North Hills firm develops robot to help with bridge construction

As CEO and chairman of Brayman Construction Corp. of Saxonburg, Mr. Muck centered his thoughts on one activity: tying rebar, the monotonous, back-breaking task where crews tie wires around each intersection to stabilize a frame of reinforcement bars before they are covered with concrete to form a bridge deck..

Fast-forward two years and now Mr. Muck has teamed with Jeremy Searock, former technical program manager at CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center, to create Advanced Construction Robotics Inc. The Hampton company has tested and is ready to go to market with its first product, an autonomous robot called Tybot that can tie rebar with only one worker supervising the operation.