How Technology is Advancing the Lifting Industry
Monday September 21, 2020
The lifting sector is always advancing, lifting more, lifting further, and with increased risk. We simply need to look at the greatest achievements of the modern world such as the Millau Viaduct, National Stadium ‘Bird’s Nest’, the large Hadron Collider or the Burj Khalifa to see the changes in our aspirations as the lifting sector continues to advance.
“We’re still fighting gravity, we’re just better at it”
- Ross Moloney, CEO of LEEA
Technological innovation is raising standards
Our society relies more on technology in all aspects of our lives, and the lifting sector is no different. From increased safety and compliance to data analysis and even scheduling jobs, let us look at some of the ways that technology is advancing the industry.
Reinventing safety and compliance
As lifting increasingly becomes more complicated, technology is a great tool to confirm safety levels and help reduce risk. For businesses, the ability to show that engineers are qualified for the job or knowing that the machinery is fully fit for purpose is crucial, and with the right platform, businesses can do this with a click of a button.
Furthermore, data collection helps bring insights to the wider user base facilitating the sharing of best practise and standards across the multitude of sectors within the lifting industry.
Increased productivity and output
Lifting equipment failure leads to downtime that can incur large costs. No operation wants downtime, but it is an inevitable fact that machinery can go wrong.
Innovation is a powerful tool for minimising downtime. Intelligent, flexible technology adds value for companies offering services in the lifting equipment industry, allowing them to keep pace with demand. By monitoring the status and reporting any faults in real-time helps to ensure your business is safely performing at maximum output.
Better, faster decisions
The lifting sector spans a multitude of industries and roles, and it's the technology that helps keep everyone connected. With workers, engineers, and equipment distributed around a job site, plus offsite stakeholders, including project managers and the customer, it can be hard to get everyone on the same page when a decision needs to be made.
A fully SaaS cloud-based solution makes sure that the right information is seen by the right people, at the right time, meaning that key information is available to assist in mission-critical decisions. A SaaS solution also provides the flexibility to grow with your strategic business plans as you expand, or even explore new industries.
The new generation of lifting
“LEEA’s CEO, advocates the use of technology in introducing the next generation to the lifting industry” – Ross Moloney, speaking with lift and hoist magazine.
For the lifting sector, technology will bring new skills and solutions. The next generation is going to come from people interested in IT and technology, coding, and developing solutions that fit tomorrow’s demand.
Encouraging these new skills and outlook within the industry means that the sector will only continue to advance in the same way that we have seen, from the pyramids to the Burj khalifa. Whilst we are excited to be part of what technology will come up with next, the one thing that we know for certain is that the lifting sector is not the same as it was 50 years ago, and it is not how it will be in another 50 years.