Roads & Bridges
New M1E continuous paver from Bergkamp
By Rock to Road
By Rock to Road
July 19, 2013, Salina,
Kansas – Bergkamp Inc.'s new M1E self-propelled continuous slurry seal and
micro surfacing paver is equipped with the Electronic Mix Control and
Diagnostic System that controls production and sends constant
feedback to the operator.
All major component
clutches, chains and sprockets on the standard M1 have been replaced with
direct-drive hydraulics to work with the EMCAD System, reducing the number of
wear parts and maintenance points on the machine.
The system ties material
ratios of aggregate, asphalt emulsion, water, additive and fines together with
an electronic signal and automatically maintains the ratios with feedback
loops. In addition, it electronically self-diagnoses control system or engine
problems and displays a simple error code, reducing troubleshooting and repair
with the EMCAD System, so fewer steps are required and manual calculations are
eliminated. Photo by Bergkamp.
the system displays current and average material ratios, total material
used and material application rates-and can produce on-demand reports to track
production for individual sections of the job, or the entire job, via an
onboard printer. Operators and owners can evaluate these printouts and make
necessary adjustments immediately to more efficiently run the machine and
calculate the bottom line.
"This machine has cut our
calibration time in half," said Rusty Price, general manager for Intermountain
Slurry Seal branch. "With this technology's computerized monitoring system, we
know the percentage of each mix ingredient that goes onto the roadway at all
times. At any time during or after the job, we can request a print out of the
system to determine whether the crew is meeting the required specifications."
The M1E reduces the number
of construction joints on the job by receiving a constant supply of material
while the machine is working. Ideal for all jobs – from residential streets to
main line paving of interstates, including those with strict quality
requirements – it applies a new slurry seal or micro surfacing finish that can
extend the life of the surface up to seven years.
For more information visit, bergkampinc.com.