KEF Infra to Speed Up Projects Uses Industry 4.0 Robots. KEF Infra, leaders of innovative, integrated offsite manufacturing and prefabrication in India ever since successfully living up to the challenge with its first modular construction project in India has only further honed its skills on the so-called pre-fabricated or modular construction with digital technologies that are clubbed under the umbrella term—Industry 4.0, said Faizal Kottikollon, chairman and founder of KEF Infra
KEF Infra to Speed Up Projects Uses Industry 4.0 Robots. Industry 4.0, refers to a digital-led, collaborative manufacturing regime, includes technologies like sensors, connected devices (read: the Internet of Things), and software and applications such as manufacturing execution systems.
Construction is a laborious task. There are as many as 18 consultants involved in a typical project for KEF Infra. The company uses many technology tools, but primarily the so-called Building Information Modelling (BIM) system “to make the whole process smoother and faster”.
KEF Infra’s internal team works with the concept architect of the client. They have their own structural design team, and own mechanical, electrical and plumbing teams, among others. They all use BIM as a single platform.
The company also uses robots. Each team member can see what another member is doing with the use of BIM and correct the clashes—between different concrete structures, including electrical and plumbing lines, for instance—if any. In addition, they interface these drawings to their robotic lines. The robots can “directly read the designs” and begin manufacturing the component to be built. Furthermore, they use robotic welding instead of binding wire commonly used by most Indian construction companies.
KEC Infra operates at BIM Level 500, which means that “from the drawings, they can produce the (building) elements directly. Also, they know which element should come first, so there is no confusion at the construction site. The only difference is that they build the components in the factory and bring them to the site to assemble the building.
According to Pradeep Nair, managing director for India and SAARC at Autodesk India Pvt. Ltd, a provider of software design solutions, if they capture the information about how buildings perform, this data, collected over a period of time, can yield all the building designs that are possible for a given set of constraints or performance criteria. This enables architects to work with some initial building designs rather than start their work from scratch.
However, the process, called “generative design”, is yet to be adopted by most Indian companies and will likely be “the next frontier” for construction firms in their digital journeys. Read more