AMMANN: Large Paver Makes its Debut

Posted on 07 Nov. 2018

AFT 700-3 Showcases Productivity

LANGENTHAL, Switzerland – Ammann completed the first delivery of the new large tracked paver AFT 700-3 to road construction company Imboden. The demonstration at the InfraSuisse convention left the paving crew with no doubts about the technological advantages and the smart PaveManager 2.0 machine control system. 

"The size category delivers exactly what we are looking for in a paver,” said Felix Böni, foreman of the Imboden paving team. “It has the production output we need combined with a long service life thanks to tried-and-tested components and new features such as the TruckAssist docking system.”

A large parking area for a pharmaceutical company in the Swiss canton of Valais was the scene of the paver's first jobsite. The machine needed two days to lay the high-quality seeping layer that can also accommodate heavy rainfall. The entire parking area is intentionally designed without any additional drainage. The asphalt was supplied by an Ammann asphalt-mixing plant operated by Imboden.

The team needed less than a day for the base layer and one day for the top layer. The large 5,400 m2 parking area was paved at a width of 4-5 m and a layer thickness of 8.5 cm. Paving widths of up to 10 m are theoretically possible with the AFT 700-3.

Productivity was impressive. The AFT 700-3 successfully demonstrated its output capacity of up to 800 metric tonnes per hour.

The high-performance AFT 700-3 tracked paver is available with a combined ramming/vibrating screed, a high-compaction screed or a rigid screed with a maximum paving width of 10 m.

Learning to use the PaveManager 2.0 machine control system was very easy for the crew. The modern system monitors the entire paving process and provides accurate feedback.

Also intuitive is the optional TruckAssist, a system that simplifies communication between the machine operator and the truck driver and enables smooth docking and filling. The Safe Impact System – a hydraulically dampened start-up system that helps with mat smoothness – is standard. It enables the use of any popular truck model for filling. Ammann's service scope also includes training documentation for truck drivers.

Fast and seamless integration in the construction company's work process exemplifies Ammann's leadership in the field of customer service. "Ammann's support and service are uncontested," said construction manager Mario Truffer.

An expert from Ammann and a service engineer helped get things started. “Ammann's comprehensive customer service is a further plus point for us," Böni said.