Three ways in which technology will help warehouse safety.
The manufacturing industry is maintaining a great deal of positive progress as the economy recovers from the recent global recession. And, innovative as ever, there are many changes that will affect this industry as early as this year. Among these are movements towards leaner operations, reshoring, and innovative technological advancements.
However, with all of these improvements, productivity is expected to boom, making the continued need for warehouse safety paramount. Areas such as electrical systems and wiring, and physical hazards, such as forklifts and transport vehicles, must meet stringent safety standards. Failure to do so could mean severe monetary penalties, but this is negligible in comparison to the cost of workers’ lives. This should be the chief factor when it comes to warehouse safety.
So, how will the increasing amount of technology available in warehouses be used to increase warehouse safety? With Krost having been offering shelving, racking, and lockers for sale to a variety of industries for decades, we are well acquainted with the specifics of warehouse safety. Here are three areas in which pioneering companies will explore with regard to improving safety:
The Industrial Internet of Things:
The Internet of Things refers to an array of smart devices which all interconnect through data transfer and can transmit data back to a central point of processing. This practice will apply to industry in the near future. It has been predicted that the industrial Internet of Things will generate around half a trillion dollars over the next five years.
This shows that the manufacturing industry is not about to let the grass grow under its feet when it comes to the implementation of technology assisted machinery and tools. Items such as smart glasses will help improve warehouse workers’ safety, and improve their efficiency.
The Improved Use of Robotics:
Robots have been used in manufacturing for decades. However, artificial intelligence is making leaps and bounds every day. While older robots required total programming, modern robots are able to think for themselves, to a degree. Vehicles used to transport warehouse goods have the ability to see for themselves when it comes to manoeuvring around their environment. This technology will drastically reduce forklift incidents.
Those of the generation before technological involvement can be seen as vital assets. Their wealth of industry experience is invaluable to warehouse and factory owners. So, as these workers approach retirement age, there will be a large gap in safety procedures left by their departure. This is why there should be a focus on new workers, and processes put in place whereby there can be a downward transfer or critical knowledge.
Technological progress will certainly aid the manufacturing industry in the near future. But, while there is still the need for a human element in the industry, workers’ safety must be of paramount importance.
If your company is not yet ready for these technological improvements, begin by installing high quality equipment. On this front, Krost has a multitude of premium shelving, racking, and lockers for sale in South Africa.
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