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Wearable technologies: Wear it Well

By Joy LePree |

Wearable technologies help chemical processors improve productivity and safety of workers Wearable technologies — cameras, tablets and other devices loaded with applications (apps) and software that can be attached to the body or personal protective equipment (PPE) — are catching on in the chemical process industries (CPI) because they provide an efficient way to increase productivity and enhance safety for maintenance technicians and field operators.   Technology drives trends While the concept is not new, as wearables have been available for years, the technology has dramatically improved, making them more user-friendly, feature-rich and suitable for hazardous environments than previous iterations, opening avenues for use in a variety of industrial applications. Wearables are being applied to enhance maintenance and operator activities by providing digital libraries of necessary documents and over-the-shoulder coaching, and are improving worker safety by supplying location, health and other information about the wearer in an effort to assist with emergency response, mustering and access control. “Three factors are making wearable technologies more prevalent today: improved devices, the ability to design end-to-end,…
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