such as Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, that is, the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The result of Italian technology being located in Serbia is the “MADE IN SERBIA” trademark which allows the Commonwealth of Independent States for all of the countries of the CIS.The company is located 100 km south of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, extending over an area of 16000m2 with a production hall of 4000m2. The factory is located only 40 km from the city of Smederevo, which is one of the main locations in terms of river transport logistics via the Danube to the large ports of the Black Sea.
STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT
Next generation Italian technology
The production plant consists of three completely independent lines, two of them with a length of slightly more than 80m and a third with the length of 15m, able to produce enough pillars annually to cover approximately 1000 ha. All lines are equipped with a heating system for full control over the curing of the concrete in any weather conditions. The quality of our product s is the result of carefully selection of raw materials for the production of concrete.
Our concrete is composed of raw materials which have been selected on the basis of many years of experience in working with them and based on the proven quality of the products made by renowned manufacturers. The production of the concrete itself is done in our “SIMEM” brand concrete batching plant produced by an Italian manufacturer leading in this sector on a global level.
The entire production process, starting from the stage of demolding the pillars, through cutting, washing the molds, to the final stage of polishing the pillars and thermal processing is done using machines made with Italian technology.
The quality of the production equipment coupled with the professional staff guarantees an efficient production process that has already been proven in the prefabrication sector.
Production stages start with lifting the elements which were casted the previous day and cutting them to measure according to the client’s request. Simultaneously, the stage of the mechanical cleaning of the mold and its preparation for casting of new concrete is also performed.
The stage which the greatest amount of attention is paid to follows after the casting of the concrete, and involves the shaping of the pillars, that is, their polishing so that all four sides are perfectly smooth and without sharp edges.
After the stage of cutting the pillars to the specified measurements, they are packed and stored temporarily inside the production hall. After a few days they will finally be stored in the open warehouse, where they will wait to be loaded up and delivered to the client.
QUALITY IS THE RESULT OF THE SELECTED RAW MATERIALS
We exclusively use “SCC” Self-Compacting Concrete for the production of our pillars. The granulometric composition was carefully created by mixing three fractions of crushed stone which was double-washed in order to eliminate any potential impurities. By using pure PC42,5R portland cement with the addition of a hyperplasticizer with a minimum amount of water, we obtain significant concrete grades as soon as the first 16 hours (> 30 MPa), and after 28 days, we obtain grades over 55 MPa.
Another important advantage our pillars posses is the use of additives for the elimination of air trapped within the concrete, significantly improving its mechanical properties and aesthetic appearance.
With the reduction of the amount of air trapped in the concrete, the water absorption of the hardened concrete is decreased, preventing spalling due to freezing and defrosting.
Another advantage provided by the use of additives to eliminate residual air is the reduction of holes on the surface of the concrete, which provide potential habitats for fungi and insects, the greatest enemies of all plants.