Wirtgen launches new paving equipment
By Catrin Jones18 January 2022
Wirtgen has premiered a complete concrete paving train at the World of Concrete show including the new WPS 102i placer/spreader, an SP 94i slipform paver, and a TCM 180i texture curing machine.
The show will also see the presentation of an innovative system that is reported to make construction sites more efficient through the ability to flexibly and rapidly change working widths when paving with the TeleMold.
The new WPS 102i is Wirtgen’s latest addition to its range of two-track placer/spreaders. They travel over the pre-placed steel rebar ahead of the slipform paver and the texture curing machine. A truck then feeds the concrete from the side, and the placer/spreader then evenly distributes it across the entire working width.
The concrete can be placed for working widths from 12 to 40 feet (4m to 12m) at thicknesses of up to 20 inches (500 mm) and can be precisely controlled by stringline scanning, stringless 3D applications, or Autopilot 2.0 from Wirtgen.
The SP 94i is a fully modular, 32 feet (10m) class inset slip form paver with an enormous variety of applications says Wirtgen. It can be used for the construction of wide roads and highways, airport aprons, taxiways, and runways.
The World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, US, (18-20 January) will be the first event at which the 4-track paver can be seen fitted with TeleMold – which enables fast and flexible alteration of the working width by up to 3 feet (1m) on each side, resulting in an overall increase of 6 feet (2m). The TeleMold is also equipped with a quick-change system for the metering gate and vibrator mountings.
The SP 15i will showcase two new features – including a retractable extension for the operator’s platform. This allows operators a better overview of the paving results, the concrete feeding system, the transfer hopper, and the inside of the compaction chamber of the mould.
Another new addition is the ‘Curb Depressor Mold’, fitted with a hydraulically adjustable inset integrated into the mould. This is used for the construction of lowered curb profiles, such as driveway access, which significantly reduces the need for manual reworking.