COMB is a dump truck for the construction industry with a revolutionary new architecture. The combination of an autonomous GPS control system and an innovative tray-changing technique allows a new work process which substantially improves the dump truck’s efficiency.
The operational procedure of a conventional dump truck is very inefficient. The dump truck sits idle while the excavator loads it, and while the truck transports the load, the excavator sits idle. This system causes massive time loss. A more efficient workflow would not involve the idle periods.
COMB is a dump truck equipped with tray-changing technology that works completely independently using an autonomous GPS control system. The efficiency of ants was the main inspiration.
COMB has two or more stackable trays. While it is driving to the loading area with an empty tray, the excavator loads the other tray. COMB puts the empty tray down and prepares to pick up the other tray, which is by that time nearly fully loaded. When the loading is complete, the tray is picked up and COMB drives to the unloading area. There, the excavator has been loading the other tray. After the unloading of the second tray, the whole workflow starts again.
In addition, COMB is able to unload its trays onto a six-wheeler truck and to stack them, which can make transport more efficient.
Rostyslav Akselrud, [email protected]