Demolition is a messy business—not only does the process require heavy machinery and produce clouds of dust, but it also results in giant piles of rubble that often head straight for the landfill. Omer Haciomeroglu, a student at Sweden’s Umeå Institute of Design has designed Ero – a robot that recycles concrete in an energy-efficient manner and separates it from rebar and other debris on the spot. The project won the2013 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the Student Designs category.
Heavy machines used in demolition consume large amounts of energy in order to crush concrete walls into small pieces, not to mention that demolition processes have to be accompanied by large amounts of water sprayed onto the structures to prevent the spread of dust. Once the work is done, the rubble is transported to recycle stations where waste is separated manually. Power crushers are used to pulverize the concrete and the metal is melted for reuse.
ERO Concrete Recycling Robot can efficiently disassemble concrete structures without any waste, dust or additional separation. It is strategically placed in a building in order to scan the environment and determine the optimal way in which the operation should be executed. This smart robot has the option of switching between pulverizing and smart deconstruction modes, taking buildings down step by step. It enables reclaimed building materials to be reused as prefab concrete elements by utilizing a water jet to crack the concrete surface, separate the waste and package the dust-free material.
After deconstructing the structure with high-pressure water and sucking and separating the aggregate, cement and water, the ERO robot recycles the water back into the system. Clean aggregate is packed and labeled to be sent to concrete precast stations for reuse, while rebar is cleaned and cut, ready to be reused.
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"This looks amazing but I just worry about how this would be possible from a labor perspective. It eliminates so many people from the construction site." I believe it is a mandatory to remove all people (except a few operators, supervising the process) from every single construction site ASAP! That's the whole point. People should not be involved in such activities anymore, as it leads to stress, a lot of mistakes, real danger for the workers to get injured and even worse. It is about time humans to pass hard labor to robots. We already have the main idea, we already have some tech power to start, the rest is tuning and improvements. I believe most of us will see self-erecting buildings in the near future, self-driven cars and public transport (some already on the market), bionic hand (done!), eyes, etc. We have to finally leave the dark ages and step into the future with the decline of combustion engine (Thank God!), the boom of solar, wind and geothermal energy. I can't wait..:)
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Hi I need mor information about the machine: Costs Maintenance cost Delivering to Saudi arabia -jeddah port Coonect website and connecting number for the factory
A machine that disassembles the concrete and leaves the steal armateur in place? I'm sorry to announce but this already exists long time from now ;) Google hydro cutting ;)
Have you any idea of costs?.
Great idea, but I just believe when I see
This looks amazing but I just worry about how this would be possible from a labor perspective. It eliminates so many people from the construction site. There are other industries where a whole site has been reduced down to one or two staff members but the unemployment from this would be huge so I doubt it would happen. We still live in a monetary system and so until we can deliver 90% automation then how is this feasible?
ohgod comeon it s like drawing from autocad.
i like to get in touch with Omer. thank you my email is [email protected] please drop me a note
Demo of the NC Capital is called for unless voting rights are reinstated. I\\\'d like to unleash a robot like this on all the CSA Monuments.
What an amazing invention!
Is this something ready for use or just a concept?
We use this technology to clean and remove cycles of obsolete paintings of ships. I like the robot. Have you any idea of costs?. It 's all in the car, or it needs other accessories?. We are in Europe (Italy)
sounds to good to be true. I would love to see this in action.
Esto es el Hoy! Sinceramente asombrado y entusiasmado por este avance tan importante, mi reconocimiento a Omer Haciomeroglu, al Instituto donde estudia y a la empresa que desarrolló el prototipo.
Keep in mind that this doesn't actually EXIST yet. I'd hold off on calling it amazing until it becomes more than an idea.
That's what I call engineering
Has it been tested on a real building demolition? How did it do?
hahaha... Great idea, but almost useless in the real world. Too much time and cost. Two things that control any construction project.
That is great, and I hope leaders in institutions and politicians in Africa (Ghana) would begin to see and promote technology from that Practical angle as far as Polytechnic education is concern.
1 giant step for mankind. great idea
I am extremely skeptical that this would result in lower energy usage for deconstruction as they are trying to claim(it would have to be a very efficient machine to achive this). Also how fast could it deconstruct. People would be willing to except some increased deconstruction time, but if it starts taking several multiple times longer then conventional methods then you are going to lose the majority of people from considering it.
whats the cost.