AP500F Wheel Paver
DESCRIPTIONThe AP500F is a mid-sized wheel paver that offers versatility for highways, rural roads, streets and other mid-sized projects.
F-Series Paver Overview
Cat Grade Control Setup
Paving by the Numbers
Cat C4.4 Engine
The C4.4 engine provides 106 kW (142 Imperial hp, 144 metric hp)) at 2200 rpm and meets regional emission requirements including U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage IV emission standards.
Quiet heat mode operates at an engine speed of 1300 rpm and provides heating in under 15 minutes.
Better Visibility, Exceptional Comfort
The dual independent operating stations can extend beyond the frame for good all-around visibility. The low profile, front-mounted cooling system enhances forward viewing and the redesigned auger assembly optimizes visibility to material height in front of the screed. The heated seat option, multiple seat adjustments, and tilting consoles conform to the operator to provide day-long comfort. Also, the top-mounted cooling system directs fumes, hot air, and fan noise away from the crew for a cooler and quieter working environment.
Single Touch Operation
Single touch features for the auto-fill feeder system, feeder system activation, and hopper control, allow operators to concentrate on truck exchanges and other work site duties for improved efficiency.
Auto-Fill Feeder System
The auto-fill system simplifies starts by alternating the conveyors and augers until the mix height reaches the sensor point.
Power Turning System
A position sensor located in the left steering cylinder helps maintain consistent travel speeds when making turns by adjusting the drive speed of the propel motors according to the steering angle of the front wheels. This unique system leads to better mat quality and less wear on the drive system.
Screed Heat Technology
Exclusive zone monitoring allows heating to continue in the event of a temperature sensor failure. The system also monitors heating elements for failure conditions, helping to eliminate unnecessary replacement.
F-Series pavers allow Cat Grade Control to be operated from any of the two tractor or two screed consoles. Split screen mode can be setup to monitor each side of the screed and allow a single person to monitor operation.
Eco-mode utilizes an engine speed of 1650 rpm and reduces fuel burn by up to 5% over Cat E-series pavers while also lowering sound levels even more.
- Automatic Engine Speed Control
When automatic engine speed control is activated, the engine speed is reduced to an idle speed of 1000 rpm when the propel lever is moved to neutral, or to 1300 rpm when screed heat is active.
- Advanced Eco-mode
Eco-mode and automatic engine speed control when activated together modify the engine rpm based on load factors. When activated, the engine will operate at 1650 rpm when paving. If the upper power threshold is exceeded, the engine speed will increase to 2200 rpm and remain there until the demand drops below the threshold and remains there for 30 seconds. This technological enhancement helps ensure reliable performance.
- Quick Heating
Quick heating mode provides a heat-up time in under 35 minutes when equipped with the wide-width paving package.
- Temperature Ranges
Three preset heating options provide a wide range of temperatures for various mix designs; Low is 110 degrees C or 230 degrees F, medium is 130 degrees C or 266 degrees F, high is 160 degrees C or 320 degrees F.
- Fumes Management System
The exclusive ventilation system draws fumes from the conveyor tunnel as well as the auger chamber and redirects them away from the operator for a more comfortable working environment.
- Simple Technology
Technology helps operators perform. Intuitive symbols and large graphics simplify operation., while the interactive LCD display with touchscreen access to generator activation, screed temperature control, and mix height adjustment, help enhance efficiency.
- Single Touch Feeder System
A single switch automatically activates the entire feeder system for better efficiency.
- One Touch Hopper Control
The hopper wings and hydraulic apron can be folded with a single touch and release. The system can be tailored to activate left or right wings, or the front hydraulic apron independently or together.
- Cleanout and Warm-Up Mode
This feature activates the augers, conveyors, and tamper-bar (if equipped) at a reduced speed, allowing the application of release agents that help prevent material build-up.
- Mix Height Adjustment
Mix height adjustment in front of the screed can be modified from the tractor LCD display for increased versatility when needed.
- Hydraulic Mainframe Extensions
The optional 457 mm (18") hydraulic mainframe extensions attach to the auger assembly and provide smooth material flow out to the extenders. They retract with the screed extensions when reducing paving widths.
- Multiple Feed Sensor Options
The feeder system can be tailored to automatically operate with 0, 2, or 4 feed sensors. When paving with 0 sensors due to a failure, simply set the feeder system to automatic and adjust the mix height setting, no need to cycle the manual switch as previous models required.
- Easier Service
Hardware-free bed plates simplify service requirements and bottom side mounting hardware for the chain guards eliminates bolt wear and material build-up for easier replacement.
- Four-Wheel Drive
Provides power to the front bogie wheels for additional traction. A dedicated pump delivers a 50% increase in torque over previous models.
- All-Wheel Drive
Provides power to the front and rear bogie wheels. It delivers a 200 % increase in pull force over the previous models.
- Easy Adjustment
Feeder system ratio adjustment capability from the screed provides versatility. Standard hydraulic adjustment for extender height, slope, and crown, allows for on-the-go adjustment at standard and maximum paving widths.
- Two-Speed Proportional Extender Control
Exclusive two-speed proportional extender control provides slower speed for precise control around obstacles and quick reaction when extending paving widths.
- Better Efficiency
The heating elements slide out for easy replacement, no need to remove the screed plates. Also, machined screed frames simplify screed plate replacement and leveling.
- Tamper Bar Screed Option
Tamper bar equipped screeds increase density as it tucks material under the screed plates. Three tamper stroke settings of 2, 4, and 7 mm as well as the variable tamper speed of 700 to 1800 rpm provide application versatility.
- Wide-Width Paving Packages
Exclusive power controls simplify adjustment across the entire paving width for better mat texture. An innovative design utilizes extender slope to attach wide-width paving packages that eliminates the need for additional lifting devices.
- Precise Control
More accurate control maximizes mix utilization and saves money. True averaging occurs with sonic sensors that utilize 5 transducers, 2 readings are discarded and 3 are averaged. A 10-point Auto-Calibration eliminates over and under adjustment from a single calibration point. Cross-coupling, slope and elevation are maintained with height adjustments. The true 9 m (30 ft) sonic averaging beam modifies tow point movement by 1/3 of total grade deviation.
- Highly Reliable
Water-resistant displays, factory installed components, and consistent routing deliver performance. Sealed components withstand heat, moisture, and vibration. The built-in temperature sensors provide better reliability than bail-type sensors.
- Optional Equipment
- Air-ride Seat with Heat
- All-Wheel Drive
- Auger and Mainframe Extensions
- Auxiliary Power Panel
- Cat Grade Control
- Decelerator Pedals
- Ecological Washdown System
- Feed Sensor (Sonic or Mechanical)
- Front Wheel Assist
- Hardtop Canopy
- HID Lights
- Leveling Devices
- Lights (Working or Roading)
- Mainframe Extensions (Power or Manual)
- Power Folding Front Apron
- Product Link
- Oscillating Push Rollers
- Steering Guide
- Tow Point Indicators (Upper)
- Truck Hitch
- Uptime Kit
- Ventilation System
- Warning Beacon
- Wide-width Paving Packages
- Windshield w/Hardtop Canopy
- Grade References
- Non-Contacting Sonic Grade Sensor
- Contacting Grade Sensor
- Outboard Leveler, 9.15 m (30') and 12.2 m (40')
- Inboard Leveler
- Mobile Stringline
- Fore ‘N Aft Leveler
- Sonic Averaging Beam
- Rigid Ski, 9.15 m (30') and 12.2 m (40')
- Screed Choices
- SE50 V Vibratory Screed
- SE50 VT Tamper Bar Screed