One new technology is believed to go a long way to increase construction safety. A long way up, that is. Recently, two skyscraper building projects used enhanced cocoon robotic technology to make their projects safer and faster.
A “robot” that hydraulically scales the side of a high-rise building drops walkways for workers. As workers complete the steel framework for each level, the walkways provide stability and serve as a construction safety device. After several floors have been steel-structured, the machine retracts the walkways and begins its upward trek again, leaving new walkways for workers.
Cocoon Technology Rises to the Next Level
The Self-Climbing Kokoon® can climb two floors (27´) in four hours. As its name implies, it’s completely self-climbing and no operators or additional equipment is needed for operation. It has its own built-in generator.
“Self-Climbing Kokoon provides the highest level of protection on the market,” says Italian engineering firm Despe S.p.A.
Self-Climbing Kokoon was designed to:
- Add 35 sq. ft. of additional usable space for a building with a 700´ perimeter (and 47 square feet of advertising space)
- Enhance access to construction operations
- Free up your crane for other work
- Improve construction accuracy
- Keep workers safe
- Offer easy access to tools, equipment, and storage
- Prevent objects from falling
- Provide complete perimeter protection and perform steel erection operations inside a protective cocoon
- Save time
In Dubai, a skyscraper project used this technology to make elevator installation work easier. The device drilled holes to set anchor bolts for the elevator guide rails and landing doors.
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