Will robotic technologies aid the tall buildings of the future?

Manntech takes pride in utilising cutting edge new technology and is always ready to adapt and incorporate emerging innovations. One area where advancing technology seems likely to impact facade access for tall buildings is robotics.

Robotics has previously been defined by the automation of programmable, repetitive tasks such as those involved in car assembly lines manufacturing numerous products to the exact same specifications.

In addition to the currently available technology of building maintenance systems with pre-programmed movements and cycles, Manntech is also actively looking to the future of automated robotic facade cleaning. Beyond pre-programmed movements and cycles, robotic window cleaning will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to adapt to the geography of each unique building. Advances in intelligent machines and automatic facade cleaning could well represent the future of tall building access systems. These emerging technologies are therefore central to Manntech’s continuing research and development in building the next generation of Building Maintenance Units (BMUs).

Cradles fitted with robotic cleaning arms would be capable of using sensors and learning complex building features to adapt to the unique geography. Intelligent robotic window cleaning machines could also identify the most efficient cleaning path through complex architecture without costly and time-consuming additions to the broader infrastructure. This could deliver a range of benefits including faster cleaning cycle times and complete facade coverage with more precise and reliable results while also reducing safety risks for human operators. Wherever there are potential benefits, Manntech is always at the forefront of research and development into emerging technology.

Incorporating robotics for facade cleaning solutions is set to become essential for entities in the industry that are looking to enhance safety and manufacture the most efficient facade access solutions. Such advances are utilised in the construction industry which can also be applied to facade access. A robotic arm has been developed, for instance, which is mounted on a moveable platform, making it more practical for tall buildings. This can be used to enhance safety when working on tasks in confined spaces, measuring the space and the characteristics of the material for impressive precision.

The increased use of robotics is also connected to the prospect of changing trends towards modular or prefabricated tall buildings which would make the production line approach more viable. There are discussions of modular skyscrapers with ‘pods’ that could be replaced, remodelled and adapted repeatedly to suit the changing needs of the owners or tenants. While this technology is still at the theoretical stage to a large extent, prefabricated, factory-produced tall buildings have already been constructed in cities such as London and New York, allowing completion in a fraction of the time.

As the originator of German-engineered facade access systems, Manntech carries a proud tradition of innovation into every project. Research and development are always ongoing and the Manntech name is synonymous with developing new, unique facade access solutions for the most ground-breaking and challenging buildings around the world.