HP has announced the local availability of HP SitePrint, a robotic solution for mapping and printing construction site layouts. The company says SitePrint enables printing of the most complex construction site layouts with pinpoint accuracy with up to 10 times the productivity of traditional chalk-line layout.

SitePrint consists of:

  • A rugged and autonomous robotic device designed to operate in the conditions of the construction site.
  • Cloud tools to submit and prepare jobs to be printed, manage the fleet and track usage.
  • An application for remote control and configuration that can be run on any Wi-Fi-enabled device.
  • A portfolio of inks for various surfaces, environmental conditions, and durability requirements.

Jaume Homs, global head of sales and go to market for SitePrint, says, “We’re thrilled to be making our innovative HP SitePrint solution fully available to customers in New Zealand.

“We have successfully demonstrated in North America and Europe the ability to radically improve productivity when it comes to the layout process. Now, customers from the ANZ region will also be able to test SitePrint’s efficiency. By digitising what has long been a manual and time-consuming task, SitePrint makes it faster and easier for construction professionals to bring an idea to life on-site, while also providing layout accuracy and reducing costs.”

So far, contractors and geospatial service providers have used the technology on over a hundred projects across the globe. Gerardo Rivera, chief operating officer at SitePrint user L5 Drywall, says, “On our first day with the device we did a competition between SitePrint and a manual layout team of four people. The HP solution laid out seven or eight rooms in the time it took the manual team to do two or three.

“Now we can free up resources to start laying out track much earlier, helping move the project forward faster. The accuracy also impressed us. Make a couple of errors during the layout phase and you end up ripping out walls later in the project – eating away at your margin. With HP SitePrint you can help eliminate mistakes and move weeks ahead in your schedule.”

Key features

The HP SitePrint solution has several key hardware and services features, all designed to drive performance and improve workflow:

  • Autonomous obstacle avoidance – sensors for obstacle detection to increase SitePrint’s autonomy when operating onsite, further allowing layout professionals to focus on other tasks while the robot is at work.
  • Comprehensive range of inks – a range of eight easily interchangeable inks designed for a variety of surfaces – including, tarmac, rough concrete, plywood, or formwork, amongst others – and different durability requirements from permanent to erasable to improve the versatility of the solution, including three colours (cyan, magenta, black), different compositions that work both on porous and water-proof surfaces, as well as the choice of either permanent or semi-permanent durability. Inks are now delivered via easy to swap in/out cartridges.
  • Robotic Total Stations to achieve precise layouts – HP SitePrint is compatible with leading Robotic Total StationsRTSs in the industry; including the Leica TS16, Leica iCR80, Leica iCR70, Trimble RTS573, and the Topcon LN-150.
  • Simple layout management with cloud-based tools – The Robotic Total Station set-up process has been integrated into the tablet-operated SitePrint user interface, significantly reducing how long it takes to get a job started.
  • Cloud functionalities allow users to manage the entire layout workflow from virtually anywhere, log support requests, and share CAD documents from design office to job site.

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