Liebherr-Mischtechnik has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Western Australian robotics company FBR to develop an automated bricklaying robot.
Liebherr-Mischtechnik is a German business arm which coordinates Liebherr’s concrete technology operations, while the latter created its first Hadrian X bricklaying robot in 2005.
The first phase of the MoU will ensure the Hadrian X is industrially scalable and able to be commercialised.
The deal will see Liebherr support FBR in the robust design of the next generation robot for tough worksite conditions.
The first phase should take less than two years.
Assuming the success of the initial phase, phase two will see both companies sign a long-term manufacturing and commercialisation agreement.
This agreement will address the scope and implementation of Hadrian X’s joint commercialisation activities including supply, service and intellectual property.
FBR managing director and chief executive officer Mike Pivac said the collaboration would ensure Hadrian X ticks all the required boxes for future commercialisation.
“We are pleased to be working with Liebherr-Mischtechnik on the industrialisation and global commercialisation of the Hadrian X,” he said.
“Liebherr and FBR share a vision of significantly increasing the safety, sustainability and efficiency of the construction industry.
“Both companies recognise that the digitalisation and automation of processes on the job site are the key enablers for realising this vision.”
Founded in 1954, Liebherr-Mischtechnik’s expertise in concrete technology has been shown over many decades.
The company’s plant in Bad Schussenried, Germany, has produced truck mixers for concrete transportation since 1967 and now produces 4500 units every year.
The plant has also produced concrete pumps since 2019.
Liebherr-Mischtechnik stated it will always show an interest in concrete technologies if they have the potential to benefit productivity and safety.
“Liebherr is unique in manufacturing equipment for all phases of construction; from earthmoving and deep foundation drilling, to manufacturing and transportation of concrete, as well as diverse lifting solutions,” the company stated.
“We are continuously investigating new and innovative technologies to ensure our customers’ success on the job-site now and in the future.”
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