Innovating towards autonomous manufacturing
The NASKA robotics GmbH has been granted support for an industrial research project to elaborate sustainable robotics in the application field of masonry without concrete. This technology shall improve the ecological footprint of wall masonry and enable mass production.
ProFIT: Development of a robot-supported and automated procedure for wall construction (auMaBu)
Construction equipment manufacturers are increasingly following the innovation trend of digitalization in the development of new machine solutions. Gardening and landscaping is an important sales market with about 17,000 companies to a stock of 17 million gardens in Germany. Demand is particularly strong for compact gardening machines. European manufacturers are increasingly establishing fully electrically driven models in the class of hand-guided miniature motor vehicles. The first prototypes navigate autonomously without manual guidance and even follow the machine operator by optical gesture recognition. The machines are used, for example, for material transport in traditional contract masonry construction. However, there is not enough scalable system business in the masonry sector. And also for the large growth market of metal fencing system solutions, manufacturers have hardly been able to offer suitable machines to date. Fence systems are in very high demand in Germany with one million running meters per year and are usually installed without the use of miniature motor vehicles. There are therefore market opportunities for a digital solution with which construction machinery manufacturers can upgrade their miniature motor vehicles for the transition from contract masonry construction to standardized system masonry construction. The research objective of the auMaBu project is to develop a compact service robot solution for automated system masonry construction. This solution is to be offered to more than 20 manufacturers of miniature motor vehicles as an additional module for their machines.
This project is funded by the European Fund for Regional Development, the Investment Bank of the State of Brandenburg and the State of Brandenburg in Germany.