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• • • HAZARDOUS AREA EQUIPMENT • • •


Digital transformation in hazardous areas


Challenges such as the current pandemic, personnel costs and the shortage of skilled workers are putting companies under increasing pressure. It is becoming more and more difficult to maintain extensive plants efficiently and in accordance with requirements. Mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones for hazardous areas by the Pepperl+Fuchs brand ECOM Instruments, open up effective possibilities to retrieve digital construction plans and checklists of necessary work steps anywhere, as well as virtually being joint by an expert


the right support expert, and an overview of all open, in-progress and closed cases. The use of mobile devices offers major


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advantage in remote support for technicians when carrying out complex inspection procedures. For this purpose, video calls or augmented reality (AR) applications can also be used in hazardous areas via smartphones or tablets. Technicians on site can contact experts or even the manufacturer of the asset if necessary and ask for their support in complex situations. This saves time and resources. In order to bring remote support to the next level, ECOM has been working intensively with a


obile devices give staff members instant access to all information needed to work faster and better, a direct connection to


employee on site and an optimal view of the processes by the remote expert, smart glasses in particular are the focus of developments. ECOM is paying particular attention to ensuring that the smart glasses and their functionalities are perfectly adapted to everyday industrial life and use in potentially hazardous areas. ECOM plans to launch the smart glasses on the market as early as this autumn. Guidance from experts from other locations and


partner on the development of further products that can be used in combination with smartphones. For optimal hands-free operation, also by voice control or touchpad by the


digital workflows support mobile workers in performing complex tasks directly in the field. The integration of mobile devices and tools helps to get one step closer to the goal of digital production, maintenance and repair.


ECOM INSTRUMENTS ecom-ex.com


Elesa extend their ESD range into castors and wheels for sensitive and hazardous areas


of electrostatic charge and thereby offer protection to sensitive electronics and in hazardous environments. Elsewhere they increase operator comfort by allowing static to pass directly to ground rather than as a static shock through the individual. Typically, they find application in electronic and pharmaceutical manufacturing, also hospitals, power stations and offshore oil and gas facilities. They are easily fitted to trollies and mobile workstations or instruments, also component stillages, carts and storage racks.


N The Elesa range features high quality, easy to


use, free-rolling wheels for fitting to custom axles integral to a trolly, or as fully assembled castors.


16 ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING • JUNE 2021


ew ESD wheels and castors from Elesa prevent the build-up


while plate and stud mounting variants are available to allow steering and locking as needed. Elesa ESD castors protect against


static build up by use of special polyurethane tyres with electrical resistivity <10 9 Ω which prevent the accumulation of electrostatic charge. RE.F5-ESD wheels are therefore suitable for applications in "ESD PROTECTED AREAS" where all components sensitive to electrostatic discharges must be treated with the minimum risk of damage. The electrical specifications meet the requirements of the ISO 22878:2004 standard. This new introduction of ESD


castors compliments the rest of the


Castor formats include fixed bracket and wheel for use as a stabilising pair, matched to a swivel pair, and wheel with fixed bracket or swivel bracket, also swivel bracket with total lock. Wheels offer up to 8000N static load capacity,


Elesa ESD range, which includes levelling feet, ball transfer units, bridge handles and fluted grip knobs.


ELESA elesa.com electricalengineeringmagazine.co.uk


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