Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Robots Taking Center Stage at Z-Modular Factories

Z Modular has commissioned robotics in its new automated manufacturing facility in Killeen, Texas, about 70 miles north of Austin.

The specially developed robotics, never before used in the construction industry, ensure greater precision and accelerate production. It is one of four Z Modular manufacturing facilities and part of a broader Z Modular® Network of factories building with the open-source Z Modular Building Ecosystem, enabling a total annual production capacity of 10 million sq. ft.

The Killeen facility features over 200,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and a 2 million sq. ft. production capacity on its own.

Specialized equipment includes material-handling robots, welding robots, automated cranes, CNC machines for structural floorboards, conveyors, and 30+ stations for outfitting modules and preparing them for transportation to job sites. The equipment allows a team of nearly 200 tradespeople, engineers and operations managers to complete up to 80% of the total construction of a project within the factory. The facility is currently producing modules for apartments and hotels.

Z Modular's three other factories are strategically located in Birmingham, Alabama; Chandler, Arizona; and Kitchener, Ontario. Z Modular design offices are located in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; and both Kitchener and Toronto, Ontario.

The Kitchener and Chandler factories will commission robotics in February and March, respectively, to build student housing, hotels and apartments.

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