Brick-Laying Robot Takes Building Construction up to Speed


Brick laying. / Photo by: MR926 via Wikimedia Commons


Nowadays, some construction sites have employed the use of robots to help the mason and other workers in building infrastructures. One of many robots is SAM100 that lays down bricks in sites.

SAM100 or Semi-Automated Mason can lay down at least 3,000 bricks per day using its robotic arm and conveyor belt. It is developed by Construction Robotics, a company in New York, which designed it to work collaboratively with the mason. 

According to the company, SAM can increase the productivity of masons from three to five times, raise economic savings in labor operation, improve job planning, and lower the adverse health and safety effects on the workforce.

SAM100 also features real-time construction data to help the workforce view daily performance reports. These reports may help improve the productivity of the team and address issues at the site. The data can be accessed through a computer, smartphone or tablet.

“In construction, your design will say that a window is located exactly 30 feet from the corner of a building, and in reality when you get to the building, nothing is ever where it says it’s supposed to be. Masons know how to adapt to that, so we had to design a robot that knows how to do that, too,” said Scott Peters, co-founder of Construction Robotics.

The robot has been a part of several construction works, such as the TownePlace Suites in Pennsylvania, Aldi in New York, Delbert Day in Missouri, and Laramie High School in Wyoming. SAM100 is currently involved in the building of the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University.

The company that built SAM also developed the Material Unit Lift Enhancer or MULE. It is a lift assist device for handling and placing materials weighing up to 135 pounds.