New features for semi-autonomous mobile drilling robot

By Catrin Jones20 June 2022

Hilti has released new features for their semi-autonomous mobile drilling robot called the Jaibot. The machine uses digitally planned data to execute tasks and the series of new features are said to further boost productivity and support adoption in the industry.

The Hilti Jaibot in action (Photo: Hilti)

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, Hilti says that the Jaibot can detect these objects and adjust its working area and arm movements accordingly.

In addition, the Jaibot can now also drill and mark holes in vertical concrete walls at heights between 0.9 and 4.8m. 

Hilti has said that they will also be releasing a range of features to improve safety, simplify use and improve accuracy. To provide workers with even greater protection against dust, the Jaibot’s vacuum system can be upgraded to deliver 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, the new 2D structural floor or installation plan upload options will 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. 

“When we first announced the 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.”

The new features will be available as of mid-2022.

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