Analyze this: Gunnar Schröder with the ZRM 6010
Portable materials testing specialist Proceq
of Switzerland comes to Intertraffic with an enlarged suite of products, having newly acquired fellow-Swiss company Zehntner Testing Instruments.
Proceq acquired Zehntner, which specialises in the quality control of surfaces – particularly the gloss measurement and retroreflectometry of surfaces – on January 1. Zehntner is particularly strong in the field of hand-held retroreflectometers.
Zehntner is demonstrating its ZRM 6010 retroreflectometer, which Peter Zehntner – now an expert consultant with the enlarged group – said had several advantages over rivals. It can measure profiles of upto 15mm, compared to a maximum of 5mm for most competitors on the market.
Zehntner said he was aware of one competitor that could measure profiles of 15mm, but it measured this directly underneath the equipment, whereas the ZRM 6010 looked ahead and scanned the road surface.
Proceq, meanwhile, is showing its new GPR Live, a portable ultra-wideband ground-penetrating radar device. Its capabilities include the detection of cables or pipes in the roadway and it can also be used to detect the location of rebar in structures such as bridges, so maintenance personnel know where to drill safely.
The company will also be showing equipment for detecting the levels of corrosion in rebar, or voids in structures: “It’s for really detailed analysis on whatever is going on inside concrete,” said Gunnar Schröder, Proceq’s head of Central/EMEAR and sales digitization.
The enlarged group will be stressing its Swiss heritage: “Both companies have core values of quality and integrity,” said Schröder.