Managing Sports Fields and Templates
Managing the fields and templates from the tablet has been amazing according to Bryan. As he says, a lot of the time and money required for field painting has to do with the initial lining of the fields and all of that goes away with the TinyLineMarker Sport.
“The templates are drag and drop, you put them on a Google satellite image, you can modify them, shrink them, grow them, spin them, move them in slight directions here or there to avoid mud puddles. It’s really been amazing, it’s been a huge time and money saver. And for an organization like ours which is all volunteer non-profit, any sort of time or financial savings, we like to take advantage of.”
One of the biggest benefits of the robot has also been the flexibility to move the fields around to avoid some of the field damage that comes from daily use, according to Bryan. “Having the ability to move them is really an amazing advantage that we didn’t really realize that we would be able to harness so quickly, so it’s been awesome.”
Material Cost Reduced by 2/3
When asked which goals they had in mind when purchasing the robot, Bryan immediately stated that their goal was to reduce cost. Their field cost and field spend took up about 33 % of their annual budget which was too much. With the robot, they are now able to save money, save time, reduce labor cost and reduce material cost. Bryan estimates that they will be able to pay back the investment within year 1 of operation. Now they are able to save not only a great amount of time, but also paint.
“Everything about the robot has exceeded our expectations, it’s been awesome.”
With the robot, Bryan feels that the AYSO Region 214 organization can focus more on what they originally set out to do, which is providing a better soccer experience to the 1800 kids that enroll there.
“So rather than being field experts or painting experts, we can focus our energy on teaching kids the game of soccer.”
Rough Terrain, But Straight Lines
Bryan noted that being located in Southern California does have its challenges. “We have drought conditions, we have drainage conditions, we use public facilities, so the robot’s ability to traverse various terrain and still maintain really high-quality straight lines really surprised us.”
High Consistency and Quality
Also, the field painter’s ability to apply the same fields with high accuracy week after week has been a good experience for the users at AYSO. As Bryan says, friends and visitors of the soccer association who now come to their fields tell them how amazing their fields look week after week compared to previous seasons.
Cleaning Soccer Field Painter
The cleaning part of using the soccer field painter is also just another step in the process, according to Bryan. And it has been made very easy with the accompanying user tablet.
“The tablet walks you through step by step how to clean the robot, empty the robot, clean the nozzle and clean the pump (…) It’s very easy.”
Having used the robot for almost half a year already, Bryan has been very pleased with the fact that they have not had a single problem with the robot’s performance, throughput or the cleaning process.
Bryan has also been very happy about the collaboration with TinyMobileRobots and our US partner Autmow. The initial set-up process of getting started and the whole experience of dealing with Autmow and TinyMobileRobots has been very positive, Bryan says.
According to Bryan, the biggest benefit has been the cost savings, especially the reduced material cost coming from reduced paint consumption.
Bryan and his team would definitely recommend the TinyLineMarker Sport to other sports organizations and associations and they are already considering other ways to put the field painter to use.
“There are other advantages to the machine that we’re starting to think about, like helping other regions in our area pre-stripe a field.”