Trimble announced at CONEXPO 2011 that its 3D Compaction Control System is now available for asphalt compactors - extending the range of Trimble paving solutions to cover milling, asphalt paving, finished compaction and project sign-off. Start to finish paving and road re-surfacing solutions from Trimble allows contractors to work more efficiently, use less material and achieve a smoother finished road surface.
Asphalt compaction operations strive to achieve the optimal compaction density as efficiently as possible. However, until now asphalt compaction operations involved considerable human interaction to determine the right timing and number of pass counts to achieve ideal mat density.
The Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System eliminates much of the guesswork involved in asphalt paving operations and helps achieve a more consistently compacted surface to target design density. The system provides visual indications for the operator to roll a more efficient pattern, which can lead to increased productivity and fuel savings.
To achieve the mat density required by road authorities, the CCS900 system provides:
- Real-time temperature maps for the operator to find the optimal window for compaction,
- Pass count maps to avoid over or under compaction,
- Documentation indicating consistent compaction effort across the entire project, and
- Verifiable as-built information transferred via two-way data sync for documentation and timely payment.
The Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System can use two optional IS310 Infrared Sensors, mounted over the front and rear rollers to measure the temperature of the mat at the time of compaction. Temperature readings are relayed and graphically represented on the in-cab control box, indicating which areas should be compacted immediately.
Operators can also see the number of passes over a certain area and monitor where they have not overlapped properly or left gaps between passes.
The entry-level pass count system can be deployed across the multiple asphalt compactors in a paving contractor’s fleet. Various upgrades such as temperature mapping, higher accuracy mapping, compaction value mapping and a larger display screen are also available.
The Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System for asphalt compactors is available now through Trimble’s worldwide SITECH Technology Dealer Channel and the Heavy and Highway Construction Distribution Channel, with the exception of the IS310 Infrared Sensor, which is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2011.