ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION

ABB Robotics is Advancing Construction Industry Automation to Make Buildings Safer and More Sustainable

ABB Robotics | May 21, 2021

ABB Robotics is driving automation within the housing industry with new robotic automation solutions to deal with key challenges, including the necessity for cheaper and environmentally friendly housing and to scale back the environmental impact of construction, amidst a labor and skills shortage.

Robotic automation offers huge potential to reinforce productivity, efficiency, and manufacturing flexibility throughout the development industry, including automating the fabrication of modular homes and building components off-site, robotic welding and material handling on building sites, and robot 3D printing of homes and customized structures. also as making the industry safer and more cost-effective, robots are improving sustainability and reducing environmental impact by enhancing the quality and cutting waste.

ABB Robotics is driving automation within the housing industry with new robotic automation solutions to deal with key challenges, including the necessity for cheaper and environmentally friendly housing and to scale back the environmental impact of construction, amidst a labor and skills shortage.

Robotic automation offers huge potential to reinforce productivity, efficiency, and manufacturing flexibility throughout the development industry, including automating the fabrication of modular homes and building components off-site, robotic welding and material handling on building sites, and robot 3D printing of homes and customized structures. also as making the industry safer and more cost-effective, robots are improving sustainability and reducing environmental impact by enhancing the quality and cutting waste.

With the industry facing increased environmental regulation and therefore the need for less expensive buildings, robotic automation reduces waste by improving quality and consistency, which is critical when it's estimated that up to 1 / 4 of fabric transported to a vacant lot leaves as waste3. With automation and digital solutions, builders also can design waste out at the start of a project through effective building design and construction processes.

With quite 200,000 vacancies for low and high-skilled workers within the EU alone in Q2 20204, the industry labor shortage may be a growing issue, with younger people postpone construction careers by perceptions that it's a dangerous occupation. Construction workers account for around 30 percent of workplace injuries and are up to fourfold more likely to be involved during a casualty vs. other sectors, with an estimated 108,000 fatalities per annum worldwide5.

Robots can make construction safer by handling large and heavy loads, working in unsafe spaces, and enabling new, safer methods of construction. Using robots for the repetitive and dangerous tasks that folks increasingly don't need to try to do means automation can help support the industry's labor and skills crisis and make construction careers more appealing to children.

About ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation
ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation may be a pioneer in robotics, machine automation, and digital services, providing innovative solutions for a various range of industries, from automotive to electronics to logistics. Together with the world's leading robotics and machine automation suppliers, we've shipped quite 500,000 robot solutions. We help our customers of all sizes to extend productivity, flexibility, and ease and to enhance output quality. We support their transition towards the connected and collaborative factory of the longer term. ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation employs quite 11,000 people at over 100 locations in additional than 53 countries.

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ERP implementations result in significant changes to an organization. Business process reengineering ensures that unique processes that offer competitive advantage are not lost during implementation. Processes should be improved based on the needs of the organization - not based on software functionality.

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ERP implementations result in significant changes to an organization. Business process reengineering ensures that unique processes that offer competitive advantage are not lost during implementation. Processes should be improved based on the needs of the organization - not based on software functionality.

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