As a contractor, it’s important to be aware of the technological innovations on the horizon that will affect your productivity and change the way you approach each project. Robotics is one such technology. The inclusion of robotics in the construction industry will not only help ease the burden of a long-standing labor shortage, but it will also improve productivity, increase safety, and cut costs. As you make this transition, it’s important to consult a Miami construction litigation attorney to ensure that you are fully aware of any changes in the law that occur as a result of this cutting-edge technology.
In parts one and two, we introduced the topic of robotics and discussed two different models being produced by the Japanese construction company, Shimizu, Robo-Carrier, and Robo-Welder. Now, we will explore more robots being used by different companies to perform tasks on the project site.
Shimizu’s last robotic helper is a multi-purpose robot designed to handle a number of functions including holding boards in place and securing them with screws. Robo-Buddy uses imaging and laser sensors to detect work. In addition to the aforementioned functions, Robo-Buddy performs tasks such as:
- Inserting ceiling hanger bolts
- Backing and blocking
- Installing raised floor system pedestals and panels
- Referencing BIM data to move to designated work locations without assistance
Robo-Buddy joins Shimizu’s other robots as an effective tool for completing jobs more quickly, and like Shimizu’s other offerings, it isn’t restricted by human characteristics. However, it isn’t the total solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage, so it shouldn’t be viewed as a replacement for human workers.
Semi-Automated Mason (SAM)
Employees at a masonry company in Colorado recently discovered that robots can be utilized to expedite the process of bricklaying substantially by implementing a robot named SAM. By utilizing a combination of a conveyor belt and a robotic arm, SAM can lay 3,000 bricks over a typical eight-hour workday. This significantly trumps the average human output, but this Colorado company’s workers aren’t concerned. They view SAM as a solution for completing mundane tasks that aren’t very stimulating, and they’re confident that SAM doesn’t possess the capabilities of a skilled bricklayer.
The future of robotics in the construction industry is undeniably bright. Although there is a concern that robots will take jobs from people, the current labor shortage and the limited abilities of current robots mean that in the near future, robots will serve humans just like any other tools on the construction site. To get a firsthand account of the need for robots in construction from a veteran construction professional, read part four.
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