Bergkamp Inc. has manufactured pavement maintenance equipment since 1980 and has combined two of its innovative technologies to form one of the most productive pavement preservation machines available: the M1E self-propelled continuous slurry seal and micro surfacing paver. Bergkamp equipped the only full-size continuous slurry seal and micro surfacing paver manufactured worldwide with its innovative EMCAD (Electronic Mix Control and Diagnostic) System.
CUTTING OUT THE GUESS-WORK
EMCAD electronically 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. This change reduces 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 that 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 time.
Calibration is simplified with the EMCAD System, so fewer steps are required and manual calculations are eliminated. It displays current and average material ratios, total material used, and material application rates. EMCAD can also 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,” says Rusty Price, general manager for the Utah-based Intermountain Slurry Seal branch and owner of an M1E. “And 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 printout 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 the main-line paving of interstates, including those with strict quality requirements—the M1E applies a new slurry seal or micro surfacing finish that can extend the life of the surface up to 7 years.
Bergkamp also offers a full line of truck-mounted, trailer-mounted, and continuous slurry seal and micro surfacing pavers and equipment, as well as spray injection and all-in-one pothole patching equipment. ■
For More Information: Bergkamp is headquartered in Salina, Kansas, where the manufacturing also takes place, and has sales offices in Waco, Texas, and Arlington, Virginia. The company works with customers throughout North America and the world. To find out more about Bergkamp, email , or visit www.bergkampinc.com.
Modern Contractor Solutions – January 2016
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