Electric screed heater and ergonomic working
The advantageous new features are backed by established VÖGELE technologies that are well proven all around the world, including the electric screed heater. It quickly brings the screed plates and all parts coming into contact with the material up to temperature. Its key benefit is uniform heating across the entire screed plate - a crucial factor in achieving high paving quality.
With their compact, clear design and great ease of use, the VF screeds are also closely tailored to users' needs. The highly intuitive ErgoPlus 3 operating concept - comprising an ergonomic paver operator's platform with one operator console and two screed control consoles - provides a clear layout of all functions and symbols. It enables the operator to set, monitor and change all relevant paving parameters, including for the Niveltronic Plus system for automated grade and slope control. The screed width can be conveniently adjusted with the SmartWheel - either slowly for precision control, such as along a curb edge, or rapidly, for driveways and at junctions. In addition to the screed control consoles, VÖGELE provide users with two remote control units featuring practical magnetic fixings, so they can operate the key screed functions from the best location at all times.
Practical test: High precision across the entire pave width
But what do the upgraded features and functions of the new VÖGELE front-mounted extending screeds bring to the job? A job site in Holmes County, Mississippi, demonstrates: Contractor APAC-Mississippi, Inc. opted for the new VF 600 along with its purchase of the VÖGELE SUPER 2003-3i. Its first deployment was on a ten-mile stretch of US highway 51. Between Pickens and Durant, the APAC team laid a surface course of 9.5 MM Superpave with a working width of 12 ft and a thickness of 1.5 in. The VÖGELE wheeled paver, together with the VF 600, performed superbly right from the get-go, and also made job site operations much more efficient.