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Pavemac turn up the heat at Plantworx

Sumitomo HA60W asphalt paver

Sumitomo HA60W asphalt paver and Roadtec SB2500e shuttle buggy introduced to UK market

SPECIALIST paver suppliers Pavemac used last week’s Plantworx exhibition to introduce the new Sumitomo HA60W asphalt paver and Roadtec SB2500e shuttle buggy to the UK and Eire road surfacing market.

Fulfilling the need for a 6m screed machine, the Sumitomo HA60W paver is the first available in the UK and Eire market and complements sole supplier Pavemac’s already extensive range of Ammann asphalt pavers.

As well as its unique 6m width screed (without the need for extension boxes), the Japanese-manufactured machine is said to boast all the latest paver technology, including hydraulic adjustment of the screed and mould board, a 13-tonne capacity bucket-style hopper, and front-wheel traction control with brake steering.

Meanwhile, the US-built Roadtec SB2500e shuttle buggy is a large material-transfer and remixing vehicle which allows asphalt to be laid at a constant rate without the need to stop and refill the hopper on the paver.

By holding and circulating the hot asphalt within its body, the material is kept at a constant temperature allowing it to be laid even if it has formed a crust before delivery. This cost-effective process ensures that no time or asphalt loads are wasted, and that material of an even temperature is laid behind the paver.

Major contractors have identified that a large proportion of mat failures are due to the laying of material of uneven temperature – normally due to the cold spots the form at the front and rear of the asphalt delivery lorry. It is the material from these areas is often the first to fail on the carriageway.

The Roadtec 2500e is said to eliminate this problem by ensuring a completely even temperature throughout the asphalt layer.

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