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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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Bricklaying Robots Break New Ground

Using robots to construct buildings improves safety, reliability and quality, says Construction Robotics’ Zachary Podkaminer

New York-based Construction Robotics has created two robots that are transforming the way construction is done.

The semi-automated mason (Sam) can lay bricks nearly six times faster than a human bricklayer. Meanwhile, the material unit lift enhancer (Mule) is a lift assist device designed for handling and placing materials weighing up to 135 pounds on a construction site. This allows on-site team members to effortlessly move heavy objects without the worry of physical wear and tear. 

MEED speaks to chairman and co-founder Zachary Podkaminer to find out more.

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7 trends that will shape commercial construction in 2019 | Construction Dive

Is a trend really a trend if it repeats year after year? That’s a valid concern in the commercial construction world. For a competitive and fragmented industry that happens to be resistant to some of the rapid evolution noted in others, participants and observers are continually seeing some of the same glacial movements take center stage.

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Robotic Systems Help Contractors Overcome Workforce Challenges

Over the last year, the talented team of craftsmen at Colorado-based Berich Masonry, Inc. have looked to robotic technology to help meet client needs and drive efficiency. In business since 1962, the company is well known for its work on public and private structures

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Why robots will build the cities of the future | BBC

And New York company, Construction Robotics, recently built a semi-automated bricklayer or mason – SAM for short – which laid 250,000 bricks for the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke, Virginia.

Laying 380 bricks an hour, it is six times faster than a human bricklayer, its makers say.

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Transforming the Construction Industry, One Robot at a Time | Construction Executive

Becoming an innovative force is not an easy feat for any company, and this is especially the case within construction. Industry practices have changed very little over time, as most contractors continue to approach projects similar to way it was done in the early 20th century.

The tides are changing, however, as modern technology begins to proliferate at construction sites around the globe. On-site trailers are becoming mini Silicon Valleys of the industry, and the sight of superintendents walking through a project with an iPad in hand is no longer a shocking experience. Software innovations are crucial for Building Information Modeling and Virtual Design and Construction, which are giving contractors the ability to see before they do, and act before it’s too late (i.e. too costly). But why should innovation stop there?

While most technological changes in construction thus far have—and will continue to—reimagine some of the intangibles that affect every project, the actual building process has become an undeniable hurdle to creating a full industry transformation. For contractors like Michigan-based Barton Malow, though, that challenge is being met head-on.


Industry revolution often begins with a shrewd investment. Over the years, Barton Malow has kept its ear to the ground to discover unexplored opportunities. That’s exactly what happened with Construction Robotics, a New York-based company dedicated to developing leading-edge robotics and automation equipment.


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Robots that Print Together, Stay Together | The ConTechCrew

The ConTechCrew was joined by guest Scott Peters of Construction Robotics, inventor of SAM! ConTech news topics include robots for construction, remembering the lifetime of a tech superstar, rise of the CIO, and more!


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3 robots mechanizing construction sites, plus 3 to watch | ConstructionDive

The future has arrived. Robots, once the fodder of sci-fi movies and futuristic novels, now are working alongside humans to augment and, at times, replace them. Manufacturing has been increasingly more automated for years, but it’s only more recently that construction applied to its jobsites the computer engineering of robotics. QY Research Inc. valued the global construction robotics market at $200 million in 2017 and found that projects to which it applies will be valued at $420 million by the end of 2025 with a 10% compound annual growth rate from 2018 to 2025.


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