Let’s face it, we live in an age when we take technology for granted. Our dependence on all things technological starts at home when the alarm wakes us up and continues through the day when we use our smartphones and tablets to listen to music, monitor our physical activity, watch video content and interact on social media. The world of materials testing is no different to other aspects of life; it has been impacted by advances in technology.
That is why products such as NDT equipment continue to evolve as they embrace the technology around them. The world of lab equipment moves with the times, to make materials testing safer and easier to complete. Let’s take a look at the technological advances that have had a positive impact on materials testing.
The benefits of touch
For an advancement that is still relatively recent, touch technology has certainly taken over our world. We just expect to be able to swipe instead of having to press several buttons. People are used to using touch to interact all the time so it makes sense that this technology has also found its way into the lab environment. It’s a lot less daunting than a panel of buttons and switches.
Familiarity is important when it comes to touch screen technology. It reduces the amount of training that is necessary when it comes to areas such as materials testing. Using a touch screen is pretty everyday stuff for most people.
Of course, the other big advantage of this type of technology is that it opens the door for developers to be even more creative and flexible. This is no bad thing in a lab environment.
The importance of ergonomics
For someone working in materials testing, comfort is very important. This is why it’s so vital that technology helps with the improvement of the ergonomic environment. One way that this is happening is with the reduction of repetitive movements in checking processes.
Workspaces also tend to be more compact than they used to be. This means that the chances of strain, and other workplace injuries, are greatly reduced. Lab workers have more flexibility to adjust their workstation, making materials checking a safer process.
The growth of the Internet
Most things in life have changed as a result of the introduction and growth of the Internet; materials’ testing is no exception. The use of connected devices continues to grow and helps to improve performance and accuracy.
In the lab environment connectivity with the Internet has opened many opportunities for material testing. Testing data and results can be easily and instantaneously shared. All of this can be done via the Cloud so geographical location is not an issue.
Labs also now have the ability to receive remote support, should there be a problem with testing tools and systems. Diagnosis can take place over an Internet connection and the problem can often be resolved; thereby saving valuable time and money. It’s easy to see that the modern world of materials testing has been impacted and improved by the growing use of the latest technology in today’s world.