Palo Alto, California, September 14, 2022 — HP Inc. today announced HP SitePrint, a robotic solution that prints the most complex site plans with pinpoint accuracy, in a fraction of the time it takes manually – improving productivity up to ten times. HP SitePrint will be available to customers in North America through an early access program, starting in September 2022.
At $11.4 trillion, the construction sector accounts for 13% of global GDP and is growing steadily at 3.5% CAGR.2 Despite this, the industry faces productivity and human resource challenges. While labor productivity in the manufacturing sector has grown by an average of 3.6% per year over the past two decades, the construction sector has seen only a 1% increase over the same period. , according to McKinsey.3
“Technology adoption and increased digitization can help construction companies realize productivity gains,” said Daniel Martínez, vice president and general manager, HP Large Format Printing. “HP has played a key role in bridging the digital and physical worlds with printing solutions for architects and engineers over the past three decades. With HP SitePrint, we enable construction professionals to bring an idea to life faster and easier than ever, while ensuring layout accuracy and reducing rework costs.
Revolutionary performance and precision
HP SitePrint is an easy-to-use, end-to-end suite of technologies designed to automate the site layout process, including:
- A robust and autonomous robotic device designed to operate in construction site conditions. Light and compact, it is very transportable, including a hard case that fits all the components of the solution
- Cloud-based tools to submit and prepare jobs for printing, manage fleet and track usage
- A touch tablet for remote control and configuration
- A portfolio of inks for different surfaces, environmental conditions and durability requirements
Designed for autonomous operation, including obstacle avoidance, HP SitePrint can improve the productivity of the site layout process. It can print complex lines and objects with pinpoint accuracy and consistent repeatability, while text printing capabilities bring additional data from the digital model to the construction site, improving communication between construction professionals.
“The existing manual layout process can be slow and labor intensive. Although performed by specialists, there is always a risk of human error, which can lead to costly rework,” said Albert Zulps, director of emerging technologies at Skanska – a global construction and development company that uses currently HP SitePrint on two prominent US projects. “Layout experts are a scarce resource who add a lot of value in terms of planning and strategy, but often end up spending most of their time on manual execution. HP SitePrint allows us to do more with less , helping reduce lead times with a much faster layout process and allowing senior operators to focus on other critical activities like quality control.
Work with market leaders
Precise positioning and navigation of HP SitePrint on the jobsite is achieved by connecting to a robotic total station.
HP and Leica Geosystems, a subsidiary of Hexagon, have collaborated to integrate HP SitePrint with the Leica TS16 and Leica iCON iCR80 robotic total stations to deliver high performance and a unique user experience.
HP and Topcon collaborate to integrate HP SitePrint with Topcon Layout Navigator and GT Robotic Total Stations.
HP will continue to work to integrate HP SitePrint with key market solutions.
Early Access Program
Through more than 80 pilot projects to date worldwide, HP SitePrint has been rigorously tested in multiple environments, including residential, parking lot, airport and hospital projects. As part of the early access program, HP SitePrint will be available to customers in North America starting in September 2022. The final product and a broader commercial launch are planned for 2023.
For more information about HP SitePrint and the Early Access Program, go to https://www.hp.com/us-en/printers/site-print/layout-robot.html or the HP Construction Services LinkedIn Page. HP will also be hosting demonstrations of HP SitePrint at the Autodesk University event, September 27-29.eroom 268. Register your interest in a demo here.
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