Corporate Profile: Asphalt Materials Inc.
Mission Statement: Asphalt Materials Inc., is a proud member of The Heritage Group, with over 65 years of experience in the asphalt industry. Our teams of professionals are dedicated to creating longer-lasting, safer roads with quality, reliable asphalt materials.
- Additives/Emulsions/Polymer blends/Fibers/Patching materials
- Lab/Testing/QCQA equipment and/or its software
Safety Through Innovation. Protecting Rumble Strips So They Can Protect Drivers.
Centerline rumble strips, which can reduce head-on collisions by up to 50%, utilizing J-Band® (VRAM) & AMIGUARD™ (RPE) can help protect pavements with rumble strips. J-Band® and AMIGUARD are investments to protect your roads while rumble strips are an investment to protect drivers. When both solutions work together there is protection for roads and drivers.
J-Band® is a Void Reducing Asphalt Membrane
Longitudinal joint deterioration has long been a problem throughout the US. Through collaborations between state transportation agencies, industry experts, and our laboratories, VRAM was developed to solve this issue.
VRAM, a Void Reducing Asphalt Membrane, significantly reduces air voids in longitudinal joints. Applied prior to paving, VRAM migrates into the joint in the asphalt surface course as it is placed, filling voids and reducing permeability.
Developed in 2002, VRAM use has increased as agencies realize pavement life extension and life cycle cost savings. With 20 years of documented experience, VRAM continues to save time, money, and lives.
J-Band® and AMIGUARD™ were created in the labs of the Heritage Research Group (HRG).
AMIGUARD™ is a Rapid Penetrating Emulsion
AMIGUARD™ is a Rapid Penetrating Emulsion (RPE) that will deliver asphalt content into the pavement, unlike a fog seal that simply covers the surface of a pavement.
AMIGUARD™ is specially formulated to penetrate quickly and thoroughly. Its reduced surface tension allows it to absorb into the pavement quickly, so drivers can get back on the road sooner.
AMIGUARD™ and J-Band® are especially suited for centerline applications. Used together they can provide many years of protection for your pavements. J-Band is applied before the placement of the HMA and RPE should be applied soon after the rumble strips are ground.
Read more from this year’s TRB Annual Meeting here: https://thejointsolution.com/protecting-rumble-strips-with-vram/
Sustainability with Asphalt
In 2021, ClimeCo collaborated with Asphalt Materials Inc. (AMI) to complete an LCA-based sustainability assessment of J-Band®, AMI’s void reducing asphalt membrane (VRAM) product. Together, ClimeCo and AMI wrote and presented their paper and poster titled, “Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of a Void Reducing Asphalt Membrane and Other Longitudinal Joint Treatments” at this year’s TRB Annual Meeting.
Caroline Kelleher and Gary Yoder from ClimeCo, Gerry Huber of the Heritage Research Group, and Todd Thomas from Asphalt Materials are the paper’s authors. During the meeting, many attendees came by to learn more about the three sustainability attributes of J-Band: environmental, economic, and social (safety).
Important conclusions of this paper include the following:
- There is significant potential to develop transportation infrastructure in line with the principles of sustainable development.
- Sustainability is an increasingly critical component of transportation infrastructure, with federal, regional, and state entities having a range of awareness and education programs, all while promoting the use of ‘green’ or sustainable roadway products.
- Upstream emissions associated with materials production are outside the carbon accounting of direct emissions, i.e., scope three instead of scope one emissions, and thus, as agencies and contractors look to reduce their scope one emissions, they will be evaluating methods and materials which will allow for a reduction in fuel usage.
- Longitudinal joint solutions that offer the lowest application-phase emissions, reduced maintenance needs, and extended road lifetimes, will result in the lowest scope one emissions. In this analysis, VRAM and joint adhesive have the lowest construction phase emissions.
- VRAM had the most economical life cycle cost performance compared to conventional joints and maintenance.
The paper and poster can be found here: https://thejointsolution.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/TRB-poster-and-Paper-2022.pdf
ClimeCo’s website story can be found here: https://climeco.com/what-is-a-life-cycle-analysis/