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Bergkamp Improves Fleet Utilization Efforts

The exclusive design of the Bergkamp SP Series features a manually-controlled front working boom option that addresses the challenge of idle equipment.

Fri December 27, 2013 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Bergkamp Inc. provides governmental agencies and contractors a cost-effective solution to the challenge of maximizing fleet utilization with its new SP series spray injection pothole patcher product family. Many fleet vehicles used for seasonal purposes sit idle for months at a time, severely impacting fleet utilization rates. Traditional roll-off pothole patchers allow the use of existing under-utilized fleet chassis, but require the agencies to forfeit the benefit of a front-mounted working boom. The exclusive design of the Bergkamp SP Series features a manually-controlled front working boom option that addresses this challenge. Existing conventional or even cab-forward fleet chassis such as snowplow vehicles may be equipped with the removable front working boom and dismountable configuration. This integrated system allows the working boom operator to be positioned in front of the chassis for increased safety. Typical roll-off pothole patchers require the working boom operator to work behind the chassis, subject to approach from oncoming traffic.

The truck-mounted SP5 and SP8 spray injection patchers also are equipped with a dual chamber (60/40) aggregate hopper that allows the distribution of two different gradations of aggregate for more efficient repair of deeper potholes. A version with automatic operations from the cab is available in addition to manual operations from the ground in front of the truck. The trailer-mounted SPT spray injection patcher features manual operations.

The Bergkamp spray injection patchers are the only units on the market compatible with Bergkamp’s optional InPave pothole patching management system. This system was designed as an intelligent management option on the electric-heated FP5 flameless pothole patcher and is now available on the SP Series machines. As potholes are repaired, InPave automatically gathers and reports data such as quantity of potholes repaired, location, time and material used for each repair, and material levels and temperatures. Retrieved from any computer with internet access, the data can then be turned into easy-to-read reports that assist managers and owners in evaluating current and historic production. They also can use this data to verify patching performance and material usages, troubleshoot potential pothole problems and help reduce inefficiencies. There is no software to download, and the InPave data can be downloaded into multiple file types for transfer into a pavement management system.

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