Thursday | January 18, 2018

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Sandy Lender

Sandy Lender is the editor of AsphaltPro Magazine and part of the team that originated the how-to information concept in asphalt industry publishing. She holds an English degree from Truman State University in Missouri, but lives in sunny Florida where her spare time allows her to write fiction and help with sea turtle conservation on the side. Find her on Twitter, LinkedIn, and anywhere Google takes you...

When it’s time to test the new drives and motors, take all variables into account. If making upgrades during cold, winter weather, consider how the ambient temperature may or may not represent actual working conditions. Photo courtesy Bob Frank.

Vary Your Energy Use, Increase Your Utility Savings

If the lights in the control house dim when your plant manager presses...
Recent rain increases hazardous conditions atop the silos. Make sure you use fall protection in addition to good safety railings when going up to perform routine checks and maintenance. Photo courtesy Meeker Equipment.

Make Time for Fall Protection During Seasonal Plant Maintenance

As morbid as this will sound, it will be easy to remember: If...
The contractor is able to use less deicing material on the porous asphalt pavement, and expend less energy plowing the surface. Photo courtesy CASE Construction Equipment.

How to Perform Winter Maintenance on a Porous Pavement

Contractors performing winter pavement maintenance should be clamoring for the jobs that service...
At a past Career Day, a high school student got to experience fall protection. Photo courtesy Jon Young, HAPI.

How to Find New Workers for Your Company

Results of an industry-wide survey of 1,600 respondents conducted by the Associated General...
Crews placed a mix with lower gyrations, higher liquid asphalt content and lower air voids than the standard state mix, on US62 in Woodford County, Kentucky. They also tacked the butt joint with a trackless tack prior to placing the second lane to see how the longitudinal joint behaves over time. Photo courtesy PAIKY.

Asphalt industry increases its environmentally friendly use of materials

Let me begin this exposition on the asphalt industry’s use of asphalt cement...
The density tech is an integral part of the crew. He helps set the rolling pattern and guides the roller operators based on numbers he sees on the density gauge. Jaret Morse of TransTech Systems, Latham, New York, suggested gauge operators take readings immediately behind the breakdown roller in many places across the width of the mat. This will give a fuller picture of compaction progress than one or two readings in random places where you “guess” a state inspector might take a core. Then use the data to make rolling pattern adjustments right away. Photo courtesy TransTech.

How to Roll for Bonus, Part 2—Ideas for Perfect Compaction

If misalignment of the screed sections leaves a line in the mat, the...
Blackstone Construction’s new plant includes the extended Double Barrel, pictured here in the foreground, to allow increased RAP percentages in mix production. All photos courtesy Astec Industries, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Caption for image saved as RAP RAS Feeds

Blackstone Construction Recycles School Assets

In 2016, the Russellville School District in Arkansas awarded a large contract to...
Sunrock’s Bryan Pfohl said the team works hard to exceed customer expectations.

Carolina Sunrock’s Excellence Shines with Latest Commendation

Since 2003, Carolina Sunrock LLC, a family-owned construction and materials supplier and highway...

Asphalt Plant, Paving and QCQA Training in 2018

For this year’s training directory, we must address the elephant in the room....
Steve Murray of Steve Murray Trucking, Hooksett, New Hampshire, uses a twist screw lock on each side of the tailgate. Photo courtesy John Ball, Top Quality Paving & Training, Manchester, New Hampshire.

How to Safeguard the Tailgate

For the 2017 paving season, we dive into an essential area of project...

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