The leader of the world paver market is presenting the new Dash 3 generation of pavers for the first time at this year’s Intermat exhibition in Paris, France.A new generation of engines known as I-engines ensures higher efficiency and lower pollutant emissions, as well as lower noise levels. But Dash 3 encompasses more than just conversion of the engines to meet statutory requirements. VÖGELE offers customers a completely new product with innovative technical features, user-friendly operation and a modern design. With these pavers, JOSEPH VÖGELE AG is once again proving that environmental protection and technical progress are not mutually exclusive.Cummins diesel engineThe suffix ‘i’ in the paver’s name stands for `intelligent emission control` and means that the paver has been equipped with state-of-the-art engine technology ensuring extremely low emissions. The innovative, ultramodern drive system complies with the emission standards COM 3b and TIER 4i. With a power output of 186kW and 2,000 rpm, the SUPER 2100-3i paver’s 6-cylinder diesel engine can handle laydown rates up to 1,100 tonne per hour. The fuel-saving ECO mode with 175 kW at 1,700 rpm is perfectly adequate for the majority of paving jobs.EcoPlus packageThe philosophy behind the new emissions concept of the Dash 3 generation is `lower consumption – lower emissions – lower costs.` For VÖGELE, green is more than just a colour, as the pavers’ technical innovations prove:• Splitter gearbox with ability to disengage hydraulic pumps: When the paver is stationary, all hydraulic pumps for traction, conveyors and augers as well as compaction are automatically switched off after about one minute. Fuel consumption is reduced considerably by this new function. Reducing the trailing load also makes it significantly easier to start the paver at low outside temperatures.• Energy-optimised tamper drive: The tamper is driven by a variable displacement pump which always delivers exactly the amount of oil needed for the current tamper speed and not a drop more or less.• Variable-speed fan: The variable-speed fan automatically adapts to different parameters, such as temperature of the hydraulic oil and engine load. This reduces noise levels as well as consumption.• Controlled hydraulic oil temperature: A bypass circuit allows the hydraulic oil to reach its optimum operating temperature very quickly. This in turn permits rapid, fuel-saving operation of the paver. If the oil temperature rises above the optimum level of 50-70°C, a bypass diverts the oil through the cooler assembly.ErgoPlus®The ErgoPlus® operating concept from VÖGELE adapts perfectly to the needs of the paver operator. The clear and logical arrangement of controls and the ergonomically designed workplace allow the operator to work safely and concentratedly. ErgoPlus® has been developed further for the Dash 3 generation, with numerous additional ergonomic and functional advantages.The redesigned four-colour display, for example, has a high-contrast user interface ensuring brilliant visibility even in poor lighting conditions. The graphic user interface and all symbols comply with the latest requirements in terms of product design. Self-explanatory symbols that are understood in all languages allow the operator to work intuitively.What’s more, the paver operator’s seat and console on the operator platform, as well as the screed consoles can now be adjusted even more easily to the operators’ needs. Side panelling affords effective protection from the wind and rain.AutoSetWith the new AutoSet function, the paver is quickly and safely prepared for a move on the job site. Screed, augers, hydraulic hopper front and deflectors in front of the crawler tracks are raised to transport position simply by pressing the Execute button. After the move of the paver on site, all components are reset to their previous working positions and paving parameters are retrieved, simply by pressing the button again. This ensures that no settings are lost when changing between pave and job site modes. It also effectively prevents damage during transport. Each function can be activated and deactivated separately via the ErgoPlus® menu.PaveDock AssistantThe PaveDock Assistant is an exceedingly efficient system which greatly facilitates communication between paver operator and driver of the feed vehicle. In this way, PaveDock from VÖGELE considerably improves process reliability during transfer of the mix. The signal lights on the paver and the controls on the paver operator’s ErgoPlus® console are the key components of this communication system.The paver comes with two signal lights mounted on the right and left of the hardtop. With these lights, the paver operator can give the driver of the feed lorry unmistakable signals, indicating what needs to be done (eg, reverse, stop, dump). Having two lights, each in an elevated position, ensures that all signals are clearly visible to the lorry driver from all sides.Sprung push-rollersInnovative push-rollers are optionally available from VÖGELE for the Dash 3 paver generation. Jolts from the feed lorry are absorbed very efficiently. As soon as the lorry docks onto the paver, a sensor is tripped and delivers a signal to the PaveDock indicator system. The lorry driver can react instantly, thus ensuring that the mix is transferred particularly safely and without jolts. For the paving team, this is a genuine value-added function, for it guarantees a top-quality pavement result.The paver comes with two signal lights mounted on the right and left of the hardtop. With these lights, the paver operator can give the driver of the feed lorry unmistakable signals, indicating what needs to be done.