Blastrac System Used at Friction Workshop

Words: Dan KamysBlastrac System Used at Friction Workshop

International registrants who attended the 2013 International Friction Workshop, hosted by the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute from May 13 to 16 at Penn State, were shown Blastrac’s 2-4800DH Ride-On Shot Blasting System and its effective surface preparation technology. The workshop is part of a research initiative to revise existing American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for the calibration and quality assurance of continuous friction measuring devices. Research is warranted due to the number of friction measurement devices used today for the assessment of surface conditions on highways and airports is numerous, with a significant number of design and operational differences. ASTM governs most of the standards under which this equipment operates.

Josh Jones, Blastrac’s transportation market manager, was more than happy to put on a live demonstration when contacted by the Larson Institute. This surface prep machine strips, cleans and profiles simultaneously improving skid resistance by enhancing micro/macro textures. The 2-4800DH has a 48-inch blast pattern cleaning path that offers great efficiency.

Surf Prep Inc. of Milwaukee, Wis., was instrumental in delivery and supplied a 2-4800DH from their working fleet so that it would be available for demonstration. You can find out more about Surf Prep, Inc. by visiting The Larson Institute conducts a range of driver and vehicle research at its test track facility, from driver perception and reaction to vehicle and barrier crash testing. For additional information about the institute visit To read The Larson Institute story in Penn State News go to: Blastrac has a history of working with academia such as the University of Oklahoma, Iowa State and Chico State in developing pavement surface preparation and striving for more training programs, educational material and presentations to academia and the business world. If you or your institute would like more information please contact Josh Jones at

Are Your Employees Safe While Working In Hot Weather?

As the temperatures rise outside during summer months, so do the risks that employees working in hot conditions may be harmed by the dangerous effects it can have. Exposure to high temperatures can be deadly.1 It’s your responsibility as a business owner

Maximizing Efficiency with CrewTracks

In the masonry industry, efficient project management is crucial for success. CrewTracks addresses this need by streamlining various aspects of daily operations.

SOLA Innovation: Digital Levels

In 2021, SOLA introduced a new generation of digital levels at the World of Concrete. Because it was in the midst of Covid it wasn’t the most well-attended show, but we were optimistic. We attended, showcasing both our SOLA and Keson brands. The standout

Bonding with Masonry 2024 Q2

This issue’s questions come from an Architect, an Engineer. and a Mason Contractor. What questions do you have? Send them to, attention Technical Talk.