Easily Track Asphalt Plant Settings Using the LASTRADA™ Asphalt Quality Control Module


Aug 1, 2019 11:00 AM / by Dan Ridolfi


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How does your team manage plant settings? Are you still relying on handwritten records?

The LASTRADA™ Asphalt QC Module provides a quick and easy way to track, evaluate, and adjust plant settings.  

To document plant settings, the process is very simple: 

  1. In your sample, click on the sample's Header from the left side menu.
  2. Click the pencil icon to access the sample's declaration in a new window. 
  3. Click to create a new blend.
  4. Click the pencil tool to edit the new blend. 
  5. Update your settings.
  6. Click to save the new settings and return to your sample.

Using documented plant settings is also very simple in LASTRADA.

LASTRADA report templates all contain row types, cell types, and column types that define where the specific information from the LASTRADA database should reside in each report. Included in the library of cell types, row types, and column types are plant settings, along with flag options to show when a plant setting has been changed, when a job mix formula has been changed, and when an asphalt mix design is being reported from multiple projects. LASTRADA users can download a template from the library in the customer resource center and modify cell type assignments and flag settings to achieve a custom version of the report.

For more information on how LASTRADA helps asphalt producers, visit our asphalt solutions page.



Most asphalt plants have a three-ring binder documenting plant settings. That binder includes the settings that are
used to reproduce each mix design that plant produces.

I'm Dan Ridolfi with LASTRADA Partners and in this lightning demo, I'm going to show you how plant settings are documented and incorporated in to LASTRADA™'s Asphalt QC Module.

Let's look at how hot plant settings are used in LASTRADA first from the perspective of a technician. I've completed a gradation test. I found my gradation cumulative percent passing of the number 8 to be 52 where the maximum allowable is 45. I've also seen that I am 100 percent passing the half-inch and I've set an internal limit of 98.6. The material is too fine and we need to make an adjustment. The technicians would come here to the header page of a sample and then from the header page, they can access and edit the Declaration of this particular sample. So the technician would create a new blend. They would then use the blend editing tool to come up with a new blend. So let's say they decide to take out of this product and put in that product. They would update this then they would save their results and go back to work with the new settings. Using documented plant settings is very simple to do in LASTRADA. LASTRADA templates all have something called row type cell types and column types and that's where we tell the software where we want that information to reside.

So in this particular template, the plant settings are to reside in these cells right here. So what does that look like? I go to my statistics module in this case I grab some samples. I then run that same template and that template has been set up to put my plant settings here followed by individual gradation results until the setting changes again, as well as control charts here on the second, third, fourth, and fifth pages.

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