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D&H Equipment Completes Prototype
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 • Posted June 13, 2013

D&H Equipment, LTD continues to innovate and improve products for the modified asphalt industry. The majority of their work involves manufacturing of plants designed to mix asphalt with ground rubber, polymer, and an assortment of other materials/additives. D&H has produced and sold these plants, as well as other equipment, to more than twenty different countries across six continents.

Sometimes however, new challenges appear. Last year D&H Equipment began work on a project for RuBind Inc. The RuBind product is a specialized asphalt additive composed of plain asphalt, fine crumb rubber, lime, and an activated mineral binder stabilizer. This additive is used to produce asphalt (for paving roadways) with better grading, stability, and rutting and fatigue resistance.

To get a scope for the size of this project, the RuBind plant: requires three 45ft containerized frames to house the plant, consists of an entirely revolutionary four-stage blending process, requires four 75HP electric motors connected to Dodge gearboxes to turn large augers inside of each stage plus an additional 18 smaller electric motors for additional chopping of the material through the last 3 stages, required a cumulative labor time totaling over nine man-years.

D&H Equipment would especially like to thank Lyle Yorgensen and Kyle Cox for their devotion to this colossal project. Both Kyle and Lyle assumed major leadership roles to ensure the undertaking was a success, often requiring many late afternoons and weekends.

RuBind is a company backed by a Russian investment group (Alltech). The project was overseen by a Portuguese consultant (Consulpav) using laboratories in Portugal, China, Sweden, and California. D&H Equipment’s facility, located in Blanco, Texas (where the old county livestock auction barn stood) just finished the fabrication of the plant. After shipment, the plant will be operated in Israel and devoted to the daily production of RuBind at the rate of approximately two metric tons of material per hour.

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