Manufacturers of asphalts such as Marathon, Citgo, Valero, and Calumet are enthused about the new polymer composite invention that will allow the use of the recycled elastomeric polymer to be used in roads and roofs which may lead to near perpetual roads and roofs, sooner than anticipated due to the endless supply of scrap tires in landfills, performance of the polymers, and economics of the process.
The first polymer blending facility will be placed in South Mississippi and is expected to asphalt react up to 80,000 pounds of polymer composite daily and is targeted to be online the first quarter of 2006. Other tentative polymer blending sites scheduled for 2006 are Tampa, FL, Corpus Christi, TX, and Greensboro, NC, where Blacklidge already has existing or planned plants that modify asphalt base products.
Broadcast News Corp. with Terry Bradshaw will feature the company later this year to further explain the P2GTR Polymer and two other BEI-Ecostar collaborative inventions, a PAH free asphalt seal coat for parking lots that last up to five times longer than conventional coal tar sealers and a trackless tack that eliminates the tracking of black asphalt liquid when asphalt paving is being applied.
Sakai Launches Software
SmartEquip System gives advanced dealer support
Sakai America Inc. has launched the SmartEquip's Parts & Service Manager to help their dealers with SmartEquip's web-based parts ordering and product support system.
Parts & Service Manager — powered by SmartEquip — provides a single platform for manufacturer service documentation and electronic commerce transactions, delivering continually updated product information to users, including intelligent parts diagrams, parts pricing, equipment diagnostics, service manuals and equipment specifications.
Parts & Service Manager contains a secure pipeline for streamlined order placement, providing real-time on-line parts availability and accurately transmitting the order data directly from the customer to Sakai's ordering system.
"The Parts & Service Manager application extends Sakai's ability to support their dealers and customers accurately and efficiently," says Alex Schuessler, SmartEquip's president and chief executive officer. "Users are presented with a single process for product support, parts selection and parts ordering. That ease-of-use provides tremendous time savings and accuracy improvements and is critical in streamlining the maintenance process and increasing equipment uptime."
New Leasing Options for Rheometers
Malvern Bohlin offers turnkey leasing packages
A series of comprehensive turnkey leasing packages now offers a range of options for users of Malvern Bohlin asphalt rheometers. Recognized as the industry standard for SHRP and AASHTO asphalt testing, these rheometers are in widespread use for binder assay. Malvern's leasing scheme allows full financing and flexible terms to suit every user's individual needs.
Three packages are available within the scheme: the DSR-II TruGrade Testing System for AASHTO and ASTM analysis; the CVO-100-ADS TruGrade Testing System; and the Gemini-ADS TruGrade Research Asphalt Characterization System. All come as complete turnkey systems, with on-site installation, operational training and full warranty included.
For more information, contact Malvern Instruments Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.