Paving a road becomes as easy as laying a carpet
16 January 2017
Tiger-Stone is a 6m wide machine that essentially prints a road! Using gravity to lay the stones, Tiger-Stone can lay down around 300m2 of road per day.
The machine was developed by Henk van Kuijk of Vanku Machine in an attempt to ease the physical load of pavers. The machine is very simple to use and can be fully operational within five minutes.
Using gravity to lay the stones means there are very few moving parts. Naturally the stones sink down onto the sand, already in the correct pattern. The actual placing of the stones in the machine is done manually and requires at least 1-3 operators. All that’s left to do once the stones are in place is for a contractor to go over the road surface with a tamper.
The solid construction of the machine means it requires very little maintenance. Its tread-track is powered electrically and has few mechanical parts, so it’s safe for the operator and reduces the noise pollution in the environment.
A built-in sensor allows the machine to essentially ‘follow’ the road it’s creating and stay on track.
The Tiger-Stone has a maximum width of six metres and it can even lay roads in different colours, for example, if a bike lane is required. Two operators on the machine can approximately lay 300m2 per day whereas a conventional paver lays just 75-100m2.
Video courtesy of Vankubv.