Technical Sessions to Help Grow Your Business at NPE 2017

Enhance your technical skills in three different fields with these sessions at National Pavement Expo 2017 in Nashville, Feb 1-4

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If you're looking to gain an edge in 2017, maybe adding a new service is the way to do it. These National Pavement Expo sessions are a great start. Whether you want to expand your services or just need a refresher course, check out these three new sessions for NPE 2017, February 1-4 at the Music City Center in Nashville.

Have you thought about adding thermoplastic materials to your striping services? This new material if being proven to last longer than ever and customers are starting to demand it. Learn more about thermoplastic from Kurt Gruenber with RAE Products in this brand new session. 

How Best to Use Thermoplastic and other Paint Alternatives

Session Number: A43

Wednesday, February 01, 2017: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Today contractors and their customers have more marking material options available than ever before, so you need to be able to stripe pavement using materials other than paint. In this new session you’ll focus on thermoplastic material, learning the basics about material, equipment, application and troubleshooting methods, cost and profit, and proper safety procedures. Then you’ll get a solid overview of other marking materials — epoxy, chlorinated rubber, poly urea, methylmethacrylate, and polyester. You’ll learn the advantages, disadvantages, recommended uses, and application tips for this broad variety of pavement marking materials. A great session to bring your company up to date on available pavement marking materials. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the materials you’re seeing in your bids!

Register here for this new session. 


Need a refresher course in sealcoating best practices? Looking to increase your sealcoating profits? Then this session from Nick Howell with T&N Asphalt is for you.

The Other Side of Sealcoating: Tips for Profitability & Productivity

Session Number: B46

Thursday, February 02, 2017: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Applying sealer is only part of sealcoating and in this new seminar a veteran sealcoater will help you improve productivity, profitability and ease of operation by examining sealcoating’s other side -- the things you might think about but probably don’t do… yet. You’ll learn the value of preventive equipment maintenance (including the basics of maintaining your diaphragm pumps), how to troubleshoot common equipment issues in the field, how to “deep clean” your equipment, specialty tools that can increase your sealing production instantly – and more. On the office side, you’ll take home tips to streamline your operation and you’ll learn how “paper contracting” – working as a subcontractor – can be some of the most profitable work on your books. If you’ve only been in the sealcoating business for a few years this session is for you – but even sealcoating veterans will learn a thing or two!

Sign up for this session here.


Interested in Infrared? Be sure to attend a brand new panel with experts from leading industry manufacturers. 

Troubleshooting Infrared: Solutions to Infrared Repair Challenges

Session Number: C24

Friday, February 03, 2017: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Using infrared equipment to provide a broad variety of pavement repairs has become an essential service of many pavement maintenance contractors and of increasing interest as a repair option for property managers. In this session the people who know the equipment and process best – the equipment manufacturers themselves – will help you get the most out of your unit, both from a quality standpoint and from a production standpoint. You’ll learn proper luting and compaction of an infrared repair, how to prevent raveling and what to do should raveling occur, how to evaluate and select the site where infrared repair can be most effective, why and how to properly use rejuvenators – and more! Then you’ll have a chance to ask your own questions during an extended Q & A segment. For infrared owners and for anyone interested in adding infrared to their pavement maintenance services.
Panelists include Cliff Cameron, Owner, KM International; Wes Van Velsor, Owner, Ray Tech Infrared Corporation; & Matt Kieswetter, Owner, Heat Design Equipment, Inc.