Are Drones the Future of Painting?
The use of drones in the public sector have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many able to take breath-taking photos and videos, and the likes of Amazon testing drones for the delivery of small parcels and hot food. Drones are also being used in farming, as well as search-and-rescue efforts by the emergency services.
The next step for drones could be fleets of drone painters that autonomously paint houses and other large structures. But could drones soon replace the commercial painting Ipswich trade and throughout the rest of the UK?
Why drones make sense
The prospect of painter drones could put the painting industry into turmoil. On one hand, drones are all about safety and would eliminate the need for scaffolding and would reduce the risk that comes with people climbing the sides of tall buildings, or dangling from the side of a offices. There are other safety benefits too, such as taking on tasks that may be unsafe for workers in toxic chemical environments.
However, using drones to handle the bulk of painting would undoubtedly lead to some job losses. Humans would still be required to set things up and monitor the work, but the teams of 20-30 painters needed for big jobs would be gone.
What it means for the industry
Painter drones could have both positive and negative effects on the painting industry. Improved safety is of course a major factor, and an efficient machine-based painting process could help boost production levels and get a job done quicker.
With possible job losses on the cards, the benefits far outweigh the loss. The rise of painter drones wouldn’t eliminate the need for humans completely, as human eyes would be required to ensure a job is done correctly, such as making sure the paint is properly mixed and managing the robotic fleet.
Painter drones could in fact help to create new drops, such as drone and equipment manufacturing, and the development of software needed in order to make sure the drones are as accurate and efficient as possible.