Hilti upgrades Jaibot, its semi-autonomous drilling robot

By Catrin JonesJune 29, 2022

HIlti's Jaibot can now drill and mark holes in vertical concrete walls at heights between 2.95 and 15.75 ft

Robots plan to take over construction and it’s already happening. (Not really, but they are becoming more common on job sites.)

Take the Hilti Jaibot, a semi-autonomous mobile drilling robot that uses digitally planned data to execute tasks - it’s just been improved with new features said to boost productivity and support adoption in construction. 

The Jaibot can now identify and map installed profiles of corrugated sheet metal deck structures, align with the digital plans and automatically adapt planned drill holes to pre-defined installation zones. To avoid obstacles such as existing installations or structural elements, Hilti says the Jaibot can detect these objects and adjust its working area and arm movements accordingly.

In addition, the Jaibot can now also drill and mark holes in vertical concrete walls at heights between 2.95 and 15.75 ft.

Hilti has said it will also be releasing a range of features to improve safety, simplify use and improve accuracy. To provide workers with even greater protection against dust, the Jaibot’s vacuum system can be upgraded to deliver 30% higher dust removal performance. The integration of a new sensor system improves hole drilling depth accuracy and distance measuring.

On the Hilti cloud application, the new 2D structural floor or installation plan upload options will allow for increased background information, improved user management and filtering by diameter to establish a drilling path and plan execution, as well as enhanced reporting with features like Field-to-BIM data and drilling progress.

“When we first announced the Jaibot, we promised customers that we would listen and learn as to what it needs to successfully automate tasks on the job site,” says Julia Zanona, product manager for the Jaibot.

“We are confident that the new features address the needs of our Jaibot customers and are a clear sign that we are committed to continuously enhancing worker productivity through automation.”

The new features will be available yet this year.

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