H+me Technology is based out of Milton, Ontario (that’s right outside of Toronto). They’re employing a new robotic automation system called the ZeroLabor Robotic System, which will further automate their home fabrication business.
This new automated system is fully customizable, so it can be configured to meet individual customer needs. The ZeroLabor Robotic System can serve as a stand-alone system or it can be integrated into an existing production line. The system can be automated to assist in the building of roofs, floors and walls.
The robots ensure that walls are perfectly squared, going so far as to check for misshapen studs and straightening them as necessary. The system will automatically attach sheeting material with the appropriate fastening materials, be them nails, screws or glue. It can automatically cut and form window openings and access holes for electrical boxes and conduits. What’s more, the “robots” will vacuum all of the waste material and dust and put them in the appropriate recycle bins.
The system will calibrate and verify each component before it’s placed on the building itself, ensuring that the sheets are placed accurately. The stacks of material sheeting can be replaced while the machine is actually running, thanks to “safe work” zones, so this makes the ZeroLabor Robotic System an extremely flexible and efficient tool.
Wood construction has a lot of challenges when it comes to precision. Building homes in the field often result in inaccurate fittings, which is why you’ll find a lot of air leaks and subpar insulation. Prefabrication, especially when it’s done by robots, offers far better working conditions and the ability to put better quality control measures in place.
Robots can help ensure that wall panels are put in place to within a fraction of an inch in terms of accuracy. The system will build it faster, cheaper and more accurately than a team of builders can do it in the field. It will be interesting to see what this technology does to the overall financial climate of the home building industry.