With the new robotic installation system, Schindler is charting a new course for elevator installation. As buildings become taller, more sophisticated installation planning is required. The basis for Schindler R.I.S.E. is a model automatically configured by DigiPara, which provides the robot with exact drilling positions.
Schindler R.I.S.E. in action
Fewer sources of error during elevator installation
Assembly planning and time constraints are major challenges in elevator installation. With buildings becoming taller, especially, unforeseeable events and circumstances are more likely to lead to delayed completion or reduced quality. To continue to meet tight schedules and guarantee a faultless handover to the building owner, the Swiss elevator manufacturer Schindler has been revolutionizing elevator installation in the high-rise segment since 2021 thanks to the Schindler Robotic Installation System for Elevators, or Schindler R.I.S.E. for short.
The system makes it possible, for the first time, to have a robot perform the pre-drilling of holes in the shaft hoist. An important component of the new Schindler solution is the Liftdesigner Schindler R.I.S.E. extension developed by DigiPara.
"In order for the Schindler R.I.S.E. robot to know where in the shaft to drill holes for elevator components, we need a data model that can pass this information directly to the robot," says Dr Christian Studer, Head of New Technologies at Schindler.
Flawless use of Schindler R.I.S.E. with a DigiPara control file
DigiPara software has been an integral part of elevator planning at Schindler for 15 years. Every year, more than 700,000 elevator drawings and BIM models are generated fully automatically from the various configuration systems. The idea of using the intelligent DigiPara BIM data model to control the Schindler R.I.S.E. robot was therefore obvious.
At the beginning of 2021, DigiPara worked with the Schindler R.I.S.E. team to develop a customized solution that exactly met the requirements. This eliminated a great deal of manual effort and removed sources of error.
With the Schindler R.I.S.E. extension implemented, the XML control file for the robot can be generated fully automatically from within project planning. This contains all the necessary drilling and dowel information for rail brackets, separator beams and door-mounting brackets.
This XML data model is based on existing elevator models and components in Liftdesigner. Wittur, as an important door supplier to Schindler, equips the BIM models of its doors with the corresponding drilling information, which can then be used by Schindler without any further effort.
The visual representation in Liftdesigner is an important benefit for the designers, allowing them to ensure that all the data is correct.
"Digipara Liftdesigner has enabled us to significantly increase our efficiency and quality in data preparation"
"With the help of DigiPara, we were able to take Schindler R.I.S.E. to a new level," says Dr Christian Studer, Head of New Technologies at Schindler, adding that "Digipara Liftdesigner allowed us to significantly increase our efficiency and quality in data preparation."
"Being part of the development of such a revolutionary project was an exciting challenge for us."
DigiPara has been developing software for efficient planning and configuration of lifts and escalators for more than 25 years. As an expert in BIM for lift construction, DigiPara’s software applications are used in more than 130 countries worldwide by a customer base that includes well-known companies such as TK Elevator, Otis and Schindler. In 2020, around 1,000,000 drawings and 3D BIM models were created completely automatically worldwide with the help of DigiPara BIM software.