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Advanced Construction Robotics Launches the World’s First Rebar Lifting, Carrying, and Placing Robot

Leading the Path to a Modern Workforce

Pittsburgh PA: Advanced Construction Robotics (ACR) is excited to launch its second product, IronBOT®, during ConExpo, the largest gathering of construction professionals in North America, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. IronBOT augments construction crews by lifting, carrying, and placing up to 5,000-pound bundles of rebar in a transverse or longitudinal orientation without the need for heavy lifting from crewmembers. When IronBOT is combined with TyBOT®, our rebar-tying robot, this powerful BOT Bundle can typically provide 50% schedule savings during rebar installation.

“We are confident the combination of TyBOT and IronBOT generates a disruptive technology, meaning the time and cost savings are so significant on a job that it will disrupt the way our industry installs reinforcing steel,” said Stephen Muck, Founder and Executive Chairman of Advanced Construction Robotics.

IronBOT successfully completed its inaugural project in February on the Port St. Lucie West Boulevard Bridge in Port St. Lucie, FL alongside Shelby Erectors. The originally estimated duration of the rebar installation was 14 days. By augmenting Shelby’s crew with the BOT Bundle, the same amount of work was completed in only seven days. During the pilot, IronBOT placed 147,032 LB of rebar while TyBOT completed 58,068 ties over 6.5 production shifts. Shelby Erectors, ACR’s Integration Partner, has already been boosting crew productivity with TyBOT for over two years. "We were excited to be able to have IronBOT and TyBOT work together alongside our crews on this project. We were impressed that we could slash our rebar installation schedule in half. We are actively looking for new projects to incorporate the BOT Bundle in our operations," said Jack Nix, COO of Shelby Erectors, Inc.

"I am so excited to see our initial prediction of cutting schedules by at least 50% come to fruition on IronBOT’s maiden voyage. This was a perfect example of how field teams, working alongside our technology, can form a “modern crew” to unleash disruptive productivity levels," said Danielle Proctor, CEO of Advanced Construction Robotics. "This robotic revolution provides innovative construction firms the ability to become game-changers by adopting and putting their ‘modern crew’ to work.”

ACR is also excited to announce Brayman Construction and Advantage Steel & Construction are currently the only contractors certified to provide the BOT Bundle solution as part of its newly launched Certified Innovator Program. Certified Innovators have dedicated crews that have gone through hands-on training on how to optimize operations alongside the BOT Bundle and incorporate the technology in their installation pricing. " We are excited to work together to show the construction industry how this adoption of robotics at an organizational and cultural level can lead to overall results that are impossible to ignore," said Zach Rosswog, General Manager of Advantage Steel and Construction.

"Technology is changing the way we approach construction. It helps contractors like us cope with shrinking labor forces and growing demand. We become more productive, efficient, and safer when we pair this technology with an innovative mindset," said Tim Taylor, Vice President – Heavy Civil of Brayman Construction Corporation. "That's why we are proud to be the first Certified Innovator and will continue to work with ACR to weave technology into our company identity."


About Advanced Construction Robotics, Inc.:

A leading provider of robotic equipment, ACR is transforming the construction industry by filling the skilled labor gap and increasing overall productivity. Our robots give construction firms the ability to consistently meet growing demand, reduce scheduling risks and improve safety.

About Brayman Construction Corporation:

Brayman Construction Corporation is a leading heavy civil and geotechnical contractor with office headquarters in suburban Pittsburgh. Incorporated in 1947, as a family-owned business with a staff of two, Brayman has grown, diversified, and evolved its construction services from a small bridge and concrete company to a large, nationally recognized provider of complex, heavy civil construction projects servicing both public and private sector clients.

The Company has expertise in a wide variety of projects including large-scale complex bridges, deep foundations, marine and dam construction and rehabilitation, complex and heavy steel erection and rehabilitation, and demolition services.

About Advantage Steel and Construction:

Advantage Steel and Construction is recognized throughout the industry for its expertise in diverse steel construction and fabrication capabilities. Our experience includes complex bridge erection, customized temporary support and jacking operations, bridge rehabilitation, building erection, and other unique steel construction applications. We are unique because we embrace challenges our competition tends to avoid.

Since 2001, we have been working with both public and private clients throughout the United States. We hold AISC certifications for Steel Erection and Fabrication for Advanced Steel Bridges with a Fracture Critical Endorsement.

About Shelby Erectors, Inc.:

Shelby Erectors, Inc. has been in business since April 1, 1997. The company is the sole entity of Jennifer Nix, who serves as the Owner and President. We’re a labor subcontractor that specializes in bridge construction – specifically, the installation of reinforcing steel and Stay-In-Place metal decking. Shelby Erectors, Inc. became a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) certified Disadvantaged Business Entity (DBE) on August 6, 2010. This distinction is analyzed and renewed annually and must be qualified for in order to maintain its standing. Shelby Erectors currently has over 200 employees that are on job sites across the state of Florida. We maintain contracts that range in length from several months to over six years and vary from thousands of dollars to millions.


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