Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, 5G, and Augmented Reality. Just a few years ago these terms sounded futuristic. Now they’re exciting realities.
Smart innovations are in our kitchens, cars and phones. But how do technological innovations improve the workplace? New safety innovations have found an important place in the manufacturing industry.
Let’s put safety innovations to work and discuss a few examples of some of the recent developments.
Quick Response (QR) Codes
QR codes are links that you can scan with your smartphone. The link directs you to useful information. When placed at the location of a hazard, QR codes help workers stay up-to-date on potential dangers on the job.
Smart wearables have biometric sensors built-in to PPE. The sensors act as an additional health and safety feature depending on the environment. For example, in managing high-heat exposure. The sensors ensure your body temperature stays within a safe range. They also measure the vitals of craftsmen working in very cramped areas.
The use of video analytics for fire detection systems is one of the most profound safety innovations. Fire is a serious safety hazard for any factory or manufacturing facility. Video analytics algorithms are features that enhance conventional fire detection systems.
How it works is when the algorithm detects a fire, an audiovisual alarm is set off, immediately displaying images of the fire. Video systems monitor the areas of a building not covered by conventional fire detection systems.
One of the major advantages is that emergency teams can see the situation in real-time. Fireteams can immediately assess the blaze with a clear understanding of what’s going on. They can work out the best course of action more efficiently based on the type of fire and the location.
Innovations and Inspirations
Safety innovations are definitely worthwhile. This fact is proving true for manufacturing facility owners and employees.
New technologies are under constant development. It’s inspiring to see how far we’ve come. Innovation has brought better site accident prevention and quicker response to incidents.
If you’d like to chat about the newest developments in the Steel Industry, let us know!