Pathfinder Systems was founded by Larry Hilldore in 1998 through a partnership with TIGER Machine based in Okayama, Japan. The company was formed as a solution to bring new, cutting edge equipment into the North American market. The dedicated sales and service staff of Pathfinder Systems have been successfully installing and servicing concrete products equipment ever since. In addition to the partnership with TIGER, Hilldore purchased MERTS batching equipment in 2014. MERTS, LLC is a high-end equipment manufacturer for ready mix facilities and specializes in designing and building batch plants.
Pathfinder Systems has partnered up with additional companies in the dry cast segment of the concrete industry to include GMM, whose experience in stone machinery focuses on grinding, polishing and shaping concrete products and natural stone. Bergen Industries is another partner who is applying more than 100 years of machining experience and nearly 75 years of block manufacturing experience to the design and manufacture of molds for the concrete block industry.
In addition to their expertise in the dry cast concrete products industry, Pathfinder is proud to announce their latest partnerships with Vollert and Nordimpianti equipment. Vollert and Nordimpianti are full-service machine manufacturers for carousel precast panel manufacturing and hollow core/prestress slab manufacturing. This partnership rounds out and extends Pathfinders’ portfolio to include proven manufacturing techniques and engineered solutions in the precast concrete industry. Other partners include B+S, specializing in automated manhole manufacturing and specialized molds for the precast industry and CureTec, servicing both the precast and dry cast industries offering the most advanced concrete curing systems available on the market today. Whether it be an existing plant rebuild or a new construction project, Pathfinder can deliver.
Over the past 20 years, Pathfinder Systems has grown to include fully staffed sales and marketing departments, a stocked warehouse for local parts availability and a service department of experienced industry professionals. Pathfinders’ services range from consulting to turnkey manufacturing solutions and provide extensive knowledge working alongside our customers to design, purchase, build, and commission their concrete manufacturing plants. Pathfinder also has considerable experience assisting its customers with their existing facility upgrades and retrofits.
With offerings such as TIGER Machine’s real three-minute mold change, and one-minute height change, we provide the ability to produce both low and high products on the same concrete products machine with consistent quality. With the addition of optional face mix, you can now produce a whole new line of concrete products without impacting mold change or height change time. It’s proven technology that can almost always utilize your existing molds.
The Handling Systems also are leading-edge technology with easy first in, first out (FIFO) systems using either Stationary Rack, Transfer Car or Finger Car style systems. These systems not only keep track of product in the plant by size but by color as well. Pallet Buffering to allow your plant to continue running even if a minor or major part of the plant is down is just one more benefit for the modern plant.
Special Palletizing and Splitting Lines eliminate bottleneck and run at least 20% faster than concrete block and concrete paver products machinery to ensure smooth production and smooth handling of any products and cube patterns you want to produce.
At Pathfinder Systems, we keep our customers updated on new concrete block, retaining wall, concrete slabs, and paver products from all over the world. Through this open communication channel, Pathfinder Systems’ customers can be assured that they will be the first to introduce new products for their market area that can’t be touched by their competitors. A wide range of new concrete block and concrete paver products are already out there just waiting for someone to take advantage of the opportunity.
Pathfinder Systems will listen to your needs and find cost-effective solutions in a timely manner. By providing trained service assistance and stocking spare parts on hand at your facility or on our shelves, we are ready to assist you and your plant to be prepared to meet the needs of your customers. With years of experience providing turnkey concrete block, paver, retaining wall and slab equipment around the world, Pathfinder Systems is the company to customize a Block Plant or Paver Products System for you.