Infrared pavement repair equipment is fast becoming a mainstay of many pavement maintenance fleets, largely because of the versatility of the equipment and the wide range of repairs and maintenance it enables the contractor to offer. And as infrared has become more accepted by contractors and end users as a way to maintain and preserve pavement, manufacturers have developed greater variety and more options for the contractor. The following is a sampling of infrared equipment available to contractors today. Most of these manufacturers produce a variety of models and options and you can learn more about each company’s range of offerings and options by visiting their websites.
P1000-2 Infrared Asphalt Patcher Truck
Heat Design Equipment
Heat Design Equipment's line of infrared repair equipment, which includes joint match heaters, infrared asphalt truck attachments, and mini infrared asphalt patchers, also offers four models of patcher trucks designed for high-production infrared repair. The Patcher Truck Model P1000-2, for example, features ten 75,000 BTU high-intensity infrared heaters with a ceramic fiber heater surface that have an initial heat over 22,000 BTU/SF for quick temperature elevation. The individual heaters measure 3 feet x 18 inches and when combined can heat an area 8 feet x 6 ½ feet, and its heaters can be individually lit to provide various heating patterns. The heater features a quick release so it can easily be removed from the truck, and a heating unit can be changed out in less than one hour. Operating on liquid propane, the unit consumes 1 pound of propane per square foot of heater and is equipped with four tanks that provide enough fuel to operate the heater deck and reclaimer for two days. The P1000-2 has pivot points that have easy access grease fittings and a heater frame that can be adjusted up to 12 inches.
Kasi Infrared manufactures a variety of infrared units and the leader of the fleet is the Patriot, a truck-mounted, self-contained infrared restoration system mounted on a single chassis and available in 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-ton-capacity reclaimer models. The 48-square-foot heater consists of eight 6-foot-long, high-efficiency stainless steel UltraGlow infrared converters. These built-in converters generate the infrared radiation used to heat the pavement. Normal heating time is 5-7 minutes to a depth of up to 3 inches without damaging the asphalt. The 8-foot x 6-foot heating area can be divided into two 4-foot x 6-foot sections if need be. The Patriot's asphalt reclaimer keeps mix at plant temperatures up to 48 hours regardless of weather conditions. Other available Kasi units include the 2- and 4-ton Minuteman; IR-480; IR-360T; IR-300; IR-120; IR-120SH; and 2-,4-,6- and 8-ton reclaimers.
Total Maintenance Vehicle
Ray-Tech Infrared Corporation
Ray-Tech Infrared Corp. offers contractors a variety of infrared equipment including asphalt reclaimer and storage units, asphalt pavement heaters, asphalt combination units, an asphalt joint heater and an aggregate/RAP pre-heater. One unit, the Total Maintenance Vehicle, has everything a crew could need mounted on one truck chassis. Designed for making complete, permanent asphalt pavement repairs the TMV is available with a 2-, 4- or 6-ton reclaimer. The unit operates with 100% propane gas drawn from two 100-gallon cylinders and uses four 22,000 BTU infrared-type converters. This 4,250-pound unit reclaims cold material within 16 hours. The TMV also includes a rear-mounted 8 foot x 6 foot pavement heater with dual systems that operate individually and can fire in any position from vertical to horizontal. Its 34-inch x 54-inch x 15-inch side dump waste bin is activated by the 24-volt pivot winch, and the dump bin swings to the opposite side of the truck to load the compactor into the compartment opposite the waste bin. Other available units by Ray-Tech include the Tech 20, Tech 36, Tech 48, Tech 78, Tech 108, Mini Tech and the Mini Combo.