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Fabrication Automation for Steel Lattice Trusses (FASTtruss)

Company:

TATA STEEL UK LIMITED, BRYDEN WOOD TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, University of Sheffield

The FASTtruss project is focused on developing a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) solution for off-site automated production of steel tube
lattice-truss fabrications. This innovation will potentially unlock major opportunities for both the UK and export markets.
Currently, lattice trusses are manufactured in a bespoke manner where extensive labour input, manual-handling and limited repeatability present challenges
to increasing efficiency. The project will use DfMA to design a suite of standardised steel lattice truss systems which are parameterised for masscustomisation.
Furthermore, it will establish the economic viability of creating a fully-automated production facility and a physical proof-of-concept
demonstrator that incorporates automated assembly and robotic welding processes.
The technologies developed in this project will initially be used for the development of major structural components for warehouses for both domestic and
export markets. However, the technologies are scalable for a very wide range of long span buildings in the public and private sectors, including schools,
sports halls, airport terminals, industrial buildings. The project will lead to a streamlined one stop shop process for clients and will demonstrate reductions in
costs and delays, together with improvements in productivity and outputs, as well as addressing some of the current skills-shortage in construction