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This profile was last updated on 9/9/00  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Cedarapids Contacts Directory
www.cedarapids.com, 9 Sept 2000 [cached]
Michael KvachPaver Sales Mgr
319-399-4752
319-431-0391
Asphalt Contractor - Pavers Are Paving the Way to a Smoother, Cleaner, More High-Tech Future
www.asphalt.com [cached]
Segregation seems to stand out as one of the paver's greatest challenges. For Cedarapids Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, segregation has become their biggest concern. According to the company's national sales manager of hot mix pavers, Mike Kvach, Cedarapids has taken several steps toward overcoming this challenge. "The industry has developed new asphalt road designs using modified blends and gap-graded mixes to make our roads more durable, stronger and longer lasting.
Asphalt Contractor - Pavers face a new millennium of change, revolution
www.asphalt.com, 14 Aug 2000 [cached]
• Tighter specs - According to Mike Kvach, national sales manager of hot mix pavers for Cedarapids Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, stricter specs stem from the state DOTs.States test more for segregation and temperature differential now, says Kvach.But engineers need to spec end results, not method, when putting together project designs.When you consider what best suits the needs (to build a good pavement), it allows us (as manufacturers) to be more creative to come up with the equipment to solve the issues. In other words, Kvach believes that tighter specs - specs that restrict how the pavement gets placed - limit the contractor's ability to creatively solve any placement problems and the manufacturer's ability to help him or her.
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Heitschmidt agrees with Kvach that agencies need to shoot for end-result specs, which will allow manufacturers to tailor their machines to produce those end results.
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DOTs and contractors are constantly looking at ways to eliminate material and aggregate segregation and temperature differential in the mat - this is our greatest challenge, says Kvach.To find out how the segregation challenge can be overcome, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) hosted a paving rodeo last fall in El Paso, Texas, to address segregation by evaluating available methods of feeding the paver.Paving equipment manufacturers, such as Roadtec/Astec, Caterpillar/Barber-Greene, Cedarapids and Blaw-Knox/Ingersoll-Rand, were invited to demonstrate the effectiveness of their material transfer devices (MTDs).The reason for the rodeo was that we (TxDOT) and many other states are trying to find ways to deal with segregation problems, says Maghsoud Tahmoressi, P.E., state bituminous engineer for TxDOT.We want to be able to tell contractors how we are going to quantify segregation and how they can keep segregation to a minimum..
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Kvach adds that automation is becoming more efficient, accurate and advanced, especially when it comes to sonics.Contractors need to gain more knowledge and training when it comes to automation because that will help them feel more comfortable using it, he says.Barre Banks, executive vice president of Midland Machinery Co.Inc., Tonawanda, N.Y., feels that training can bridge the gap between the introduction of new technology and its application out in the field.The crews really have to be highly trained and able to handle the sophisticated hardware to give them the end results everybody is trying to get, says Banks.The role of training is key.We found that we were shipping machines off to people who really do not know what they were buying.So our training has been constant.Sometimes there just be not enough qualified people to jump on the machines and make them do their best.
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