Downloads References Prefabricated Construction Building with Engineered Wood Products KRONOTEX Laminate Store locator

Schweighofer Award for Gantry Robot Developed by ERNE AG Holzbau

  • Kategorie: Industry news, General

07. July 2017 | Congratulations to a Long-Time SWISS KRONO Customer

ERNE AG Holzbau has been chosen to receive one of the 2017 Innovation Awards for the European Forest-Based Sector. The Swiss building firm developed Europe’s largest gantry robot for assembling timber structures in cooperation with the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) and industry partners.

The robot is used to create highly complex timber structures. An example is the roof of the Arch_Tec_Lab, a Zurich-based research facility devoted to digital manufacturing, which was completely prefabricated by the robot. This truss construction comprises 168 joined and nailed beams with a total of 48,624 elements, 820,000 nails and 65,000 nodes.

The gantry robot has seven axes and a flexible tool-changing head for industrial-scale additive manufacture of large-format structures using a variety of materials. It is able to cut components to size and then join and attach them, yielding results not unlike those of a 3D printer. A very important aspect is the robot’s adaptability. If a component changes in some way, for instance its dimensions, then all of the relevant data for the process are automatically adjusted accordingly – in real time. The gantry robot is able to serially produce complex shapes up to 48 metres long, which makes it possible to quickly erect buildings while optimising resource use.

“We want to congratulate ERNE AG Holzbau, which has been a customer of ours for many years, on this fantastic achievement,” says Uwe Jöst, Managing Director of SWISS KRONO Germany. “They keep amazing us with their trailblazing new developments, which are helping to shape the future of timber construction.” ERNE is also open to innovations in the field of modular construction. For example, the Swiss firm used the first SWISS KRONO OSB Longboards to assemble an interim school building in Nuremberg.

The Schweighofer Award has been presented every two years since 2003 to honour outstanding ideas, technologies, products and services in the value chain of the European forestry and timber sectors. The aim is to encourage interdisciplinary projects and collaboration between science and industry. Each time a total of 300,000 euros in prize money is handed out to the winners of a main award and several innovation awards.

ERNE AG Holzbau’s award-winning gantry robot in action

Five Latest Articles

26.10.2020 Timber Construction Can Prevent the Release of 100 Million Tonnes of CO2
15.10.2020 SWISS KRONO OSB/3 SF-B EN300: a Classic Product with Built-In Fire Safety
28.09.2020 Successful Architectural Event in Hamburg: FUTURE IN TIMBER
20.05.2020 New herringbone production facility launched
19.05.2020 Big debut, backed up by style – and supported by solid expertise
More articles

Cookie Settings

We use cookies to improve your experience and to provide you with personalized content. By using this website you agree to our cookie policy

Necessary Cookies
Statistical Cookies
Third-party Cookies
Accept Change Settings

Cookie Settings

More information on how we use cookies in our cookie policy.


Necessary Cookies

Without these Cookies services you have asked for cannot be provided.

Statistical Cookies

Allow anonymous usage statistics so that we can improve our offering.

Third-party Cookies

Third-party cookies that are integrated to deliver personalized ads for you.

Cookies We use on This Site