A paver machine is a heavy-duty construction equipment that applies asphalt or concrete on roads, parking lots, and bridges. Its primary function is evenly distributing and compacting the material, producing a smooth and resilient finished surface.
What are the paver machine components?
A road paver machine comprises essential components, including a hopper where the asphalt or concrete mix is initially loaded. A conveyor system then transports the material from the hopper to either an auger or a screed. The auger or screed is responsible for spreading and leveling the material to achieve the desired thickness and width, with the choice between the two dependent on the specific construction project and material requirements.
Mounted on either tracks or wheels, the concrete paver machine can move along the construction site. Tracked pavers, in particular, are common for enhanced stability and traction. The machine has a control system that empowers the operator to adjust and monitor various parameters, such as material flow, thickness, and pavement width.
Uses of paver machines
Paver laying machines are integral in constructing roads and paved surfaces, ensuring a uniform and efficient application of asphalt or concrete. They are critical in creating durable, well-engineered roadways that meet safety and engineering standards. These machines come in various types, each tailored to specific applications, such as the large ones used in highway construction and airport runways. In contrast, small paver machines are used in urban road maintenance, laying patios, urban area sidewalk construction, pathways, or parking lot floor construction. This machine's capability is essential for creating robust road networks accommodating high-speed and heavy traffic conditions.
What is the difference between an asphalt and bitumen paver machine?
In construction, "asphalt" and "bitumen" are often used interchangeably but refer to different materials. An asphalt paver machine is a piece of heavy equipment specifically designed for the application of asphalt. Asphalt is a mixture of aggregates, binder, commonly bitumen, and filler, forming a hot and dense material laid on surfaces to create roads, driveways, and other paved areas.
On the other hand, a bitumen paver machine can be grouped as an asphalt laying machine as it's a component of asphalt. Bitumen is a thick, black, and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid form of petroleum. When combined with aggregates and other materials, it forms asphalt. The primary function of these machines, whether labeled as asphalt or bitumen pavers, is to distribute and compact the hot mix onto the paved surface.