Katerra’s Manufacturing Factory Adotps RFID Technology to Drive down Costs

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At present, one of the most successful innovation in the AEC industry is factory-built field. Wheather they include experiment of mass-timber form, prefabrication or modular part, architects are more and more using build parts are welded off-site and under controlled condition. Katerra is one of the many factories that begin to use RFID technology to reduce the cost of parts in the manfacturing.

Katerra established in 2015, combining mass-customization with prefabrication by creating business model. The Menlo Park, California–based company is a relative newcomer in the field, but with over $1.3 billion in projects and an expanding nationwide presence, Katerra is poised to make factory construction a thing for the future.

Craig Curtis, president of Katerra Architecture talk with Antonio Pacheco, editor of AN’S West. They discuss about business model to reaserch how company can integrate technology to work process and the type of new projects. RFID technology is widely applied to manufacturing industry, it can manage production efficiently and reduce time and manpower.

RFID tags are attached to the all parts manufatured in the Katerra’s factory. These tags are able to access from mobile devices at work field or production floor in final products. Each RFID tag is connected with an archive file to show all the collected parts, including the videos of each step in the process of manufacturing. Adopting RFID technology, enclosed wall panels can be delivered to the job site, allowing local building inspectors and third-party verifiers to perform virtual framing and air sealing inspections. Application of RFID technology decreases down costs, improves quality, and delivers a superior customer experience.

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