The old science fiction allegory of robots replacing human workers has been put in a new light recently and becoming more of a reality. With historic labor shortages, businesses are struggling and turning to automation to keep on track and viable.
Today, there are nearly five million more open jobs than there are available workers. Jobless claims are at a 52-year low. Even if that situation begins to improve, it speaks to a generational gap in needed labor.
The problem has gone beyond traditional fixes or solutions like increased pay, better benefits, and new training programs designed to draw younger people into the trades. Those things are still happening, but the need is turning out to be far more serious than those approaches are fully able resolve. On today’s construction site, instead of robots taking away and replacing human jobs, they are becoming an essential means of keeping the workforce moving.
Rather than being put out of work, men and women are being moved up to positions that require experience, decision making, and good judgment. They are also the operators of machines replacing multiple on-site laborers, with robotics delivering a force multiplier to get the job done in the absence of large manpower pools.
Of course, automation does not solely refer to robotics. Other examples of automation would be data management and workflow processes that help use existing labor more efficiently. Adding approaches like building information modeling (BIM) allows planners and contractors to identify and resolve construction challenges and trade conflicts before a crew even goes on site.
The five primary areas of automation are:
All of this is taking place in an environment where the US Construction Industry alone is projected to grow by 8.8%, reaching $1.4 trillion dollars in 2022. This is driven in part by infrastructure legislation from congress proposing $550 billion in new federal expenditure over the next 8 years on road, bridge, and highway upgrades.
An IDC report published in January 2020 forecasts that demand for construction robots will grow about 25% annually through 2023.
How does TCG Duct fit into this equation? An HVAC duct supplier, TCG was founded 15+ years ago, and we quickly realized that workflow efficiency, accuracy, and automation would be key factors in delivering our products on time and at the quality and price the market demands.
For us, it was never about replacing highly skilled labor with automation, but about making sure that every shop floor worker, account manager, and customer service rep had the tools they needed to perform their jobs at their highest potential.
We’ve pursued that goal, both when it comes to the physical production of HVAC ductwork, and in our complementary services of shop drawings, HVAC estimating, and automating production requests.
Over the years, we’ve standardized our internal processes into an organized system to help our customers:
To learn how TCG can help make your project more efficient, call us at 878.295.8009, or visit our Contact Us page today!
The Cincinnatus Group works with our customers to assure that we deliver precision ductwork orders: The right lengths, the minimum number of connectors, and the proper fittings you need all in one order.
We can wrap, precisely label, and ship orders such that there is no confusion on the job site and no time is wasted in sorting the delivery for needed lengths. Your order is basically a giant Lego set that is easily put together by number. On large projects, we can even time delivery to the floor or facility currently under construction.
Onsite labor can also be reduced with pre-sealed duct, saving installation crews from spending hours fumbling with chip brushes and cans of sealant. Automating the sealant process is infinitely more efficient than applying sealant by hand, where, to seal each piece, you may have attend to 2 or even 4 longitudinal seams, depending on the shape. Our Pittsburgh roll former delivers the perfect amount of sealant, bonding along all longitudinal seams with cold seam sealant.
At TCG Duct, we can provide all or part of your HVAC fabrication needs. Your project is priced from a Material List or via a take off from prints you provide. Our team of engineers, fabricators and technicians are trained on the latest equipment and methods that enable us to meet your exacting standards.
Let TCG Duct be your partner in the HVAC Industry as an experienced, high-quality manufacturer of HVAC duct of all types. Our goal is to partner with our customers in ways that make the entire workflow from estimating and takeoffs, to order and installation a seamless exercise in time and cost savings.
As your partner, The Cincinnatus Group helps your organization stand out in its marketplace, win more bids, save substantial costs, and build the knowledge and skills your team needs to continually meet new challenges effectively and profitably.
Our strong work ethic, accountability, and pursuit of excellence sets us apart from other contracted sales and marketing services, and our unique expertise and proprietary ductwork systems make us unique amongst our competitors.
At The Cincinnatus Group, our fabrication partners gain access to our unique experience and expertise in contracted sales and marketing.
Our assets help you navigate the ever-changing markets of the 21st century.
To learn more about our Contracted Sales services or other services we provide: Contracted Estimating and Take Offs, CAD/BIM/Coordination Drawings, and Project Management Assistance, please call The Cincinnatus Group at 878-295-8009, or visit our Contact Us page today. We are looking forward to the opportunity to help grow your business.