Given the new iron to be unveiled and displayed at the end of March, the paving product gallery has minimal new items to share this month. Keep in mind, you can visit equipment manufacturers and parts suppliers at their booths in person at the World of Asphalt 2022 in Nashville or virtually at their websites online anytime you have the need for additional information.
The Roadtec RP-190 highway class asphalt paver from Astec is designed to deliver a high-quality final mat product with extreme precision. The RP-190 showcases the exclusive anti-segregation design of the feed-tunnel, discharge and rear augers, solid front axle and conveyors. Designed for long-term reliability, the RP-190 includes such features as a fume extraction system, hydraulic pressure sensors and a solid steel push roller. The RP-190 also features a 230-horsepower, 6-cylinder Cummins QSB 6.7 engine. The deck height is 6 foot, 2 inches with a 9-foot, 2-inch wheelbase. The operating width is 10 feet, 6 inches with an inside turning radius of 11 feet, 3 inches. The total weight of the paver is 36,700 pounds and contains a 100-gallon fuel tank and 76-gallon hydraulic tank capacity.
With operator comfort and safety as a priority, the RP-190 paver offers improved visibility, reduced noise levels and easily accessible controls, according to the manufacturer. The machine features a Comfort Drive™ ergonomic operator experience with ride control tension system seats and armrest fingertip controls that move with the seats.
Engineered for safety, the RP-190 also has dual operator station seats that can move hydraulically beyond the sides of the machine allowing for unobstructed, 360-degree views. The paver also includes emergency shut-off switches located conveniently at the ground level on the screed boxes, and at the operator stations.
For more information visit Astecindustries.com.
ASV Holdings Inc., Grand Rapids, Minnesota, introduces a repowered RT-40 Posi-Track® loader with a Yanmar engine. Not only does the 38.2-horsepower engine add more power to the compact loader, it is also designed to improve serviceability for machine owners by allowing them to have the Yanmar engine serviced at ASV dealers.
Additionally, the small-frame RT-40 showcases new comfort, visibility and performance features over its predecessor, according to the manufacturer. “With the Yanmar-powered RT-40, we are doubling down on the machine’s performance, reliability and comfort, as well as making it easier for our customers to service the engine at ASV dealers,” said Buck Storlie, ASV Holdings Inc. product manager. “The RT-40 is already a staple due to its ability to bring more power and productivity to limited-space work that may otherwise have required a fence removal or needed to be done by hand.”
For more information, visit your local ASV dealer.
Case Construction Equipment is now accepting entries for the 2022 CASE Kickstart Contest, a business development program where landscape contractors enter for a chance to win a prize package built to advance the capabilities, expertise and development of their operation. Landscape business owners are encouraged to enter the contest at CaseCE.com/Kickstart by answering a few basic questions, sharing their goals for the year ahead, and describing how they will evolve their services if they win the contest. The deadline for entry is March 31, 2022. While asphalt contractors might not think that’s important, the prize package has come cool stuff.
One grand-prize winner will take home the following package:
- One-year business consultation with Ken Thomas and Ben Gandy of Envisor Consulting, including one in-person session and ongoing consultation
- A six-month lease on any CASE compact track loader (CTL)
- A six-month attachment lease selecting from some of the most common attachments used by landscapers
Five runners up will receive a six-month online training subscription from Envisor Academy. And all who enter will receive an exclusive invitation to the CASE Landscape Virtual Summit, which is an online event similar to the current CASE Live series. Representatives of CASE and Envisor will select the winning entrants. Winners will be notified in April 2022.
The Cat® SE47 FM asphalt screed from Caterpillar is designed to provide application versatility with multiple berm options and a small footprint for starting next to curbs and obstacles. Its standard paving range is 8 feet to 15 feet, 6 inches; maximum width is 20 feet, 6 inches. Screed plates are 24 inches wide on the main and 9 inches wide on the extenders. Heated endgate option; in-line extension cylinders with full wrap around bearings; rigid frame design.
It features front-mounted extenders and power berm options to create 12-inch-wide or 18-inch-wide berms with a variable height up to 4 inches. Screed operating consoles are equipped with mix height adjustment for the augers and can be equipped with Cat Grade Control to adjust conveyor ratio or conveyor material height through the display.
For more information, visit your local Cat dealer.
Dynatest has launched a new tool called the pavement condition index (PCI) calculation tool to do all the PCI calculations based on the international standard ASTM D6433 – 20, based on the classification of distresses carried out following the standard guidelines within the sample unit that the users define. The function is available for flexible pavements and is a licensed module within the comprehensive Dynatest pavement analysis program, Dynatest Explorer.
The automated PCI calculation function is designed to calculate the PCI value taking into consideration all distresses identified, both automatically and manually rated. The PCI values can be shown in a table, a graph, or exported to excel, or shown on a map and exported to Google Earth.
With this tool, users no longer perform difficult equations or create complex excel sheets that consider all the different combinations of distresses and severities and have no more calculation errors or mistakes.
For more information, visit the Dynatest website.
Earthwave, Indianapolis, presents its FleetWatcher Real-Time Executive Scoreboard functionality, a scorecard for the Materials Management System (MMS), which allows users to see Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) displayed on their phone, tablet or computer. In real-time, users can view their tons per hour by crew or by truck, feet per minute, cycle time, trucking cost per ton (TCpT), and more. Color coding shows at-a-glance what metrics need corrective action, as KPIs are automatically measured against estimated benchmarks. Metrics shaded in green are meeting their targets, yellow shading indicates those to monitor, and red shading shows underperformance. Total tons loaded is automatically compared to shift times to show users if they are ahead of schedule or behind with both a bar chart showing progress and a numerical indicator of percentage. Metrics can be graphed to quickly show performance over time. Users can select the KPIs to display and change them as desired.
This instant visibility into performance allows managers to add trucks, re-route them to different plants, improve cycle times, and more to streamline productivity and profitability. Accurate information and analysis can also be used to bid future projects and win more business.
FleetWatcher personnel will be in World of Asphalt booth 3566.
For more information, visit www.EarthwaveTech.com.
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), Sunnyvale, California, announced in January the horizontal steering control functionality on the Trimble® Earthworks Grade Control Platform for soil compactors, stating it is the industry’s first automatic steering control solution for soil compactors—and the next step toward Trimble’s autonomous vision. Horizontal steering control helps operators achieve higher quality surfaces and consistent compaction. Compatibility with all soil compactor makes and models enables contractors with mixed fleets to achieve a faster return on investment.
Trimble Earthwork’s Horizontal Steering Control automatically steers a soil compactor using a 3D model or compaction pass line. This helps to improve compaction productivity and quality for operators of all skill levels by controlling overlap between passes. Auto steering helps reduce operator fatigue while also minimizing over- and under-compaction.
Trimble Earthworks uses the NavController III steering technology from the Trimble Agriculture Division, leveraging the company’s 20 years of steering technology and applying it to civil construction applications. In 2020, Trimble also introduced horizontal steering control as part of the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for dozers, another first in the construction industry.
Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for soil compactors with horizontal steering control is available now globally through the worldwide SITECH® distribution channel.
For more information, visit the Trimble website.
Yanmar Compact Equipment announced Jan. 4 that it now paints all its equipment an eye-catching Premium Red, coinciding with the launch of its new tagline, “Together We Build.” Director of Sales Jeff Pate said: “Our dealers and our customers really like the new color.”
For more information, look for Yanmar at World of Asphalt.
Zonar, Seattle, announced December 2021 the availability of its light duty transmission control unit (TCU), built in conjunction with its parent company Continental. The Zonar LD™ TCU is designed to meet the evolving needs of light-duty vehicles within fleets, including access to detailed vehicle telematics data and diagnostics to improve performance, efficiency, and security.
The company reported light-duty vehicles make up over 60% of today’s vocational fleets, and many school districts and transit services rely on light-duty vehicles such as passenger vans to transport riders safely and reliably. The LD TCU provides these fleets with a simple plug and play telematics solution for their light duty vehicles, providing the same essential Zonar Ground Traffic Control® reporting as the Zonar V4 telematics device designed for light-duty, heavy-duty and off-highway vehicles.
Data collected by the LD TCU is compressed, encrypted, and transmitted to Zonar data centers over a private VPN. This high-resolution path data allows users to see the location of every one of their vehicles, with an exact record of every action performed, during every trip.
For more information, visit the Zonar LD website.