Brokk introduces next generation ‘SmartConcept’ for demolition robot rangePublished 10/10, 2018 at 15:17
Following the recent launch of four new demolition robots, Brokk has now introduced the ‘SmartConcept’, a package of technological features that offer significant improvements in power management, reliability, maintainability, and ergonomics.
The ‘SmartConcept’ consists of three areas of new technology: ‘SmartPower’, ‘SmartDesign’ and ‘Smart- Remote’, delivering a leap forward in performance and uptime.
Now available on all but two members of the Brokk range, this development combines power management software with custom designed hardware to maximize the hydraulic power output of a given motor size while boosting reliability. For example, the power generated in the B260, the company’s former flagship 3.5t model, was a constant 24kW. The next generation unit, the B280 with SmartPower, improves the output to just below 30kW. The newly launched B300, with a new electric motor and SmartPower, boasts 36kW of power, meaning that the robot can accommodate a larger class of hammer on essentially the same size carrier.
The integrated power management software also automatically monitors the system and adjusts the motor speed to prevailing temperature conditions. This means that the machines can operate continuously even in the harshest, hottest environments. In addition to the power management features, SmartPower includes completely redesigned electrical systems with 70% fewer cables, and a reduction in connection points from 170 to about 50, with hardened components specifically designed to withstand the rigors of vibration and heat generated in demolition robots.
The new Brokk models include a number of design improvements put in place to extend the life of the machines, and improve the operators’ daily maintenance routines. All grease points are accessible from the outside without removing any covers. LED headlights have special protections built in. Machine covers are formed steel, and hydraulic hoses are easily accessible for replacement. Other practical design touches are included meaning that all Brokk machines can rotate 360o, and can also operate ‘over the back’ and work unencumbered.
Over forty years of experience in the design of remote controlled demolition machines have led to leading edge ergonomic remote control boxes. Brokk’s approach uses a wide adjustable belt to hold the remote control box comfortably around the operator’s waist. This places the weight on the hips, and away from the upper back, with intuitive controls enabling the operator to work the machine without having to spend time watching the display. Professional grade radio technology, with frequency hopping capability, has exceptional availability and a working range of up to 300m, also being quick to connect, resist interference, and highly reliable.
Overall, the new SmartConcept provides a host of tangible improvements to an extensive line up of demolition robots. It increases power from the same size powertrains, provides custom designed components for longer life, design improvements to enhance the operators’ comfort and efficiency, and an ergonomic, intuitive control system that aids machine operation.