US-based software as a service technology company Trimble has introduced an automatic screed control system to optimise asphalt paving applications.

The solution, named Trimble Roadworks 2D Paving Control Platform, is designed to reduce the wastage of expensive asphalt material and help contractors to complete projects within the deadline.

The paving control platform can be mounted on different asphalt paving machines for use. It can also be configured with a combination of sonic tracers, slope sensors, averaging beam and contact sensors.

Trimble Roadworks is driven by Android software and runs on an 18cm intuitive Trimble TD510 touchscreen display. It also features two external keypads to enable contractors to input data and modify sensor values.

In addition, operators can use the Android operating system to download supporting applications.

Trimble Civil Specialty Solutions general manager Kevin Garcia said: “Trimble Roadworks takes paving control to the next level.

“This new platform leverages the intuitive Trimble machine control interface and applies it to asphalt pavers, making it easy to use and learn, and more accessible for many different types of contractors.”

Trimble Roadworks uses multiple 2D references to pave with a fixed and consistent thickness. It can be used for paving highways, state roads, airports and large commercial surfaces, ideally which have been graded or milled using 3D machine control.

According to the company, current Trimble users, who have used Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform and Trimble PCS400 2D Paving Control System, will require minimal training to use the new solution.