02/01/2023—As the initiative to fight global warming continues, sustainability across industries is a necessary requisite. Heavy industries face substantial challenges as major culprits of pollution, with steel, cement, and ammonia emitting one-fifth of all human-caused CO2,1 and construction, transportation and energy being hefty contributors as well. Fortunately, technological innovations including the Internet of Things (IoT) have paved a way for greener heavy industries, while providing companies with smoother operations and safer practices.
The main appeal of IoT implementation is efficiency. Utilizing IoT, like the sensor-based technology from CoRe, provides management with real-time data that streamlines every aspect of operations. CoRe provides admins and shareholders with real-time views of all jobsites, allowing for problem areas to be more clearly spotted and data utilized more steadily for forecasting and planning of future projects. CoRe measures everything onsite, from employee productivity to asset usage and maintenance schedules, ensuring that operations are finely tuned, and time and supplies are utilized to their greatest ability.
The chief component of sustainability is pollution and IoT has made vast improvements in this realm. For example, in the United States one of the largest producers of steel in the world is currently utilizing IoT sensor technology to measure and control their mill’s ammonia output. A factor that, as previously mentioned, is a major contributor to CO2 emissions. CoRe’s Connected Resources technology tracks all materials onsite, ensuring they are being used and maintained properly, eliminating unnecessary supply waste, and saving on costs as shortages continue.
Machine idle times can add up to huge contributions of costs, emissions, and breakage, but idling can be lessened thanks to IoT technology. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, reducing vehicle idling time saves fuel and money, cuts pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and contributes to U.S. energy security.3 Along with these benefits, admins can protect their investments by monitoring machine usage. CoRe’s IoT platform provides admins with asset usage time, allowing them to plan for preventative maintenance, protecting their assets and preventing wasted downtime too.
Employee sustainability may not immediately come to mind when thinking eco-friendly, but its ripple effects reach as far. While employee retention is common practice, sustaining and enriching a workforce helps to enhance their skillset, meaning supplies and machinery are handled with the best training possible, and preventing unnecessary trips to the emergency room. CoRe’s Personal Safety Device (PSD) wearables are worn by each employee to not only protect them on the job, with fall detection and panic buttons should accidents occur, but also ensure productivity and training goals are being met. Helping to create a more sustainable, productive, and safer workplace.
As companies strive to create a greener future for our planet, technology is meeting the challenge and creating new opportunities every day. With CoRe’s top-of-the-line technology, you can count on reliable insights and rich data to help you meet your sustainability goals, enhance safety onsite and increase productivity, all in one easy-to-use platform. Contact us today to learn more!
1Fred Pearce • September 23, Hockenos, P., Hockenos, P., Mernit, J. L., & Mernit, J. L. (n.d.). Can the world’s most polluting heavy industries decarbonize? Yale E360. Retrieved January 31, 2023, from https://e360.yale.edu/features/can-the-worlds-most-polluting-heavy-industries-decarbonize
2 Midwestern steel mill improves regulatory compliance with a digital … (n.d.). Retrieved January 31, 2023, from https://www.watertechonline.com/wastewater/article/14214659/midwestern-steel-mill-improves-regulatory-compliance-with-a-digital-ecosystem-that-employs-iot-and-realtime-analytics
3 Idle reduction benefits and considerations. Alternative Fuels Data Center: Idle Reduction Benefits and Considerations. (n.d.). Retrieved January 31, 2023, from https://afdc.energy.gov/conserve/idle_reduction_benefits.html