New lifting device Roborigger to improve crane safety

New lifting device Roborigger to improve crane safety
New lifting device Roborigger to improve crane safety

Roborigger, an innovative lifting device that allows riggers and dogmen to control loads wirelessly from a safe distance, is now being used by construction giant Multiplex.

The innovative automated product, developed by TENSA Equipment, is currently being used on Mutliplex's latest project, the New Museum for Western Australia.

The Roborigger device, the first of its kind to be used on a commercial construction site, uses inertial forces to accurately rotate and orient crane loads, eliminating the need for workers to use taglines or to be in close proximity to the load during the lifting and lowering phases.

It features an in-built camera and load cell and incorporates a tracking system so every piece of data on a lift, including an image of the load, weight, location, time and date, and the unit states, can be viewed online in real-time.

Multiplex is the first commercial construction contractor to use this wireless load bearing technology.

Multiplex CEO John Flecker said it's exciting to see the Roborigger technology in action.

New lifting device Roborigger to improve crane safety

“At Multiplex, we are always looking to find ways of making our sites and day-to-day operations safer, so it’s been a great opportunity to partner with TENSA in the research and development of Roborigger,” Flecker said.

"The overwhelming potential safety outcomes are what sparked our interest in Roborigger.

"The device perfectly aligns with our overarching strategy to be safer by design and focus on critical risks, removing the need for workers to be in the proximity of a high risk activity.”

TENSA has been developing the Roborigger technology since 2016 and Multiplex has supported this as an industry partner since 2017, coordinating Roborigger trials on commercial sites and providing user feedback.

New lifting device Roborigger to improve crane safety

“It’s exciting to see Roborigger successfully in action with the initial trial meeting all of our expectations. We’ve already expanded the trial to other sites in WA, with plans to roll out Roborigger on a number of Multiplex sites nationally,” Flecker added.

TENSA mnaging director Derick Markwell said TENSA initially developed the technology to address the challenging task of installing wind turbine blades when the wind was greater than the current limit of 12 knots.

“As we spoke to more people in the industry we realised that safety was the key concern,” Markwell said.

We have also recently realised that data captured from load lifts is as valuable as the hardware itself, so we are now looking at leveraging this.

Roborigger has been a completely local Western Australian innovation with the key research, development and trial phases all carried out locally and supported by local stakeholders such as Multiplex.

 

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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