Monday, October 25, 2021

A new world of connected and autonomous heavy equipment

In a world that has hit the digital fast track, the industrial sector is looking to connected and autonomous machines to help them perform better, produce more, and reduce costs. Earlier assumptions about job loss and disruption seem to have flown out the window as decision-makers in this sector see the many and varied benefits of new technologies.

Addressing the Skills Shortage

It’s no secret that there is a growing skills gap in manufacturing and construction. Less widely known is that the dearth of employees with the right skills and experience is raising costs and delaying projects. The good news is that connected and autonomous equipment, such as telerobotic solutions, make it possible to perform certain tasks remotely and attract highly skilled workers from a global pool of talent.

Register to participate in: “Heavy Equipment of the Future”

Contributing to a Safer Workplace

Although the idea of self-driving vehicles has only gained momentum in the past few decades, the concept was actually first introduced at the World’s Fair in 1939 by Norman Bel Geddes, an industrialist who presented a vision of “devices which will correct the faults of human beings as drivers.” While there is disagreement as to the degree of human error in most road and workplace accidents, there is support for eliminating some of the human component from workplaces in which heavy equipment is employed.

For construction, which ranks among the most dangerous work in Canada, the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (Source) reports 20.2 fatalities per 100,000 workers. The theory is that by introducing autonomous machines into the construction workflow, workers would spend less time moving around machinery, especially as some equipment could be operated remotely.

Important Session

Technology is advancing rapidly, and some of your competitors have already embraced connected and autonomous equipment technologies. That makes them ready for this exciting new world. The question is: Are you ready?

Join consulting CIO Corey Cox and Valentin Scinteie, Director Business Development, Transportation, for Heavy Equipment of the Future: Intelligent, Connected, Autonomous on October 20th? In this hour-long session, Cox and Scinteie will discuss the challenges and needs of companies in heavy industries, and what innovative technologies they can adopt to better position their operations for the future.

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Glenn Weir
Glenn Weir
Content writer at IT World Canada. Book lover. Futurist. Sports nut. Once and future author. Would-be intellect. Irish-born, Canadian-raised.

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