Unit masonry robotics developer defers Australia machine premier to U.S. 

Sources: FBR Limited, High Wycombe, Western Australia; CP staff

North American market prospects for the Hadrian X robot, equipped and programmed to place block or brick from a truck-mounted, telescoping boom assembly, have compelled FBR Ltd. to prioritize 2024 delivery of a next generation model to Florida. The Sunshine State is a natural for the machine’s commercial debut, owing to annual concrete masonry unit consumption into the hundreds of millions. The first production Hadrian X was to remain in FBR’s Australia home base. Management opted for the U.S. instead to expedite deployment in tandem with the launch of Wall as a Service, a business central to the construction automation’s global rollout. Demonstrations have proved Hadrian X capable of consistently placing 8- x 16-in. concrete masonry units at rates up to 300 per hour. The robot marks the charter application of FBR’s Dynamic Stabilization Technology, enabling equipment to perform in outdoor settings.  — www.fbr.com.au

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