Revolutionizing Construction – Smart Elevators and Mobile Robotics

Karl-Heinz Bauer
Schindler, Ebikon

“How do elevator companies shape the construction process of smart tall buildings?” The construction process of a building is strongly linked with the installation process of elevators. For example, Schindler CLIMB Lift allows for using regular elevators already during the construction phase of a building, bringing the workers to their workplace efficiently and safely. We will focus on how technological trends, such as building information modelling and mobile robotics will change the construction of smart, tall buildings.

Installing an elevator today is labor-intensive, dangerous, repetitive, requiring the highest level of accuracy and skill. A revolutionary robotic elevator installation system is now possible to assist elevator fitters with automated drilling and setting of anchor bolts with increased accuracy and quality. This premier robotic system has been successfully demonstrated at customer installations. It will be further developed with selected key customers around the world on different jobsites to set a new benchmark in elevator installation. The entire robotic process is electronically documented to assure the highest quality when handed over to customers. Having finished the robotic job at the construction site, the fitters can move into the shaft, mount the rails at the precisely prepared positions and complete the elevator installation. In a time when qualified fitters are getting rare, the robotic system relieves fitters from the difficult drilling process, which involves lots of dust and vibration, and allows them to focus on more important aspects of elevator installation.

By driving the deployment of robotics on constructions sites, combined with the increasing digital information available from buildings and new products like the CLIMB Lift, Schindler adds substantial value to make intelligent construction to smart tall buildings happen.