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ARTICLE ensures that those on the construction site, as well as a project’s eventual tenants are less likely to be exposed to weather-related health risks. Also, an indoor construction environment presents considerably fewer risks for accidents and other liabilities. There are strict factory processes and procedures that protect the worker from on-the-job injury. At a construction site, although THE MODERN MODULAR safety is of utmost importance, workers are subjected to weather-related conditions, changing ground conditions, wind and other crew members who are at the site. a framing hammer. Every component has been figured out; where in North America windows are essentially stapled into place from the exterior, these windows are installed with adjustable fasteners so that the window can be levelled perfectly and at the end of its useful life can be removed and replaced – from the inside. It’s designed for deconstruction. Similarly, © Randek Lindbäcks , a 90 year old company in northern Sweden, is truly taking modular construction to new heights, cranking out apartments, condos, student housing and seniors buildings a rate of twenty units per week. The modules are 4150 wide [13’-7”] and optimally 8950 [29’-4”] long. The modules look superficially like they are coming out of North American factories, but it is a very different product. 30 The level of automation in the factory is way beyond anything you see in North America, where framing is done in factories much like it is done in the field. Here it is “screen to machine” – wood is fed into giant patented machines that feed, align and fasten the framing, to any level of complexity. There are no drawings and no tape measures; it’s all automatic, cranking out a wall every seventeen minutes, including windows (in fact the windows are laid down and the wall framed around them) and insulation. © Lindbäcks Group AB, Sweden the wiring is all fished through flex conduit so it is modifiable and upgradeable. It is all automated and industrialized like most modern industrial production in every industry except housing, which is still in the last century. Swedish toolmaker Randek has automated the entire process; compare the results out of this to a guy with a nailgun or © Screw adjustment of window www.ghmediabusiness.com