Engineers Excellence Award commendation for automated traffic cone truck

3 June 2015

Roads and Maritime Services received a high commendation accolade at this year’s Engineers Australia Excellence Awards for the development of Australia’s first fully customised traffic cone laying truck.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the innovative cone truck was designed and implemented in house to improve road safety for workers by automating the process of lane marking with traffic cones.

“The high commendation was awarded to Roads and Maritime at the awards held in Newcastle last week for this truck which lays up to 308 traffic cones at 15 or 25 metre intervals while travelling at 10km/h, reducing manual handling for workers,” the spokesperson said.

“The truck can in turn retrieve the cones at a travel speed of 12km/h, removing risks to workers collecting cones on foot beside live traffic lanes.

“The truck is currently being used on the M1 Pacific Motorway where lanes regularly need to be closed for maintenance.

“When operating on the M1 Pacific Motorway, one of Australia’s busiest motorways, the truck can safely close two lanes in less than 15 minutes while allowing one to remain open, reducing the impact to motorists and reducing risk to workers from passing vehicles.”

The spokesperson explained the cone handling system is driven by a combination of air, hydraulic and electic components, all controlled by a computerised control.

“Sensors assist the truck to automatically place and pick up the cones, allowing drivers to concentrate on driving the vehicle.

“Roads and Maritime designed and developed a cone truck prototype using CAD engineering software in house after an international search for a similar vehicle proved fruitless.

“The drawings maintained in house will allow teams to make changes to the existing design or build another truck if the need arises.”

Roads and Maritime continues to develop innovative products to improve safety and efficiency including automatic line marker trucks, lane changing trailers and traffic flow systems.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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