Elevator-building robot unveiled

The next new elevator you ride might be built by a robot.  A Swiss elevator company has just announced the development of an elevator-building robot.

Schindler Group has designed what it calls a breakthrough, the Robotics Installation System for Elevators (R.I.S.E).  The company says it paves the way for greater automation and digitalization in the elevator industry.

A prototype autonomous and self-climbing robot will build elevator systems.  The company says it is  ideally suited for use in high-rise buildings.

"We are proud to introduce this innovative robotics system which provides a new level of worker safety and helps to improve quality," said Karl-Heinz Bauer, Chief Technology Officer, Schindler Group.

The company says it was was recently used to install several elevators in commercial complexes and tall residential buildings in Europe.

R.I.S.E is developed to eliminate the repetitive, physically demanding work of drilling multiple holes in concrete walls, to set anchor bolts that give greater precision when installing guide rails and to reduce safety risks significantly in demanding working conditions.

Schindler is a pioneer in elevator technology with a long tradition of developing innovative mobility solutions, including the first-ever patent for elevators without a machine room.  

The system will be on display at a conference in Dubai from October 21- 25, 2018.