Astec Industries introduce highways-class RP-175 and RP-195 tracked asphalt pavers
ASTEC Industries introduced their newest F-series highway-class tracked asphalt pavers – RP-175 and RP-195 – at last week’s Conexpo show in Las Vegas. Featuring upgraded styling and offering simpler maintenance and an enhanced operator experience, Astec have focused on efficiency, durability and operator comfort, achieved through modern styling, solid castings and innovative reconfigurations.
For example, new lightweight hoods make accessing daily maintenance areas quick and easy, with no need for hydraulics, as Astec paving product manager Keith 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.’
Additionally, the upgraded models feature a new cooling system, which makes the paver run quieter and more efficiently. ‘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,’ said Mr Hagy.
‘Noise reduction is also important. A quieter machine improves communication among the screed person, the operator and the ground crew, which is critical on a work site.’ The new pavers also feature repositioned and redesigned handrails for enhanced safety and comfort.
The overall design of the paver has been transformed and updated to enhance the operator’s experience. Controls have easy-to-use switches, joysticks and touchscreens, each designed to put all the control at the operator’s fingertips. Mr Hagy explained: ‘With our new touchscreen controls you can easily view your daily production data. You also have a much more ergonomic setting with all the key functions at your fingertips.’
The comfort and safety features do not impede the robustness of the new design. The new F-model series has a Stage V engine, meeting the most stringent emission limitation required in the global market. ‘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,’ said Mr Hagy.
The RP-175 and RP-195 have a redesigned track system for improved durability and fewer hydraulic connection points easier maintenance. As with all Astec pavers, both new models are offered with a choice of three of Astec’s industry-leading Carlson screeds.