Volvo’s 5000B Series 8-Foot Blaw-Knox Asphalt Pavers
BY AsphaltPro Staff
Volvo Construction Equipment, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, debuted two 8-foot pavers new to the North American market at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. The P5110B tracked and P5170B wheeled asphalt pavers are ideal for heavy commercial and light highway jobs. These mid-sized pavers, part of Volvo’s 5000B series, meet the demand of contractors who need something in between Volvo’s existing P4410B and 7000B series models. Here’s how they work.
First, the haul truck delivers mix to the 2-ton capacity hopper. The material glides down the hopper’s rolled wings, which aim to prevent material build up and cut cleaning time. Once material is loaded, four ultrasonic sensors–two at the conveyor and two at the augers–control the head of material in the auger channel.
The optimal height of material in the auger channel is to the center point of the auger shaft. The sonic sensors individually control their conveyor and auger section to maintain the desired height of material. The screed operator has the flexibility of changing the height of the material in the auger channel with controls on the screed panel. Additional override controls are available on the screed operator panels and handheld remote stations.
From there, the material passes under the UltiMat 160 screed, which can pave at widths between 8 and 16 feet, or up to 18 feet with optional bolt-on extensions. Volvo’s quick coupling system aims for optimal versatility, with easy addition or removal of extensions. For wider paving widths, the paver’s 32-inch tunnels can be hydraulically extended to control material flow and assist material delivery to screed extension areas without bolt-on tunnel extensions. In the event that there’s a delay in material delivery, the UltiMat 160’s screed lock feature will hold the screed in place until new material is introduced to avoid marks or bumps in the mat.
The paver is powered by a 173-horsepower Volvo D6 Tier 4 Final engine enabled with adaptive Volvo engine speed technology. This feature automatically varies engine speed based on paver application for optimal fuel efficiency, highest torque and reduced machine noise. For the P5000, the most optimal engine speed setting is at 1500 RPM.
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