Modern prefabricated buildings represent an
efficient, cost-effective solution to the problem of affordable
housing, especially in poorer countries. What is more, prefabrication
can be carried out indoors, meaning less environmental disruption
and easier waste disposal.
The INPROROS project has developed hardware and software for the
integrated production of steel components for reinforced concrete
in prefabricated buildings. The project brought together both existing
and newly developed machinery and a computerised information management
and control system, focusing on low-cost SME-accessible solutions.
Principal innovations included the concept of an integrated reinforcement
production cell, and the application of a six-axis industrial robot
to the assembly process.
Pilot application of the new process in the
Netherlands has resulted in considerable savings and consequent
increases in competitiveness for the main industrial partner, an
SME partner and an industrial end-user, as well as for the software
Partners say European Commission funding
was an important factor in the project's success. The particular
EC personnel involved were understanding and supportive and the
enhanced image gained by virtue of having participated in a Brite
Euram project was a big plus.