Oberfield's Inc., Columbus, Ohio

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Amanda Schlechty (was created by)
A vacuum arm picks up the completed concrete blocks and transfers them to another part of the line to be sent outside for storage. The block mixture can be adjusted by the computer to achieve desired texture and color. New molds can be designed to create new forms, however molds take approximately one hour to switch out. Making a new mold and switching it is a time-consuming step that adds to the cost of production, so this factor is something that must be considered when an order is being placed. The block-making process is almost entirely automated, but there are a handful of workers dispersed along the line to ensure that defective blocks do not pass through. Keywords: United States, Ohio, Franklin County, views, masonry, block, construction, factory, industrial structures, buildings. Submitted by Amanda Schlechty.
concrete block
manufacturing (concrete
or earth)