Wearable technology is rapidly being used in the industry to improve ergonomics, track employee whereabouts during a crisis, and detect falls.

FREMONT, CA: One of the most prevalent applications of IoT technology in manufacturing is maintenance and equipment monitoring. Manufacturers are using computer imaging and wearable technologies to address their most challenging business problems. Manufacturers are also using IoT technology to reduce risk in the workplace, whether it be a risk to people, plants, or equipment.

Water damage can also be avoided with IoT technology. When moisture is found in an area that should be dry, sensors can issue an alert. This could be a sign of a plumbing problem. Water temperature, humidity, and flow can all be monitored using sensors. These sensors can be used to activate automatic shutoffs of water control valves, reducing the danger of property damage and business interruption caused by unintentional water occurrences.

In many production plants, cameras are already in use. Existing cameras are connected to IoT imaging software. It employs computer vision to detect safety issues and send out real-time notifications if someone acts dangerously. Wearing safety equipment like vests, gloves, and glasses; adhering to forklift zones and speed limitations; ensuring adequate clean-up to prevent slip and fall accidents, and increasing ergonomics are all things that cameras with artificial intelligence software can help with.

Gloves that track how workers use their hands and wrists on the job can aid in worker safety. Armbands that monitor how often a worker pushes or pulls repetitively for their job can help to reduce workplace injuries. Straps worn around the chest or other parts of the body can also detect worker falls or monitor ergonomic concerns.