For decades, vehicle manufacturers have evolved their production strategies to maximize efficiency and reduce time and costs, but that progress has yet to spill over into new-home construction. Luckily, System P4, a predesigned housing factory system, seeks to change that with mass customization through an automated design/build process, Forbes reports.
The one-of-a-kind modular housing operation spearheaded by System P4 relies on data programming to produce homes off site quickly and accurately with the help of robotics and a more versatile labor force.
“A car has a couple thousand components, and the configuration mode is nearly endless,” said Timo Heil, an expert in car manufacturing and CEO at KUKA Systems. “There is a lot more complexity in the technology and options, along with a tougher scale on tolerances. Housing is a great and complex business because you are selling a family dwelling. Now, we can use mass customization with the modern technology and software we have so that family dreams can be customized, high quality and delivered on time.”
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