The Hilti Group supplies the worldwide construction and energy industries with technologically leading products, systems, software, and services.
Fremont, CA: Hilti, an innovator of tools, technology, software, and services to the commercial construction industry, introduced its first robot, Jaibot, for semi-autonomous mobile ceiling-drilling. The Hilti Jaibot construction robot will help mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) installation contractors tackle productivity, safety, and labor shortage challenges. With this new construction automation solution, Hilti makes a further step toward the digitization of construction sites.
The Jaibot executes its tasks based on building information modeling (BIM) data. The robot is an entirely cordless and easy-to-use system that doesn't require expert skills. It locates itself accurately indoors, drills the holes dust-controlled, and finally marks them according to the trade. This is what makes the solution ideally suited for the MEP trade.
"The productivity of the construction industry has been lagging behind other sectors for years. Margin pressure and shortages of skilled labor are already facts of life in our industry and make it increasingly difficult to overcome productivity shortfalls. But leveraging the opportunities offered by digitization will compensate for it. We do this by intelligently linking processes, teams and data," said Jan Doongaji, Member of the Executive Board, Hilti Group. "With Jaibot, and in close collaboration with our customers, we are further stepping toward realizing the efficiency that digital transformation can and will bring to construction sites."
BIM-enabled robotic solutions make the construction process more transparent with improved execution speed, constant performance, and fewer errors. Daily progress can be reported from the field to the project office via cloud computing. Potential conflicts between the trades involved on a job site also can be detected at an early stage and then limited, resulting in more projects delivered on-time and within budget.
Safety played an essential role in the development of the Jaibot. It is designed to assist tradespeople in physically demanding, repetitive installation tasks such as drilling numerous holes overhead for mechanical, electrical, or plumbing installations. It is navigated by the worker via remote control and uses reference data from a robotic total station, the Hilti PLT 300. Holes within reach are drilled automatically.
"We looked at which routine work on the construction site is among the most stressful, and that is primarily overhead work," said Julia Zanona, Product Manager for Robotics at Hilti. "From the beginning, it was important to us to develop a robotic solution that supports our customers where it is most needed. The Hilti Jaibot takes over the most strenuous and exhausting tasks, working alongside the installation team."