oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Robots prepare for the building site

Volume 6, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The construction worker's wolf whistle may turn out to be his swan song as robots prepare to muscle in on the construction site in much the same way that they colonised the car factory Japan, which operates two-thirds of the world's industrial robots, is leading the construction revolution . In a country where 95 per cent of the workforce sees itself as middle class, it was inevitable that Japan would be among the first to introduce automation to factories. A labour shortage during Japan's boom years also put automation in big demand. Now that there is less money in Japan for automation and research, the human element is returning to the car manufacturers' shop floors. However, there are still some jobs the Japanese are reluctant to do, boom or bust.

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