Haslingden firm fills the gap in pothole repair technology

Lancashire Telegraph: Mike Pollitt with his 'frying bedstead' Mike Pollitt with his 'frying bedstead'

TECHNOLOGY which can quickly repair potholes and make roads ‘good as new’ has been developed by an East Lancashire firm.

The equipment, nicknamed ‘the frying bedstead’, heats up both the pothole and road surface to 200 degrees centigrade prior to repairs.

It has been thought up by engineers at Advanced Combustion Engineering Ltd, based in Haslingden.

Bosses at the 25-year-old firm, which employs 12 fabricators, welders, electricians and gas engineers at its base on Commerce Street, hope to sell it to highways authorities who face a hefty backlog of pothole repairs due to the harsh weather conditions.

In Lancashire alone, an extra 6,000 potholes have been reported to the county council over the past year, with diminishing budgets leaving councils facing a difficult task to keep on top of repairs.

Mike Pollitt is managing director of the firm, which also manufactures heating combustion equipment for other industries such as cereal producers, textile companies and metal fabricators.

He said: “Normally when you see potholes repaired, the water is brushed out of the pothole, some Tarmac is shovelled off a flat bed truck into it and then it’s rolled.

“The Tarmac and the road surface are at different temperatures so the materials and the road aren’t bonded.

“Our equipment is placed over the replacement Tarmac and the pothole with the infra-red heat source bringing the materials and the hole up to the same extreme temperature, meaning the bond is much stronger.”

Mr Pollitt and his team are now marketing their Infra-red Tarmac Pothole Repairer but will not be branding it ‘the frying bedstead’.“That’s a name me and the lads gave it because of its appearance, although it does roll off the tongue,” he said.

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7:33pm Wed 13 Feb 13

phil kernot says...

O it proves councils been cutting corners on repairs , not rocket science Tarmac oil based wont stick to water sodden road , get a grip highways ,
O it proves councils been cutting corners on repairs , not rocket science Tarmac oil based wont stick to water sodden road , get a grip highways , phil kernot

8:00pm Wed 13 Feb 13

robert mug says...

This is old tech as something similar was shown on the tv years ago. It all boils down to costs and hell why make it any easier for motorist. Keep paying your road taxes and extortionate fuel taxes.
This is old tech as something similar was shown on the tv years ago. It all boils down to costs and hell why make it any easier for motorist. Keep paying your road taxes and extortionate fuel taxes. robert mug

8:00pm Wed 13 Feb 13

robert mug says...

This is old tech as something similar was shown on the tv years ago. It all boils down to costs and hell why make it any easier for motorist. Keep paying your road taxes and extortionate fuel taxes.
This is old tech as something similar was shown on the tv years ago. It all boils down to costs and hell why make it any easier for motorist. Keep paying your road taxes and extortionate fuel taxes. robert mug

11:30pm Wed 13 Feb 13

happycyclist says...

Didn't they used to dry off the pothole with a big blowtorch, prior to filling it?
Didn't they used to dry off the pothole with a big blowtorch, prior to filling it? happycyclist

9:07am Thu 14 Feb 13

Pearl neclesse says...

As noted above, this is old technology (10 years back at least) and there are 2 companies in the midlands who make these already.
As noted above, this is old technology (10 years back at least) and there are 2 companies in the midlands who make these already. Pearl neclesse

11:10am Thu 14 Feb 13

GAC says...

there's no gap in technology, lancashire county council just wont pay for them to be repaired properly, hence the potholes return within a few months of being filled in.
there's no gap in technology, lancashire county council just wont pay for them to be repaired properly, hence the potholes return within a few months of being filled in. GAC

12:58pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Rumpole says...

A gas bottle and blow torch is esier and cheaper, heat up the edge around the hole and the new tarmac should bond easy enough to last longer than how they do it now.
A gas bottle and blow torch is esier and cheaper, heat up the edge around the hole and the new tarmac should bond easy enough to last longer than how they do it now. Rumpole

7:17pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Pearl neclesse says...

Rumple that may be true, though you would struggle patenting your solution.
Rumple that may be true, though you would struggle patenting your solution. Pearl neclesse

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