STARJET-PLUS Removes More Highway Stripes Per Shift

Wed April 08, 2009 - National Edition
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The STARJET-PLUS, the latest water jet system from NLB Corp., helps contractors remove more pavement marking or runway rubber per shift than ever before. It is the first ultra-high-pressure water jet system with on-board filtration, so users can fill the water tank once and work all day without stopping to refill. This typically saves about two hours of downtime per 8-hour shift, speeding up project completion.

The STARJET-PLUS is a closed-loop system with rotating water jets on a robotic arm that is mounted to the front of a flatbed truck. The 40,000 psi water jets completely remove markings or curing compound as the truck drives along the road, or remove rubber as it drives along the runway. Ultra-high pressure water jetting is faster and more thorough than grinding and does not damage concrete or asphalt, according to the manufacturer.

The STARJET-PLUS system introduces a number of features not previously available:

• proportional controls on the robotic arm for more speed and better control;

• in-cab video (2 cameras in front, 1 in back) to let the driver monitor progress as well as surrounding traffic; and

• three levels of waste and debris handling to suit specific customer needs.

Unlike systems that are completely powered by the truck engine, the components of the STARJET-PLUS system have dedicated horsepower to minimize wear and downtime and increase productivity. Each self-contained system includes a truck, UHP (ultra-high pressure) water jet pump unit, water tank, NLB’s rotating nozzle assembly(ies), integrated vacuum recovery and cabin-mounted controls. NLB can custom-engineer systems to meet specific customer requirements.

NLB Corp. manufactures a full line of water jetting systems and accessories for contractor and industrial uses. These include stripe removal, surface preparation, tank and tube cleaning, concrete hydrodemolition, concrete and pipe cutting, and more.

For more information, call 248/624-5555 or visit www.nlbcorp.com.