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Blog: Featured finalist - Robotic Handling of Sheet Material (Morgan Lovell)

04 June 2018

Innovation

Type of project: A sponsored School Engineering Project to provide a robotic solution to manual handling of large sheet material in staircases

Location: Various Morgan Lovell Sites


Manual handling of plasterboards is a risk factor for musculoskeletal complaints. Plasterboard carriers have been shown to have one of the highest prevalence rates for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the construction industry. Approximately 1.1 million people report that they suffered from MSD caused by manual handling each year and Morgan Lovell were determined to reduce the impact.

Their solution was the creation of a robot capable of climbing stairs whilst under a load. The design process has been subject to trial and error developments to create a machine that it is capable of climbing stairs without becoming stuck or tipping backwards. Engaging with young Engineering students assisted Morgan Lovell and gave them the opportunity to work with fresh minds studying construction health hazards to provide innovation.

The innovative nature of the device has allowed the students to meet and exceed all goals set out to them, making both Morgan Lovell and the students confident that the robotic device meets the needs of the construction industry, both now and in the future. They have produced a very comprehensive report, which includes a large amount of research into working solutions and innovations which could be taken up by manufacturers.

The winner of the Innovation category will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner at the Royal Lancaster London on the 28th of June. For more information about the event or to book, click here.


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