Milestones of JOSEPH VÖGELE AG
The forge focusses on the manufacture of railway equipment, the advanced technology of the age.
Continuing a family tradition
Ulrich Joseph Vögele, son of a traditional family of smiths in Mannheim, set up his own forge near the city's "Heidelberg Gate", in today's square Q 6.5, on 15 October 1836, laying the foundation stone of the company JOSEPH VÖGELE.
The forge focusses on the manufacture of railway equipment, the advanced technology of the age.
Forging the company's destiny
When the first railway lines are taken into service in Germany, Joseph Vögele displays entrepreneurial farsightedness in his forge and focuses entirely on meeting the needs of a growing railway industry.
Growing volume of orders
The production of railway equipment grows and Joseph Vögele has to move the company to new and larger premises in square P 6.
1857 – 1866
The company expands, developing switch points and crossovers.
Set to expand
VÖGELE set new standards in railway construction with the further development of switch points and crossovers. The government orders received make further expansion necessary. Business flourishes to such an extent that, in 1857, Joseph Vögele has to rent additional working space in the fields beside the "Heidelberg Barrier".
1872 - 1900
The factory grows into Europe's largest manufacturer of sliding platforms, signal boxes and tracks.
VÖGELE lay railway tracks throughout Europe
The founder's son Heinrich Vögele takes over the company and enlarges its product range to include turning platforms, sliding platforms and signal boxes. VÖGELE become the leading manufacturer of switch points in Europe, producing not only switch points and various types of crossovers, but also intersection points, derailing points and other special components. The company signs contracts with leading construction firms and delivers the tracks, switch points and crossing frogs for innumerable railway lines in Germany and the rest of Europe.
A new production location for 126 years
In 1874, the factory moves to the spacious site between Neckarauer Landstrasse and the marshalling yard, where it remains until 2010.
VÖGELE become the international market leader in the construction of switch points and crossovers.
Successful 3rd generation
Despite the growing competition, VÖGELE also lead the market internationally as the railway network grows. The third generation – Heinrich Vögele's sons Dr. Ing. h. c. Joseph Vögele and engineer Wilhelm Vögele – takes over the company. Shunting gear and spills are now also included in the product range.
The development of jointed switch points represents a decisive technological advance.
Innovation in the construction of switch points
Dr. Ing. h. c. Joseph Vögele and Chief Engineer Möslein develop the jointed switch point as a technical innovation.
VÖGELE attain a monopoly on the manufacture of jointed turning platforms.
Monopoly position in the production of jointed turning platforms
VÖGELE are granted the exclusive licence to produce the innovative jointed turning platforms for locomotive engines. The system is soon widely established, as it requires less complex foundations.
VÖGELE develop the first machines for road construction.
A new chapter in the company's history
As roads become a major traffic artery alongside the railways, VÖGELE also aid the development of mechanized road construction by supplying suitable machines for placing both concrete and asphalt.
VÖGELE mix up the construction industry
Inspired by the booming construction industry, VÖGELE also begin to build concrete mixers. The mixer division expands continuously: from small free-fall mixers through ready-mix machines to large mixing plants, VÖGELE deliver top-quality products in the subsequent decades.
1928 / 29
The towed spreader is VÖGELE's first road paver.
A new era dawns
With the development of the first road pavers, VÖGELE move into a new sector that is to shape the company's destiny. It marks the beginning of a success story that is still continuing today.
The first machines developed and built by VÖGELE are towed spreaders to facilitate the placing of crushed stone and asphalt. These spreaders are towed by the feed vehicle while the material is being transferred. They already feature a height-adjustable strike-off plate for adjusting the layer thickness.
The new towed spreader makes its mark on the international market.
Perfection based on know-how
The new towed spreader model is perfected in 1934: barely six weeks after the first machine is commissioned, another 20 are sold, mostly to foreign customers.
The self-propelled spreader saves time and increases mobility on the job site.
Self-propelled, manœuvrable and light
VÖGELE develop a highly manœuvrable, light and fuel-saving self-propelled spreader for concrete and asphalt based on the American model. The spreader's working width ranges from 3 to 4.5m.
VÖGELE asphalt pavers guarantee outstandingly even pavements thanks to their sophisticated levelling system.
HL 50 – the most modern German paver
VÖGELE develop the powerful asphalt paver HL 50 with easily steered crawler tracks. It can master pave widths from 2.5 to 3.85m and is considered by experts to be the most modern paver in Germany. Outstandingly even pavements are produced by the levelling unit with lifting device and the finishing beam. The HL 50 demonstrates its proficiency during construction of the legendary Solitude race trace near Stuttgart, Germany.
Based on the Schieferstein system, the high-frequency vibratory compactor builds motorways for kilometres on end.
High-frequency compaction for concrete roads
VÖGELE launch a new high-frequency concrete paver. Like its predecessor, this machine with four-wheel drive comprises a strike-off beam, a high-frequency vibratory compactor and a finishing unit. What is new is its modular principle. With its high-frequency vibratory compactor based on the Schieferstein system and crawler tracks with cornering ability and differential gearbox, the paver features cutting-edge technology. It is now prepared for roads of all widths from 3 to 7.5m.
The KL 50 is an asphalt paver used all around the world.
New asphalt paver with shorter material transfer
The all-purpose asphalt paver KL 50 is ideal for paving bituminous materials of every kind, as well as for placing coarse or fine crushed stone and other dry aggregate. It is the first to have a material hopper as well as conveyors to transport the material to the auger tunnel. Only a short distance has to be covered by the mix between material hopper and smoothing unit. This ensures that the mix is still hot when it is laid.
VÖGELE launch the SUPER 100 – an asphalt paver with floating screed and electric screed heating.
Floating screed – The basis of modern asphalt paving
VÖGELE develop the SUPER 100 asphalt paver with floating screed and electric screed heating. With an adjustable pave width of 2.5 to 4m, the paver builds bituminous pavements between 1 and 20cm thick. The floating screed lays the foundations for today's asphalt paving technology. By 1962, VÖGELE have sold their SUPER 100 paver 304 times worldwide.
VÖGELE's compulsory mixers modernize mixing technology.
Modern mixing technology
VÖGELE launch their first compulsory mixers. The two mixer models 500 Z and 1000 Z are designed for jobs of different sizes. Both models can be operated either as stationary mixers or as mobile mixers with propulsion unit.
The "Junior" and "Senior" concrete paving trains are developed for high daily laydown rates and one-man operation.
Travelling on motorways with "Junior" and "Senior" concrete paving trains
Paving "white" material – i.e. concrete road construction – continues to dominate until well into the 1960s. VÖGELE's proven team of "Junior" and "Senior" concrete paving trains are very often encountered on motorways where they refurbish the surface course and pave the hard shoulder. All work flows are effortlessly controlled by a single machine operator. The machine's user-friendly manoeuvrability and flexibility assure an astoundingly high daily laydown rate.
The new diesel-hydraulic drive of the SUPER 100 H combines a high performance with top quality.
The SUPER 100 H supersedes the SUPER 100
With a total weight of just 9.5 tonnes, this paver runs on crawler tracks. Its simple mechanical design, hydraulic operation of the large material hopper's sides and infinitely variable tamper speed of up to 1,800rpm set new standards. Irregularities are levelled out automatically by highly precise grade and slope control. In 1966, the SUPER 100 H is given larger crawler tracks and its compacting effort is further increased by higher performance of the hydraulic system and higher tamper speed. These improvements result in outstanding and hitherto unknown compaction values of 90% according to Marschall.
The wheeled SUPER 204 boasts an improved hydraulic system and boosts mobility on the job site.
VÖGELE present their prototype of the SUPER 204 at BAUMA 1965 in Munich
The advantages of this wheeled asphalt paver are obvious: higher laydown rate and travel speed, as well as an Operating Authorization Certificate for public roads. It is built in series with new and sturdier grade and slope control, compacting unit and a diesel engine rated at either 66 or 75h.p., and fully meets the construction industry's expectations with its high performance and quality. A tracked version is simultaneously launched as the SUPER 200. This model stands out through its precise directional stability and drift-free cornering ability.
With the SUPER 80, SUPER 82 and SUPER 150 pavers, VÖGELE's fleet delivers perfection on smaller paving jobs.
SUPER 80 and SUPER 82 – Small, manœuvrable, flexible
The new SUPER 80 and SUPER 82 asphalt pavers fill a gap in the range of VÖGELE products. These pavers are equipped with grade and slope control and a compaction system without tamper. Their transport width of 2.5m is within the standard range of vehicle dimensions approved everywhere. They can be transported without special effort.
SUPER 150 – The new workhorse
The SUPER 150 which supersedes the SUPER 100 H stands out through more precise control elements, a revised step-down transmission and revamped operator interface with hydraulic applications on the upper platform. Grade and slope control and the compacting system with tamper and vibrators are completely redesigned by VÖGELE for this paver: tamer stroke as well as tamper and vibrator drives are now controlled independently of one another via three hydraulic circuits. The SUPER 150 handles pave widths from 2.5 to 4.5m and a layer thickness of up to 30cm. With a maximum laydown rate of 150t/h, it paves distances of 500 - 700 metres per day.
VÖGELE's new grade and slope control technology sets new standards with its automatic control.
Automation improves surface accuracy
With VÖGELE's automatic grade and slope control, the set elevation of the screed is maintained by tracking a reference with the aid of hydraulically operated wedges. In the past, the pavement's evenness depended also on the operators' experience and skill, but now surface accuracy is controlled more quickly, more accurately and largely independently of the operator by the automatic grade and slope control system.
With their powerful drive, the mid-range pavers SUPER 140 and SUPER 142 stand for precision and mobility.
More powerful pavers
The SUPER 80 and SUPER 82 are superseded by the SUPER 140 and SUPER 142.
With their more powerful drive and higher performance, these universal pavers store up to 10 tonnes more mix in their material hoppers than their predecessors, and can be operated from both sides of the operator's platform. They are equipped with either vibrators or tamper and vibrators. The SUPER 142 can also be retrofitted for paving mastic asphalt.
The so-called mid-range pavers SUPER 160 (tracked) and SUPER 164 (wheeled) for placing roller-compacted asphalt as well as lean-mixed concrete and mineral concrete, handle pave widths from 2 to 6m (SUPER 164) and from 2 to 8m (SUPER 160) as well as a layer thicknesses of up to 30cm.
The fully hydraulically driven high-performance paver SUPER 2000 achieves pave widths of 12.5m, without joints.
Top performance with the SUPER 2000
The SUPER 2000 sets new standards. This heavy-duty paver with fully hydrostatic drive is designed for jointless paving between 2.5 and 12.5m wide and for laying crushed stone, mineral concrete, lean-mixed concrete and asphalt layers up to 30cm thick. It is supplied with material quickly and easily.
The SUPER 2000 combines a number of individual systems, such as spreader, paver and screed, and produces outstanding compaction and smoothness.
The paver models SUPER 170 and SUPER 174 as well as the SUPER 1700 and SUPER 1704 feature sensitive control and the new traction main switch.
First pavers with traction main switch
The paver models SUPER 170 and SUPER 174 with hydrostatic drive replace the models SUPER 160 and SUPER 164. Their big innovation is the traction main switch: a single turn is enough to brake and halt the paver. Automatic grade and slope control is simultaneously locked and the screed unlocked. The latter comprises a 2.5m wide basic screed plus 25, 50 and 100cm bolt-on extensions.
More power, more precise control
Production of the two fully hydrostatic pavers SUPER 1700 and SUPER 1704 starts. A variety of the SUPER 170 and SUPER 174 pavers, they are mounted on exactly the same chassis, but with additional and more finely controlled power. Pave speed, conveyors and augers are infinitely and separately variable.
The SUPER 1700 ARF reforms the SUPER Series.
The SUPER 1700 ARF from VÖGELE is a powerful reformer. Chassis, crawler tracks, screed and most of the power unit have been adopted from the SUPER 1700. They are supplemented by infrared heating with steering unit, propane gas supply, a scarifier and a spreader blade instead of the auger.
VÖGELE present the first extending screed with infinitely adjustable pave width and a single-tube telescoping system at the BAUMA fair.
Innovation is the key
VÖGELE's new Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr J. Heinrich Axer (engineer), set up a separate department for research and development. At the same time, production processes are made more flexible and turnaround times shorter.
First extending screed
VÖGELE present the first extending screed worthy of the name at BAUMA 1977 in Germany – their type AB 475 Extending Screed. With its single-tube telescoping system, it can be infinitely and hydraulically extended from a basic width of 2.5m up to to 4.75m.
A second model of type AB 575 handles infinitely variable pave widths from 3 to 5.75m. With the aid of additional bolt-on extensions, pave widths of up to 8m can now be achieved by the large SUPER 1700 and SUPER 2000 pavers.
The fully hydrostatic and soundproofed mid-range paver SUPER 1502 requires no chain drive between gear shaft and driving wheels.
SUPER 1502 with new technical highlights
The SUPER 1502 is presented by VÖGELE at the trade fair in Neumünster, Germany: it is the first paver without chain drive between gear shaft and driving wheels. Fully hydrostatic traction drive is assured by a gantry-type axle with transmission and differential lock. Other highlights include a soundproofed engine hood, the ergonomic operator's platform and independently controlled conveyors, as well as a system to automatically lock the screed in place during transport.
Pulsed-Flow Hydraulics, High Compaction Screeds
Pulsed-flow hydraulics for high compaction technology
VÖGELE acquire the patent rights for pulsed-flow hydraulics. The pulsed-flow hydraulic rams VIR 50, VIR 200 and VIR 300 are now developed in the Mannheim factory on the basis of the "Knäble patent". The right to use this technology paves the way for high compaction technology in screeds. In combination with modern rollers, these new high-tech compaction systems produce considerably more precise and more compact results.
Test series with high compaction screeds
The first test series with high compaction screeds takes place in autumn 1981 on the factory site. In addition to tamper and vibrators, these precursors of the high compaction screed also include two pressure bars.
A progressive automated grade and slope control system impresses the industry with its enhanced precision and greater paving accuracy.
Maximum paving accuracy thanks to progressive automatic grade and slope control
The tried-and-tested system of automatic grade and slope control is developed further from July 1985 onwards. Its most important part – the control unit – and the handset are optimized. What results is a progressive system for automatic grade and slope control which, for the first time ever, is able to control the speed of the hydraulic rams for correction of the screed's elevation without additional manual control valves – i.e. automatically. Precision and accuracy of the paving process increases as a result.
The 475 HVA screed combines the advantages of the extending screed with those of the high compaction screed.
Top compaction and maximum flexibility
Renamed 475 HVA, the high compaction screed is first presented to a broad public at BAUMA 1986. With this technology, VÖGELE have combined two innovative, successful systems in one: the extending screed and the high compaction screed. The 475 (HVA) High Compaction Screed comprises a 2.5m wide basic screed and two 1.25m wide extending units. Without bolt-on extensions, a paver with this configuration can handle pave widths between 2.5 and 4.75m. VÖGELE's high compaction screed owes its unique nature to the two pressure bars heated electrically, which are driven by pulsed-flow hydraulics.
Modules for paving mastic asphalt
Additional modules extend the range of applications for some pavers. The wheeled paver SUPER 1502 and its precursors, the SUPER 82 and SUPER 142, for instance, are provided with a supplementary kit for paving mastic asphalt and given the suffix GAF.
One switch for all functions
The new SUPER 1700 and SUPER 1704 series now also includes a traction main switch to control all working functions, including the screed lock. Combined with the new high compaction screed, the compacting performance of these pavers is improved enormously.
The powerful SUPER 1800 and SUPER 1804 pavers are equally at home in cities and on motorways and become international bestsellers.
All-rounders capture the market
Two compact and exceedingly versatile tracked and wheeled pavers, the SUPER 1800 and SUPER 1804, are produced in series. They can be combined with all VÖGELE screeds and are to be found not only on inner-city sites, but also at airports and on motorways. They are capable of placing up to 600 tonnes of material per hour in layers up to 30cm thick.
Equipped with a spray module, the SUPER 1800 can apply bitumen emulsion for a perfect bond of layers and pave asphalt in a single pass.
The first spray paver from VÖGELE
The SUPER 1800 SF is the first spray paver introduced by VÖGELE. For the first time in the history of road construction, the emulsion bonding the layers can be applied together with the asphalt in a single pass. In order to accommodate the emulsion tank and spray equipment, the chassis and undercarriage are made longer than on the basic SUPER 1800 model. The spray equipment is located behind the crawler tracks, directly in front of the augers, and comprises two 2.5m wide spray bars arranged in parallel one behind the other. The additional power required by the paver is supplied by an engine with higher output and a larger hydraulic system.
Innovative and environmentally friendly: the SUPER 1800, with its diesel-electric drive, is awarded the "Blue Angel" eco-label.
Diesel-electric drive system for the environment
VÖGELE win the Innovation Award and the distinction "Blue Angel" for its SUPER 1800 DE. The paver with diesel-electric drive system consumes 50% less fuel, generates 50% fewer emissions and carries only 5% of the amount of hydraulic fluid normally required. What's more, it emits between 12 and 29dB(A) less noise than its predecessors. With all its design features, the paver meets the highest standards as regards road construction quality, cost-efficiency, operator convenience and protection of the environment.
Innovative and ecological advances
Breakthrough for the SUPER 2500. VÖGELE's new flagship once again proves that innovation and eco-friendliness can go hand in hand. Capable of paving layers up to 16m wide and 40cm thick, without joints, this powerful machine already complies with future EU standards as regards noise levels and exhaust gas emissions. Thanks to its high performance, the SUPER 2500 is to be found above all on major job sites, such as motorways and airport runways, both in Germany and abroad.
VÖGELE are integrated in the WIRTGEN GROUP.
VÖGELE join the WIRTGEN GROUP
VÖGELE AG are integrated into the WIRTGEN GROUP in September 1996. In addition to WIRTGEN and VÖGELE, the WIRTGEN GROUP also includes the companies HAMM AG (since 2000) and KLEEMANN GmbH (since 2006). The shared business model is based on collaboration with system partners and contractual dealers, as well as the Group's own customer service provided through 55 service and marketing companies worldwide.
Intelligent road construction machine
VÖGELE present the RoadRobot which they have developed in cooperation with the Mechatronics Centre Aachen, Germany, on the basis of the SUPER 1800 DE. The RoadRobot can navigate independently, maintain the set direction of travel and automatically complete all work steps from the roadbase to the finished pavement. It incorporates cutting-edge technology in the fields of navigation, process control and data transfer. The navigation system with screed width control used in the RoadRobot is the precursor of today's NAVITRONIC®.
The MT 1000 material feeder and the SUPER 1900 and SUPER 2100 pavers distinguish themselves with their performance, technical sophistication and user-friendliness.
Paving without interruption
Specially designed and developed to supply road pavers with material, the MT 1000 is the first mobile feeder to permit uninterrupted paving even on large projects, thus assuring perfect pavement quality and maximum laydown rates. The mobile feeder's receiving hopper with push-rollers ensures that material is rapidly transferred from the feed vehicle into the feeder. All feeder functions are driven hydraulically.
The advent of a new user-friendly concept
The SUPER 1900 and SUPER 2100 are launched. Their entirely digital control system makes it possible to adjust the height of the augers and hydraulically actuate the front of the material hopper even while paving is in progress. Particular importance has been attached to the ergonomically designed operator's platform. The paver operator's workplace features an excellent all-round view of the material hopper, auger tunnel and screed. Heated ergonomic seats on the right and left-hand sides can be swivelled out over the edge of the platform in one swift move to permit a perfect view of the roadway edge. The pivot-mounted control desk can be displaced both lengthwise and crosswise. An optional hardtop with hinged sides, all-round panelling and windscreen ensure that the paver operator is well protected even in inclement weather.
The Navitronic® system for grade and slope control and navigation of pavers is launched.
System for non-contacting grade and slope control and navigation of road pavers
NAVITRONIC®, the three-dimensional system for grade and slope control and navigation of road pavers, is ready to be launched on the market in 2000. It uses a digital total station to control grade and slope, as well as to position the pavement to be laid. Width and both longitudinal and transverse slope of the screed are controlled without contact and with maximum precision. Since steering and screed width are controlled separately, the planners' specifications as regards positioning and dimensioning of the pavement can be implemented precisely, even in adverse circumstances. All VÖGELE pavers of the new generation are prepared to be equipped with the NAVITRONIC® system.
Economic efficiency and user-friendliness are the winning features of the pavers and material feeders in the new "Dash 1" family.
"Dash 1" family – Economical and user-friendly
The arrival of the "Dash 1" generation is heralded by the models SUPER 1600-1, SUPER 1603-1, SUPER 1800-1 and SUPER 1803-1. This "family concept" focuses above all on customer orientation, training, maintenance and easy servicing, as well as on greater cost-efficiency which is guaranteed by the identical concept for paver operation and the standardization of numerous wearing parts. Models of the "Dash 1" generation can also be supplied with material more quickly and more safely. They spread more mix in less time and with greater precision, achieve a better pavement quality and can advance rapidly on difficult terrain. To top it all, they also help save energy and protect the environment.
The first models of the "Dash 1" family
The centrepiece of the SUPER 1600-1 and SUPER 1603-1 pavers is a 4-cylinder Perkins diesel engine developing 96kW at 2,000rpm. Speed remains constant even in changing load conditions. Material hopper, conveyors and augers are dimensioned to ensure that 600 tonnes of mix can be laid per hour. For either paver, a fixed-width screed or an extending screed is available. The SUPER 1800-1 and SUPER 1803-1 can lay up to 700 tonnes of material per hour. They handle a maximum pave width of 8m (SUPER 1803-1) or 9m (SUPER 1800-1) and layer thicknesses of up to 30cm.
MT 1000-1 – Uninterrupted paving
The new high-performance MT 1000-1 mobile feeder from VÖGELE is to be found wherever a high and uninterrupted laydown rate is required. The level of mix in the paver's material hopper is monitored by a sonic sensor which switches off the material feeder if there is any risk of overfilling. The distance between paver and mobile feeder is controlled by state-of-the-art sensor technology. Additional safety is assured by an anti-collision system.
Five tools for incomparable user-friendliness
With their high-tech innovation V-TRONIC®, VÖGELE focus above all on user-friendliness. This is assured by five tools: Engine Management (EM), Engine Load Control (ELC), Traction Management (TM), Generator Management (GM) and the so-called TUSC tool allowing the control desk on the paver to communicate with the screed operators' consoles on the outside of the screed. A computer-aided indicator clearly presents all the vital paver settings and relevant paving data on a display.
The two compact paver models SUPER 600 and SUPER 800 deliver a maximum performance with minimal dimensions.
Compact size – Extensive range of applications
With their track width of just 1.1m and a clearance width of 1.2m, the two new compact pavers SUPER 600 and SUPER 800 easily fit through narrow gates or entrances. Just 4.35m long, they can be loaded onto a twin-axle trailer for transport. Successfully combining a large variety of applications, sophisticated technology and comprehensive standard equipment which meets practical needs, these small pavers are truly exceptional. They are unbeatable whenever cost-efficiency, economy and high performance are called for.
The two compact pavers use a perfectly tailored version of the tried-and-tested NIVELTRONIC® system.
2006 / 07
VÖGELE present the "Dash 2" generation of pavers featuring the revolutionary ErgoPlus® operating system and Navitronic Plus® at BAUMA 2007.
New paver family sets new standards
VÖGELE present a brand new SUPER generation at BAUMA 2007: the "Dash 2" paver family. With these pavers, VÖGELE set new standards in terms of eco-friendliness, easy operation, pavement quality and reliability. All pavers are equipped with the innovative ErgoPlus® operating system making intuitive operation significantly easier.
This ergonomically, ecologically and economically harmonious overall concept is rewarded with the iF Product Design Award for the SUPER 1900-2 and SUPER 2100-2 pavers.
VÖGELE introduce a new compact equipment class with the models SUPER 1100-2, SUPER 1103-2, SUPER 1300-2 and SUPER 1303-2.
The most striking features of these "Dash 2" pavers are their design – not a single component protrudes beyond the slim silhouette – and their extremely powerful drive system.
The tracked SUPER 1300-2's maximum pave width of 4.5m is unique in this paver class.
ErgoPlus® focuses on the operator
The ErgoPlus® concept encompasses not only the operator's platform, the paver operator's console and the screed console, but also the new NIVELTRONIC Plus® automatic grade and slope control system. The console is clearly arranged and operated according to the principle of "Touch and Work". All elements are exceedingly functional.
Many functions can be monitored directly on the display of the paver operator's console without requiring connection of external instruments. With NIVELTRONIC Plus® activated, its "Start Screen" is displayed on the screed console by default. Perfect all-round visibility is assured and Xenon headlamps on the paver's hardtop illuminate the entire job site in darkness. Operating a paver has never been easier.
Innovative control system
VÖGELE present a genuine innovation at BAUMA 2007 with NAVITRONIC Plus®, their new 3D machine control system. The system features an "open interface" permitting connection of 3D positioning systems, such as laser-based total stations or GPS systems supplied by numerous well-known manufacturers. One economic advantage of NAVITRONIC Plus® is that the 3D positioning systems which may be already available for use with customers' other machines can also be combined with VÖGELE road pavers.
2006 / 07
The SprayJet Module converts the SUPER 1800-2 into an advanced spray paver.
SUPER 1800-2 with SprayJet Module – The modern spray paver
The SUPER 1800-2 with additional SprayJet module from VÖGELE is an ultramodern spray paver with which bitumen emulsion can be sprayed and the asphalt surfacing paved in a single pass. This is ideal for impeccably paving thin wearing course.
The SprayJet module essentially comprises a large heated emulsion tank holding up to 2,000 litres and five spray bars which are positioned at the front, sides and rear of the crawler tracks on the SUPER 1800-2 with SprayJet Module. The rate of spread is accurately metered electronically.
2006 / 07
VÖGELE perfect their high-compaction technology with the AB 600-2 Extending Screed in the TP2 Plus version, which features a variable tamper stroke and two pressure bars.
Enhanced high compaction technology
VÖGELE further enhance high compaction technology with the development of their InLine Pave® machine technology. Even without rollers, compaction values of over 98% are achieved in this way. The AB 600-2 Extending Screed in the TP2 Plus version is specially developed to this end. Tamper stroke options are modified in comparison to the normal TP2 screed. The necessary power is delivered by two pressure bars in the rear part of the new VÖGELE extending screed. The pressure for the pressure bars can be varied between 40 and 120 bar.
VÖGELE present the new compact class, launching four "Dash 2" generation pavers.
Four new models for the "Dash 2" family
VÖGELE implements the "Dash 2" concept in four more pavers. The new models – the wheeled SUPER 1603-2 and SUPER 1803-2 pavers and the tracked SUPER 1600-2 and SUPER 1800-2 models – have been enhanced in several respects. The paver operator has an outstanding all-round view, all relevant maintenance points are readily accessible and innovative air routing ensures optimum cooling even at high ambient temperatures.
All four pavers are equipped with ErgoPlus® and a powerful modern Perkins diesel engine. They comply with the European exhaust standards COM 3a and US standard EPA Tier 3. Little noise is generated when working in the economical ECO mode. Fuel consumption and wear have also been reduced.
The pavers in the VISION series are developed for the US and Australian markets.
VISION – The series for North America and Australia
The tracked VISION 5200-2 and wheeled VISION 5203-2 pavers – two 10-foot machines – are specifically designed by VÖGELE to meet the requirements of the North American and Australian markets. They are primarily used for motorways and other major construction projects.
VISION 5100-2 and VISION 5103-2 are two machines in the 8-foot class and ideal for building smaller roads and town squares.
Like all pavers of the "Dash 2" generation, these four machines are also equipped with the ErgoPlus® operating system.
VÖGELE present InLine Pave®, an innovative paving process for "hot on hot" paving.
InLine Pave® – "Hot on hot"
InLine Pave® from VÖGELE is a new paving method in which three machines work one behind the other "in a line". Binder and wearing courses of different mixes are placed "hot on hot" in a single pass. The layers are perfectly bonded by strong interlocking, an essential prerequisite assuring the road's durability. The method guarantees maximum cost-efficiency by saving time and material. Rollers are not needed to compact the binder course.
Paving can continue even at low ambient temperatures, as the heat is retained in the asphalt package for a longer time during the paving process. In just two-and-a-half years, some 1,500,000m² of road are paved throughout Europe using VÖGELE's impressive InLine Pave® Technology.
Construction work begins on VÖGELE's new factory in Ludwigshafen-Rheingönheim, Germany.
Construction of a new factory starts
On 06 March 2009, VÖGELE lay the foundation stone of their new factory in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany.
The world's most modern paver factory with its large Centre for Training and Technology (CTT) starts production.
Inauguration of the new factory
In October 2010, JOSEPH VÖGELE AG starts production in the world's most modern paver factory. With a total investment value of 100 million euros, the new factory built in Ludwigshafen on the river Rhine is one of the biggest investments made in the European mechanical engineering industry. From now on, pavers and screeds for the world market are produced, assembled and shipped from an outdoor site covering 370,000m² and an indoor area of roughly 60,000m².
The new 3,000m² "Centre for Training and Technology", or CTT for short, also plays an important part here, in addition to the production halls. This basic and vocational training centre is used for in-house training and for training the customers' staff.
The SUPER 3000-2 and the new "PowerFeeder" generation raise the benchmark in terms of performance.
The new flagship
The SUPER 3000-2 which succeeds the SUPER 2500 is a paver of a completely new dimension. In terms of performance, technological progress and ergonomic design, its "Dash 2" technology makes it the new industry leader among the large pavers. With a maximum laydown rate of 1,600t/h and pave widths up to 16m, large-scale construction projects can be completed within a short period of time and pavements without joints built in the greatest possible widths. The tractor includes a material hopper holding 17.5 tonnes. The conveyor tunnel is 1.62m wide and 40cm high. A heavy-duty kit can be retrofitted if the paver is primarily used for roadbase applications. Abrasive wear is reduced by reinforced guards in the conveyor tunnel and on the chassis, as well as by modified auger blades.
Brand new PowerFeeder generation
VÖGELE present two new models from the PowerFeeder generation: the MT 3000-2 and MT 3000-2 Offset. The PowerFeeder MT 3000-2 is a particularly efficient machine for large-scale job sites requiring both high pavement quality and economical operation. The machine has a material hopper holding 11 tonnes of material and boasts a high-performance feeder concept with which 25-tonne feed vehicles can be emptied in just 60 seconds.
One of the innovations of the MT 3000-2 Offset is its pivoting conveyor allowing the material feeder to be used for a whole host of different applications. The conveyor can be pivoted 55° to the right and left, and also raised to an angle of up to 23°. The machine's feeder concept has been designed so that other materials can be conveyed in addition to asphalt, such as topsoil, gravel, water-bound base course mixes and recycled materials. The MT 3000-2 Offset is also ideal for "hot on hot" paving.
VÖGELE introduce Navitronic® technology for wheeled pavers.
Innovation: NAVITRONIC® for wheeled machines
The new system for wheeled machines is presented by VÖGELE at BAUMA 2010. NAVITRONIC® Basic incorporates the same performance features as NAVITRONIC Plus® for tracked machines.
Minimum dimensions, larger pave width, maximum range of applications
The new SUPER 700 supersedes the SUPER 600. The mini paver retains the small dimensions of its predecessor, but offers higher performance figures. The most important features are a larger pave width of up to 3.2m and a more powerful Deutz engine rated at 45kW.
VÖGELE present the “Dash 3“ generation featuring numerous innovations at BAUMA.
"Dash 3" generation at BAUMA 2013
VÖGELE herald the next stage in road construction with a completely new category of pavers – the "Dash 3" generation. These innovative, user-friendly and economical asphalt pavers are based on cost-efficient cutting-edge technology.
Cutting-edge technology from VÖGELE.
"VÖGELE EcoPlus" reduces emissions
The machine concept of the "Dash 3" generation is guided by the motto: Lower fuel consumption – Lower emissions – Lower costs. The "VÖGELE EcoPlus" low-emissions package combines a number of individual measures distinctly reducing the fuel consumption and noise levels of "Dash 3" pavers:
"PaveDock Assistant" - The smart link between feed vehicle and paver
The key components of the "PaveDock Assistant" communication system are the signal lights on the paver and the associated controls on the paver operator's ErgoPlus 3 console. With these lights, the paver operator can give the driver of the feed vehicle unmistakable signals, indicating what needs to be done (e.g. reverse, stop, dump mix, etc.).
Sprung "PaveDock" push-rollers
VÖGELE also developed the sprung "PaveDock" push-rollers to complement "PaveDock Assistant". This particularly robust system efficiently absorbs impacts when the feed vehicle docks onto the paver. Combined, the two systems ensure maximum process safety when transferring the mix.
Even better operability with ErgoPlus 3
The user-friendly ErgoPlus operating system which has already proved its practical value on job sites all over the world has been enhanced with useful supplementary features for the new "Dash 3" generation. For example, the newly designed colour display has an extremely high-contrast surface. What's more, the driver's seat and the paver operator's console, as well as the screed consoles, can now be adjusted even more easily to the needs of the operating personnel. Side panelling affords effective protection from the wind and rain.
Automated processes with "AutoSet Plus"
"AutoSet Plus" has two handy automatic functions. The automatic repositioning and transport function greatly facilitates the continuation of work when moving the paver on the job site from one work section to another, or after the paver has been transported. Simply pressing the "Execute button" stores the settings of various paver functions. When the paver has relocated, everything is restored to the previously saved working position by pressing the button again.
The automatic function for paving programs, on the other hand, allows the operating personnel to store own paving programs in the paving process. Once stored, the program can then be retrieved and reused whenever needed.
The most advanced drive technology for perfect paving
In every "dash 3" paver, a modern, powerful and totally reliable diesel engine is enstalled. It ensures that the pavers apply their laydown rate to the road at exactly the selected pave speed.
The PowerFeeder MT 3000-2 Offset with pivoting conveyor opens up new prospects in material feeding.
Hightech for more quality and productivity
The MT 3000-2 Offset is a cutting-edge feeder providing for a high and consistent flow of mix on different applications. Be it a conventional road building site to be supplied with mix or a trench running alongside the roadway that needs to be backfilled, the MT 3000-2 Offset with pivoting conveyor is the ideal solution. An innovative material transfer concept provides for maximum conveying capacity and the ErgoPlus operating system ensures easy and safe operation of the machine.
The new compact powerhouses, the tracked SUPER 1600-3 and the wheeled SUPER 1603-3, are extremely manœuvrable and highly versatile.
VÖGELE further advance the "Dash 3" generation with their tracked SUPER 1600-3 and wheeled SUPER 1603-3 pavers. These two Universal Class machines owe their outstanding manœuvrability and versatility to their compact design.
In the SUPER 1800-3 SprayJet, the spray module is now also integrated in the paver's ErgoPlus 3 operating system.
SUPER 1800-3 SprayJet
The new SUPER 1800-3 SprayJet boasts a host of innovations along with the full set of "Dash 3" features. This unique spray paver performs perfectly, whether it is paving thin layers or conventional surface and binder courses.
The new SUPER 700-3 and SUPER 800-3 pavers are exceedingly compact, making them ideal for inner-city or landscaping applications.
SUPER 700-3/SUPER 800-3
VÖGELE round off the "Dash 3" generation with their new Mini Class pavers. Both of these exceedingly compact machines can tackle a wide range of applications, making them an ideal choice in towns and cities as well as for landscaping operations.