It improves team safety and reduces excavated material/backfilling volumes on your worksites.
How it came about
Late 2017 – Specifications drawn up and finalised: designing a hydraulic clamp capable of laying cast-iron drinking water pipes of up to Ǿ300 in narrow trenches.
2018 – Manufacturing of a prototype, which was then equipped with an Oilquick hydraulic adapter plate to automatically couple it to a mechanical excavator.
2019 – Testing of the clamp on 2 worksites in the Angers region by SADE Group teams: a worksite to lay a 160 PVC pipe in a rural setting, followed by a worksite to lay a Ǿ150 cast-iron pipe in an urban setting, in Angers itself.
Approval of the tool
These 2 tests confirmed that this tool successfully met our initial expectations:
- increasing on-site security: this clamp allows laying of pipes without the layer having to descend into the trench, significantly reducing risks of falls, burial and MSDs due to poor posture;
- reducing the volume of excavated material/backfilling: this worksite approaches reduces the width of trenches and, as a result, the volume of excavated material/backfilling.
Areas for improvement are currently being assessed.
Roboconduct version 2.0 is in development. It will allow the laying of pipes in narrow trenches, surrounded by existing underground systems, in urban areas.