Friday, 29 April 2016

How the internet of things will impact the construction and civil engineering industry

The Internet of Things is a phrase that describes any objects or machine component equipped with sensors that can communicate with other machinery and AI directly - without human involvement. This enables them to communicate their operating conditions, performance levels and physical states, which in the construction industry may be referred to as telematics.

Many big scale manufacturers and engineering outlets are using this technology already, installing sensors across important components that will enable the measurement of things such as temperature, pressure, shaft speeds, vibration levels, oil level and much more. Jennings Builders and Civil Engineers North Wales pride themselves on efficiency - and the ideas from IoT are already creating brainwaves in and around their field.

How will this affect construction and civil engineering industries?

There are of course, many companies already using this somewhat unthinkable range of technology, but not necessarily shouting about it – as why would they want to broadcast their competitive advantage?

While the technology exists, much of the advanced ideas are under development and prototyping and would cost fortunes to implement, though some simple versions are in use. The likes of machine hour, fuel consumption, GPS tracking, and idle time among a number of others are still used, and allow measurement that leads to the correct tweaks and management to ensure an efficient process is maintained.

What does this mean?

Linking up to certain other machinery and software types allows you to view data, allowing interpretation of data and analytics, meaning there will be less downtime and more efficient processes. The ability to predict maintenance times over a measured period is undoubtedly a useful piece of knowledge.

What can it do for contractors within these industries?

Well it’s all down to working out how much more efficient these systems are going to make you – how much time and money you’ll save, along with how up to date you technology needs to be. You might be able to discover why one of your machines requires double the amount of fuel that another needs, which part of your application can be replaced at a later time among many more advantages.

The future is undoubtedly up to the imagination at the moment, and time scales could become incredibly quick. It won’t be long until your excavator is self-operating and can send relevant signals to your mobile phone to tell you when a part needs replacing! The following video from IBM is an excellent insight into the IoT!

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Video from IBM - YouTube

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Why do you need industrial hoses instead of commercial types?

Hoses play a very important part when it comes to ensuring the smooth and legitimate functioning of various industry specific processes. 

Standard hosing, while somewhat versatile, is not always completely secure, meaning there are requirements for a stronger, versatile and more industrial hose version.

Commercial processes see every day hose usage, though entirely suitable for day to day casual use, but are in no way suitable for more heavy duty, industrial versions. If you think of a house hold appliance that makes use of a hose… say, a vacuum cleaner. 

These appliances work easily with the hose and don’t place too much pressure on it, thus allowing a rather lightweight hose type to be used.

As we reach heights that require a stronger hose type and more industrial approach to the application, we must start to consider the use of specialist equipment that could range from flexible connectors to pipe expansion joints and hose couplings.

Hose couplings and fitting are especially desirable as they provide the necessary connection to material source, and are also made of top quality fabrics that will be able to stand the test of time, without hampering performance levels.

It may also be worth considering variations of hose that help you distinguish which form is best suited for you and your business, based against the produce that passes through it. It is essential that you ensure your hose material is not easily degradable or able to have any meaningful negative effect on your operations.

Buckley Industrial are a firm that works hard to create the best systems through ensuring that you are employing the most suitable products, as well as working to test your existing equipment for any faults or potential weak spots that could potentially cause issues further on down the line. 

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