Interlocking Brick Machine

Interlocking Brick Machine


This article is about interlocking brick machine but before we start, we first need to know what interlocking means. The interlocking of two or more things means engaging them with each other by overlapping or by fitting them together.

The interlocking system is used almost in all the fields of industry including the construction industry.

Hollow blocks or paving blocks that are interlocked with each other are called interlocking bricks or blocks and the machine that produces these blocks is called interlocking brick machine. This machine uses molds to shape interlocking blocks and to shape them, force and vibration are used.

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Interlocking bricks produced by an interlocking brick machine have lots of advantages. The most important advantage is that you don’t need to add concrete to bound each line to the line under it.

You just need to use concrete for the base of the wall and for the top. By interlocking bricks, you will considerably reduce the amount of concrete you use and your construction speed will be higher. By this, your labor cost will be much lower compared to the conventional hollow blocks.

Here are the other advantages of interlocking blocks:

1. It is environmentally-friendly.

2. It is easy to repair.

3. It is durable.

4. It can withstand freezing temperatures.

5. Snow can be easily removed from the surface of the paving bricks.

6. A variety of styling options are available, from traditional to contemporary.

 

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Now after having a general background we can talk more specifically and more detailed about interlocking brick machines.

In fact, the interlocking brick machine is the hollow block machine or paver block machine. The only difference is by changing the mold you can produce different shapes of concrete blocks.

There are almost 600 shapes that this hollow block machine can produce only by changing the mold. If you are interested in learning more details about this machine you can read our article ''automatic brick making machine''.

 

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Here you can see an interlocking hollow block produced by our machines. You can choose your desired interlocking block shape based on your market demand. In each country, 3 or 4 interlocking shapes are more popular than others. Choosing the most popular interlocking mold is more preferred because it is easier to sell the products.

 

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How To Operate An Interlocking Brick Machine


First, you need to provide your plant with aggregates like sand, stone dust, cement, additives, and water.

Pallets should be supplied for the machine too. Pallet sizes differ with the size and the capacity of the interlocking brick machine. The number of pallets you need is also related to the capacity of your hollow block machine and the hours that you are operating the machine.

Normally you need a minimum of 1000 pallets for your plant if you are working an eight-hour shift daily.

 

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Preparing the concrete needed for interlocking brick machine:

You need to mix the materials mentioned above with the right ratio to form the mortar. Usually, one unit of cement is added to 3 or 4 units of additives. Then you need to add water to the mixture, be careful because too much water makes your mortar too loose and inadequate water won’t have the desired resistance against impact after the blocks are dried.

After that, you need to mix the mortar until it becomes homogeneous. For this purpose, you need a mixer.

 

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Transferring the mortar to the hopper of the interlocking brick machine:

This is done with the help of the conveyor belt powered by an electric motor and a gearbox coupled to each other.

When the mortar is delivered to the hopper of the machine it is automatically added to the molds with the help of a mortar cart. Mortar cart makes sure the mold is filled evenly in all the sides.

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Producing interlockings bricks with the interlocking brick machine:

First, the mortar is poured to mold filler to fill the molds. Then the Mold filler starts to move back and forth to fill the mold for the first time. After that, the first vibration starts to work to fill the gaps in the mortar and the surface of the mortar in the mold shrinks. The mold filling machine starts to move back and force to fill the mold for the last time

Finally, the hydraulic press starts to press the mortar into the molds. This action takes place on the surface of the pallet and with vibration at the same time. The hydraulic force of the interlocking brick machine is usually above 120 bars and vibration power is 10kw or above to form strong interlocking blocks. You can also visit Bess Youtube Channel for similar videos.


Delivering the pallet containing the interlocking bricks to the drying section:

For this purpose, you have different choices

A. Collecting pallets by hand (manual machine)

B. Collecting pallets by forklift (automatic machine)

C. Collecting pallets by finger car (automatic machine)

If the capacity of your interlocking brick machine is high you are recommended to buy the automatic model (forklift system or finger car system). With an automatic pallet delivery system. In automatic machines, a smaller drying section is required compared to the manual as well. In this way, the land required for the whole plant can be 1000 m2 smaller than the land needed for the manual pallet collecting system.

But if your capacity is low and your plant area is big, the manual collecting system will do the job.

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Delivering the interlocking bricks to euro pallets for delivery:

This also has two options; it can be done manually or by robots. It depends on your budget and production capacity.

This is the total description of how the interlocking brick machine is operated.

For this reason, you need a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 personnel for your site depending on your automation level.
For our automation system, we use Siemens PLC and for the hydraulic parts, we use Bosch Rexroth hydraulic parts as well.

 

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When we talk about Interlocking blocks, we mean different types of them.

Here is a list:

  • Interlocking paving blocks
  • Interlocking hollow concrete blocks
  • Interlocking bricks
  • Interlocking Lego blocks
  • Special interlocking blocks for special purposes

Consider that in different countries there are different names for this machine. When the machine is producing interlocking pavers people call the machine interlocking paving block machine. But in countries like Ghana, Ethiopia, and Uganda where people use it to produce interlocking hollow blocks they call it interlocking hollow block machine.

Don't get confused when you hear different names for the machine. They all refer to the same machine. Here are a few samples products of the machine.

 

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 Double-Layer Paving Blocks


The block making machine has some optional equipment that can be added to them if the customer wants. For example, a second hopper can be added. This machine is called a double-hopper interlocking brick machine this hopper enables you to add a colored thin layer to the surface of the interlocking paving block. By this method, you can have colorful paving blocks for your streets and pavements. This machine is also called the paver block machine.

Coloring the interlocking paving block is also possible with the single hopper machine but you will need to add a lot more color because you should color the whole block when using a single hopper interlocking brick machine. This machine is also called the hollow block making machine.

The coloring system is only logical for interlocking paving blocks. For hollow blocks that form walls, coloring is not applied because the wall is later covered with plaster or other materials.

The smallest machine can produce 4000 interlocking hollow blocks and 12000 interlocking paving blocks in 8 hours (one shift).

There are larger capacities of interlocking brick machines such as 6.000, 8.000, 10.000 interlocking hollow blocks and 16.000, 20.000 25.000 interlocking paving blocks and even higher.


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Interlocking Brick Machine Price


For buying an interlocking brick machine you need to know your desired production capacity, your working hours in a day and pallet delivery system. Of course, you will need at least 2000m2 of land as well.

You also need to find an interlocking brick machine manufacturer as well. There are a lot of manufacturers around the globe. Turkish, Chinese, German and American companies produce brick making machines with different types and capacities. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, the important thing is the quality of the machine that they produce.

For the first year, you might not face a problem with your machine but for long-term use, you will face lots of problems if your machine has low quality.

 

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My recommendation after a few years of experience in this field is not to buy the cheapest machine but to add a logical amount to your budget, in the beginning, to avoid unnecessary and serious problems in the future. The price is also important because you don’t want to spend your whole budget on the block making machine you need to save some for construction of your site, buying aggregate and providing cement as well. So it is logical to buy a high quality but logical-priced machine.

For this reason, you need to physically meet the interlocking brick machine manufacturer, their company and their products or at least going to one of the machines that they installed near your city or country.

 

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About the pallets, one unit of the pallet is not expensive but when you order them in bulk, there will be a considerable change in your interlocking brick machine price list. It is recommended to produce the pallets yourself locally instead of buying them from the manufacturer. You only need a sample from the factory to produce them. Important things you need to have in mind are wood quality, length, width and thickness of the pallets. These are provided by the manufacturer.

 

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The number of pallets you need for your machine depends on your production capacity and the size of your machine. Normally you need above 500 pallets. There is also a robot called the pallet reversing robot. This robot turns the other side of the pallet to face up. Both sides of the pallets are used with this robot. In this way, your pallet life will be increased. Note that only high-quality machines have this option. The pallets with metal legs are not able to be reversed.

 

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Here is the price for two interlocking brick making machines that we have. For more information, campaigns and technical details please contact us.

Machine Name Capacity Installation And Commissioning Automation Level Price
PRS 400 4000 Standard Blocks Included Semi-automatic 46200 USD
PRS 400 4000 Standard Blocks Included Automatic 64300 USD

 

 

Conclusion


If you don't know which interlocking brick machine is suitable for your project or if you like to get the best concrete block manufacturing business plan including interlocking bricks for free, learning about new prices, getting a quotation, and asking for special campaigns please contact us.

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