New tech for con­struc­tion to go on dis­play

Trade show to fo­cus on how firms can boost pro­duc­tiv­ity

The Straits Times - - BUSINESS - Sue-Ann Tan

Painters dan­gling pre­car­i­ously high above ground in gon­do­las while they slap a new coat on a sky­scraper could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to ro­bots.

Ro­botic paint­ing, as it’s called, is be­gin­ning to catch on, even for jobs that re­quire com­plex pat­terns.

One of the re­gional lead­ers in the field is Robo­print, a South Korean firm with a sub­sidiary in Sin­ga­pore. The com­pany, which is an ex­hibitor at next month’s BuildTech Asia trade ex­hi­bi­tion here, spe­cialises in fully au­to­mated ro­botic paint­ing ma­chines.

Th­ese ro­bots can paint largescale sur­faces such as the walls of tall build­ings and in­dus­trial or com­mer­cial prop­er­ties. One ro­bot does in­tri­cate, de­tailed multi-colour art­work while the other paints sin­gle colours.

Mr Ju­lian Kim Moon-ho, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Robo­print Asia in Sin­ga­pore, said: “In the mod­ern world, we be­lieve hu­mans should no longer be ex­posed to the dan­gers of hang­ing per­ilously from ropes dan­gling down large struc­tures.”

He said that it is suit­able to use ro­bots to paint walls of build­ings for the safety of work­ers.

He added that it is also cheaper, faster and more ac­cu­rate when ro­bots paint l arge-scale sur­faces, since they do not tire or lose fo­cus.

Robo­print will be just one of a wide range of ex­hibitors at the an­nual BuildTech Asia, which will be held at Sin­ga­pore Expo Hall 3 at Max Atria from Oct 22 to 24.

The fair is be­ing or­gan­ised by Sphere Ex­hibits and sup­ported by the Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Au­thor­ity (BCA) and stake­hold­ers in the built en­vi­ron­ment sec­tor.

It will show­case pro­duc­tive tech­nolo­gies from 200 in­ter­na­tional and re­gional brands.

Ex­hibitors will be com­ing from Aus­tralia, Aus­tria, Italy, Turkey, Ja­pan, South Korea, China, In­done­sia, Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore.

Around 10,000 peo­ple in re­lated in­dus­tries from Sin­ga­pore and the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries are ex­pected to at­tend.

One of the Sin­ga­pore firms that will ex­hibit its in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies at the trade show is Shin­han Tech-Engi­neer­ing.

It will show­case its Grip­ple Wire Rope Sus­pen­sion So­lu­tion, which is a sus­pen­sion prod­uct for build­ing ser­vices, specif­i­cally in the me- chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing ar­eas.

It is lighter than tra­di­tional rods and eas­ier to han­dle and in­stall, im­prov­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and elim­i­nat­ing re­work­ing.

The firm’s op­er­a­tion di­rec­tor Roland Chia said: “We hope our show­case will change the mind­set of the in­dus­try stake­hold­ers.

“For any change to hap­pen, we must change our mind­set and think out of the box.”

Mr Chua Wee Phong, the chair­man of Sphere Ex­hibits, said: “It is es­sen­tial for the con­struc­tion sec­tor to keep up with rel­e­vant cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies which will em­power pro­fes­sion­als to re­main pro­duc­tive and prof­itable within the con­struc­tion value chain.

“We aim to con­tinue grow­ing the pres­ence of BuildTech Asia in the re­gion and be the lead­ing plat­form for in­dus­try prac­ti­tion­ers, tech­nol­ogy ex­perts and dis­trib­u­tors to net­work, share in­sights and be up­dated on the lat­est con­struc­tion tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions to suc­ceed in to­day’s built en­vi­ron­ment sec­tor.”

PHOTO: ROBO­PRINT

KEEP­ING WORK­ERS SAFE A ro­bot paint­ing mu­rals on a high-rise build­ing in South Korea. Robo­print will be one of the ex­hibitors at the BuildTech Asia trade ex­hi­bi­tion from Oct 22 to 24. The trade show has 200 par­tic­i­pat­ing brands and is ex­pected to draw 10,000 vis­i­tors.

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