Tools and Equipment
Drilling overhead? Hilti has a new robot for that
By Anthony Capkun
October 28, 2020 – The just-unveiled Hilti Jaibot is a semi-automated construction robot designed for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and interior finishing installation work. It is a completely cordless system and can work for up to 8 hours between charges (requires about 4-6 hours to recharge).
The Jaibot arrives onsite in a lockable, forklift-friendly container. After setting up the worksite so that Jaibot can “learn” its environment, the robot proceeds to autonomously mark and drill holes according to the digital plan. (It marks holes with trade-specific paint patterns).
The location, hole depth and diameter are defined by the drilling plan, culminating in fewer errors, greater accuracy and cleaner holes, says Hilti. When marking and drilling, the Jaibot automatically syncs back to the system where you can track project status.
Jaibot can be further optimized with BIM (building information modelling). To automate the site with Jaibot: upload the data from Autocad or Revit to the Hilti Cloud; import the jobfile via the field tablet PLC 400 for layout applications; and locate the jobsite with the Hilti total station PLT 300. The robot will then drill all holes within its range autonomously according to the digital drilling plan.