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The portable Astec Double BarrelĀ® plant has a Portable Self-Erecting Surge Bin and a 36 in (91 cm) drag conveyor.
The portable Astec Double Barrel® plant has a Portable Self-Erecting Surge Bin and a 36 in (91 cm) drag conveyor.

Located in the province of Quebec, Canada, just south of Montreal, DJL Construction operates a portable 400 TPH (362 MTPH) 8 ft x 38 ft (2.44 m x 11.58 m) Astec Double Barrel® plant. Purchased in 2012, the portable plant has been stationary, working on highway projects.

Astec met the startup timeframe for the highway project with a quick turnaround for setup.

"The plant is stationed in our quarry working mainly on two highway jobs," said Christian Fortin, equipment manager with DJL Construction. "We've been working on Highway 40 for the past two years. We are looking forward to testing the portability of the plant once the projects conclude."

Best Features

The ability to use recycle in the Astec Double Barrel® and the PMIII controls are some of the best features of the plant, stated Fortin.

"Currently, the limit for recycle in mixes is 20 percent. To take advantage of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), we have two RAP bins to use with the Astec warm mix system," said Fortin. "When it came to the controls, we were using a Quebec-made system. It was a first for us to purchase a manufacturer's system. The PMIII Continuous Mix Blending Control is new to us, and we are very pleased that the user interface is in French."

Other plant components:

  • Portable Self-Erecting Surge Bin and 36 in (91 cm) drag conveyor
  • Portable 10 ft x 14 ft (3.05 m x 4.27 m) five-bin cold feed system
  • Portable 10 ft x 14 ft (3.05 m x 4.27 m) dual-bin recycle feed system
  • Phoenix® Talon burner
  • Portable 72,589 CFM Express Baghouse with inertial dust separator
  • 30,000-gal (113,562 l) Heatec Heli-Tank

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Time Challenge

Time was of the essence to set up the portable plant. DJL Construction was to begin work on Highway 40 in August 2012. The Astec plant arrived for set up in July. Two Astec technicians were on-site to assist with the process.

"We underestimated the time it takes to set up a new plant," said Fortin. "Astec handled the challenge and we were ready to start the project on time; Astec worked through a short turnaround time and got the plant started."

Fortin shared: "Astec's equipment is quality; it's heavy-duty and delivers. It's also benefit for us to be able to attend the Astec Customer Schools. The hands-on training adds to our operational expertise.

Outlook For 2014

According to Fortin, the need for road building and infrastructure exists in Quebec. The projects depend on available monies in the budget for the work to be completed.

"Once budgets and timing are back on track, we'll be here with our two Astec portable plants ready to work," said Fortin. "Portability allows us to move with the market to other jobsites; we're looking forward to our next project and the opportunity to push the plant to full production."

  • Located in the province of Quebec, Canada, just south of Montreal, DJL Construction operates a portable 400 TPH (362 MTPH) 8 ft x 38 ft (2.44 m x 11.58 m) Astec Double Barrel® plant.

  • The portable Astec Double Barrel® plant has a Heatec 30,000 gal (113,562 l) Heli-Tank and a Heatec 30,000 gal (113,562 l) portable tank with 6 in (15.24 cm) insulation.

  • The 10 ft x 40 ft (3.05 m x 12.19 m) Power Center uses the PMIII Continuous Mix Blending Control with a user interface in French.

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