Concrete Paving Technology

Infinite variety of cost-effective concrete paving applications

For extremely hard-wearing highways or runways and the production of monolithic concrete profiles, we offer sophisticated processes that make construction easier for you. Leverage our wide range of machines for maximum precision in concrete paving.

Discover the operating principle and technical components of concrete paving. Become familiar with the inset and offset methods and learn more about our standard and special applications.

How the offset paving method works

In offset applications, a concrete mixer transfers the concrete to the receiving hopper. The material is transported into the slipform via a swivel-mounted conveyor belt or a swivel-mounted auger conveyor. Depending on the machine model, the conveyor belt is available in various lengths and in a folding version. Different versions of the auger conveyor are also available. Whether conveyor belt or auger – all of the settings such as conveyor speed, inclination angle, or position can be adjusted at the touch of a button. An additional transverse auger conveyor offers many benefits. For example, the concrete mixer can travel in front of the slipform paver and not need to be off to the side, thereby eliminating the need to close another lane. Despite the fact that a larger quantity of concrete is required as a buffer, the transverse auger conveyor is still an ideal solution – like in tight bends where the concrete mixer is unable to permanently supply the machine with concrete, for example.

Highly flexible offset mold system
High-quality machine management system
Steering and drive system in line with field requirements
Efficient diesel engine control
Autopilot - efficient, stringless machine control system
Future-proof 3D interface
Premium-class cross slope control
Intelligent transport concept
Ease of operation
Modular adaptability
How the inset paving method works

In inset application, the concrete is either deposited right in front of the slipform paver or is fed in front of the machine from the side via a belt conveyor or side feeder. In the next step, the concrete is distributed evenly across the full paving width by a spreading auger or spreading plow. Built-in electrical or hydraulic vibrators ensure homogeneous compaction of the concrete. The inset mold forms the concrete surface to the specified thickness and width while the slipform paver travels forward. In addition, a dowel bar inserter can be added which inserts the dowel bars into the concrete as specified parallel to the paver’s direction of travel. Central tie bars or side tie bars can be inserted perpendicular to the road surface. The oscillating beam scrapes the surface across the roadway. The “grinding movement” produces a small concrete roll in front of the beam which enhances the high quality of the concrete surface. Afterwards, a super smoother can smooth the concrete surface.

Heavy-duty machine design
Fully modular machine layout
Intelligent transport concept
Exceptional flexibility in concrete paving
Proven slab paving mould
Machine-integrated insertion of steel reinforcement
Alternative compaction technology
Efficient engine management
State-of-the-art engine technology
Perfection in ergonomic design and handling
High-precision steering and drive systems
Machine control systems with advanced intelligence
Field-proven 3D interface
How texture curing machines work
Highlights in operation
Highlights in driving and levelling
Highlights in concrete curing
Highlights in performance and productivity
How the placer/spreaders work

The WPS 62(i) placer speader is normally used in combination with a slipform paver and a texture curing machine. While trucks and semitrailers successively dump concrete into the conveyor belt unit’s large receiving hopper, the conveyor belt guides the conveyed material to the center of the road. The WPS 62(i) placer speader uses a spreading auger to spread the laid concrete and paves it uncompacted with a narrower width and greater thickness than the following slipform paver. Finally, the paver paves the pre-poured concrete in the required width and thickness together with the pre-laid reinforcement. To complete the process, the texture curing machine produces a defined surface structure and sprays evaporation protection onto the fresh concrete road surface.

Intelligent machine concept
High-performance concrete feeding system
Heavy-duty concrete unit
Simple conversion and transport
History of WIRTGEN’s Slipform Pavers

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Hands-On Guide to Concrete Paving with Slipform Pavers

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