In the splendid natural setting of the Val di Non and a short distance from the lake Santa Giustina in Trentino is the Ammann 180 UniBatch Asphalt-Mixing Plant. It was recently purchased by Beton Asfalti, a dynamic and experienced company that is knowledgeable about asphalt production and aggregates for varied civil applications.
The company was founded in 1968 and has consistently grown thanks to a commitment to invest in new products and services. Beton Asfalti recently replaced their old asphalt plant with the brand new Ammann ABA UniBatch generation, endowing it with all latest technologies for minimising the environmental impact and recovering the existing pavement (RAP).
Unique cold asphalt production completely integrated in Ammann ABA UniBatch plant
Beton Asfalti research and development for new areas of business led them to pursue cold and traditional hot mix, leading to production of KaltAsphalt Plus. This is a high-performance cold asphalt achieved with 100% recycled materials both in terms of RAP and recovery of the binder (modified with SBS). The binder is recovered from recycled bituminous sheaths and appropriately treated. It is therefore a product that can be defined as “eco-sustainable” in the totality of its meaning. The mix is made directly in the Ammann plant.
Ing. Carlo Adami (Responsible and Coordinator of Research and Development activities for Ammann Italy) has followed this from the beginning of this project. “We have accepted the challenge launched by Beton Asfalti to develop an ad-hoc solution dedicated to producing KaltAsphalt,” he says. “Per Ammann’s tradition and DNA, we have designed and built one new line for the management, dosing and production of this special type of cold product. It is made with only recovered materials and compliant with Ammann and Beton Asphalt’s philosophy of sustainability and respect for the environment.”
More-than-convincing Ammann recycling technology immediately convinced Beton Asfalti
We asked Mr. Alfredo Inama, owner of Beton Asfalti, what convinced them to buy the Ammann ABA 180 UniBatch.
“The plant was chosen by screening in total four proposals. Ammann’s was the most effective and convincing on the subject of RAP, in particular the technology of the RAH50 that accordingly with our history and experience is really the best solution in terms of RAP percentages – but above all for the very low emissions and for the quality of the outgoing mix.”
Continuing in the cordial comparison, yet another interesting aspect emerges: “The operational flexibility that then offers the double line (RAC30 + RAH50) allows us to use a regular and constant percentage dosed in the mixer, to which it can be added according to the different recipes and production situations of the moment. This means an equally if not even higher percentage dosed in the middle ring, arriving thus to a substantial use of RAP. It is always supported by the powerful as1 Control System, which solidly and effectively supports the always different production needs.”