Publications / 2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland

Industrialized Building Systems: Reproduction before Automation and Robotics

Roger-Bruno Richard
Pages 333-338 (2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland, ISBN 978-90-6814-574-8, ISSN 2413-5844)

Industrialization is the aggregation of a large market to divide into infinitesimal fractions the investment in a technology capable of simplifying the production of complex goods and therefore reducing the costs. Simplification is the goal. Whenever the first four degrees of Industrialization, Prefabrication / Mechanization / Automation / Robotics, transfer the tasks from craftsmen to machines, they merely replace people with machines and duplicate the traditional processes (it is normal: new technologies always go by the traditional patterns first). Things are different with the fifth degree, Reproduction. Reproduction implies innovative processes capable of short-cutting the long sequential operations of craftsmanship nature – i.e. capable of categorically simplifying the production, as notably illustrated by the analogy of Printing / the Printed-Circuit / the Printed Plumbing Core. Using performance criteria, in order to avoid a captive image from the past, one can select promising options through the “Technology Matrix” (where processes interact with materials) and thereafter generate building system aiming at Reproduction.

Keywords: Industrialization, Reproduction, Performance criteria, Technology matrix, Process-Product Interaction