Somero Enterprises. has filed a patent for a machine designed to remove formwork from underneath concrete slabs. The machine includes a wheeled base, a raisable and lowerable structure, and a formwork-removal device with pneumatic grippers. The grippers secure and separate the formwork from the slab efficiently. GlobalData’s report on Somero Enterprises gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Somero Enterprises, Concrete conveying safety equipment was a key innovation area identified from patents. Somero Enterprises's grant share as of January 2024 was 58%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Concrete slab formwork removal machine with pneumatic gripper

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Somero Enterprises Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20230374799A1) describes a machine designed for removing formwork from underneath a concrete slab. The machine includes a wheeled base supported by a support structure, a raisable and lowerable structure, and a formwork-removal device with a pneumatic gripper. The gripper secures the formwork with suction and applies a separating force to remove it from the concrete slab. The machine can be operated remotely via a wireless controller or by an operator interface on the machine itself, with options for steering and movement over the support structure.

Additionally, the machine can be equipped with features such as an extendable and retractable arm, an articulating arm, or a scissor lift structure for vertical movement. It can also incorporate a laser-leveling system to position the pneumatic gripper accurately. The machine includes a receptacle to collect the removed formwork and can position formwork at support beams before concrete placement. With various configurations and operational modes, the machine offers a versatile solution for efficiently removing formwork in concrete construction projects.

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