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A Robbins 6.15 m (20.2 ft) diameter EPB machine completed tunneling on January 13, 2014 in Beijing.

Robbins EPB Pushes the Limits in Beijing

A Robbins 6.15 m (20.2 ft) diameter EPB machine achieved an impressive run on January 13, 2014 in China’s capital. In only three months, the machine for contractor China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) Bureau 5 excavated through 2.3 km (1.4 mi) of soft soils, clay, sand, pebbles, and highly weathered rock. The breakthrough marks the […] Learn More

A breakthrough worthy of celebration: A Robbins Main Beam TBM made great time at the Mumbai Water Tunnel.

Record-Setting Robbins TBM Breaks Through in Mumbai

On January 21, 2014, a Robbins Main Beam TBM completed one of the longest and deepest water supply tunnels in Asia, the Mumbai Water Tunnel. The 6.25 m (20.5 ft) diameter machine displayed excellent performance throughout the 8.3 km (5.2 mi) bore, and achieved impressive advance rates along the way. Joint venture contractor Unity-IVRCL (UIJV) […] Learn More

A Robbins Hybrid Single Shield/EPB TBM was recently launched for the Grosvenor Decline Tunnel near Moranbah, Australia.

Robbins Brings Innovative Technology to Australian Coal Mine

On December 20, 2013, an 8.0 m (26.2 ft) diameter Robbins Hybrid Single Shield/EPB TBM was launched to bore the Grosvenor Decline Tunnel for Australia’s Anglo-American Coal Mine. The machine was built using Onsite First Time Assembly (OFTA) in order to fit within a tight project schedule. Assembly at the remote jobsite near Moranbah, Australia […] Learn More

A Robbins TBM breaks through to a celebration after boring through difficult ground in Turkey.

Challenging Conditions No Match for Robbins Double Shield TBM

In December 2013, a 4.3 m (14.1 ft) Robbins Double Shield TBM emerged triumphant after boring a 9.3 km (5.8 mi) headrace tunnel in Turkey’s Adana Province for the Yamanli II Hydroelectric Project. The hard rock TBM broke through on time, due to excellent advance rates and minimal downtime for the duration of the project. […] Learn More

A cutterhead turning ceremony at the Rossaga Hydroelecric Project marked the return of TBMs to Norway.

Robbins Røssåga Machine marks the Return of TBMs to Norway

On November 21, 2013 a cutterhead turning ceremony and champagne celebration marked the return of TBMs to Norway. The 7.2 m Robbins Main Beam Machine, dubbed “Iron-Erna” after the country’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, will bore sections of the Røssåga Hydroelectric Project. Learn More

Onsite First Time Assembly of a Robbins TBM.

Ohio’s Double Shield launched after Onsite First Time Assembly

Near the banks of the Black River, a 7.0 m (23 ft) diameter Robbins Double Shield TBM and continuous conveyor system are starting up. The mammoth machine was built using Onsite First Time Assembly (OFTA)–a Robbins-developed method that saves contractors in shipping time, costs, and man-hours worked. Learn More

The Robbins TBM achieved an Indian record in Mumbai of 8070.16 m (2,677 ft) in one month.

Rapid Robbins Main Beam reaches Record Production in Mumbai

Deep below Mumbai, a Robbins 6.25 m (20.5 ft) diameter Main Beam TBM is excavating for the 8.3 km (5.2 mi) Mumbai Water Tunnel. The hard rock machine, for the joint venture contractor Unity-IVRCL, has been reaching impressive advance rates, including a recent record-breaking rate for tunneling in India. In October 2013, the TBM turned in 870.16 m (2,855 ft) in one month. Learn More

Breakthrough of the Robbins Main Beam at Jollyville.

Texas Tunnel Borer Sees the Light at Jollyville Project

More than 100 m (328 ft) below austin, tx, a Robbins Main Beam saw its first light of day in a year. The 3.25 m (10.7 ft) Main Beam TBM excavated a portion of the 10.5 km (6.5 mi) Jollyville Transmission Main for the Southland/Mole JV. Learn More

The first of four Robbins EPBs in Brazil.

Robbins breaks into the Brazilian Market

As part of Brazil’s massive metro program, Metro Fortaleza will be the first to utilize Robbins TBMs in the country. Four 6.92 m (22.7 ft) Robbins Earth Pressure Balance Machines (EPBs) have been purchased for Line 3 of Fortaleza’s underground transit system. Learn More

Record-breaking TBM in Indianapolis

Robbins Record Breaker races through Rock

A speedy machine in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA recently achieved a new victory in its long career: A world record advance in 24 hours. The record rate occurred on June 12, 2013 when the machine achieved 124.7 m (409 ft) of excavation in 24 hours. Learn More