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More Construction Robots On the Way to Job Sites


Worldwide Market For Construction Robots Projected to Expand to $226M by 2025

Unlike efforts in the manufacturing, logistics, and health care spheres of the market, the construction field has been one of those labor-intensive industries that haven’t yet benefited from the robotics boom. Tractica, a research firm specializing in computer, automation, and robotics technologies, predicts that this will change within the next 6 years. They expect the construction robotics industry will explode to a $226 million revenue market by 2025.

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Construction Robots Are Taking Over!!!

In their report, “Construction & Demolition Robotics,” Tractica states that more construction companies have looked to the robotics industry to solve labor shortages, improve speed and efficiency, increase safety on the site, and turn a tidier profit. Construction robots promise to change the way the industry creates homes, buildings, and infrastructure. However, we’re still in the early stages. Right now, these robots are being tasked with demolition, bricklaying, drilling, 3D printing, and even tying rebar. We’ve also seen hardware store robots helping customers. We’re also starting to see a few exoskeletons and robots for assisting with lifting heavy loads.

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As the market for construction robots expands, however, we’ll see more midsize and major construction companies looking to opt into this technology. This holds especially true as it more fully integrates with building automation and building information modeling (BIM) systems. Tractica forecasts that, while we’ve seen under 400 units shipped in 2018, they expect those numbers to rise to over 1,400 units in the next 7 years.

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Final Thoughts

Whenever we read about the coming wave of automation on the job site, feelings of both wonder and dread follow. We’re probably not alone here. On the one hand, construction robots that can make demo and construction work safer, faster, and easier sounds awesome. But, on the other hand, if we’re going to be staffing robots to do our manual labor, it could potentially put some folks out of work. This certainly holds true for manual laborers looking for construction jobs. But, will it open up new opportunities for robotics operators?

Please let us know your thoughts/questions/concerns about the impending construction robot takeover. Leave your comments in the section below.

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There’s 2 sides to the coin. As we get older the ability to do hard work is much more difficult and takes quite a toll on our bodies. Especially the grunt work like carrying tiles up 2 flights of stairs or unloading a pallet of 80lb concrete bags or lifting up lvl beams. This is where a robot can definitely be a very useful asset and it would eliminate skilled workers from having to do grunt work. If I could send a robot into a crawlspace and program or instruct it to dig footings and carry, mix, and pour the… Read more »

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I for one don’t like it. When robotics companies say they will make my job easier, they really mean they will make my job less skilled; and we all know that means less pay. Sure, it may open up operator jobs, but anyone who has worked in an automated production facility versus a craft production facility can tell you which is more fulfilling and better paid.

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Can I say, “here, take this tile upstairs” and not here it complain?