How To Optimize Asphalt Plant Downtime
The few short months of wear and tear that is the precious paving season can be hard on your asphalt plant. Unexpected downtime during the paving season is costly not only to your plant operations, but often times for your customers as well. With the paving season drawing to a close in some areas, many companies’ thoughts should be turning toward a winter repair regimen for their asphalt plants.
Most asphalt plant personnel have a list of ‘trouble spots’ they’ve accumulated over the course of the season that they know need to be addressed in the off-season. Be sure to thoroughly things are often overlooked when they’ve been trouble-free. Asphalt plant manufacturers know their products and can offer insight into what you should be sure to address during plant downtime this winter.
“Simply put, proper plant maintenance helps maximize production capacities and seasonal profit potential,” says Steve Shawd with Asphalt Drum Mixers, Inc (ADM). “Furthermore, it can extend the overall service life of the plant, which again maximizes profit by keeping an established and, more importantly, paid-off plant in service and making money. A new plant is a huge capital investment. The longer one can remain in service, the better.”