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Yorkon updates production processes for its off-site building system

25 Oct 12 Off-site construction specialist Yorkon has introduced new design and manufacturing processes for its recently launched off-site building system.

Following a significant investment in the latest design and manufacturing technology, 3D models and flythroughs can now be produced to involve customers and contractors even more closely in the design phase of a building.

The new process allows the thousands of configurations and permutations of the new Yorkon building system to be managed more effectively and manufactured with optimum efficiency. Models can be integrated with thermal analysis software to assess the energy performance of any Yorkon building. The system allows 2D plans and elevations to be easily created, for example, for the design of M&E services. Building components to be rationalised and standardised cost efficiency and communications with the supply chain are improved. The system allows instructions for production to be provided in 3D to further improve efficiency of manufacture. The manufacturing team can exploit the use of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) technology from the 3D modelling to further improve the speed of production and accuracy.

Commenting on this latest investment, Simon Ambler, director of Yorkon, said: “As a group, we have completely re-designed our processes from design to manufacture as part of the three-year development programme for our brand new building system.  We needed to have new and robust processes in place to manage an off-site system that is so flexible that it has literally thousands of configurations and permutations.

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“The result is a more sophisticated and comprehensive design tool than ever before in the off-site sector, which can realise the most complex building requirements and that facilitates visualisations in 3D, procurement of components, supply chain management, and thermal modelling through to manufacture. It is also the first stage in our BIM strategy for the business.”

The new Yorkon building system now offers a wide range of building modules. The system has been engineered to meet the demand for more flexible off-site solutions that offer freedom in terms of layout, building footprint and aesthetics.  Applications include teaching facilities for schools, hospital buildings, laboratories for the chemical and nuclear sectors, control centres and amenity buildings, shops and passenger and operational facilities for railways and airports.

Yorkon also offers a wide choice of cladding, glazing and roofing options or bespoke facilities to complement existing schemes.

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