The construction industry is one of the least automated industries in the world, where the primary source of productivity is mostly manual-intensive labor. However, recent advancements in technology are prompting companies to contemplate over the use of robotics in construction. Robotics is known to increase productivity and get work done quickly. Numerous companies in the construction industry are looking at ways in which robotics in construction can help take over dangerous or highly repetitive tasks such as improving quality, productivity, and efficiency. We have curated some of the top use cases of robotics in construction that would soon go mainstream in the construction industry.
The use cases of robotics in construction
Lean construction practices
Lean construction refers to a principle that is aimed at increasing efficiency and productivity. This approached emphasizes the elimination of waste. In the case of traditional construction processes, there is an immense amount of waste that is created. This is not only harmful to the environment but also significantly affects the overall profitability of the company. Using robotics in construction can help reduce the wastage considerably due to its ability to ensure precision and accuracy. Though investment in robotics might prove to be a daunting task for many companies in the construction industry, it would prove to be a fruitful investment in the long run.
Robotic systems are completely automated. This means that the products being manufactured in the construction industry will be more consistent and will display higher quality when compared to manual processes, which may not ensure the same precision throughout. However, by eliminating human errors and inconsistency, the use of robotics in construction can ensure speed, efficiency, and consistency in the overall quality of the output.
Speeding up demolition
One of the major use cases of robotics in construction is for the purpose of demolition. Demolition activities such as breaking down walls, crushing concrete, and gathering all debris from the initial stages in construction. Speeding up the demolition process can save companies in the construction industry for large amounts of time and money. The use of robotics in construction will help speed up processes and also make them more efficient.
3D printing in construction
3D printing has stirred up a wave of awe in the healthcare industry. This miraculous invention is slowly being incorporated into the construction industry. This technology which runs on automation and robotics can print complex, layered, parts and objects that can be used in the construction of homes, buildings, bridges, and roads. Furthermore, using robotics in construction in the form of 3D printing can standardize the production of pieces that are required for construction throughout a particular project. This eliminates the chances of dissimilarities in the production and saves ample time and money.
Robotics have application in construction industry even for traditional processes such as bricklaying. Automation in monotonous processes like brick laying increases the efficiency and the time taken to complete the task. It also increases the accuracy and precision of brick laying. Interestingly, robotics is known to finish the process of brick-laying for an entire house within a few days.
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