Centreville Manufacturing has unveiled the AutoCone 500 truck-mounted traffic cone machine, which holds 500 cones in a rotary drum and is equipped with a robotic arm that grips cones and places them on the road.
After the need for temporary lane closure, the same arm will pick up and stack the cones back into the rotary drum.
The truck was developed to remove the risk of workers walking on a roadway, or riding on the back of a truck while performing this work. Only the driver of the truck is needed to place and pick up the cones, and they are safe in the cab of the truck. The machine can be operated from both passenger and driver sides of the truck, and in forward or reverse travel. The machine will pick up cones that have been knocked over or standing.
The base machine is designed to fit in one 20ft ISO shipping container, and is CE certified for export to Europe. The base machine can be mounted on a variety of 19,500 GVWR cab and chassis without the need to modify the truck.
Video of the machine in operation can be seen at: www.centrevilletrailer.com