Making news around the world.

The more you know about Robbins, the better. Here’s news about our latest equipment, our innovative teams and our tunneling successes.

Lok Home accepts the award in Los Angeles, CA.

Lok Home receives prestigious Outstanding Individual Award

Every year, the Underground Construction Association (UCA) of SME honors an “Outstanding Individual” at its annual awards banquet, held in conjunction with the North American Tunnel (NAT) Conference. In 2014, Lok Home, President of The Robbins Company, received the award not only for his role as a manufacturer, but also for his work in the industry as a whole. Learn More

Central Subway celebrates completion of Two Mixed Ground Tunnels

Big Breakthrough Finale for Twin Robbins EPBs in San Francisco

The News In Brief: Two mixed ground Robbins EPBs and continuous conveyor systems completed tunneling at the San Francisco Central Subway. The Robbins TBMs, for the Barnard/Impregilo/Healy JV, were designed with active articulation to excavate curves as small as 137 m (450 ft.) in radius. The last of two breakthroughs for the Robbins EPBs occurred […] Learn More


Speakers Offer Knowledge

Get to know the speakers from Robbins, BASF, and Mapei that will bring you their expert opinion, knowledge and fundamentals of a good ground conditioning program in our webinar on Wednesday June 18. Learn More

Veteran TBM completes 12th tunnel as part of massive water cleanup.

Seasoned Robbins Main Beam Surpasses 40 km in St. Louis

On May 19, 2014, a workhorse Robbins Main Beam broke through at the Lemay Redundant Force Main in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In so doing, the TBM, dubbed “Chelsea the Chomper”, completed its 12th tunnel. Learn More

A Robbins 2.2 m (7.3 ft) Double Shield TBM, original built in 1998, completed its seventh tunnel on May 8, 2014.

Small Diameter Double Shield Carves Some of USA’s Hardest Rock

The News In Brief: A Robbins Double Shield TBM set an unofficial North American record for TBMs in the 2 to 3 m (6.5 to 9.8 ft) size class by excavating rock in excess of 345 MPa (50,000 psi) UCS. The veteran machine was originally built in 1998 for a wastewater tunnel in Cleveland, Ohio, […] Learn More

Robbins Webinar

Register for Complimentary Webinar with Guest Speakers from BASF & Mapei

Subject: Conditioned for Success: How Ground Conditioning can Boost your EPB Advance Rates Date: June 18, 2014 Time: 10:00 AM EST, 2:00 PM GMT, 3:00 PM WEST Hosted By: Robbins Supported By: BASF & Mapei Register Now, Limited Spaces Available! Today’s tunnel projects require machines to burrow under water pressure, near sensitive structures and in urban […] Learn More

A Robbins Double Shield TBM broke through at the Black River Tunnel Project on April 29, 2014.

Onsite Assembly Makes for On-Time Breakthrough in Ohio

The News In Brief: A Robbins Double Shield TBM broke through at the Black River Tunnel Project on April 29, 2014. The project marks the first use of Onsite First Time Assembly (OFTA) in the United States. Project geology consisting of soft shale made for great advance rates and minimal cutter wear—only seven cutters were […] Learn More

Three Robbins Main Beam TBMs completed excavation of Southeast Asia’s longest tunnel in 2014.

Main Beam Machines Finish Southeast Asia’s Longest Tunnel

The News In Brief: The Pahang Selangor Raw Water Tunnel is Southeast Asia’s longest, measuring a lengthy 44.6 km (27.7 mi) The tunnel draws water from the Semantan River, traveling below a mountain range and hot springs Three Robbins Main Beam TBMs bored sections of the high cover tunnel at rates up to 657 m […] Learn More

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