Size matters: TinyMobileRobots' Lars Jøgensen
Danish firm TinyMobileRobots is showing off a new tablet solution for its robot road marker at Intertraffic. The TinyPreMarker automatically lays out road lines – on motorways, airports or harbours - to an accuracy of 2cm, using a built-in GNSS receiver, the company says.
Customers load the pre-marking course required on a programme such as AutoCAD. The product is compatible with CSV, DXF, GEO and LandXML data formats, which can then be transferred to the robot via USB, and the robot will then mark points or lines using an on-board aerosol spray.
The TinyPreMarker needs to be followed by a human, who can check visually that it is keeping to the right course and replace its aerosol if need be. The original product, launched in 2014, required a controller device with the robot – but the new solution means that customers need only an iPad or other tablet to do everything.
“It is totally autonomous and ten times faster than doing it manually,” says the company’s Lars Jorgensen. “We have sales all over the world: the US, Australia, Netherlands and Denmark, of course.”
Replaceable battery life is eight hours – and TinyMobileRobots says that it does not know of any customers which have had to use a back-up battery before that time. “We haven’t experienced that yet,” says development engineer Palle Flydtkjaer. Customers include surveying companies and others which have a need for high-volume road pre-marking work.