Negosentro | 3 Examples of Safety Conscious Practice in the Manufacturing Industry | The manufacturing industry forms a significant part of the world economy. It can encompass many different sectors, from the food production industry to the manufacture of cars and large-scale construction, as can be found in the aerospace and construction sectors. Today, the manufacturing sector accounts for approximately 16% of all GDP globally. Some manufacturing processes contain inherent safety risks. As a result, such processes are controlled as far as practicable to ensure that both the workers stay safe, and the end products are safe to use or consume. This article explores three specific examples of how the manufacturing industry uses elegant solutions in technology or working practices to ensure the safe operation of facilities and final products that are fit for use.
The Use of Drone Technology
Some forms of manufacturing take place in areas where environmental conditions (such as extreme heat or cold) would make it exceptionally difficult or dangerous for human workers to inspect the machinery. In addition, some manufacturing processes use chemicals that are hazardous to human health if contact occurs. As a result of these risks, there has been a rise in the use of drone technology to assist in these circumstances. For example, a drone can inspect machinery or components to ensure that the equipment is working correctly. This can be vital in situations where extreme heat or cold is needed for the manufacturing process. It is also important to consider that accidents can and do occur in various manufacturing processes. In the chemical industry, this can result in toxic spills, which pose a direct risk to human health. By using drones to assess the level of contamination and extent of any spill it, removes humans from this part of the process.
The Food Industry
In the food manufacturing industry, one key part of the safe operation of many types of machinery is to ensure that moisture is removed from the air. This can ensure that equipment does not become corroded or contaminated by the effects of moisture in the air and helps to ensure that final food products are fit for human consumption. As a direct result of the problems posed by moisture and contaminants in the air, many food manufacturers use instrument air dryer packages. An instrument air dryer package removes all traces of moisture and contaminants from processes where air compressors are used and ensure that production lines remain operational without the risk of damage to pipes or the production equipment itself.
3D Imaging Technology
In a variety of manufacturing processes, large and complex equipment is used continually. This equipment will occasionally fail, causing production lines to halt, which has a significant economic cost to the overall operation. Previously, human workers would be required to manually inspect the equipment to locate the source of the fault and determine what replacement parts were needed. In some pieces of machinery, this could pose a risk to human safety. Thankfully, the rise of 3D imaging technology has provided a solution that removes the need for workers to manually inspect equipment. A detailed 3D image of the equipment can be quickly produced, and the fault can be located without the need for a thorough visual inspection in a potentially hazardous working environment.