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Date: 03-Jul-2019
Posted by: Wolfgang PAUSER

Innovation on site: As it can go without dust


You are out of dust and you will become dust - the good Lord could have said this all too true sentence about buildings. Where there's construction, there's dust, at least until now. Because at BAU 2015, Xella presented an innovation that could not be better realized. Empathy with the end user and technology transfer from another industry, two basic principles of the LEAD User Method, made the big step towards a dust-free construction site possible.

The idea is astonishingly old: the first briquette dates from the Iron Age (iron sponge was briquetted by hand). The next step was taken by Carl Exter, a German railway engineer and inventor who developed the first briquette press for lignite in the middle of the 19th century. The French word "briquette" is the diminutive of "brique" = brick. It is related to the English "brick" and "break". What began with coal was gradually transferred to waste, ores, scrap metal, wood and animal feed. The idea of also pressing mortar into small briquettes, which are also called pellets, only came to Xella in the year of the Lord 2015.

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The thin-bed mortar is pressed into briquettes about three centimetres in size, which are simply mixed with water on the construction site innovation, with or without a stirrer. Compared to conventional thin-bed mortar, "Ytong Silka Mortar Pellets" are even 25% more productive, which brings cost advantages in transport and storage - an advantage that has helped the briquette to success for 150 years.

Building without dusting is not only pleasant and healthy for the workers, it also helps to implement the TRGS guideline 900, which came into force in 2014 and which forces to reduce dust emissions on construction sites by drastically lowering the workplace limit value for A-dust.

Conclusion from the point of view of innovation management: You don't always have to think complicated when looking for innovations. You don't have to reinvent the wheel. Often it is the simplest and most obvious ideas, which nobody has ever come up with, with which the most successful innovations find their way onto the market.

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Wolfgang PAUSER

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