ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION, ENGINEERING TECH, CONSTRUCTION
KUKA | September 23, 2022
Pioneers in modular construction and car factory automation have teamed up to advance the construction industry. U.S. modular housing pioneer, Waypaver International and German automation leader KUKA are today unveiling a predesigned automation solution to produce modular housing. The solution, System P4, provides everything a factory owner needs for an automated modular housing operation, off the shelf.
System P4 is designed by Waypaver, powered by KUKA automation technology, and backed by the P4 Housing Collective. The P4 Housing Collective includes four separate companies: Waypaver, Prefab Logic, Modular Maven, and Effektiv House. The team collectively offers a construction ecosystem of plant design, people development, preconstruction design/engineering, and products ready to be built—designed together to work together with System P4.
System P4 began with a collaboration between Rick Murdock, CEO and Founder of Waypaver, and Timo Heil, one of the CEO's of the KUKA System Group. Murdock and his business partner Curtis Fletcher pioneered the use of automation in construction in what is now the highest volume automated modular factory in the western U.S. Following this success, Murdock and Fletcher were sought out by developers, factory owners, and municipalities seeking new solutions to the global housing crisis.
"Developing the world's first automated plant of its kind forced us to make big advancements in construction engineering and manufacturing, "The goal has always been to learn and share better ways to build, advance modular construction, and make housing more attainable worldwide. Collaborating with KUKA on System P4 is a major next step because it gives future factory owners a turnkey solution based on real-world lessons learned by pioneers in both construction and automation."
-Rick Murdock, CEO and Founder of Waypaver.
Heil—who has extensive experience in the conceptual design, planning and implementation of complex systems—adds, KUKA has played a decisive and global role in shaping the automation of the automotive industry in its more than 100-year history. Together with the strong team around the P4 system, we will put all our know-how into a paradigm shift in the way we build homes. Because nothing less than that is needed to meet the global challenge of housing shortages. Automation closes the wide gap between construction capacity and demand, while also making construction more efficient—both in terms of cost and sustainability.
KUKA, a leader in automation for car-manufacturing, had a vision for how their technology and automation expertise could be used to build housing. Murdock, Heil, and Fletcher teamed up to envision a factory design that could combine KUKA technology and innovation with the proven best practices of automated modular construction to give modular factory startups a predesigned solution. The result, System P4, is a complete solution including Waypaver plant floor layout and logistics combined with KUKA robotics automation, hardware, and integration services.
System P4 is a response to the worldwide housing crisis due in part to labor shortages and inefficiencies in construction. According to McKinsey & Co, construction is the world's largest industry, yet it has been one of last and slowest to advance technologically. Between 1900 and today, car manufacturing has made staggering advancements. In the 1920s, it took Ford 12 hours to produce a car; today a car is produced in less than a minute. With System P4, Murdock, Heil, and Fletcher see similar opportunities to reduce the time it takes to build housing—while relieving workers in the construction trades of physical stress.
Our constant focus is making homes attainable, and making construction more precise, more productive, and easier, Fletcher said. The P4 Housing Collective is a team of separate companies united around this shared passion. We've made huge progress with data-driven methods for smarter construction and standard products plus automation to take the back-breaking work off of people. System P4 is powered by KUKA, and backed by data-driven preconstruction, off-the-shelf products, and people development programs—all designed to work together with System P4. This is great news for developers, municipalities, and modular builders looking to establish their own steady stream of quality housing.
KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around 3.3 billion euro and roughly 14,000 employees. The company is headquartered in Ausburg, Germany. As one of the world's leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers customers everything they need from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their networking in markets such as automotive, electronics, metal and plastic, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare.
Waypaver International is a small and mighty team of modular manufacturing experts with proven expertise helping design numerous modular plants. The team's members average more than 30 years in modular construction each. Waypaver's founder led the development of the first automated modular plant of its kind, and acted as the factory's most senior manager as it became the highest-volume modular factory in the western U.S. in less than three years. Collectively, the team has led the design of more than a dozen modular plants. Waypaver is committed to helping potential plant owners and operators understand risks, avoid costly mistakes, and enjoy the adventure of paving the way for a smarter, faster, more efficient construction industry worldwide.
Colliers Engineering & Design | November 16, 2022
Agile Frameworks®, a leader in integrated field and lab management software for the engineering services industry, today announced Colliers Engineering & Design has selected MetaField® cloud-based software to streamline and standardize operations through automation.
Headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey, Colliers Engineering & Design, an affiliate of Colliers International, is a national multi-discipline engineering, architectural, design and consulting firm serving public and private sectors. Following two large commercial laboratory acquisitions, they now have one of the largest construction materials lab testing operations in the country.
As they acquired new firms, Colliers Engineering & Design needed to unify their people and techniques. They experienced issues maintaining consistency and scheduling people across disparate groups; thus, they sought a way to streamline and standardize operations using a digital solution.
Colliers Engineering & Design selected Agile Framework’s MetaField solution, a field and lab data collection and reporting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, to improve their operational efficiency. After implementing MetaField, they realized an immediate tangible benefit in completing reports in real time and an increase in profitability on projects.
“What attracted us to MetaField was that it’s an engineering software solution designed by engineers, Once we realized the issues we had to resolve and what we would gain from implementing a robust cloud-based solution, the cost of the software was insignificant. I had to warn our clients and the contractors: ‘be careful, you’re going to actually get data in real-time now! The whole thing has been eye-opening for all of us. It is so much simpler to do it this way.”
-Philip Gauffreau, Discipline Leader for Geotechnical Services at Colliers Engineering & Design.
Prior to implementing MetaField, Colliers Engineering & Design had been utilizing a homegrown scheduling system and Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database which were unwieldy and hard to maintain. It had previously taken weeks to get reports turned around to clients, and since using MetaField they are experiencing remarkable turnaround time and more confidence in their data accuracy.
“The concept of online scheduling has been a game-changer for our customers, It saves a lot of effort on the managers’ part to understand who is available, who is going where, what credentials do they have, etc., and it’s helpful to schedule everything across departments in the same place. Colliers Engineering & Design embraces leading edge technologies, and we are proud to be their technology partner to help them achieve strategic and sustainable growth.”
-Adam Jones, Chief Customer Officer at Agile Frameworks.
“The technology adoption is happening faster than I thought, We are already seeing the benefits of automated scheduling and field reporting. Our field professionals have told me: ‘Wow, this really makes my life a lot easier.’ We are eager to recognize the full value of the platform and increase our organization’s capacity once the system is rolled out to other departments yet this calendar year.”
About Agile Frameworks:
Agile Frameworks® provides comprehensive software-as-a-service solutions that integrate corporate, field, and lab data for business process automation across architecture and engineering disciplines. We transform workflows, create high-value data, and deliver outputs you can trust, resulting in industry-leading productivity and profitability. MetaField® — our field and lab data collection and reporting platform — offers a cloud-based digital workflow to automate and connect the process from project set up and scheduling, to mobile data collection and report submission. Companies that use MetaField experience a dramatic cost benefit with a distinct competitive advantage.
DESIGN, ENGINEERING TECH
The Timken Company | September 07, 2022
The Timken Company, a global leader in engineered bearings and industrial motion products, has reached an agreement to acquire GGB Bearing Technology (GGB), a division of Enpro, Industries (including exclusive negotiations with respect to the French operations of GGB). Founded in 1899, GGB serves a variety of diverse customers, markets, geographies and applications with a product portfolio that complements existing Timken industry-leading engineered bearing solutions. GGB revenue is expected to be around $200 million in fiscal year 2022.
"GGB has a strong heritage of delivering high-performance products to well-established customers who are leaders in their respective industries, This acquisition provides strong synergies and meaningfully expands our business by adding complementary products with a solid growth outlook. GGB's leading portfolio of metal-polymer bearings will further Timken's ability to deliver the best solution to our customers' most challenging friction management applications. GGB also presents an excellent cultural fit for Timken, including a commitment to corporate social responsibility with a portfolio of environmentally sustainable solutions."
-Richard G. Kyle, Timken president and chief executive officer.
GGB is a global technology and market leader of premium engineered metal-polymer plain bearings with expertise in material science, surface engineering and tribology. With manufacturing facilities across the United States, Europe and China, GGB employs approximately 900 people and has a global engineering, distribution and sales footprint. The company's tribology solutions in plain bearing coatings complements Timken's leading positions in roller and ball bearings. GGB's products are used mainly in industrial applications, including pumps and compressors, HVAC, off-highway, energy, material handling and aerospace.
Timken will fund the transaction with cash on hand and its existing revolving credit facility. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Timken anticipates the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in the first full quarter after closing.
About The Timken Company:
The Timken Company designs a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and industrial motion products. With more than a century of knowledge and innovation, we continuously improve the reliability and efficiency of global machinery and equipment to move the world forward. Timken posted $4.1 billion in sales in 2021 and employs more than 18,000 people globally, operating from 43 countries. Timken has been recognized among America's Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek, the World's Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere, and America's Best Employers, Best Employers for New Graduates and Best Employers for Women by Forbes.