The GOMACO GSIToolsTM software application program for the GSI®, and the V2 dual-mold system have been named to Better Roads magazine’s 2006 Top Rollouts For Roads list. The 50 Top Rollouts list appeared in the December 2006 issue of the publication.
GOMACO added an important new dimension to its GOMACO Smoothness Indicator technology this year. Originally introduced in 2005 to provide smoothness readings for wet or cured concrete or asphalt slabs, it can now be used to analyze grade accuracy before paving. GSITools is a new software application that utilizes data gathered with the GSI before paving takes place to provide a grade accuracy analysis of the subgrade and/or the stringline. The software can provide an estimated material yield for the project, and pinpoint high and low spots in the subgrade.
Concrete pavers looking for a choice in variable-width paving solutions got one in 2006, as GOMACO announced that its V2 dual-mold system is now available with an optional auto-width adjustment package to provide sensored control of on-the-go paving width changes. The new feature allows a proportional control to change the width of the mold while paving to produce a tapered slab. Stringline is set to follow the desired slab, and sensors on the paver use the stringline to control cylinders for extending the frame and side-shifting the mold. The operator engages the automatic system with the switch of a button as the machine approaches a width transition.
Each year, the Better Roads' staff reviews all of the product introductions during the past year to pick out the 50 which are worth further review. The priorities are new concept products, new series/new generation products in categories that relate to the road and bridge industry, and other rollouts which serves the industry's interests by increasing supplier competition.
GOMACO Corporation (www.gomaco.com) is the worldwide leader in concrete construction equipment with headquarters in Ida Grove, Iowa. 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. Equipment to finish flat slabs, bridges, and slopes is also offered. GOMACO will consult on equipment for large or unique concrete paving projects and products are offered through a worldwide distributor network for local sales, parts and service expertise.