A new, in-house department for 3D controls has been set up by US-based Gomaco Corporation.
Gomaco claims to have been the worldwide leader in stringless paving since its inception 12 years ago when the first 3D road in the US was paved. It said it had worked closely with leading manufacturers offering stringless systems to help develop and perfect the concept for slipform paving.
Kent Godbersen, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, said "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 proved on projects around the world.
"Now we have an obligation to take the next step in supporting our customers with service and the development of Gomaco 3D."
Kevin Klein, vice president of engineering and research and development, said "Gomaco's partnership with Leica and our work with Topcon and Trimble have clearly established Gomaco as the front runner in 3D controls. As our competitors are now starting to follow our lead, it is time for us to take this to the next level.
He said the goal was to design and implement its own proprietary system which would be able to use instruments from whichever manufacturer its customers chose.
The focus of the new group will be sales, service and support of 3D machine controls and also the development of Gomaco's future proprietary 3D controls which will be an integral part of the company's standard machine controller.