MOBA hits 40

By Sarah Ann McCay20 September 2012

MOBA company founder Paul Harms (left) and his son Volker Harms, CEO MOBA Mobile Automation AG

MOBA company founder Paul Harms (left) and his son Volker Harms, CEO MOBA Mobile Automation AG

German manufacturer MOBA Mobile Automation AG clocked up 40 years of operations this month.

The Limburg-based firm has grown to provide mobile electronics, identification technology and mobile weighing equipment for construction machines, waste disposal vehicles and agriculture since company founder Paul Harms opened a small engineering office in 1972.

Today, MOBA offers a wide range of self-developed and self-manufactured products and systems for construction machines, special machines and for the waste disposal sector.

Highlights of the past 40 years include the introduction of MOBA-branded height and slope sensors to market in 1976. Ultrasonic sensors and complete systems followed, with the MOBA-matic levelling system for pavers launched in 1991 and the Big Sonic-Ski non-contact, ultrasonic system for pavers in 2001.

MOBA also offers safety-related technologies with systems for manlifts and mobile cranes. One milestone in this area was the development of the MRW in 2002, a redundant load cell that is used for overload protection on manlifts or mobile cranes.

The company employs more than 420 staff members worldwide, has subsidiaries in nine countries, and an international dealer network. MOBA currently operates in Europe, North America and Asia, and is currently focused on expanding into the South American markets.

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