Vögele's new MT3000-2i feeder offers increased performance
Designed to optimise throughput, the MT 3000-2i from Vögele is now available with an Offset PowerFeeder version. This highly productive material transfer vehicle helps ensure homogeneity and quality in high output paving operations such as for highways. Its large hopper and innovative conveying system are key features that allow a 35tonne storage capacity and high throughput.
Its maximum conveying capacity is 1,200tonnes/hour, allowing the machine to handle the full load from a 25tonne capacity asphalt delivery truck in just 60 seconds.
With its 55 ͦright and left hand offset capability, the machine offers high versatility and increases the range of applications for the contractor. The machine is equipped with the firm’s well proven ErgoPlus operating system, as well as an automatic distance control and an anti-collision package.
The firm says that the maximum distance from the outside edge of the material feeder to the centre of the discharge point is 3.5m, while the conveyor can be raised by up to 23 ͦfrom the horizontal to a discharge height of 3.9m. This allows the machine to feed pavers working echelon to be fed from the side, or for backfilling trenches or filling cavities between safety barriers in highway projects. The machine can also be used for paving shoulders and other hard-to-reach areas. Further increasing the versatility, the conveying concept is designed to cope with topsoil, base course material or recycled materials.
The machine has a trough-shaped conveyor belt that centres material during transfer as well as tensioning cylinders that guide the belt and ensure alignment and an automatic system to adjust belt tension. An option is the conical augers to mix the material in the receiving hopper, helping to minimise segregation and also ensure a more homogenous temperature across the mat.
Diesel heating with non-contact infrared panels ensures the temperature of the conveyor belt is optimised.
Power comes from a Deutz diesel rated at 160kW and which meets Tier 4 Final emissions requirements and weighing close to 26tonnes, the machine is said to be easy to transport. The machine has been designed particularly for customers in the US and Australia that require high throughput but could also suit duties with contractors elsewhere in the world working on large highway projects that require the offset capability.