Insect-Inspired Cement Mixer

The Orpela Tino self-loading cement mixer takes inspiration from the mud dauber wasp, which builds its home from a mixture of mud and digestive juices (yummy!). Like the wasp, the front of the machine with the loading shovel is strong and aggressive while the back area with the mixing drum mocks the form of the wasp’s water droplet shaped rear end. Articulated steering and hydraulic suspension also make this mixing monster ideal for use in rough-terrain areas where access is limited.

The cab also operates hydraulically further maximizing accessibility. The operator seat is high-mounted in the glass-covered cab for maximum visibility while driving. The cement output view is provided by a camera and although the shovel is controlled by the driver, an automatic control brings it back to the “feeding” position to save time.

Designer: Amos Boaz