A robotic block and bricklayer is working in construction of a home as the first machine created by Pocklington-based Construction Automation firm is implemented. This process allows building around corners without any interruptions.
This machine based construction will be the first of its kind in the UK house. A Yorkshire farmer will soon be moving into the construction built by a bricklaying robot. The Automatic Brick Laying Robot (ABLR) has been four years in the making.
Now, the ABLR has moved from factory testing to building the first home. This new construction comprising the three-bedroom single plot house in Everingham, Yorkshire will allow the farm manager to occupy after completion.
The firm Construction Automation was founded in May 2016 by entrepreneurs Stuart Parkes and David Longbottom. Parkes comes from a background of designing robots to lay subsea fibre optic cables.
The ABLR is said to be almost ready for release in the market. However, the partners are working on further innovations. Furthermore, another robot for placing tiles is also being developed by the Construction Automation.
The developed robot for bricklaying is controlled from a tablet and all the data about a specific build can be accessed remotely. This allows the functioning very easy to assess progress on site at any point in time.
A laborer to load bricks and mortar into the robot is one person and another skilled person to install damp courses, tie bars, and lintels, and the pointing process are just the two persons who physically work along with the robot.
Alerts are being triggered by the control system as and when the important jobs need to be done. Later the photograph of the completed task is taken. This process is carried out to record the key quality criteria in a completely digital manner.