Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Why Carry Out Hose Vacuum Testing

If you use vacuum suction to create your product, you’ll understand just how important it is to ensure that you’re carrying out regular industrial vacuum testing to make sure you’re getting the best performance out of your appliances.

How does industrial vacuum testing work?
This process is employed to ensure that your hose assemblies and appliances are working to full capacity. With daily use, micro leaks start to form in aging hoses and they will see loss of pressure. As you would expect your machinery won’t be working as efficiently which might use more energy or impact the quality of the final product. The result of this being that it causes more expense in the long run due to a loss in production as well as risking personal health. Unlike regular hose testing, industrial hose vacuum testing will often subject hose assemblies to any negative pressure reading down to a total vacuum state (-29.92inHg – inches of mercury).  

Industries most commonly use vacuum in the forming of products and the transportation of raw ingredients in food and chemical processing. The most familiar household include bathtubs, sink units, open plastic containers and panels, food packaging and containers.

Who can do this?
You’ll need the help of a specialised team who have experience in identifying defects. More than a vacuum test alone you’ll need a team who can carry out a visual examination. Naturally, industrial hoses are exposed to high demands in sometimes, harsh conditions. Of course, some hoses will have a higher tolerance than others so knowing what kind of damage will impact performance or not is integral. A comprehensive solution is always best, ensuring the necessary actions will be carried out efficiently, whether it’s fitting, testing, inspection or cleaning.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Advanced Construction Technologies

The construction industry has been criticised for being inefficient in comparison to other industries and has been reported to be extremely slow to innovate. As result, the industry is undergoing an extensive drive to push for innovative solutions to problems which have beleaguered sites for a number of years, and many firms which offset construction in North Wales and the whole of the UK have risen to the challenge.

The term “advanced construction technology” has been coined in recent years, and covers a wide range of developments in materials technology, design procedure, facilities management, quantity surveying, services, and structural analysis, design, and management studies.

Some examples of advanced construction technologies are commonly described as including (but not limited to) advanced forms of 3D printing, materials procurement, building information modelling, cladding systems, computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing, smart technology, GPS controlled equipment, temporary works, substructure works, water engineering, prefabrication and assembly, as well as more modern methods of construction which benefit from factory conditions and mass production techniques.

Advanced construction technology in 2016 still has a few barriers to uptake including approval delays, regulatory complexity, and inadequate certification, not to mention the training needs of site staff. The issue, essentially, is not the product. It’s about skills, logistics, planning and project management, which is the forte of Civil engineers.

A recent study by the NHBC Foundation which was published in June 2016 found that 75% of organisations using modern methods of construction cited a faster build programme, and more than 50% of firms felt that their projects had a higher build quality as result of advanced construction techniques.

The adoption of advanced construction technology requires appropriate design, commitment from the whole project team, suitable procurement strategy, appropriate training, commissioning, and good quality control – yet it pays off considerably as incorporating advanced construction technique and technology has been proved to increase efficiency, sustainability and value for money, as well as the undoubtedly paramount ideals of safety and quality.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Smart Lighting Is The Future

Smart lighting is a term on most industry leaders lips right now, in a variety of specialisations. Electrical retailers, architects, designers, contractors and electricians, to name a few, are currently investing a lot of consideration into smart lighting, and they all agree on a simple thing. That LED Lighting, be it concealed LED rope lighting, or otherwise is the future, with absolutely no place left for traditional incandescent lighting and the half measure of halcyon bulbs in residential or commercial property.

It’s quite easy to see why. Key benefits to using LED lighting over incandescent and halcyon bulbs is that they produce far less heat, less carbon emissions, and last far longer. Light manufacturers have thrown their considerable weight toward the new trend for smart lighting, and as result - all smart lights use LEDs. Smart Lighting can set mood lighting for different rooms in your house, be controlled from afar or programmed to turn on and off at key times from your smartphone or tablet, and can even function as alarms, carefully and gently waking you up in the morning.

The practical uses of this technology are myriad and boundless – from recent studies indicating that mood lighting can vastly increase the quality of life of dementia sufferers, to modern agriculture embracing LED technology to provide bigger, better harvests without resorting to genetic modification, something which frightens consumers even today.

But what about you?

For home use, LED Lighting still has to shake off its reputation of providing glaring, obtrusive light. Yet advances within the last 10 years have meant that clinical lighting is no longer part and parcel of LED technology. Colour temperatures and brightness have come on significantly, with a wide range of colours and temperatures, to make stark, bland lighting a thing of the past. Colour temperature is measured in Kelvin, where 2700 – 3000k is a warm white, higher values look cooler and lower values warmer. Brightness is measured in lumens, and your current bulb’s brightness can be easily matched or exceeded, should you prefer.

With a little exploration of possibility, some of your own creativity and the assistance of a team of specialist lighting technicians to assist with blending LED lighting into your home and lifestyle, you can make the dingiest of rooms glowing and stellar.

Monday, 11 July 2016

How Drones Are Helping British Construction

Once the stuff of pure sci-fi, drones are now becoming accessible to absolutely everyone. Their use has been documented heavily since the early 2000s, and have mostly been limited to the Armed Forces, but now anyone and everyone with the required finances and enough skill can purchase and fly one. Many Civil Engineering and Groundworks firms in North Wales and the whole of the UK use drones for multiple purposes on their sites. Here are a few of the practical uses of these amazing pieces of technology.

Surveys of buildings can be made remarkably less complicated when roofing viability and identification of condition is as easy as picking up a remote controller. Without the aid of a drone, being able to see the tops of roofing can be difficult and expensive, especially when it comes to the erection of scaffolding and usage of a cherry picker and ladders.

Likewise, construction site inspections can be made simple with the use of a drone. Being able to control a drone to assess and inspect means major savings in time, but more importantly inspections on a busy site can be dangerous and complex. Drone usage can be recorded from the safety of offices with the added convenience of footage being sent to project stakeholders.

Promotional photography is becoming more and more important in the way that construction firms advertise themselves and what they can do, especially with the advent of social media. Capturing 4k video and photographs from aerial and unique angles can provide fascinating insight into building works.

Surveyors can struggle with gaining access to suitable locations for laser scanning parts of buildings, particularly ones at height. Often, point clouds can miss this vital information. Laser scanning in the hands of a drone has become a recognised method of topography capture, and can provide the missing piece to point cloud scan for input into Building information models.

Likewise, a drone is fully capable of being used to take aerial thermal images, which are then used to assess potential cold spots in buildings—or hot spots in areas which hold electrical components. This of course allows engineers and surveyors essential information when it comes to identification of defect.

Drones are no longer limited to sci-fi, or a rather tin-foil hat feeling that they are the harbingers of the end of privacy as we know it.  They’re tools which allow construction and engineering firms to create stunning aerial photography- drones serving as a remote controlled set of eyes, to identify all manner of problems and issues, as well as provide information with minimal human effort.

Image Credit: Gabriel Garcia Marengo | CC BY 2.0

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Craft Your Future!

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has recently launched a new initiative to introduce 12-14 year olds to a career in construction, and it looks like a lot of fun. Countless Civil Engineering and Groundworks firms in North Wales are alike others throughout the country. They're looking to the future and to the next wave of talented individuals to take the industry to the next generation.

More and more is being done to promote the future in British construction. The industry is typically accused of being too traditional and completely resistant to change. The need to attract a new generation of construction professionals is becoming increasingly urgent and simply can't be understated - as more than 400,000 British construction workers are set to retire between 2018 and 2023. The cards have been drawn - Without the nurture of new talent, Britain will face a severe shortage of construction professionals.

Craft Your Future is an initiative comprising of a preliminary four freely available lessons which can be downloaded by teachers and assessed via the Minecraft Educational Platform. The lessons are set in fictional Newtown, a specially created and completely private Minecraft city. Students will encounter a variety of simulated problems that reflect real struggles within the construction industry, and will learn how to design, plan, collaborate and build solutions for future sustainable cities.

The students are intended to work in teams of 3 to 4, and will collaborate within this team on maintenance, construction, restoration, new builds and refurbishment, with each of the four preliminary lessons lasting 2-6 hours. It's very much a case of learning while doing, and exercises include real life scenarios like restoring a model of Battersea Power Station.

Minecraft barely needs explaining, and it is well known that the undoubtedly popular game, like Lego’s robotics program- has proved capable of multiple purpose since it's creation by Mojang and later acquisition by Microsoft. Added is the fact that in 2016, There are well over 70 million people playing the game.  That’s 70 million individuals having a glimpse into simulated construction challenges that textbooks just can’t provide.