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Featured Blog | July 24, 2018

What's Going On? A Worldwide Roundup of Robbins Jobsites

A periodic roundup of what’s going on in a picture-based blog–from assembly of a massive Slurry TBM in Japan, to machine assembly for India's Mumbai Metro to extremely hard rock encountered in Vietnam. Read on to found out the latest. [...]

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A periodic roundup of what’s going on in a picture-based blog–from assembly of a massive Slurry TBM in Japan, to machine assembly for India's Mumbai Metro to extremely hard rock encountered in Vietnam. Read on to found out the latest. [...]

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Blog | Jun 18, 2018

Let’s Be Clear: Transparency is a Boon, not a Bust, for the Tunneling Industry

The idea of transparency is one that we most often hear touted in politics and policies. Robbins President Lok Home discusses why transparency in tunneling is a help, not a hindrance, and how we can make steps today towards clearer communication. [...]

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Lok Home

Blog | May 29, 2018

Rescuing and Refurbishing TBMs: Experiences at Bangalore’s Namma Metro

TBM maintenance: it’s one of the most important factors predicting project success, but it is often glossed over.  Experience shows, however, that maintenance plays just as much a part in the excavation rates as the proper TBM design. Regular maintenan [...]

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Barrie Willis

Blog | Apr 16, 2018

9 Things to Consider When Choosing a TBM: A Checklist

Purchasing a Tunnel Boring Machine is no small consideration.  Many factors are equally important to the price, and they can mean the different between project success and significant downtime. Download our complimentary checklist to learn about the nine [...]

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Doug Harding

Blog | Feb 28, 2018

Are You in Tough Ground? Learn from our Trials and Tribulations in some of the Tunneling World’s Most Difficult Projects

What happens when you encounter an unforeseen condition? A severe water inflow, fault zone, or squeezing ground? Robbins President Lok Home discusses some of our most difficult challenges—spanning from New York to Peru to the Republic of Georgia— in t [...]

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Lok Home

Blog | Jan 16, 2018

Breakthroughs While Breaking Ground: The First TBM Conveyor

The prototype for the conveyor systems we know today was developed by James S. Robbins in 1963 and was built using a Goodman coal-mine conveyor instead of muck cars which were more commonly used during that period. The conveyor ran behind what was, at the [...]

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Sarah Crawford

Blog | Nov 22, 2017

What's Going On? A Quarterly Worldwide Jobsite Roundup

At any given time, Robbins TBMs are operating at dozens of jobsites around the world.  Our dedicated Field Service personnel take video and pictures of the TBM progress often, so we've decided to offer a quarterly roundup of what's going on in picture an [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | Oct 24, 2017

Boring the Blue Mountains: The Inside Story on the World’s Fastest TBM

Two decades have passed and the Robbins open-type TBM chosen to bore the Blue Mountains Sewer Transfer Project in Sydney, Australia is still considered to be the world’s fastest TBM. Read on to learn more about this record-breaking project. [...]

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Sarah Crawford

Blog | Sep 18, 2017

The Changing Face of the Tunneling Industry: The Role of the ITA, Partnership, and Innovation

Where are the opportunities to innovate and trial new ideas by those best suited to introduce best and new practices? Industry consultant and former ITA president Martin Knights explores that question about the tunneling business, discussing history, the [...]

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Martin Knights

Blog | Aug 16, 2017

5 Things DGS can do for your TBM Operation in Difficult Ground

What is Difficult Ground Solutions (DGS) and how can it help your next TBM operation? Read on for a concise description of DGS--a suite of options to keep your shielded TBM moving in Difficult Ground. [...]

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Desiree Willis

Blog | Aug 01, 2017

What’s in a Name? Mixshield, Crossover, Hybrid and More

There is some confusion around the naming of various machine types in the industry. In particular, the names "Mixshield", "Hybrid" and the Robbins “Crossover”. Are they the same? If not, what is the difference? This blog seeks to clarify and explore t [...]

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Doug Harding

Blog | Jun 07, 2017

Rebuilt, Refurbished, Remanufactured: Designing a TBM to Live for Generations

This blog explores just what a “rebuilt” TBM is, and what that means to Robbins as a TBM manufacturer juxtaposed against the recent ITA guidelines for rebuilt machines.

 For Robbins, the term “rebuilt” describes any manner of creating a cust [...]

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Sindre Log

Blog | Jun 05, 2017

What’s New, What’s Next: TBM Equipment for the Mining Industry

TBMs have become well accepted in civil construction tunneling and excavate a high percentage of civil construction projects each year. But each year in the mining industry, far more kilometers of tunnels are excavated for mining purposes than for civil p [...]

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Dennis Ofiara