The construction industry faces ever-changing challenges, and as technology continues to advance, robotics will increasingly play a part in this sector. Here’s how.
Processes that lend themselves well to automation, such as packing, building, cutting and dispensing, will greatly benefit from the use of robotics. This can make processes more efficient, accurate and cost-effective while reducing the impact of error or waste.
Change in Workforce
While the introduction of robotics in construction is likely to lead to some job losses in certain roles, this doesn’t mean to say humans will no longer be needed. Instead, construction workers will be required for other tasks that may need human analysis rather than automation. Indeed, rather than a reduction in workers, experts reckon that more than 400,000 jobs will be created in engineering and architecture going forward.
Traditional construction tasks such as brick laying could benefit from the use of robotics, and although this isn’t yet a widespread feature of the construction industry, it’s likely to be higher up the agenda in the future. Robotics and the use of a hydraulic winch or other engineering systems would be able to position bricks in place using precision software.
Robotics has already been used in demolition processes for some time, but this is likely to increase as time moves on. Machines are being used to remove walls, crush concrete and collect demolition debris, such as through a hydraulic winch, for example. According to Robotics Online, while using robotics won’t be as quick as a demolition crew, it is a better option for tearing down concrete and other structural parts of a building.
Printing in 3D
Machines with robotic functions are helping to shape the production of 3D printing. This means objects and other complex parts can be printed and used to support the construction of roads, buildings and bridges, for instance. The machines will also have the capability to standardise printed pieces, making projects more efficient and less costly.
Improved Quality and Less Waste
Because of the precision nature of robotics software, it will mean less waste in the industry, which is good news for cash-strapped construction companies. The accuracy of the machines and removal of human error will also ensure that quality can be improved in projects while speeding up processes at the same time.