Author : Durai.J 1
Date of Publication :16th May 2017
Abstract: Floor tile laying process is a finishing job usually done manually. This process is described in detail including the tile laying work flow, thinset thickness, tiles pattern, tools, tiles installation defects, costs and work rate. A cost analysis of tile laying process was made based on data obtained in one of the construction project in Langkawi in 2005. The labor cost was RM 1.50 per feet square of tiles. The material costs however vary with the quality and design of tiles. A field study was carried out to measure the work rate of manual tile installation where the average rate was 19.2seconds per tile of 300mm x 300mm. The existing research and robot technology is discussed in this research including the various configurations considered by the researchers. Based on these, important elements of floor tile laying automation were identified as lacks of data on tile laying work itself, manipulator design and costs effectiveness. We are here with new mechanized unit which can be more suitable for automation.