For many years there’s been an increasing trend in the office building and construction sector towards the use of glass panels and windows for interior and exterior purposes. Simply look around London or any other major city in the UK and witness these types of high-rises.
This leads to the complex problem of installing these heavy yet delicate panels. Traditional machinery used for this purpose is known to be inefficient and hazardous, although there is a solution: glazing robots.
A glazing robot is a handy piece of equipment that is designed to install glass panels from inside the building, rather than the outside. As a result, they are suitable for both interior projects and exterior ones. They come equipped with a hydraulic robotic arm that can extend when necessary. They’re also used to carry large or bulky materials from one location to another.
During the glazing process, they can rotate glass with great precision and control so panels can be placed where needed. This factor makes them suitable for a wide range of glazing projects where equipment must adapt to the current workspace.
Buildings that are under construction can have scaffolding around them, making it difficult for outside equipment to transport and install panels. This is where a glazing robot comes into action. They operate by going floor to floor carrying and then assisting in the glazing process with precision.
Furthermore, glazing robots offer a variety of other benefits such as:
Increased safety – Carrying large pieces of glass presents many risks. Regardless of how trained employees are, mistakes can still occur. A glazing robot helps reduce the hazards associated with carrying by allowing glazers to stay at a safe distance.
Reduced manpower needed – Savings can be achieved as fewer employees are needed during the glazing process. This is due to the glazing robot’s ability to carry items quickly and carefully with only one operator needed to control them.
Fewer materials wasted – Accidents and damage to glazing during installation means wasted materials and increased cost. Glazing operations using a glazing robot incur fewer breakages and therefore less wasted material – giving potential cost savings.
By offering a combination of minipickers with a range of adaptable universal glass manipulators, Jekko is taking glazing robots to the next level. Let’s dive into what sets them apart:
Compact yet powerful – With different models to choose from, all options have an innovative design that means they are small but still able to reach impressive heights and lengths, perfect for glazing projects.
Increased mobility – Unlike others in the same category, Jekko’s minipicker cranes have exceptionally small bases. This makes them adaptable when navigating buildings and being used during glass installation.
Excellent control – Operators have complete control when using these minipickers, including when a universal glass manipulator is fitted. Therefore, when working with fragile materials such as glass they are an ideal solution for a job that requires precision.
Quality features – A hydraulic fly is standard in all models, which makes it easier to move heavy glass into position within the very precise margins required in glazing. To ensure complete stability, the minipickers also feature outriggers.
Easy transportation – Due to their slim body design, Jekko minipickers can be transported easily. For glazers, who often need to move equipment on and off-site, the Jekko minipickers are an efficient option to use.
The Jekko minipickers range begins with the small but mighty MPK06. It can hold up to 600kg while completing three different movements at once without losing power. A glass manipulator can be fitted, transforming it into a powerful glazing robot that can rotate glass, providing versatility no matter the glazing project.
For larger models, the MPK20 and MPK50 minipickers are ideal choices. They are a suitable way of carrying heavy loads to different locations. The MPK20 can hold up to 2 tons, while the MPK50 can carry 5000 kg. They both can be fitted with a glass manipulator similar to the MPK06, turning them into a great asset for glazers.
Any model in the Jekko selection can be modified with a glass manipulator or suspended glass vacuum device, making them highly adaptable for many projects. The JVM800 is one of the available glass manipulator options that can be universally used on any of the Jekko minipickers, or attached to minicranes such as the SPX532 and SPX650.
The minicrane options come in a variety of sizes starting with the SPX312 that can lift up to 1200 kg, and can extend horizontally by 9.6 metres and vertically by 10.7 metres. On the other end of the spectrum is the SPX1280, which can hold up to 5000 kg, extends outwards by 20 metres and upwards by 23.5 metres. As mentioned, all Jekko minicranes can be fitted with glass manipulators when required.
Jekko’s mini cranes are continually expanding, and innovations are becoming ever more imaginative and meaningful, and we’re very much looking forward to what the future holds for them. We are especially looking forward to the launch of the new MPK10 this year!
Jekko’s combinations of minipickers, minicranes and glass manipulators offer speed, flexibility and extreme precision as glazing robots. The range is continually expanding.
No matter what job you’re working on, get in touch with the JT Cranes team – the sole distributor of Jekko Cranes in the UK – and we’ll be able to help.