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Sisk Uses Block-lifting Robots in European First | Construction Manager

John Sisk & Son claims to have become the first contractor in Europe to introduce robotics to construction projects after investing €150,000 (£136,000) in a new type of lifting robot – but has insisted that it won’t replace human workers.

The robot, known as a Material Unit Lift Enhancer (“MULE”), was developed by the New York-based company Construction Robotics. It is now operational at Sisk’s residential Wembley Park E05 site in London.

A trained construction worker can manually handle the blocks into place using the MULE’s specially designed gripper, also created by Construction Robotics. The lift assist device can handle material weighing up to 61kg, reducing fatigue and injuries among workers.

Sisk also claimed that it increases productivity by between 50-400%. But it added that the robot would not replace bricklayers or masons, instead of improving their working conditions and enabling them to focus on other aspects such as the pointing of brickwork.

Meanwhile, Sisk has partnered with building materials firm Tarmac to develop special oversize blocks, which are 890mm long – twice as large as a standard 100mm thick concrete block. The new larger, heavier block can be safely maneuvered into place thanks to the lifting capacity of the MULE and Sisk claimed it has a significant effect on increasing build productivity and efficiency.

 

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Sisk becomes ‘first’ construction company in Europe to introduce lifting robotics to site | Robotics and Automation News

Construction company John Sisk & Son claims it has become the first contractor in Europe to introduce robotics to building projects.

The company says it is investing €150,000 as part of its “commitment to enhance productivity” on its sites and minimize health and safety risks to its workforce.

The innovative robotic tool known as a Material Unit Lift Enhancer – Mule – was developed by the New York-based company Construction Robotics.

It is now operational at Sisk’s Wembley Park E05 site in London, a major residential development. It is being used in the construction of the multi-story car park comprising 140 car bays, 650 bicycle spaces, 77 coach bays, and 202 accessible parking bays.

The car park will form the base of a new residential development next to Wembley Stadium, offering 458 Build to Rent apartments managed by Tipi.

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Robotic lifting makes giant blocks weightless at Sisk site | Construction Enquirer

The Material Unit Lift Enhancer (MULE) was developed by New York based company Construction Robotics.

It is now operational at Sisk’s Wembley Park E05 site where it is being used in the construction of a multi-storey car park.

Sisk intends to roll the MULE out across its other construction projects in Ireland and the UK in the coming months.

MULE is a lift assist device for materials weighing up to 134lbs which feel weightless to site workers.

Sisk said the machine is not designed to replace bricklayers or masons but “improve their working conditions and enable them to focus on other aspects such as the pointing of brickwork.”

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