On the thermoplastic side, MRL Equipment Co. offers the Model 250 push handliner, with a manually operated agitator, manual or thermostatically controlled LP burner assembly with radiant LP heat system for extrusion dies, and a wide range of dies from 4 to 12 in. Supporting the push handliner (which is available in a model that also installs raised pavement markers), is MRL's pre-melting kettle, which Steve Shinners, vice president, sales and marketing, says are currently attracting a lot of interest. Available in 500-, 1000-, 1500-, 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-lb. capacities, the kettles are available in single or double skid-mounted units as well as trailer- or truck-mounted models. For high-production long-line marking MRL offers its Model 4 truck-mounted units which are custom-built to contractor specifications but are available in pump or pressure tank systems, to apply spray, screed, ribbon, and profile markings.
M-B Companies' Apollo Handliner Series of thermoplastic stripers features the Apollo II and Apollo III. Apollo thermoplastic handliners have been on the market for over 25 years, says Bryan Peters of M-B Companies. The Apollo handliners allow for one-person transport and applications and include thermostat-controlled burners to keep the material hot and workable. The metered glass bead applicator deposits beads at a constant 10 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. rate. All dies are equipped with replaceable, tungsten-carbide runners and are available in widths of 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12 in. with mil thicknesses of .060, .090, and .125 mils.
The Apollo II can melt and apply over 700 sq. ft. in a work day. The Apollo III features the PlusOne Speedmelter and can melt and apply over 1,500 sq. ft. in a work day. The PlusOne Speedmelter allows for melting of material without the use of a separate melting kettle. It can also be added to the Apollo II. Another option for the M-B Apollo Series is a double drop bead system which is a two box system with a high-capacity, grooved beader bar to distribute larger beads from the front beader box.
Note: Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction inadvertently misidentified the M-B photo in the March/April issue. The photo that appears in the article is actually Advanced Striping Equipment's Thermo Mark II Handliner. The correct photo has been updated online, and a NPE Striping Correction can also be found on our website.