Robotics and automation have transformed how factories manufacture goods; helping companies build new types of products with speed and efficiency not possible with humans alone. Time-consuming, repetitive work that requires heavy lifting and precision is the perfect task for automated robotics systems.
Many construction companies struggle to keep projects on time and on budget, but technological advancements that utilize robotics and automation can help change these issues. Forward-thinking companies are realizing the advantages of automation in the construction industry since new technology allows for more project flexibility in terms of timing and pricing. Thus, making the new technology increasingly viable solution for the construction industry, allowing projects to be built faster and for less money while improving jobsite safety.
Robotic systems allow for the creation of a seamless process, from design through installation. Automated robotic welding systems work directly from the architect’s model, eliminating guesswork and ensuring high levels of precision and building quality. Automating the construction process allows projects to become easier and safer for crews, as the need for expensive training and experience diminishes. Automated processes allow for robotics systems to fabricate building components before they arrive on site, making installation easier than ever before. Manufacturing robots are able to punch, dimple and cut building materials to exact measurements for assembly into entire building components such as wall panels and trusses.
The future of construction is changing and companies on the cutting edge are already realizing the benefits. Teams around the world are beginning to employ advanced robotics to simplify the construction process. From eliminating costly rework to phasing in mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), robotics systems are beginning to ensure construction projects stay on time and on budget.
While the majority of construction industry professionals acknowledge that increased adoption of technology is in their future, the industry has still been rather slow to embrace innovative technologies and processes. This hesitation to change means the construction industry's record on innovation and the adoption of new technologies, tools and approaches lags behind nearly every other occupational sector.