The Development of the “Mark II” Mobile Robot for Concrete Slab Finishing
Concrete slab finishing is a construction task which presents a number of problems for the job site manager. First of all, curing times often require that work be carried out on a round-the-clock basis. Secondly, it is exhausting work because the posture that must be assumed by finishing workers is extremely tiring. And thirdly, it requires a high degree of skill — and skilled plasterers and finish workers are not always available. To help solve some of these problems, we began development of a trackless, self-propelled concrete slab finishing robot. In Phase I of our development, we created the Mark I prototype which gave excellent finish results in on-site tests. Now, in Phase II, we have created a more practical model which is lighter, more compact, and easier to operate. Herein we report on the development process for this robot, the MARK II, and present an overview of its functions and capabilities.
KeywordsConcrete Slab Host Computer Finish Quality Finish Worker Drive Roller
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