The Hilti Jaibot construction robot is designed to help mechanical, electrical, and plumbing installation contractors tackle productivity, safety, and labor shortage challenges. Jaibot executes its tasks based on building information modeling (BIM) data, and is a completely cordless and easy-to-use system that doesn’t require expert skills. It locates itself accurately indoors, drills the holes dust-controlled, and marks them according to the trade.
The productivity of the construction industry has been lagging behind other sectors for years. Margin pressure and shortages of skilled labor are already facts of life and make it increasingly difficult to overcome productivity shortfalls. But leveraging the opportunities offered by digitization will compensate for it. We do this by intelligently linking processes, teams, and data. BIM-enabled robotic solutions also make the construction process more transparent with improved execution speed, constant performance, and fewer errors. Daily progress can be reported from the field to the project office via cloud computing.
- The completely cordless and easy-to-use system locates itself accurately indoors, drills the holes dust-controlled, and marks them according to the trade
- Steered by a remote control run by an operator and uses reference data from a PLT 300 robotic total station
- Drills all holes within reach automatically with improved execution speed, constant performance, and fewer errors
- Daily progress can be reported from the field to the project office via cloud computing
As of June 2022, Hilti updated its Jaibot with the capability to drill on corrugated metal deck ceilings and concrete walls as well as a range of improvements to operator safety, ease-of-use, and accuracy.
“When we first announced the Hilti Jaibot, we promised customers that we would listen and learn as to what it needs to successfully automate tasks on the jobsite,” says Julia Zanona, Product Manager for the Jaibot. “We are confident that the new features address the needs of our Jaibot customers and are a clear sign that we are committed to continuously enhancing worker productivity through automation.”
In support of complex ceiling types, the Jaibot can 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, Jaibot 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 meters. As in the past, the Jaibot executes drilling tasks automatically while the intuitive user interface enables the operator to ensure optimal placement and control.
Providing workers with even greater protection against dust, the Jaibot’s vacuum system can be upgraded to deliver up to 30% 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 benefit from 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.