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We Have A Little Different Spin on Slats.
It Starts with Concrete!
Everyone knows the less water added to a mix the stronger the concrete. Out batch computers measure the water content of the sand and rock before adding water to formulate a dry casting mix. This dry cast mixture is a ZERO slump mix compared to FOUR inch slump used with hand cast slats. Using a DRY CAST mix results in HARDER, DENSER slats that last longer in your buildings.
After placing the concrete, spinning ROTOSCREEDS strike off the mold. This machine process allows us to work the ZERO slump concrete mix. It is virtually impossible to work this stiff of concrete by hand troweling. Our automated process also eliminates the humps in the slat top caused by hand troweling. One of the key features of our slats is the uniform FLAT top which is easier on your pig's feet.
After casting each slat is STEAM CURED in climate controlled tents. Steam provides the heat necessary for accelerated curing and the moisture to prevent stress cracks and shrinkage. In only a few hours we are able to harden slats that exceed 28-day strengths of normally cured concrete. Hot, dry weather or cold, wet condtions don't effect the quality of slats delivered to your farm.
It is very important proper steam curing procedures are followed to ensure long term durability of the slats. The rate of temperature gain and the maximum temperature in the curing chamber must be controlled and monitored using accepted industry guidelines and practices. Failure to do this can result in a shortened life span of the concrete slats due to delayed ettringite formation (DEF), acondition that leads to early deterioration of the concrete when exposed to an environment similar to that found in a hog barn.
$300 A SLAT!
The average cost to replace one defective or failed slat in a finishing house is $300. That doesn't include equipment removal or installation and lost down time. You can't afford to install inferior slats in your building projects. Insist on Hog Slat's premium slat... get it right the first time.