New infrared asphalt repair system sports never before seen ease of use and maneuverability.
It's hard to believe that with infrared asphalt repair having been around for some 30 years, public utilities and contractors are still using ineffective, costly and time-consuming traditional cut-and-fill asphalt restoration methods.
"A major problem with infrared restoration systems has been the maneuverability and fitting in of large trucks that carry the systems," said Roger Filion, whose company Kasi Infrared produces a state-of-the-art infrared technology unit called the Patriot. "The latest equipment performs asphalt repairs where before they were difficult, and in some cases impossible."
Infrared technology itself is an enormous improvement in asphalt repair. Traditional pavement maintenance leave seams that allow water to penetrate the repair, and the repaired, filled-in portions nearly always fail within a year or so. The infrared technology blends the new asphalt right in with the original by heating an area 6 to 8 inches beyond the perimeter of the pavement repair; the new asphalt is then compacted with the old creating a seamless permanent restoration.
Infrared also slashes costs for pavement maintenance repairs. Where an average 5-foot square repair requires 4 to 5 personnel and at least a day to affect that same pavement repair can be made with infrared using 2 people in about 20 minutes. In addition to substantial labor cost savings, this can make an enormous difference to clients when roadway traffic or business parking is blocked.
Traditional methods of asphalt repair dictate that all of the old asphalt be cleaned out and replaced with all new "virgin" asphalt. Infrared utilizes the old asphalt in the repair, only requiring new material to bring the repair up to grade, and hence saves substantially in material cost. Before compacting, rejuvenator is sprayed on to the repair to replace oils in the old asphalt that have been lost over time, which helps to secure the pavement repair.
Infrared can be used in all types of repairs in which traditional methods were used: alligator cracking, potholes, utility cuts, settling against concrete walks or barriers, and more.
With its compact cab-over design, the Kasi Patriot delivers all equipment and functionality normally only available on larger infrared truck systems. On one chassis is provided a 48-square-foot infrared pavement heater, a 2 or 4-ton capacity asphalt reclaimer, a large tool storage area, a compactor compartment, and a dumping waste bin. Propane tanks are tucked safely under the reclaimer doors. Under 22 feet long, the Patriot offers a superior turning radius that makes it able to fit where previous systems could not.
A very useful option for the Patriot is a timer that alerts the user when asphalt is heated to temperature. This is particularly helpful when asphalt is being heated for the next job while a user is distracted performing the current job--a flashing LED signal alerts the user when the heat is complete, preventing overheating or burning the asphalt. Another cost saving option is a blower motor with no brushes or armatures, meaning fewer parts to wear out and replace.
Today, economical and technologically superior infrared asphalt repair now more possible than ever.