YKK AP Launches Collaborative Research into Construction Technology with Carnegie Mellon University
Explores the use of robotics and technologies in fenestration products installation to help address global labor and construction challenges
AUSTELL, Ga. (Jan. 13, 2020) – YKK AP America today announced YKK AP Inc. has signed an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to conduct joint research on advanced technology to install windows, curtain walls, doors, and products in buildings. The agreement was finalized in May 2019 and activities are now underway.
In response to increasing global demand to counter the shortage of labor at construction sites and shorten the construction period, the purpose of the joint research is to develop new technology for fenestration products installation at job sites by using cutting-edge robots and IT to improve construction productivity and quality. YKK AP and CMU will investigate virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality technologies, and research new methods of installation to bring enhanced innovation to the construction industry.
CMU in Pittsburgh, a city that has grown as a technology hub in the US, specializes in applied research utilizing robots and IT, and its academic culture emphasizes industry-academia collaboration. YKK AP determined a long-term R&D and technology development partnership would be mutually beneficial for the industry.
“YKK AP is seeing future constraints on field labor not only in the US, but across the globe. Increasingly tight schedules, rapid building close-ins, and constraints on skilled field labor are demanding the development of advanced technologies,” said Oliver Stepe, president of YKK AP America Inc. “By partnering with Carnegie-Mellon University’s leading research team, the YKK AP Inc.’s goal is to bring new and advanced construction technologies to market, creating efficiencies for the global construction industry.”
YKK AP researchers are working with CMU’s Computational Engineering and Robotics Laboratory (CERLAB), led by Professor Kenji Shimada, on the real-world application of IT, engineering and robotics.
The five-year partnership runs through April 2024; an extension will be considered at the conclusion of the partnership period.
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YKK AP America Inc. is a technology-oriented manufacturer of commercial façade systems and residential doors and windows. With every finished good, we push the boundaries in next generation manufacturing and create value for architectural applications. Driven by a desire to provide exceptional service in our markets, YKK AP America builds upon our foundation of advanced engineering, vertically integrated manufacturing, and customer focus to deliver the highest level of quality at a competitive price. Headquartered in Austell, Ga., all building products are manufactured in our world-class production facilities located in Dublin, Ga. and Macon, Ga. For more information, visit ykkap.com and follow us on Linkedin.com.
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