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Assessment of Manufacturing Processes for Automated Timber-Based Panelised Prefabrication

Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
Buildings 2019, 9(5), 125; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9050125
Received: 3 April 2019 / Revised: 1 May 2019 / Accepted: 13 May 2019 / Published: 16 May 2019
The manufacturing processes involved in the prefabrication of timber-based panelised walls is presented and explored in this study, through current industry practice and the latest automated technological solutions. A weighted Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA) was constructed as a preliminary mechanism for assessment of current practices in conducting manufacturing processes compared to leading automated solutions. The developed method can be used to evaluate any timber-based wall panel manufacturing assembly line and to suggest recommended automation-based improvements on a process level in order to achieve prefabricated manufacturing objectives specific to local conditions and requirements. This has been demonstrated and verified through a case study with an industry partner. The resultant recommendations obtained close the knowledge gaps in the market and academia in uncovering recommended areas for investment and development to advance assembly lines at certain key processes in the production of timber-based walls for panelised construction. View Full-Text
Keywords: automation; Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA); prefabrication; timber-based walls; panelised automation; Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA); prefabrication; timber-based walls; panelised
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Orlowski, K. Assessment of Manufacturing Processes for Automated Timber-Based Panelised Prefabrication. Buildings 2019, 9, 125.

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