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DISTRIBUTOR TRUCKS

CALIBRATING TODAY'S COMPUTERIZED


DISTRIBUTOR TRUCKS
CALIBRATING YOUR
DISTRIBUTOR TRUCK
 What do we mean when we say
calibrating your distributor?
 Why should you check your
distributors calibration?
 How do yyou check yyour distributor
calibration?
 What component are involved in
calibrating your distributor truck?
WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY
CALIBRATING YOUR DISTRIBUTOR?

 It means to accurately adjust the


components to achieve the preset shot rate
set in the computer as the material is
applied to the ground
On a job in Illinois
Chipspreading job in Arizona
WHY SHOULD YOU CHECK YOUR
DISTRIBUTORS CALIBRATION?

 To make sure the computer rate


matches what’s g going
g on the g
ground
 To avoid bleeding or flooding of
material
 To make sure there is enough
material to retain the chip
 To avoid increased cost of material
d to over application
do li i
OVER APPLICATION CAUSING
BLEEDING IN TIRE PATH
UNDER APPLICATION CAUSING
LOSS OF AGGREGATE
UNDER APPLICATION RATE
INCREASED COSTS
 At a 16 foot bar width and an overshot rate of .03
above your required shot rate you would use an
additional 240 gallons per linear mile. At a cost of
approximately
pp y $ 1.50 p
per g
gallon yyou are looking
g at
a loss of $ 405.00 per linear mile.
THE SHOT RATE IS DETERMINED BY
THE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL APPLIED
IN ONE SQUARE YARD
All distributors today have an in cab control
panel with a display
p p y screen that shows the
application rate, the truck speed and gallons
per minute being
p g shot
Computer
p Control System
y
Before Computers
p
Manually Calculating Shot
Rate
Bar Width X Job Length divided by 9
Equals
q the Sq.
q Yds. Covered

Material Used divided by Sq.


Sq Yds
Yds. Covered
Equals Application Rate
“BLACK--TOPPER COMPUTATOR”
“BLACK
 Used to determine the gallon per minute discharge
rate for a stated application rate and distributor
speed. It also shows the gallons of binder required
for a particular application.
WHAT ARE WAYS TO CHECK
YOUR DISTRIBUTOR
CALIBRATION?
Before checking your volume by
sticking
ti ki ththe ttank
k , make
k sure
Distributor is level
BASIC SYSTEM
What Components ?
Components that effect your shot
rate
PUMP AND RADAR
RADAR ADJUSTMENT
CONTROL VALVE TIMING
STRAINER
Calibrating your equipment
other components to consider

 Spray bar height

 Nozzle
N l angle
l

 Nozzle
N l size
i
NOZZLES
It takes a combination of accurately set
components t to
t produce
d a correctt shot
h t rate
t
Four key elements that need to be
considered
 Desired Application Rate – Gal per Yd

 Forward Ground Speed - FPM

 Asphalt Pump Output - GPM

 Spray Bar Width - Feet


THINGS TO REMEMBER
 NOZZLE SIZE
 4-WAY VALVE TIMING
 RADAR
 STRAINER
 HYDRAULICS
 PUMP SENSOR
1 NOZZLE PER FOOT
SEE YA
YA- ALL LATER