A new US-manufactured advanced chipper spreader is being used by Eurovia Specialist Treatments (EST) on UK roads.
The company has introduced the customised ‘Etnyre Chipper Spreader’ from the United States.
One of only five in the UK, this self-propelled high performance surface dressing chipper unit has the capability to spread aggregate across a carriageway of up to a width of 6.1m – a 30% increase on the maximum width. The Etnyre Chipper Spreader’s on-board advanced computer controls the rate of spread of the chippings so that material usage can be improved. The speed of the surface dressing process can also be varied, improving efficiency on roads where the machine can be fully extended.
According to Eurovia, More minor and rural roads can now be treated in “one pass”, which will minimise the number of joints in the newly applied surface dressing and limiting road traffic closures. Eurovia Specialist Treatments have also worked with ACMAR to develop their surface dressing spray tankers to enable a controlled bitumen emulsion spray application at over 6.2 metres thus the whole surface dressing process can be achieved in “one pass”.
Paul Goosey, divisional director, said: “This continuing investment and development of our specialist treatment fleet keeps us at the forefront of innovation and improved functional life of our processes within the specialist treatments market as we look for new opportunities to continue improving production, delivery and safety.”
In other news, Ringway (which is part of Eurovia) is using new maintenance tipper trucks which have been built in-house. The company has developed a new vehicle body that has resulted in numerous efficiency and safety improvements including; a dedicated access and egress staircase to the working platform, numerous dedicated storage areas, foldable fall protection rails, an easy-to-use sheeting system and a simple-to-use single-boom ‘Penny’ crane.
Ringway Highway service crews across Worcestershire are the first to benefit from the new tipper trucks, with three already in their fleet and a further 22 new DAF tippers on order due to be delivered and rolled out across the Ringway and Ringway Jacobs Highway service contracts by September.
Chris Dixon, Eurovia transport and plant operations manager, said: “This customised body development is really exciting, particularly as the new safety initiatives are protecting our guys in the field and we managed to incorporate so many of the improvements demanded. We are increasingly moving out of 7.5 tonnes due to the license changes and we feel the 12.0 tonnes DAF gives us similar compact dimensions but great payload for our type of highway operations.”