The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has issued a call for construction businesses across the country to put forward proposals on how to increase efficiency or quality through automation

In partnership with the Structural Timber Association, the CSIC is on the lookout for Scottish companies with innovative ideas on how the offsite manufacturing cell in its Hamilton-based Innovation Factory could be used.

Up to five firms will be chosen to receive a combination of funding and support up to a value of £10,000 with access to CSIC’s network of academic partners, in-house technical specialists and the 35,000 sq. ft. Innovation Factory. The site contains 16 pieces of state-of-the-art prototyping and design equipment, including an industrial robot, a collaboration robot, a multi-material 3D printer, a CLT vacuum press and 4 Edge Planer.

Fiona MacDonald, business relationship manager at CSIC, said: “This is a chance for construction companies to unleash the next big innovation and directly improve their own bottom line by testing out their ideas for new automated processes, which will help them operate more efficiently.

“The normal costs of exploring new ideas with state-of-the-art equipment can be seen as inaccessible, but this innovation call, accompanied by the support from CSIC, provides companies with a fantastic opportunity to develop new ideas, improve efficiencies and gain a competitive advantage.”

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If you’re interested make sure to submit a short outline of your ideas by the 23 June. Successful applicants will then be invited to progress their ideas through a full proposal.

Further details about the innovation call will be available at a free industry event to discuss the future of automation in construction, which will be hosted at CSIC’s Innovation Factory on 29 May.

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