Roborigger impresses and takes home three awards at WA Innovator of the Year 2019

Roborigger has set a new benchmark for the WA Innovator of the Year programme by bringing home three awards this year, impressing the judges with its universal potential to improve safety and efficiency in lifting for the construction, oil and gas, and mining industries.

The three awards are the Woodside Oil and Gas Platinum award, the South32 Technology and Innovation in Mining Platinum award and the Business News ‘Great for the State’ Platinum award.

Roborigger founder and inventor, Derick Markwell, said his team were thrilled to receive these three awards.

“We believe this recognition is a strong industry validation of Roborigger’s ground-breaking potential to improve crane lifting safety and efficiency in the construction, mining and oil and gas industries.”

“The awards are a terrific recognition to boost our next step in developing the export market in Europe, North America, Japan and the Middle East where we have customers already committed to trialling Roborigger.”

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The prestigious WA Innovator of the Year award has been an initiative of WA government under the New Industries Fund since 2006 to showcase innovative and entrepreneurial individuals and businesses.

Read the full press release for more information.

Roborigger achieves first international footprint at Shawcor’s pipeline facility

Roborigger recently achieved a huge new milestone by commencing its first international operation at Shawcor’s pipeline facility in Batam, Indonesia.

Shawcor, one of the world’s largest pipe-coating providers in the oil and gas market, identified the use of Roborigger as a means of achieving their safety initiative to remove personnel away from the loads and under crane booms while lifting all loads.

Roborigger founder, Derick Markwell, recently completed the training with Shawcor’s team in Batam for an initial one-month trial of Roborigger at their Kabil Facility.

A Roborigger AR15 15 tonne WLL unit will be used primarily to lift and stack 12 metre long pipe joints with crawler cranes.

Roborigger wins WA Worksafe 2019 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards

TENSA Equipment Managing Director, Derick Markwell and Multiplex Regional HSE Manager, Darren Ridley yesterday took the winners spot for the WA Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards.

The award, an initiative of the WA government Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, combined the former Work Safety Awards WA and the Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards.

This year, TENSA Equipment and Multiplex is the joint winner in the Best Solution to a Work Health and Safety Risk (200 employees or more) category.

The judges recognised how Roborigger, a remote load orientation device for crane lifting operations, has demonstrated significant improvements to safety on the WA projects where it has been used.

We are excited to receive this recognition from WorkSafe WA. Watch the video below to get a glimpse of Roborigger team celebrating the win at the Optus Stadium.

For more information, read the full press release.

Roborigger team shares industry insights with UWA engineering students

As part of our continued investment in working with WA university engineering graduates, Roborigger team recently came together to support the student-run club that runs a makerspace for students to make things using digital fabrication equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC mills.

The UWA Makers Quiz Night was designed to connect UWA engineering students with industry representatives from companies including TENSA Equipment, Oceaneering, Monodelphous, UGL and Specialised Oil Services.

It’s very energising to see our own engineering interns Hansel Santoso, Kieran Mills, Ben Longbottom and Jesse Fletcher running the show.

Mark Dillon, TENSA Senior Mechanical Engineer said the UWA Makers club showed great initiative in creating such a unique and memorable event.

“It’s not often that engineers get together to flex their skills in a competitive way but it made for a very entertaining night.”

A particular highlight involved Roborigger’s Owen “Magic Fingers” Collins successfully diffusing a (puzzle) bomb in mere seconds; minutes ahead of everyone else.

Multiplex improves site safety with Roborigger

Roborigger, an innovative lifting device that allows riggers and dogmen to control loads wirelessly from a safe distance, is now being used by construction giant Multiplex.

The innovative automated product, developed by TENSA Equipment, is currently being used on Mutiplex’s latest project, the New Museum for Western Australia.

The Roborigger device, the first of its kind to be used on a commercial construction site, uses inertial forces to accurately rotate and orient crane loads, eliminating the need for workers to use taglines or to be in close proximity to the load during the lifting and lowering phases.

It features an in-built camera and load cell and incorporates a tracking system so every piece of data on a lift, including an image of the load, weight, location, time and date, and the unit states, can be viewed online in real-time.

Multiplex is the first commercial construction contractor to use this wireless load bearing technology.

Multiplex CEO John Flecker said it’s exciting to see the Roborigger technology in action.

“At Multiplex, we are always looking to find ways of making our sites and day-to-day operations safer, so it’s been a great opportunity to partner with TENSA in the research and development of Roborigger,” Flecker said.

“The overwhelming potential safety outcomes are what sparked our interest in Roborigger.

“The device perfectly aligns with our overarching strategy to be safer by design and focus on critical risks, removing the need for workers to be in the proximity of a high risk activity.”

TENSA has been developing the Roborigger technology since 2016 and Multiplex has supported this as an industry partner since 2017, coordinating Roborigger trials on commercial sites and providing user feedback.

“It’s exciting to see Roborigger successfully in action with the initial trial meeting all of our expectations. We’ve already expanded the trial to other sites in WA, with plans to roll out Roborigger on a number of Multiplex sites nationally,” Flecker added.

TENSA managing director Derick Markwell said TENSA initially developed the technology to address the challenging task of installing wind turbine blades when the wind was greater than the current limit of 12 knots.

“As we spoke to more people in the industry we realised that safety was the key concern,” Markwell said.

“We have also recently realised that data captured from load lifts is as valuable as the hardware itself, so we are now looking at leveraging this.”

Roborigger has been a completely local Western Australian innovation with the key research, development and trial phases all carried out locally and supported by local stakeholders such as Multiplex.

TENSA has also been collaborating closely with Curtin University researchers, who developed the bespoke algorithm for Roborigger control. The Curtin research was supported by Woodside who is also a development partner for Roborigger.

“Roborigger has really shown the strength of our local capability for innovation. We’re confident that further development of the Roborigger line of products will continue to build Western Australia’s capability in automation and robotics, helping to diversify the local economy,” said Markwell.

TENSA is currently taking Roborigger to the next commercialisation stage, having set up a production facility in Wangara where it is underway to build 39 Roborigger units this year.

Roborigger production facility set up in WA

We have continued on our commercialisation path for Roborigger by setting up a new production facility in Wangara.

The production facility houses a team of 10 mechanical, mechatronics and industrial automation engineers. It is equipped with the capability and resources to build, assemble and test Roborigger line of products.

The first production run of AR10, AR15 and ARM1500-20 Roborigger units is underway with expected delivery to our customers commencing in late May.

Roborigger deployed in Karrinyup Shopping Centre redevelopment site

A Roborigger AR10 unit has now been deployed on the Karrinyup Shopping Centre redevelopment project. Roborigger is being used for formwork and reinforcement placement as well as general lifting operations.

Roborigger enters fifth month of service at new WA Museum

Roborigger is proving its reliability by entering the fifth month of service on the new WA Museum site.  Our AR10 unit has been deployed since December and has performed above expectations . It is now  attached to the crane for all operations and operating without tag lines has now become standard on the site.

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Woodside to trial Roborigger on its onshore supply bases

Woodside has contracted TENSA Equipment to supply its newly released wireless load controlling system, Roborigger, for a 3-month’s trial at its onshore supply bases. 

Woodside’s contract came after TENSA successfully showcased Roborigger’s capabilities in a live demonstration to industry stakeholders last year. Attendees included companies in the mining and energy sectors including Woodside, BHP, Chevron and INPEX , construction companies including Multiplex and John Holland, Worksafe WA, and a number of crane and lifting consultants.

Woodside has been actively supporting Roborigger development since 2017. Woodside’s partnership with Innovation Central Perth supported TENSA’s project with Curtin University to develop Roborigger’s control algorithm. This received government funding under the Innovation Connections scheme. 

According to Woodside Portfolio Technology Manager, Darren Shanahan, “Woodside was very impressed by the live demonstration and we are very keen to trial this technology in our operations. We believe Roborigger has the potential not only to significantly reduce the risk of accidents but also to lead to more efficient operations at our onshore supply facilities.”

Commercial use of Roborigger commenced on Perth CBD construction site

Roborigger, TENSA’s new wireless load orienting device commenced its first working day on a Multiplex’s construction site in Perth CBD this week.

Multiplex has been supporting TENSA’s Roborigger development as an industry partner since 2017.

“At Multiplex we are always seeking to identify safer ways of doing things, so it’s been a great opportunity for us to partner with TENSA in the research and development of Roborigger”, said Multiplex Regional HSE Manager, Darren Ridley.

Roborigger has been utilised on site for a multitude of lifting operations including lifting and orientating long scaffolding truss as well trucks loading and unloading.

An example of Roborigger’s immediate safety gains is allowing the long scaffolding truss to be installed without taglines and personnel being out of the way below the landing point until the load is properly positioned.

“It’s exciting to now see it in action with the initial trial meeting all of our expectations. We’re looking forward to further exploring how it can benefit safe operations on site”, added Ridley.