At the heart of any paving operation, your asphalt plant pumps out the blacktop that keeps the road construction crews moving forward. It's an extensive machine made up of many different parts, including the bitumen supply system, storage for the asphalt, a system for both mixing and weighing, and a filler supply system. It also employs a coal burner, drum dryer, a system to supply cold aggregate material, a coal feeder, dust collector, screen for filtering (which vibrates), and a hot aggregate elevator (1). Everything in the plant works together to deliver the perfect asphalt mix for a smooth road surface.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The foremost reason it's essential to be careful while transporting an asphalt plant is its many components. There's a bitumen supply system, storage for the asphalt, two separate systems for mixing and weighing, and a filler supply system.
The entire setup also has extra components like a coal burner, drum dryer, coal feeder, dust collector, screen, cold aggregate supply, and hot aggregate elevator. With this many parts, it needs extra care during transport.
Apart from ensuring the machine's safety in general, they must be loaded efficiently, so there's no money wastage. A hiring company has to be careful during the process to ensure no parts are lost or damaged.
It depends on what unit you own. Some asphalt plants on the market are portable, but the more compact design might mean they weigh more. Generally, all of them can be moved component by component.
They usually won't fall in the oversized category because of the per-axle basis method of calculating loads. This method means that rather than the truck's total weight, the weight the load applies on the center of each axle, an average of 40 inches apart from each other, is considered.
With the right shipping company, it might be possible to arrange the different components to keep the load from becoming oversized. But it usually falls in the category.
This factor depends on what model and sort of asphalt plant you own, but there are a few different types that usually utilize flatbed and lowboy trailers.
The former is a common choice for several types of loads because it's very flexible. A flatbed is entirely plain and has no edges or sides, which lets companies easily arrange wide loads.
On the other hand, the lowboy trailer is the most popular choice for asphalt plants because it has two levels, like a gooseneck and drop-deck trailer. It's suitable for heavy hauls like an asphalt plant because the level is designed to hold 40,000 to 80,000 pounds.
While the significant components of asphalt plants aren't very tall, they're still heavy, and a lowboy trailer gives movers an advantage. The lower base ensures a more stable journey, so there's less chance of an accident.
This factor depends on what sort of asphalt plant you have and what you’re transporting.
For the model, many portable plants can be transported on a single trailer, often using a flatbed type. However, some variants may be heavier and require a lowboy as the more suitable choice.
It also depends on what components you're leaving to the shipping company. Only one trailer will be required if they only transport the significant parts. The shipping company might need more if you also have all the extra features moved.