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A Korean company has developed a compact robotic construction device, specially designed for a convenient indoor construction work at remodeling sites of skyscrapers.

Country of origin:
Country: 
SOUTH KOREA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOKR20210114001
Published
14/01/2021
Last update
18/02/2021
Expiration date
19/02/2022

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Construction methods and equipment
Robotics
Machine tools, other metal working equipment (excl. numeric control)
Construction companies
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Summary

Summary: 
A Korean company with expertise in developing equipments for construction is seeking business partners to expand its business into the European market. Recently, the company has developed a transformable excavator with different attachment parts, that can be changed according to user’s purposes, and be conveniently used indoors of a constructing skyscraper. The company is open to commercial agency or distribution services agreement.

Description

Description: 

Due to a constant rise in land and housing prices, there has been a surge in the demand house renovations and repairments. As house reconstruction is worth a big budget, rather than reconstructing houses or buildings, people chose to remodel old housings. This trend has caused an expansion in the remodeling market. With this shift in the consumers’ trend, expansion in the remodeling market will become common issue across the globe. However, there are limited number of skilled workers for this task.

Along with this trend, a Korean company developed a compact robotic construction device to tackle some of the problems/issues that the current remodeling sites are facing.

 (Issue 1) In the case of high-rise buildings, where elevators are used to move necessary equipment, it was difficult to get big and heavy construction devices on the elevator. In order to carry out an indoor construction of high-rise buildings, it was necessary to improve the mobility and transportability of the equipment.
 (Solution) The company’s robotic construction device is composed of individual modules, that can be separated into single module, weighing less than 250kg. With each part dismantled and reassembled, the mobility and transportability of the device increase, allowing the device to be used even in skyscrapers, to which conventional excavators were hard to be carried.

 (Issue 2) Conventional excavator attachments are inconvenient at remodeling construction sites and cannot be used in various forms meeting different purposes at the work site.
 (Solution 2) The company’s construction device has 3-linkage system with a quick coupler optimal for an indoor remodeling work. However, it can be reassembled with different power tools(modules) to suit user’s needs.

 (Issue 3) In an enclosed space, conventional construction devices using diesel engine emit toxic smoke and produce loud noises. In order to decrease pollution emission, in the near future, the use of diesel engine will be illegal in an indoor work site.
 (Solution) The company’s device uses dual electric power system of 220VAC plug-in and 72 battery. This power system, different form conventional construction devices, is company’s distinct patent-received technology, that allow the device to be used for 8 hours.

 (Issue 4) Construction workers, especially driver or operators, are always exposed to high risk of construction safety accidents caused by many factors, including toxic gases, broken pieces, overturned equipment and crash.
 (Solution) The company’s device can be operated through wireless remote control, securing workers’ personal safety.

Additionally, this remote-controlled robotic construction device is developed with a triad track system that can be driven and steered independently in omni-directional movement, in situ rotation, step and stairway travel (up to 0.8m door pass, 10-person elevator ride).

As a spin-off company from a national research institute in machinery and materials, the Korean company has been focusing on developing telematic solutions through integrations of central data centre and equipment with characteristics, such as self-driving, autonomous work, sensor-based equipment-control and etc.

Based on its technical background and competences, the company is looking for a distributor and/or commercial agent in construction, remodeling, interior design industry and etc, which desires to support the company enter the European market and create great synergy together.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
With its new robotic construction device, the company offers solutions for each issue, mentioned down below.  In the case of high-rise buildings, where elevators are used to move necessary equipment, it was difficult to get big and heavy construction devices on the elevator. In order to carry out an indoor construction of high-rise buildings, it was necessary to improve the mobility and transportability of the equipment. - The company’s robotic construction device weighs a ton, which improves its mobility and transportability even at construction sites of a high-rise building.  The company’s device can be optimized according to construction purposes, by attaching and detaching various power tools. This secures various options for the user to be able to utilize the device into a breaker, crusher, rock saw and etc.  The company’s device can be optimized according to construction purposes, by attaching and detaching various power tools. This secures various options for the user to be able to utilize the device into a breaker, crusher, rock saw and etc.  Through its wireless remote control, company’s robotic device protects workers, in an enclosed indoor construction sites, from toxic emissions and loud noises of conventional construction devices. Also, workers are no longer exposed to the risk of construction safety accidents caused by broken pieces, overturned machines, crashes and etc.  With ‘zero-emission’ becoming a legal issue for indoor jobsites, the company’s device without toxic emissions is not only eco-friendly, but also suitable for indoor operations.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Field tested/evaluated

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
- Type of partner sought: distributor, importer of construction equipment, construction company - Specific area of activity of the partner: construction, remodelling, interior design industry - Task to be performed: distribution service, commercial agency

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Remote-controlled-electric power construction robot