Gomaco Corp. has created a new, in-house 3D Machine Controls Group. The paver manufacturer helped develop stringless slipform paving, working closely with 3D machine-control-system makers Leica, Topcon and Trimble.
"We have invested over a decade in research and field testing on the 3D stringless guidance system, and today almost every paving application has been proven on projects around the world," Kent Godbersen, Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, said. "Now we have an obligation to take the next step in supporting our customers with service and the development of Gomaco 3D."
Three new employees, Matthew Morrison, Kevin Ackley, and Chad Schaeding have been hired, with Morrison acting as manager of the Gomaco 3D Machine Controls Group. Morrison and Ackley previously worked for Leica Geosystem's machine control division. Schaeding is a recent Purdue University graduate with a Master's Degree in Engineering with an emphasis on Geometrics.
"Gomaco's partnership with Leica and our work with Topcon and Trimble have clearly established Gomaco as the front runner in 3D controls," Kevin Klein, vice president of engineering, said. "As our competitors are now starting to follow our lead, it is time for us to take this to the next level. Our goal is to design and implement our own proprietary system which will be able to utilize instruments from whatever manufacturer that our customers choose."
The new group will focus on sales and service of 3D machine controls and developing Gomaco's proprietary 3D controls which will be an integral part of the company's standard machine controller.
"There are over 100 stringless units on Gomaco machines in the field, and Matt and Kevin have worked with the majority of our customers in the set up and training of these systems," Godbersen said. "Matt and Kevin are part of a small, elite group of specialists that are familiar with stringless paving and we are pleased to have two of the premier experts in 3D concrete paving in the world join the Gomaco team.