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Belle seeks definitive standards for compaction machine users

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BELLE Engineering has called for the introduction of independent measurement of compaction ability as a definitive guide for users of compaction machines.

The concrete and compaction specialist believes that having manufacturers submit machines for testing by a third-party testing house is the best way to avoid confusion about what each machine is capable of.

The firm has designed its lightweight plate compactor to meet Highways and Utilities Committees (HAUC) streetworks reinstatement specifications and wants rival manufacturers to prove they meet the same standards.

The firm believes it is vital to have definitive standards because getting the compaction right is crucial if users are to avoid fines or enforced remedial works.

Belle UK sales director Rob Caddy said: 'We have to have independently verified measurements for noise, so why shouldn't we have them for compaction?

'We have spent a lot of time and money developing our single direction plate to achieve the correct compaction force, using an additional strip on the base plate.

'If the wear plate is too thick or too thin it won't work.

'We have met the specifications that HAUC asked for and want to see evidence that others have, without infringing our patents.'

But the suggestion was contested by other manufacturers.

One said: 'Compaction ability is just one of thousands of bits of data a manufacturer has to put out.You can't police everything.

But if Belle thinks someone is lying they should come out and say it.'