Building better, Construction companies integrate technology to improve efficiency

Like many industries, construction is dealing with a shortage of skilled workers both as the current skilled workers age and retire and as the industry competes for new, younger workers. “A good share of our skilled craftspeople, overall, are at the ages of 55 or over,” says Todd Higgins, director of masonry for Neenah-based Miron...

Robotics, New Tech Changing Face of Construction Industry

Advancements in technology are making construction sites safer, improving efficiency, and allowing for more precise measurements and actions, with industry leaders saying adopting the new technologies could help companies differentiate themselves and stay competitive. Several companies in and around Rochester are developing and using new construction technologies, and say the use of robotics, drones, and...

County Materials Corporation’s MULE Rental Program Changes the Way Masons Build

Marathon, WI, September 2021 – County Materials Corporation and Construction Robotics are partnering to offer masons the MULE (Material Unit Lift Enhancer) lift-assist device, built to handle and place heavy materials on construction sites. The concrete manufacturer established a MULE Rental Program to help architects, masons, and construction professionals achieve greater efficiency and cost savings....

Welcome To The Construction Industry’s Automated Augment

Construction Robotics has paired engineering intellect with on-site savvy, positioning its unique grasp of real-life conditions on job sites. The historic portrait of the post-work-day construction laborer is receiving a touch-up. Long-imaged as arriving back at home with a bad back, cramped hands, and wrecked neck, today’s construction crews have a few new innovative tools...

Robotic Assisted Lifting – Masonry Magazine

Can It Help Reinvent Masonry? Masonry work can be repetitive, time-consuming, and physically demanding. Finding ways to increase productivity with less physical fatigue has long been a goal for the industry. In recent years, advancements in automated and robotic construction technologies have brought about improvements that allow masons to place more and heavier masonry units...

Best Block 8 x 32 CMU weighs on the Construction Robotics MULE

Masonry Madness at #WOC2021 offered a prime venue to show the speed and productivity of building with Best Block Company 32-in. Large Format Masonry and the Construction Robotics Material Unit Lift Enhancer, best known as the MULE. Read more

The MULE at Middleton High School

A Material Unit Lift Enhancer (MULE) system is being used at Middleton High School to assist the mason installers by eliminating the weight of heavy blocks. The MULE does the heavy lifting, which reduces the physical stress on individuals and increases productivity. Download the newsletter

Meet the MULE

Construction Robotics has paired engineering intellect with on-site savvy, positioning its unique grasp of real-life conditions on job sites. The historic portrait of the post-work-day construction laborer is receiving a touch-up. Long-imaged as arriving back at home with a bad back, cramped hands, and wrecked neck, today’s construction crews have a few new innovative tools...

Marketing Lecturer Wins International Case Writing Competition

Moore School marketing lecturer Doug Quackenbos was recently announced as the winner of the European Foundation for Management Development international case writing competition in the Bringing Technology to Market category for “SAM 100: Will Construction Robotics Disrupt the US Bricklaying Industry?” Quackenbos won the award with his co-authors: Dominique Turpin, who is the Dentsu Chaired Professor of...

Hyundai’s Boston Dynamics Acquisition Caps a Break Out Year for Construction Robots

2020 has turned out to be a breakout year for construction robots. From early pioneers like Construction Robotics and Branch Technologies that presented at our Summit in 2016, the industry has seen an explosion of emerging solutions across a broad spectrum of arenas, including 3D printing on and off site, autonomous inspection (such as Boston...

Construction Robotics is Increasing Safety and Productivity on Job Sites

Construction Robotics is changing the way construction is done. It has always been inevitable that robotics technology would enter into dangerous industries to increase safety and productivity, but many people still view it as a futuristic phenomenon. Grit Daily caught up with Scott Peters, President and co-founder of Construction Robotics to talk about SAM and MULE,...

Naval Station Great Lakes’ New Barracks Foundation and Facade Take Shape With Some Robotic Help

Words: Dave Jackson, Senior Brand Manager, Masonry & Dry Mix at Oldcastle APG, a CRH CompanyPhotos: Construction Robotics Editor’s Note: MCAA members Jimmy’Z Masonry, Oldcastle, and Construction Robotics work together to successfully construct the new barracks foundation at the Great Lakes Naval Station. Read on to discover how the MULE was used throughout the project...

Man Plus Machine Makes Heavy Work Easy

Placing concrete masonry units is back-breaking work—that is unless the mason has a MULE to help. The MULE (material unit lift enhancer), from Construction Robotics, is a “cobotics” device, not a true autonomous robot but rather a very strong assistant that allows a mason to effortlessly place CMUs faster than is possible by hand. Mounted to...

JLG, Construction Robotics Innovate for Job Site of the Future

Construction Robotics launched its new MZ100, co-developed with JLG, the latest addition to the Mule product line. This product, which is a smaller, lighter-weight version of the original Mule, is self-leveling, powered by a Lithium-Ion battery, and can be directly coupled to JLG and SkyTrak telehandlers, moving it from a static-based job site solution to...

JLG and Construction Robotics Innovate for Job Site of the Future

JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE:OSK] and leading global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms and telehandlers is working with Construction Robotics of Victor, NY to develop alternative solutions to cumbersome, repetitive construction tasks that oftentimes result in cumulative injury. Construction Robotics specializes in the advancement of robotic and autonomous technologies in the...

How Robots Are Changing the Construction Industry | Fortune

Along the banks of Lake Michigan, 20 masons lay bricks for a huge dorm, as big as three football fields, at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois. Compared with those in years past, these workers are doing far less laying and “buttering” and, instead, are focused on quality and on cleaning up mortar joints. A...

Robotics in Construction: Automating Onsite Construction With CR

There are many companies pushing the limits of the possibility of robotics in construction. One such company is Construction Robotics. Construction Robotics (CR) was founded in 2007 with the goal of developing affordable, leading-edge robotics and automation equipment for the construction industry. Construction Robotics’ first and flagship product is SAM100 (Semi-Autonomous Mason), a bricklaying robot for...

Robot Masons Work With Humans on a $52 Million Housing Project in Illinois | bdcnetwork

A 166,000-sf barracks with 300 bedrooms for 600 military personnel are under construction at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois with the help of robots that can lay bricks every seven to 10 seconds and can lift and place foundation blocks weighing up to 135 lbs. This $52 million project, started last March and...

Detroit Students get a Hands-on Look at Skilled Trades

Detroit — Wearing safety glasses and ear muffles, Fantasia Jackson carefully held a nail gun and fired it into a large wood board during a demonstration Tuesday at the Sachse Construction Academy in Eastern Market. As her fellow classmates from Northwestern High School took turns working with the nail gun some appeared more natural at it than others....

Semi-robotic Construction Techniques Debut at Great Lakes Naval Base

  Clark Construction Group is debuting semi-robotic construction technology at Great Lakes Naval Base in Great Lakes, Illinois, just north of Chicago. Conducted in conjunction with their engineering partner, Construction Robotics, this is the first construction project in the country to deploy MULE (Material Unit Lift Enhancer) and SAM (Semi-Automated Mason) technology. The machines—being used to construct...

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