If you want to remove road or runway markings faster and more thoroughly than abrasive methods â€” without damaging the pavement â€” you need an NLB water jetting system. Contractors, DOTs and airports agree that water jetting: â€¢ completely removes coatings, membranes, thermal epoxies, and rubber build-upâ€¦ even from grooved pavement â€¢ l eaves concrete and asphalt undamaged â€¢ creates a stronger bond for restriping â€¢ eliminates dust and debris, with optional vacuum recovery â€¢ saves labor, since fewer operators are needed â€¢ wonâ€™t expose the environment or operating personnel to abrasive media or chemicals. NLB delivers the power of ultra-high pressure water (up to 40,000 psi, or 2,800 bar) in automated and semi-automated systems. For long-line jobs, the STARJETâ„¢ removes up to 7,000 linear ft./hr., while our compact STRIPEJETâ„¢ is specially designed for short-line jobs, like parking decks and intersections. Each includes our patented rotating nozzle assembly with an ULTRA-CLEAN 40Â® pump unit and water tank; and vacuum recovery of water and debris is usually recommended. NLB's integrated STARJETâ„¢ system quickly and thoroughly removes stripes and other markings from long expanses of pavement. Water jetting also results in a better surface over time. In Waterloo, Iowa, for example, water jetting was used to remove markings on one stretch of road, and grinding on another stretch. Both were then coated with epoxy, and after five years, much more striping remained on the water jetted surface. Similar results have been obtained in other states, where contractors report that waterjetting has improved their productivity and profitability. Airport Applications In addition to removing countless miles of highway stripes, NLB water jetting is increasingly popular with airports for rubber removal and runway maintenance. Controlling the build-up of rubber and other residues that reduce airplane traction helps keep runway friction values within the accepted FAA range, maintaining airport efficiency. NLB can provide fully-automated or semi-automated UHP water jet systems. They have many advantages over traditional rubber removal methods like corrosive chemicals and mechanical 'scrubbing': - faster and more thorough - less runway wear and downtime - does not create messy residue - cleans deep into the runway grooves - minimal environmental impact. NLB custom-engineers complete STARJETâ„¢ systems to meet customer needs. Each incorporates all the UHP water jetting components (NLB rotating nozzle assembly and pump unit, water tank, and optional vacuum system) on a heavy-duty truck. The nozzles are mounted to the front of the truck and operated from the cabin. Key specifications are shown here, with some typical configurations. The driver hydraulically raises and lowers the nozzle assembly, which can be positioned to the left or right of the cab. A video system on the nozzle assembly lets him monitor progress from inside the cab while keeping his attention on the road. As the most experienced manufacturer â€” and the only one who designs and builds everything in-house â€” NLB is your best source of water jet systems for pavement applications. Please contact us for further details and application advice.