Vögele has unveiled its new Dash 5-generation of road pavers – comprising the Super 1900-5(i) and Super 2100-5(i) models – as well as its new AB 500 and AB 600 extending screeds. The Super 1900-5(i) manages pave widths between 2.55 m and 11.5 m, and the Super 2100-5(i) up to 14 m.
The ErgoPlus operating concept from Vögele has been further optimised, with its touchscreen and smartphone shelf, delivering greater convenience for digital road construction. The new Paver Access Control (PAC) function enables Dash 5-generation pavers to be equipped for work on the job site more quickly, more conveniently and more safely. The control unit positioned on the screed allows all the initial steps – such as switching on lights, starting the diesel engine, booting up the machine control system, putting up the hardtop and locking it in position, as well as lowering the screed – to be performed safely and conveniently from ground level.
The combination of PAC and Light Package Plus offers additional convenience and safety. The integrated lighting provides even illumination of the whole working area. As the lighting is permanently integrated in the hardtop design, it is not necessary to transport separate lights to the job site and fit them there.
The automation of processes has been intensified in the Super 1900-5(i) and Super 2100-5(i) pavers using assistance and control systems. Process automation not only prevents paving errors, but also increases efficiency and paving quality. Examples of this are the AutoSet Plus, already tried and tested in the market, as well as two new Niveltronic Plus functions, Assist and Edge Control.
The AutoSet Plus of the Dash 5 generation simplifies handling even further and new functions have been added. The Niveltronic Plus Assist helps the operator pave the road accurately in predefined cross-sectional profiles. Paving parameters can be entered on the display and the progress of construction monitored accordingly.
The Edge Control now also makes it possible to control screed width, and to steer along a tensioned wire. The physical reference is detected with the aid of a sonic sensor for this purpose. Measurement of screed width in the hydraulic cylinders delivers a precise position signal for what in future will be fully automatic screed width control on the basis of 3D data.
In addition, the new material handling control prevents load peaks and facilitates an optimum head of mix in front of the screed throughout the entire paving process. The Power Tunnel available as an option demonstrates its strengths primarily in paving jobs involving the extending screed without bolt-on extensions. The hydraulically extending limiting plates for the auger tunnel ensure an optimum level of material in front of the screed, even with hydraulic extensions fully extended. Retraction and extension of the Power Tunnel can be controlled together with screed width adjustment.
Both pavers are powered by a liquid-cooled six-cylinder diesel engine from John Deere. The Super 1900-5(i) has an output of 149 kW at 2,000 rpm, whereas the Super 2100-5(i) delivers 187 kW at 2,000 rpm. The Eco mode reduces costs and facilitates low-noise operation.
The new Dash 5 pavers are also equipped with a further optimised Vögele EcoPlus low-emissions package. The functions of the Dash 3 generation – including the splitter gearbox, the energy-optimised tamper drive and the controlled hydraulic oil temperature circuit – can still be found in the Dash 5 machines. Overhauling the speed-controlled fan, additional noise insulation measures and optimised material handling have made the new machines much more efficient, powerful and quiet – all with increased performance.
What’s more, the new AB 500 and AB 600 extending screeds of the Dash 5 pavers feature simplified handling on the job site, thus reducing setup times. More powerful heating rods lead to quicker screed heating. The Dual Power Shift function, hydraulic tamper stroke adjustment, ensures even greater time savings and process optimisation. This technology is already proven in the SB 300 and SB 350 fixed-width screeds of the Dash 3 generation. There is now no need at all for mechanical adjustment of tamper stroke, enabling operators to set the ideal tamper stroke for the paving task in question simply at the touch of a button.