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APWA Florida Chapter 2017 Public Works Expo

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

APWA Florida Chapter

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Visit SMITH at APWA Florida Public Works Expo!

Booth #210

SMITH will be unveiling a faster and easier way to prepare and make your asphalt and concrete surfaces safer and sustainable.
Only Florida Public Works members will have an exclusive up-close look at the new SMITH Automatic Engagement System (AES). The AES takes the guesswork out of preserving pavements, removing markings, and eliminating ADA trip-and-fall injuries by SMITHing. With a simple push of the AES button, your operator will have the peace of mind knowing his work will be completed quickly, easily, and correctly – every time.
Anyone who visits booth #210 and pushes the AES button will quickly understand how simple the work can be. Leave your business card for a “reflective on-the-job ruler slap band.”
SMITH Manufacturing is the #1 producer of surface preparation equipment since 1990, headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL. SMITHing is a faster, easier, and more cost-effective way to help make your roadways, bikeways, and walkways safer and longer-lasting.
Can’t Attend?
Please click here to schedule a free Removal Analysis that can help you achieve safer and lasting surfaces cost-effectively. We also invite you to visit our factory in Pompano Beach.
See you at the expo!

Why are pavement markings removed?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Work zones with changing traffic patterns require frequent marking and remarking as the lanes are reconfigured. Pavement markings must be removed when they are no longer required for the safe navigation of the pavement surface. The marking removal work must be done without damaging the pavement surface or  texture.

Why are pavement markings removed?

Thermoplastic pavement marking on asphalt removal by SMITH X3 Rotary Dry Eraser

Pavement striping is a much easier task than removal. 

The reason removal is difficult is due to the various types of pavement surface coarse compositions that stripes are applied to. These porous and non-porous surfaces will absorb the applied pavement markings deep into the surface. The deeper the markings are applied, the more difficult it is to remove the markings without altering the pavement surface texture or color.  

Typically contractors use sharp-edge grinding or blasting equipment to remove the former marking. These methods leave a surface scar that becomes visible under various lighting and weather conditions. When the surface is scarred, the removed stripe becomes more visible to drivers than the new marking.

Bevel-edge scrapers and dry-erasers or water blasters can be used to remove the markings without causing sharp-edge grooving. These machines will remove in a wider area to blend the former stripe with the outlying surface so the area does not appear as the former marking in any lighting or weather condition. When using this type of removal process, the former marking colors and texture will gradually blend with time and traffic conditions.  

The photos depict the removal of a newly applied thermoplastic pavement markings recently applied on a newly paved asphalt surface. The equipment selection was the SMITH X3 Dry Rotary Eraser. The photos were taken before, during and after the work was completed.

The work required that the markings be removed without damaging the pavement surface or the pavement texture. The operator removed 90% of the markings leaving a faint outline of the former marking. 100% marking removal was rejected by the engineer because it required that a larger area of the pavement surface would have to be removed. The engineer set limits knowing that the remaining markings will be blended in time with traffic and environmental conditions. 

If you would like the details, please contact SMITH 

Stripes, Mistake, Repair Overlays? Anyone can Remove-it by SMITHing

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Stripes, Mistakes or Repair Overlays? Anyone can Remove-it

Remove Stripes with the LNX8

How difficult is it to remove stripes, mistakes or overlay patches from asphalt or concrete? And to do the work without causing surface marks, ghosting or surface damage? With the SMITH X-Series Rotary Erasers, it’s easier than you think!

We invited Chris, a City of Margate Public Works employee, to see how easily he can remove thermoplastic markings prior to micro-surfacing his local streets.

Here’s the results:

Chris removed the thermoplastic markings with the SMITH LNX8 Eraser with AES controls propelled by the SMITH SR25 Sulky Driver.  A SMITH  MV5500 HEPA Vacuum was connected to the vacuum ports, eliminating all dust and debris from the jobsite.

A few minutes before Chris jumped on the Sulky, he reviewed the Perfect Prep in 4 Steps method. After the work was completed, Chris commented how easily the markings were removed and was impressed that the surface appeared like it never had been striped.  Afterwards he was able to immediately accommodate the micro-surfacing operations since the surface required no additional surface-prep work. 

Removing markings, repair materials or overlays is now fast and easy. Using SMITH equipment and the 4-step process assures pavement markings are permanently removed without surface damage.    

To learn more, ask a SMITH representative.


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