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Public Works Expo featuring SMITH Surface-Prep Solutions

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

APWA Public Works Expo!

The APWA Public Works Expo is just right around the corner, and SMITH will be a featured exhibitor! 

We invite you to visit us at booth #1309 August 27-28 and discover how SMITHing makes a difference when it comes to safer, sustainable surfaces on YOUR walkways, bikeways and roadways.

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At the exhibit, you can demonstrate the most technologically advanced equipment for reducing sidewalk trip hazards, removing pavement markings without damaging sensitive surfaces, and preparing surfaces with the right profiles to assure that new coatings last!


SPIN & WIN A SMITH! 

Take a chance at spinning the 10-profile prize wheel (getting the right 10 surface profiles when preparing asphalt and concrete surfaces is critical to performance). In less than what it takes to spin the wheel, we can show you why getting the right surface profile matters.

When it lands, you’ll have a chance to win the grandprize  SMITH FS050 for your agency,  a $1043 value FREE! This handy tool is a simple but powerful surface preparator. Ideal for punch work, touchups, and correcting surface imperfections.

After you enter the convention center, follow this map to booth #1309, then ask a SMITH Rep to spin the wheel. A few minutes later you’ll have the complete details you need to create safer, sustainable surfaces and lasting memories.

The fun is waiting for you at the SMITH exhibit with no purchase necessary. See you in Orlando!


 

Surface Preservation by SMITHing

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
surface preservation, SMITH LNX8 Eraser, Thermoplastic marking removal
 
Surface-preservation by SMITHing is a safe, easy and cost effective solution to assure road and floor surfaces are protected during repair and maintenance activities.
 
There are nearly 3.95 million miles of public roads in the United States, valued at more than $1.75 trillion. When pavements have to be re-striped or repaired, specifiers should recommend processes that extend pavement life and improve motorist safety and satisfaction, while saving tax dollars.
 
The SMITH X-Series rotary erasing process is just one example of a system that will properly prepare surfaces prior to striping and remove markings without micro-cracking or bruising the surface.
 
Recently, SMITH demonstrated their LNX8 Rotary Eraser removing thermoplastic stopbars in the City of Margate for a micro surfacing project. The removal method had to properly remove the existing thermoplastic materials without gouging the surface or dislodging aggregate loose pre-application of the slurry. It was important that the removal operation preserved the integrity of the underlying asphalt base so the micro-surfacing can be applied cost-effectively. This video shows the results of the trial:
 
Traditionally, planers or scarifiers (aka grinders) are used to remove pavement markings prior to resurfacing. This vertical cutting method destabilizes the surface, causing inconsistent cut depths and pavement scarring while loosening the rock, causing surface micro-cracking and pavement bruising. Water blasters are also used to remove markings, but due to the different density and tensile strength of pavement surfaces and marking materials, the water cut depths are inconsistent, allowing the sand and binder in the asphalt to wash out of the surface, causing undermining and rutting from the high pressure water blasting operations.
 
The SMITHing method is a true surface-preservation solution for anyone looking to protect their surfaces prior to paving operations. The right equipment, cutter tools and “4-step prep process ” as depicted in the video is all it takes. Please contact a SMITH Representative for more information on getting the right pavement or floor-prep equipment, specifications and processes to meet your  surface preservation requirements.

Dust busting OSHA rule solution found at ATSSA

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Dust busting OSHA rule solution found at ATSSA

OSHA approved HEPA gasoline powered vacuum collecting all airborne dust from stripe removal equipment

At the ATSSA 2017 convention, contractors learned the compliance rules for the new OSHA rule for silica-dust exposure. The rule is effective June 23, 2017 and affects anyone working with dust-producing equipment.   

This photo by ATSSA captures Dave and Jim Jobeun with Todco Barricade talking to Steven Smith on the exhibit floor at ATSSA 2017 about the SMITH MV5500 gas powered vacuum. The MV5500 is a cost effective gas powered dust collector that can help contractors comply with the OSHA silica rule

Photo courtesy of ATSSA

This photo, courtesy of ATSSA, is of Dave and Jim Jobeun of Todco Barricade, and Steven Smith on the exhibit floor at ATSSA 2017. The discussion was centered on how the SMITH MV5500 gas-powered vacuum can help contractors comply with the OSHA silica rule. Todco Barricade purchased the MV5500 along with a MV-SB cyclone separator to contain all airborne dust from their stripe removal equipment.


 

 
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