Robotics on the Rise in Construction

Robots are beginning to find their place at the construction jobsite. They are starting to work side-by-side with construction equipment operators, and offer new opportunities to improve businesses processes, heighten safety, and reduce operational costs in the future.

One specific area that will see growth in the future is service robotics, which is expected to triple between 2016 and 2022. This is because of high labor cost, lack of skilled workforce, growing awareness, and increased demand for automation. Some examples of this include exoskeletons, which take the strain off the worker, or brick-laying robots, which perform the task of the worker.

With the severe labor shortage, this type of technology can help perform the tasks of highly skilled trades. Case in point: welders. The American Welding Society, says currently there is a significant shortage of highly skilled labor force, which will grow to a shortage of about 400,000 welders by 2024.

Enter the Spool Welding Robot from Novarc, which is a semi-automated robotic solution designed for pipe welding. It is designed for fast spool welding for high-mix, low-volume production and full penetration root-to-cap pipe welds. Taking it a step further, the robot can store and quickly recount weld data for accurate analysis and reporting.

This solves the gap by providing a robotic tool to allow less skilled welders to do the work of highly-skilled welders, which results in increased productivity and helps solve the labor shortage challenge.

In fact, the company says this opens up jobs for less-skilled workers, as the technology supports them to be able to perform welds more precisely and accurately. By bringing human robots to the trades, the labor gaps can be filled. The end result is increased productivity and saved costs.

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