On-Site Magazine

BIM-enabled construction jobsite robot

By Adam Freill   

Concrete Construction Equipment Equipment Technology

Hilti Group has released new features to its Jaibot, a semi-autonomous, mobile-drilling robot, adding the capability to drill on corrugated metal deck ceilings and concrete walls. The robot also has a range of new features to improve operator safety, ease-of-use, and accuracy.

In support of complex ceiling types, the Jaibot can now identify and map installed profiles of corrugated sheet metal deck structures, align with the digital plans, and automatically adapt planned drill holes to pre-defined installation zones. To avoid obstacles such as existing installations or structural elements, the robot detects these objects and can adjust its working area and arm movements accordingly.

In addition, it can drill and mark holes in vertical concrete walls at heights between 0.9 and 4.8 metres. As in the past, the Jaibot executes drilling tasks automatically while the intuitive user interface enables the operator to ensure optimal placement and control.

The company has also released a range of features to improve safety, simplify use and improve accuracy. Providing workers with even greater protection against dust, the robot’s vacuum system can be upgraded to deliver up to 30 per cent higher dust removal performance. The integration of a new sensor system improves hole drilling depth accuracy and distance measuring.

On the Hilti cloud application, customers can use 2D structural floor or installation plan upload options, which allow for increased background information, improved user management and filtering by diameter to establish a drilling path and plan execution, as well as enhanced reporting with features like Field-to-BIM data and drilling progress. An option to export data and print a 2D plan for potential field rework is also available.




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