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Harnessing the power of data will realise true potential of inspection technologies 02 November 2021

The previous PPTex Supplement in Hazardex August contained very informative articles on Augmented Reality, wearables, robots and the growing adoption of mobile working for lone workers. These innovative technologies have a common thread in that they are all reliant upon data, documents and models which are complete, consistent and connected....

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The next industrial revolution 02 November 2021

The next development within industry won’t come through just technology, but from the operator and the skills they have. Skills management and knowledge sharing will re-invent plant floor operations and create the next most sought-after industrial asset, the connected worker....

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How mobile tech is reducing risk in hazardous environments 04 August 2021

Keeping employees healthy and safe is a challenge for many employers – perhaps none more so than those whose staff work in hazardous environments. Fortunately for these organisations – many of which are now responsible for a higher number of lone workers – safety technology is evolving rapidly, with mobile solutions now providing a high level of protection for workers in even the most hazardous of workplaces....

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Augmented Reality drives real change in remote training and safety 04 August 2021

Augmented reality technology is allowing field engineers to connect directly to off-site experts for more efficient maintenance, data collection, training and safety, as Kim Fenrich, global AR/VR and digital services product manager, ABB Process Automation, explains....

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Using assisted reality to maximise safety and worker productivity 04 August 2021

According to the HSE, 142 workers were killed in work accidents in the UK in 2020/2021. Such a sobering statistic is another reminder for organisations across all industries to continue to focus on health and safety measures in the workplace. Increasingly, organisations are looking for ‘fit for purpose’ technology to enhance worker safety and productivity....

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Safeguarding lone workers with technology 04 August 2021

Communication amongst teams is an essential part of conducting an efficient, effective and safe business. But when it comes to selecting a communications device to appropriately safeguard the lone workforce, with a growing number of options, choosing the right solution that addresses the needs of employees and the business as a whole, can be challenging....

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Case study: automation and digitalisation at scale 05 May 2021

ANYbotics has collaborated with global chemical manufacturer BASF to deploy ANYmal at one of the company’s sites. The autonomous, four-legged robot has helped display the efficiency, quality, and scalability of robotic inspection and data-collection capabilities in complex industrial environments....

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The age of the ‘interconnected worker’ 05 May 2021

Many years ago, life was simple, or so it seemed. If something needed to be done, appropriate forms would be filled in and we’d disappear off into some part of the plant and return later when the work was completed or left in a state where we could carry on with it tomorrow. Aside from the odd visit or the radio message, we would be left alone and depending on the work, might not appear back in our normal break area for quite some time....

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Digitisation in service and maintenance 09 February 2021

Mobile communication devices such as smartphones or tablets are increasingly important for the industry. Not only do they make data available in plants and industrial environments and facilitate communication between the control centre and the workers, they also support mobile workers in their daily tasks, thus ensuring optimised processes and reliable quality management....

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An unmanned revolution in the oil and gas, energy and petrochemical industries 02 February 2021

The oil and gas industry is highly complex: asset management, environmental compliance and safety must all be addressed and guaranteed. Many organisations have invested heavily in deploying large oil pipeline infrastructure across an expansive geographic network, spanning countries and continents. Such infrastructure must be routinely inspected to ensure structural integrity and to monitor for potential trespassers....

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