SealMaster Introduces CrackPro Robotic Maintenance Vehicle
BY AsphaltPro Staff
SealMaster Pavement Products & Equipment and Pioneer Industrial Systems (PIS) have introduced the CrackPro Robotic Maintenance Vehicle (RMV). Minimizing labor and keeping crew members off the road, it requires a driver and a person who stays on the back of the unit to monitor application and replenish the crack sealant.
The CrackPro RMV’s AI vision system measures and scans cracks, controls material flow, communicates with a robotic arm, and guides the wand and shoe of the heated hose to dispense crack sealant, after the automated blower system cleans cracks for sealing.
The RMV features a full truck chassis, equipped with a FANUC R2000 robot, generator, integrated blow-off system, custom Crack Pro 260, LED safety lights and rear safety cage to alert drivers.
Todd Hendricks of PIS came up with the concept when he saw a crack sealing crew on his way to work in late 2019. Then, he proposed a challenge: “How could we apply our robotics expertise to increase safety and efficiency in routine road maintenance?” The company soon established its RMV division, and ultimately partnered with SealMaster on the venture.
For more information, visit the SealMaster or PSI websites.