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April 18, 2019

Technology for Buildings: The Future



Concrete structures have continued to serve us for decades. While they have worked fine for a long time, there is an urgent need for buildings to catch up with constantly evolving technology. Coupled with growing competition, big buildings need better technology for the companies within not only to survive but grow.  And that’s what’s happening. Even large buildings like a church  are using new methods and technology. We will be taking a look at how the construction industry is changing, giving birth to smarter buildings tailored to meet the new challenges of today.



Automation

Automation along with the latest robotic technologies is the hot new trend in many industries. Businesses need to automate repetitive, time-consuming, and dangerous tasks to enhance efficiency, and ensure the safety of the workmen. As a result, automation has proved to be an excellent solution to maximize operational efficiency with reduced costs.

 The construction industry works similarly. Autonomous machines on the construction site are generally self-driven machines often used for transporting materials and pulling off heavy items on the construction sites without posing a threat to workmen. These machines come with robotics technology, such as sensors and GPS, which can be operated remotely by workers with guaranteed zero risk. 

 Smart buildings

Smart buildings require larger investments but come equipped with the newest technology and facilities for the companies they house. Smart buildings provide for a greater sense of comfort and ease for employees resulting in better output and position in the market for the business. Optimized HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems maintain set temperatures using automation. As a comparison, manually regulated consumption of water and electricity leads to higher costs. A high-level security system is the best feature of such structures, wherein barcodes and scanning systems are used for visitor entry. The mobile transmitters and motion sensors use automation to protect the office even after office hours.

The next generation of LED is revolutionizing lighting. Lights will collect data – ensuring optimized power consumption. It will be designed in a way so that light sensors know the amount of time you use a particular room in a day, and power off on its own when you are not there. Identifying these behavior patterns will help save considerable energy.

Controlled appliances from remote locations, like a network-based freezer, refrigeration, and sensor systems, can prevent losses, such as spoiled products with the help of an overall budgeting plan. These systems can help you track temperatures in multiple zones from anywhere you are, within a single unit.

Warehousing On the Edge 

The technological revolution has taken warehousing by storm. Companies are racing to find newer technologies that cut costs and promote optimization techniques. There are emerging techniques that have shaken up the warehousing scenario. Drones are the most preferred because of their small size and ability to provide a large image, along with other functions, such as carrying materials with increased speed and navigation. Robots have changed the game entirely. Their automation techniques are programmed to perform tasks in multiplicity, speed, and accuracy. Interestingly, they are programmed to perform these tasks accurately without ever colliding!

  1. Use of solutions like 3D printing acts as a link to bring manufacturers and consumers together. It aims to reduce costs for complex trade and custom designs for a large number of goods since they can be printed from any location.
  2. Automated Guided Vehicles or (AGVs) follow guided routes around the warehouses without having to change the basic configuration of that warehouse. The bigger advantage is that AGVs are designed to perform continuously with no breaks. 
  3. Cloud technologies are providing us with self-updating systems. This leads to an instant increase in productivity because they cut down costs incurred on maintenance of records. Most importantly, these are very user-friendly in nature as they can be easily used by anyone. It isn’t necessary to have a highly skilled workmen.
  4. On-demand warehousing, or pay per use method of warehousing, allows users to have more choice of flexibility over their location. With this available solution on the market, the hurdle of fluctuating market rates for space (often overpriced in locations near airports, ports, urban centers, or railway networks) is over.
  5. Composite panel technologies assist in the optimization of insulation, air-tightness, and durability. In cold storage places, like chilled and frozen food departments, energy savings are likely to increase by a large percent.

     Warehousing is an industry that is a leader in employing environment-friendly solutions for better efficiency and productivity for the future. Sustainability is the key.



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