As reported by Kirk Kenney a San Diego Union-Tribune sportswriter in an X post, a robot named Monte has taken center stage at Snapdragon Stadium, transforming the way football fields are painted for game days. As the anticipation builds for Saturday’s season opener between San Diego State and Ohio, Monte, the autonomous field painter, meticulously prepares the turf for the event. This innovative process, driven by cutting-edge technology, not only ensures precision but also streamlines efficiency, saving time and resources.
Powered by Turf Tank, unlike traditional human painters, this robot has unparalleled speed and accuracy in painting lines. In fact, it is estimated to be seven times faster than its human counterparts. The efficiency gains are not limited to speed alone; the robot’s automated operation results in a 50% reduction in paint consumption, benefiting the environment.
Operating Monte is easy, requiring just one person armed with an iPad. This user interface allows operators to guide the robot ensuring every line and mark is precisely placed. Mike Kerns, the director of field and grounds for Snapdragon Stadium, is enthusiastic about the potential of this robotic assistant as seen in the X video. So impressed is he with Monte’s performance that he is awaiting the delivery of a second unit.
Monte’s role extends beyond football fields. With periodic ventures outdoors, the robot also lines the vast grass parking spaces, simplifying a task that would otherwise require human intervention. Kerns envisions the possibilities of applying similar technology to other areas, including potential ventures like robot lawnmowers, although he stated he personally enjoys the therapeutic act of mowing.