The construction and engineering electronics sector comprises all the electronic and electrical sub-systems used in heavy industry. IoT will have a profound effect on how PCBs will be used in this sector to improve efficiency and to reduce risk of loss or injury. Sensors could either be embedded in inanimate objects or worn by workers involved in the manufacturing process leveraging augmented reality among other technologies.
Millbug provides an OEM service for the manufacturing of sensors and user lead electronics, some use cases are elaborated below:
If a high-rise is being constructed, hundreds of subcontractors will be on-site doing everything from HVAC systems, to glass work, to plumbing. If the general contractor is billed for 6,000 man hours of plumbing work, they typically won’t be able to verify if that number is accurate or inflated. And because many contracts with subs are cost plus, there’s not much incentive for them to dig into the contract and determine if that’s accurate. When labor tracking is implemented—and everyone on-site is outfitted with a small tracking badge—the contractor can then verify all labor hours.
If there’s an emergency or a job site needs to be evacuated, the construction foreman or general contractor likely doesn’t have an accurate way to know how many people are currently on the job site (or how many have been able to evacuate if necessary). With IoT tracking, individuals on-site can be tracked immediately at the room level, making the job of emergency responders much easier.
Many construction sites receive regular shipments, many of them including capital materials. If you, for example, receive a shipment of expensive light fixtures and that shipment gets moved to the wrong floor, the construction crew could end up searching the site—wasting time and money. Adhering IoT tracking tags to capital shipments can make this search quick and efficient.
Vandalism and theft are common at building sites. Simple IoT systems that detect movement or activate monitoring equipment can act as an added level of security. Additionally, there are many instances of insurance losses during construction, as materials may mold, rust, or burn due to exposure or mishandling. If an IoT-enabled system alerts a construction company immediately of any smoke or water, action can be taken before more damage occurs
Millbug’s IoT sensors reduce the total cost of ownership of a given asset. Questions why one operator uses 30% more resources than the average, which parts or consumables can wait longer to be replaced, and how to reduce downtime, may be answered making use of these sensors. Tools and machinery embedded with sensors will ‘know’ when they are in need of repair, will alert users and potentially schedule their own service appointments before mechanical failure. Wireless sensors embedded within concrete foundation piles to ensure the quality and integrity of a structure. These sensors can provide load and event monitoring for the project’s construction both during and after its completion.