An engineer’s concept drawing illustrates the new look of the next generation Commander III, available in the fall of 2014.
Ida Grove, Iowa – The GOMACO Commander III, the best-selling multi-application slipform paver of all time, just got better. GOMACO introduced the next generation three-track Commander III at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014, which will be available to contractors in the fall of this year. The next generation Commander III’s new design was driven by the new GOMACO G+® control system and the new Tier 4 engines.
The next generation Commander III features a redesigned frame and operator’s platform with a new pivoting operator’s control console. The frame has been rebuilt to accommodate Tier 4 engines and their cooling packages. The placement of the engine in the framework is reversed to provide increased operator visibility and the redesigned engine shroud provides easy access to service and fill points. The pivoting operator’s console allows the operator to have hands-on control and ultimate visibility no matter what application is being slipformed or what the direction of travel.
For the first time ever, the three-track Commander III will be available with an optional on-board camera as a new device to monitor designated areas of the slipforming process. The camera can be positioned anywhere around the paver and feeds live to the G+ display on the console.
Along with the increased operator visibility, the next generation Commander III offers increased operator comfort. The operator’s platform is now isolated to eliminate vibration. It’s also quieter to work on the platform or around the machine. The Commander III has a new optimized cooling package with the hydraulic fan controlled by G+ to adapt cooling needs to job-site conditions for both a quiet and efficient operation. It has improved fuel efficiency with a power-optimized engine and load-sensed hydraulic circuits. Excellent fuel efficiency combined with an increased fuel capacity allows an uninterrupted day of paving on the project.
The next generation Commander III has the new GBox on every leg to accommodate improved steering and grade with G+ controls. It’s part of GOMACO’s electronic and hydraulic initiative. GBox features a new location for the slave controller and proportional valves, reduces hose and wiring needs, eases serviceability and troubleshooting, and provides easy access with a horizontal swing door at ground level.
G+ controls make all of these advancements possible on the next generation Commander III, including hydraulic fan speed, pivoting operating console, the electronic and hydraulic initiative and more. G+ controls will also accommodate telematics for remote engine and machine monitoring. It’s all part of the power and limitless potential of the exclusive, new GOMACO G+ control system.
GOMACO showcased a full paving train in their booth, including a PS-2600 placer/spreader, the next generation four-track GHP-2800 slipform paver, and the new four-track T/C-5600 texture/cure machine. G+ technology was also featured in GOMACO’s largest CONEXPO-CON/AGG display ever. The G+ advantage for high-production curb and gutter, sidewalk, safety barrier, half-width and full-width paving, variable width paving, and paving with automatic dowel bar insertion was on display. The newest updates for the GSI®, the GOMACO Smoothness Indicator tool for reading and achieving optimum rideability results, were showcased. The job-proven C-450 bridge deck finisher rounded out GOMACO’s display.
GOMACO Corporation (www.gomaco.com) is the worldwide leader in concrete construction equipment with headquarters in Ida Grove, Iowa, USA. GOMACO equipment will slipform concrete streets and highways, airport runways, curb and gutter, sidewalks and recreational trails, safety barrier, bridge parapet, and irrigation canals. Support equipment includes grade trimmers, concrete placers, concrete placer/spreaders, and texturing and curing machines. The company also offers equipment to finish flat slabs, bridges, and slopes. GOMACO will consult on unique concrete paving applications and equipment needs. Products are offered through a worldwide distributor network for local sales, parts and service expertise.