Moba and Volz Consulting set up new joint venture for process optimization in road construction

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Left: Stefan Volz, managing director Volz Consulting and Volz Consulting GmbH (left), and Volker Harms, CEO MOBA Mobile Automation.

Moba Mobile Automation and Volz Consulting have created a new joint venture, Volz Consulting GmbH, to operate in process optimization and documentation in asphalt road construction.

The core of the new business is the formation of a software system for construction process optimisation developed by Volz Consulting – BauProzessOptimierung, or BPO Asphalt for short.

The system allows its users to plan and sequence tasks on construction sites simply and easily when on the go, following the principles of just-in-time delivery. The system allows the user to network mixing equipment, the HGV transport chain and the construction site into a seamless unit and to manage processes in real time. In addition, all temperature and sensor data from the Moba-developed Pave-IR Scan temperature measurement system are also integrated into the BPO Asphalt system. The result is a unique overall system for process and quality management in asphalt paving.

The solution ensures that users can fulfil the soon-to-be-implemented quality and documentation requirements of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and create the required paving and logistics schedules. Moba is currently developing a measurement system for thermally insulated dumpers, which is also set to be integrated into this system.

BPO Asphalt can be used on construction sites by operators with no previous experience, allowing construction companies to improve their paving quality, reduce costs and cut construction times.

“Over the last year, BPO Asphalt has made great progress together with our system users. In order to be able to offer our customers an end-to-end process management tool, we needed to give the system access to machine data as well as integrate temperature measurements. Moba was the only company in a position to offer us this possibility”, said Stefan Volz, MD of the newly created Volz Consulting.

The joint venture also offers new opportunities for Moba. Volker Harms, chairman of the Moba board of management, explained, “Aside from the synergies that we can achieve at the technical and product level, we also see the potential benefits of a joint sales effort.

“With our 500 employees and more than 100 international dealers and subsidiaries, we feel there are enormous opportunities for growth in Volz Consulting GmbH.

“As we are pursuing the strategic goal of achieving growth in the software and services area, this new development is a perfect enhancement to our portfolio of products. It makes perfect sense to secure this new technology via a shareholding in the company.”

May 22, 2015

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