Firm Launches ‘World’s First’ Rebar Robot
Pittsburgh-based Advanced Construction Robotics recently launched a new robot capable of lifting, carrying and placing up to 5,000-pound bundles of rebar without the need for heavy lifting from crewmembers.
The IronBOT was presented at ConExpo in Las Vegas from March 14-18. Combined with ACR’s rebar-tying robot, the BOT Bundle is reported to provide 50% schedule savings during rebar installation.
“We are confident the combination of TyBOT and IronBOT generates a disruptive technology, meaning the time and cost savings are so significant on a job that it will disrupt the way our industry installs reinforcing steel,” said Stephen Muck, Founder and Executive Chairman of Advanced Construction Robotics.
IronBOT Inaugural Project
According to the firm’s release, IronBOT successfully completed its inaugural project in February on the Port St. Lucie West Boulevard Bridge in Port St. Lucie, Florida, alongside Shelby Erectors. While rebar installation was originally expected to take 14 days, crews were able to complete the work in seven days using the BOT Bundle.
During the pilot, IronBOT reportedly placed 147,032 pounds of rebar while TyBOT completed 58,068 ties over 6.5 production shifts.
“I am so excited to see our initial prediction of cutting schedules by at least 50% come to fruition on IronBOT’s maiden voyage. This was a perfect example of how field teams, working alongside our technology, can form a ‘modern crew’ to unleash disruptive productivity levels,” said Danielle Proctor, CEO of Advanced Construction Robotics.
“This robotic revolution provides innovative construction firms the ability to become game-changers by adopting and putting their ‘modern crew’ to work.”
Additionally, ACR announced that Brayman Construction and Advantage Steel & Construction are currently the only contractors certified to provide the BOT Bundle solution as part of its newly launched Certified Innovator Program.
These Certified Innovators reportedly have dedicated crews that have completed hands-on training to optimize operations alongside the BOT Bundle, as well as incorporate the technology in their installation pricing.
“Technology is changing the way we approach construction. It helps contractors like us cope with shrinking labor forces and growing demand. We become more productive, efficient and safer when we pair this technology with an innovative mindset,” said Tim Taylor, Vice President, Heavy Civil of Brayman Construction Corporation.
According to the company’s site, IronBOT does not require pre-mapping or calibration, allowing it to be onsite and working within four to eight hours. Additionally, it can place the 5,000-pound rebar bundles in a transverse or longitudinal orientation, including epoxy-coated or black bar.
It can accommodate bridges from 27 feet to 117 feet, as well as rebar lengths from 9 feet to 60 feet. A robot supervisor is provided to monitor the robot and perform onsite maintenance.