Astec Industries Displays New Generation of Tracked Highway Class Pavers
The team at Astec Industries, Chattanooga, displayed its newest generation of tracked highway class paver—the RP-175 and RP-195 F series—at its CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 booth. A spokesperson listed increased production, simpler maintenance, increased visibility and reduced noise as some of the focuses for the new 8-foot and 10-foot pavers.
Keith Hagy, the product manager for paving, explained that the company seeks dealer input from customer advocacy groups, and learned that areas for enhancement in past paving equipment included noise reduction and serviceability.
“We’ve gone from a single fan cooling system to a dual system, moved to the top of the machine, blowing away from the operator and away from the ground crew.” This improved the cooling efficiency about 15%, Hagy said, and the net result of moves and changes is a 20% reduction in noise.
New lightweight hoods are designed to make accessing daily maintenance areas quick and easy, with no need for hydraulics. Hagy explained, “We’ve transitioned to a composite design with our side doors and hoods. Now one person can easily raise the hood and access the engine area without any need for extra hydraulics.”
The new F-model series has a State V engine, meeting the most stringent emission limitation required in the global market. Hagy said, “With the RP-175 we’ve upgraded to an engine block that is smaller and more compact, but still provides the same commanding torque and horsepower.”
The RP-175 and RP-195 have a redesigned track system for improved durability and ease of maintenance. When it comes to hydraulics, the new track pavers have fewer connection points, easing maintenance tasks.
For more information, visit https://www.astecindustries.com/products/details/roadtec-rp-175-highway-class-asphalt-paver