“It’s like having a crystal ball. It allows you to see what’s going to happen before it happens,” he continues. “By the time you get feedback from the lab that there’s a problem, it’s too late. By that time, you’ve produced thousands of tons, it’s too late to fix the mistake and now you’ve wasted time, mix and money.
“A consistent mix at a consistent temperature equals paving success,” he concludes. “And all that starts at the plant. In today’s world, close is not good enough. Automation helps you stay on top of the quality issue from the beginning.”