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24 March 2016

GOMACO claims new paver is smartest available yet

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GOMACO GP3 concrete paver
GOMACO says its new GP3 concrete paver is the most sophisticated on the market
GOMACO claims that its all-new GP3 slipform paver is the most sophisticated on the market, thanks to a series of new features. The machine is designed for paving widths of up to 9.14m and benefits from a dual-telescoping design that boosts its versatility and adaptability. The machine has a smart frame widening system to allow multiple width changes, as well as smart leg positioning and smart steering capabilities due to its full-steer tracks. These features are all controlled by its GOMACO-developed G+ digital control system and combine make the GP3 what the firm claims is the world’s most intelligent paver.

The new GOMACO GP3 smart paver has been designed to handle multiple width changes easily. It features a roller frame with dual telescoping capabilities of up to 2.13m on each side, allowing a total of 4.26m of automatic frame widening. Double parallel, hydraulic telescoping frame members in the front and rear of the mainframe permit its dual telescoping capability. Smart cylinders in the unique roller frame allow smart telescoping with accurate frame widening and automatic width reference for steering setup. The T-beam mounting rail is incorporated into the telescoping frame.

The GP3’s smart leg positioning includes sensored, hydraulic rotational drives on the pivot arms of each of the paver’s four legs. The smart pivots on the legs provide the G+ control system with information on the angle of rotation and work together with the track rotation sensors to maintain the tracks in the straight-head steering line. Sensored, hydraulic rotational drives are also located on each of the paver’s four tracks, allowing the accurate steering technology. This also allows the tracks to steer further than before and the smart track rotation provides the G+ control system with exact track location and position. The design allows the GP3 to turn tight radii using its smart leg positioning and smart track rotation. These features work with the G+ control system to automatically control the direction and speed of the track travel through a radius.

The new paver has also been designed for easy transport. The paver is put into transport mode by driving the legs around to the transport position using the GP3’s full-steer tracks and hydraulic rotational sensored pivot arms. With the legs in the transport position, G+ travel is switched to transport for complete control. It has a retractable, sliding operator’s console to reduce the shipping width of the machine. It offers a minimum transport width of only 2.59m by 10.15m minimum transport length.

The GP3 was designed to be easy to operate with the G+ control system, as well as comfortable for the operator while offering a complete view of the entire job site. Vibrator modules are positioned across the front of the operator’s platform for easy accessibility and operation visibility. G+ allows quiet running technology and also load-sensed hydraulics for maximum paving performance and optimized fuel efficiency. The paver has an isolated operator’s platform for operator comfort during a long day of slipform paving. The platform is easy to access with multi-positioning, pivoting ladders. The ladders allow variable degrees of angle for safety and ease in climbing. For minimum-clearance paving conditions, the ladders can be vertically positioned tight against the paver.

The G+ Connect package allows all the smart accessories and guidance system for the GOMACO paver to be interfaced. The user connects a 3D stringless guidance system, IDBI, tie bar inserter (TBI), power transition adjustor (PTA), GOMACO Smoothness Indicator (GSI) and more to the GP3 slipform paver. The GP3 can also feature the latest in telematics and remote diagnostics.

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