A Perth-based robotics startup, Tensa Equipment, has developed a remote-controlled system that allows crane loads to be stabilized and correctly oriented without humans needing to stand beneath them pulling on ropes. The system, Roborigger, eliminates the need for workers to be near a crane in the event of a collapse.
Roborigger has successfully raised $5 million from Blackbird Ventures, a venture capital fund based in Australia and New Zealand. Roborigger had already raised $1 million since its launch one year ago, though the $5 million funding from Blackbird would fund global expansion.
According to an article in Financial Review, Roborigger is able to keep loads stabilized and stop them spinning at wind speeds of up to 17 mph. The unit is hooked on to a crane, and then has the load suspended from it.
The system takes a worker two hours of training to control. It is currently available in three models with lifting capacities of 10, 15, and 20 tons. A 30-ton model is currently in the works.
Source: Financial Review, Tensa Equipment