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Wirtgen develops new slipform paver for North American market


February 4, 2022
By Rock to Road Staff

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Wirtgen slipform paverThe new Wirtgen SP 102i inset slipform paver is an economical solution for a broad spectrum of concrete paving tasks. (Photo: Wirtgen)

Wirtgen has developed the new SP 102i inset slipform paver to cater to the specific needs of North America construction companies.

With paving widths from 4.8 metres to 12.2 metres, the two-tracked slipform paver can handle typical concrete paving applications such as the construction and rehabilitation of roads, the expansion of airport infrastructure and paving in industrial and residential areas.

The SP 102i is the only two-tracked slipform paver capable of covering the entire spectrum of typical concrete paving jobs, according to Wirtgen.

Thanks to its fully modular construction concept, the machine can be quickly adapted to meet the requirements of different construction sites by adding or removing the required modules. As well, the designed concept ensures that all components can remain mounted on the machine during transport. This means that the inset slipform paver takes less time to setup prior to commencing work.

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Fuel-saving slipform Tech

Efficient engine management contributes to the economical operation of the machine. When the user selects Eco Mode, the power management system automatically adjusts the engine speed based on horsepower required, and in turn, reduces fuel consumption. As well, ECO mode ensures the US EPA Tier 4 Final 310 hp diesel engine runs at optimal speed, allowing the SP 102i to offer outstanding fuel-economy and lower exhaust gas and noise emissions.

During the paving process, the SP 102i slipform paver draws on consistently proven Wirtgen technology. For example, the oscillating super smoother ensures high surface quality of the up to 45-cm thick concrete layers. These can have crown profiles with a cross slope of up to 3 per cent. As an additional option, two side dowel bar inserters place anchors into the fresh concrete to prevent adjacent lanes drifting apart.

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The machine is also equipped with hydraulic vibrators to assure high-quality compaction. They evenly compact the concrete and ensure a homogeneous structure, producing high paving quality. In addition to the 18 factory-fitted hydraulic connections for vibrators, and as an additional option, the inset slipform paver can also be equipped for the connection of 24 or 30 hydraulic vibrators for greater working widths.

3D interface

To satisfy stringent demands regarding profile precision on roads and paved areas, the SP 102i is fitted with a 3D interface. This can be used in combination with a 3D system and total stations from various providers for the precise paving results based on pre-determined planning data. In many cases, this makes paving more precise and economical than with the conventional levelling and steering method or stringline paving.

With WITOS FleetView, the SP 102i also provides remote support for machine fleet managers. This telematics solution from the Wirtgen Group makes fleet management easier and increases machine availability by timely identification, planning and execution of required maintenance and servicing. At the same time, WITOS FleetView enables access not only to positioning and machine data, but also to all status information such as, for example, the current fuel level.

Operator comfort

The ergonomically designed operator’s platform provides an ideal overview of the entire construction site, and a hydraulically height-adjustable canopy protects the operator against sun and rain.

The user interface of the SP 102i features state-of-the-art control panels with language-independent graphic labeling of all control elements. These are identical on all Wirtgen slipform pavers, which reduces the need for training and familiarization of operators working for the first time with the various models. At the same time, the ergonomic layout of the control elements reduces the operator’s workload and promotes higher productivity.