Safety, Efficiency Spark Development of Award-Winning RMV
Safety and efficiency inspired development of the CrackPro Robotic Maintenance Vehicle (RMV). Minimizing labor and keeping crew members off the road, It requires just 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 advanced 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. In addition to reducing labor and enhancing safety, the CrackPro RMV, conserves material and money. “It makes precise decisions, runs at a consistent speed, and can cover three shifts a day with fewer people,” says RMV representative Tyler Roth.
Todd Hendricks of Pioneer Industrial Systems 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.
The CrackPro RMV began its tour of industry trade shows in February. It will next be featured at the American Public Works Association’s PWX conference Aug. 2 – 5. SealMaster and RMV continue to host numerous demonstrations coast to coast for contractors and local, state, and federal public works agencies. It will also be featured at the Department of Defense Showcase Oct. 26 – 29.
The CrackPro RMV earned Pioneer Industrial Systems the Fanuc America 2022 Innovative System of the Year award, and the 2021 AFWERX Flightline of the Future Challenge for Airfield Maintenance and Repair. Fanuc is a leading global supplier of robots. AFWERX is an innovation arm of the Department of the Air Force, supporting both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.
SealMaster, the nation’s One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States.