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DMOC: Distributed Manufacturing for Off-site Construction

Company:

ALL DESIGN LONDON LIMITED, HAL ROBOTICS LTD, HOARE LEA LLP, KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS (UK) LIMITED

Distributed Manufacturing for Off-site Construction (DMOC) proposes a system to extract manufacturing information from an enhanced Building Information
Model (BIM) and automatically dispatch production tasks to multiple facilities based on, among other factors, process capabilities, capacity and geographic
location.
DMOC enhances existing Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) approaches, including those for Platforms, by embedding manufacturing process
data in digitally designed components and assemblies. This data can be converted directly to machine toolpaths, effectively automatically programming
robots. This removal of manual programming is critical to enabling automation for small batch production typical of the construction supply chain.
The DMOC solution will include a hybrid-cloud orchestrator which will communicate with connected production cells to efficiently distribute all authorised
workloads which have been submitted to it. The orchestrator will also handle reassigning tasks should any faults occur at a production facility adding supplychain
robustness, guaranteeing business continuity, increasing manufacturing efficiency and improving planning for just-in-time (JIT) delivery.
DMOC production cells will each include an embedded edge-compute device which will handle communication between the orchestrator and robotic
hardware controllers, simulate tasks to ensure safe execution and prepare machine code for that specific cell’s mechanical configuration.
Successful execution of the project will lower the barrier to entry of automation by simplifying programming, increasing utilisation of machinery and reduce
the requirement for capital investment by leveraging existing facilities. It will also grow automated MMC capacity, improve building performance through
tighter tolerances and increase productivity in construction processes by up to 40% supporting the goals of the _Construction Sector Deal_.
The project consortium will bring together experts in a number of fields to deliver a solution that would not be feasible without their combined skillsets. aLL
Design has expertise in DfMA and have developed modular housing designs using a Platforms approach. Hoare Lea has significant experience with modular
construction, BIM and off-site manufacturing. Together they provide the construction experience required to successfully deliver the project. Robotic software
SME, HAL Robotics will provide the integration of manufacturing processes with BIM, machine simulation and procedure validation, and communication with
industrial machines. Konica Minolta will build upon previous work on their Distributed Cloud Intelligence (DCI) platform to integrate hardware and production
process requirements into its orchestration capabilities creating the automated link between BIM and manufacturing cells