Borum thermoplastic preheaters are melting, heating and mixing the thermoplastic material making it ready for application via the road marking machine.

Borum preheaters are designed in two different systems:
- Direct heating (D): The thermoplastic material is heated directly from the burner.
Standard capacities : 300 L, 500 L, 750 L, 1000 L

- Indirect heating (ID): The thermoplastic material is heated via thermal transfer oil in a separate chamber heated by the burner.
Standard capacities: 250 L, 400 L, 600 L, 800 L, 1100 L, 1600 L, 2500 L

The size of the preheaters is selected in accordance with the type and size of linework to be performed. As a starting point, it is recommended to get preheaters with twice the capacity of the machine.

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  • Standard capacities (Indirect heated) : 250 L, 400 L, 600 L, 800 L, 1100 L, 1600 L, 2500 L
  • Standard capacities (Direct heated) : 300 L, 500 L, 750 L, 1000 L


  • Diesel oil burner : Diesel oil burner for 12 V DC power supply.
  • Propane burner : Propane burner with electric ignition and safety system. Active flame control. Available on demand.


For trouble-free heating of block, granulate or liquid thermoplastic material.

Efficient vertical double mixer arms, which ensure uniform heating of the material. 50 mm heat insulation. Hydraulic forward/reverse transmission. Preheaters driven by a hydraulic power unit, which can be installed independent of location of preheater. Standard length for connection of hoses and cables 6.0 m.

Diesel oil burner or propane gas system can be supplied for heating. All sizes of preheaters up to 1600 can be delivered as double (twin) units
driven by a common BM PS-15 power unit.

Indirectly heated preheater (ID)

Hydraulic motor with agitator bearing.
Start/stop/reverse valve for agitator drive. Vertical agitator with double arms and paddles.

Material container surrounded by heat transfer oil, to distribute heat.

Oil-heated center pipe in material tank. Oil-heated material outlet.

The preheater is equipped with a thermostat for thermoplastic material and for heat transfer oil temperatures from +50 to +270°C. Includes an
integrated display showing actual temperatures.


Better thermal control secures a gentle handling of the thermoplastic material. This ensures optimal application conditions in the temperature working area – maximum heating without risk of material damage

Safe heating conditions via the uniform heat distribution from the thermal oil

Uniform storage temperature in all parts of the preheater – no hot spots

Longer lifetime of the preheater due to the more gentle heat supply from the burner – no overheating of the steel parts

Directly heated preheaters (D)

Hydraulic motor with agitator bearing. Start/stop/reverse valve for agitator drive. Agitator with double arms and paddles.

The preheater is equipped with a thermostat for thermoplastic material temperatures from +50 to +250° C.

Includes an integrated display
showing actual thermoplastic temperature.


Quick heating time due to the burner only needing to heat the steel of the preheater – no thermal oil as an in-between medium

Higher melting capacity due to more effect heating in the preheater, which then heats and melts the thermoplastic

Simple construction – no thermal oil reservoir is build into the construction

Lower cost price due to the more simple construction


Both the direct and indirect preheaters are equipped with the high speed agitator, which ensures a perfect mixing of the thermoplastic. The agitator is capable to turn both clock wise (CW) and counter clock wise (CCW). As an option it is possible to mount an automatic reversing agitator on the preheater with variable speed. With this option it is possible to rotate the agitator slowly when the solid bags with thermoplastic are filled into the preheater and gradually increase the speed as they melt. The automatic reversing agitator can be set to run CW e.g. 60 seconds, then 5 second pause, then again 15 seconds CCW; this will be repeated continuously when agitator is set on automatic. Such automatic cycle sequences are a major benefit to uniform the thermoplastic when being melted.

Filling system

Filling system for transportation and lift of thermoplastic, mostly used for transporting thermoplastic from preheaters placed on a supply truck/ trailer to a material tank placed on the marking truck.

Borum has the following filling

- for connecting to a single preheater.

- for connection to double preheaters.

The units have a hydraulically driven
piston pump.

The bottom part and material pipe is
heated by heat transmission oil,
which is circulated by a hydraulically driven pump.

When run by a standard PS 15, the
capacity is 40 litres/min.

Capacity for both models can be up
to 120 litres/min, when fed by 30
litres/min hydraulic oil. For instance if operated by a PS 15 with extra large hydraulic pump

Auger pump

The Auger pump is mounted on single preheater. The pump is driven by a hydraulic motor.

The pump and pivoted material pipe is heated by heat transmission oil, which is circulated by a hydraulically driven pump.

The capacity is 45 litres/min, when operated by a PS 15, provided with extra large hydraulic pump.


To ensure a continuously road marking process it is important to choose the proper size of the preheater. This is done by calculating the material consumption of the road marking machine from the following factors:
- Speed of the machine in km/h
- Marking amount per day
- Mass of the road marking material calculated from marking width, pattern, thickness and density of thermoplastic ρ ~2 kg/litre

A rule of thumb indicates the total preheater volume must be minimum two times the tank capacity of the marking machine.

In continuous operation, with operating equipment, keep the preheater temperature 5 - 15 degrees lower than the application temperature. This is done so that the machine's oil burner can be kept running, thus keeping a little higher oil temperature (relative to the thermoplastic temperature).

At longer breaks in the application work, it is recommended to decrease the temperature of all thermoplastic thermostats, or you can completely turn off the oil burner and keep an eye on the temperature.
How much you decrease the temperature, depends on how long the break is, but the thermoplastic should preferably be below 130-150 degrees before it can be completely shut down for the equipment (stirring, etc.) with regard to settling of the thermoplastic in the preheaters.


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