Ready Mixed Concrete Plant
Certification A mark of quality.
More than forty years ago, NRMCA instituted its Plant Certification
program in response to a series of concrete failures that were damaging
the reputation of concrete as a building material.Now, with almost 1,500 plants and 20,000 trucks certified across
the nation, the program is seen as a mark of quality that can
distinguish your company from its competitors.
And as a member of NRMCA, your company receives a large discount on
the cost of certification.For just $75 per plant (that's a $325 discount off the non-member
price) and $12 per truck, you can show your customers that quality comes
Benefits of Certification
The purchaser of ready mixed concrete is assured concrete is being
obtained from quality-focused company. For larger projects, the NRMCA
certification provides a means of verifying that production of ready
mixed concrete conforms to industry standards such as ASTM C 94.
The NRMCA plant certification program provides a clear outline and
expectations to the owner of the plant, the specifying authority and the
inspecting engineer of the minimum standards for concrete production
facilities. Since the program is developed and maintained by industry
members for the industry, the requirements are fair and achievable.
Plant owners can plan to ensure that all necessary plant and truck
components and production processes are in place prior to an inspection,
thereby minimizing downtime and associated costs.
It provides a means for identifying best practices for materials
management, batching process and for monitoring production processes for
optimum quality. The certification offers a discipline for management
and production employees to ensure scale and batching accuracy on
defined periods for all measuring devices with a goal to produce and
deliver uniform concrete. This allows for non-conforming product to be
identified and corrected before it is delivered to the customer.
It provides a means for companies to measure and improve their
production efficiency while maintaining quality. Benchmarks might
include material inventory, batching accuracy, product performance
consistency and productivity targets. Better control on these aspects
represents huge savings for the company.
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The certification provides one part of a quality system that provides
plant managers an important tool to train production and quality control
employees by documenting the reasons and benefits of the various
requirements in the Plant Certification Check List. The company benefits
from a third-party audit that can impart new ideas for improvement.
Companies have considerable potential for savings on ingredient
materials waste by monitoring scale accuracy and batching records;
reduced product rejection and product liability claims; increased new
and return business with purchasers who demand quality; and reduced time
dealing with alternative undefined local inspections.
Marketing. "NRMCA certified"
demonstrates value to the customer. It can be used in a company's
marketing programs to stand above the competition. Companies with
certified plants ensure that they have a higher chance when bidding on
jobs that require NRMCA certification. NRMCA lists certified plants on
their website that can be found by new and existing customers.
commitment by a company to obtain certification requires an investment
of personnel time and money to ensure that the systems are in place and
are maintained; and the cost for the inspection and certification. It
allows the company to budget for necessary quality processes and
improvements. The costs, however, are more than offset by the benefits
it provides. The question is why would a company not certify their
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