Monthly Archives: September 2017

Car and Pickup Truck

For nine long months we wait for summer and when finally it is here, it is not always the Summer of our dreams. Long sunny days are a great boon but with Global Warming in full swing, it is just too much of a good thing for our cars and pickup trucks.

Our cars are not just our mode of transportation but also a refuge from the brutal heat when Sun really cranks up its engine. When the car is sitting outside in the sweltering heat the inside temperature keeps rising until it is dangerously hot. The trapped sunlight inside the car can bake the car to 120 degree in 80 degree temperature.

And yes it is true air conditioning breaks more often in Summer just when you need it most. Cars naturally overheat a lot in these months but not just because of the Sun beating down hard. For many it is the radiator that acts up while others suffer when coolant reservoir runs out of antifreeze.

Here are some other tips on keeping your car cool during Summer:

(1) Park in a shady spot and place sunshade

A necessary precaution is the choice of parking spot. Whenever possible, choose a shadier spot to park even if it means walking a few blocks. Your body and your car will thank you when you return to a cooler car. If you cannot find a shady spot then place sunshades in front and rear windows and if the heat is intense then place window visors on the side as well. Crack open the windows slightly to allow cross ventilation.

(2) Install a tint

If you live in a warm country then getting your windows tinted is a great idea. It protects you not only from heat but also from prying eyes. Find out tinting regulations in your country as most countries restrict tinting to a certain percentage. In most countries including the United States the maximum allowed tinting is 30%.

(3) Check and change the coolant

Coolant system is generally the first casualty of the summer so we cannot risk its breakdown due to overheating. Manufacturers recommend that drivers should flush the coolant from the reservoir every two years. Mechanics recommend that antifreeze should be mixed with water half and half. Make sure you check and refurbish the coolant system at the onset of the summer.

(4) Change the oil regularly

Mechanics recommend that oil should be changed every 3000 to 5000 miles. If you are living in a country with dirty fuel, oil and filters should be changed more often. Make it is a habit of checking the oil volume every few weeks. Make sure that the engine has a chance to cool off before you check the oil.

(5) Have A/C serviced regularly

Get your Air Condition serviced before the onset of summer. Most owner’s manual list air condition service schedule and this schedule should be followed.

The Mining Industry

The present-day mining industry provides large-scale possibilities for the latest automotive and connective technologies to be tested out.

It goes without saying that the process of recovering the planet’s natural resources is hard. Apart from being difficult, it can be environmentally damaging. In these circumstances human safety is of top priority. It is provided by such IT revolutionary systems as: ‘extreme Wi-Fi’ that is able to cover vast deserts; autonomous vehicles that deal with extracting vital minerals and rocks without the need for operator action; smart communications that warn employees if they get close to gigantic machines and much more. The experts in the field believe that the potential of these systems will help to achieve the ambitious goal of the fully autonomous mining site, where the actual presence of humans is not required.

Smart mining premises

All the leading manufacturers of mining machinery are currently developing the best autonomous practices to increase efficiency and productivity, reduce cost, and lower emissions without sacrifice of safety. By using connectivity and valuable data analytics they develop the optimal dig patterns at the coalface and enable the vehicles of exact autonomous routing. Mining has become the mutual combination of big industry, big data and big money.

The underground IoT provider

One of the most ingenious contributions to smart mines so far is the Smart Rockbolt. Basically, this is the device that creates an underground Internet of Things. The global mining industry uses 100 million of bolts every year. These tools are used to prop up walls and ceilings during dynamiting. The concern is that they are rather susceptible. Being damaged, they lose their load bearing capability. As a result, there is the risk of deadly collapsed tunnels and cavities.

The innovative Smart Rockbolt was designed at Lulea University of Technology in Sweden and has an impressive list of virtues. It is equipped with sensors that measure vibrations and strain. When linked to 4G or Wi-Fi it empowers a mesh network with the might of a 24/7 safety monitoring system. What is more, a single non-rechargeable battery cell is able to run for years.

The art of geofencing

Geofencing technology serves to keep workers away from dangerous equipment. It is integrated with various microclimate monitoring systems, which benefit from sensors that measure humidity, temperature, sound and gas levels in the area. In case of any problems mining workers and engineers receive the corresponding text messages on their phones. Employees can get warnings not to enter an area because the air quality is not satisfactory or because there is heavy machinery working. A worker also can send an alert to the control center when they are in need of assistance. Another important value of the technology is that it can give real-time feedback on the physical condition of workers (e.g. blood pressure, heart rate, etc.) by means of special wearable devices.

Developing The Culture of Maintenance of Machinery

Machinery is a great product of human wisdom designed with the sole aim of easing the painstaking task of work. Serving relentlessly as faithful slaves, machines respond to the will of man without a word. Some users of this machinery abuse this right of the speechless workaholic devices by constantly requiring their services without having a thought of maintaining them. Indeed, the culture of maintenance has not been a vocabulary in the books of many factory managers. Yet, the machines are their latent source of revenue. As humans require personal and regular health checks and care, so does the machinery that we use in our everyday life activities.

Our genius forebears craftily developed the culture of maintenance and it was evident in their everyday life activities as well as the maxims that were frequently used in their conversations at family and societal meetings. Though they never had the modern machinery, the few resources that were at their disposal were judiciously used and regularly maintained. The numerous ancient buildings that inspire awe and are tourist sites today were maintained on a routine basis. The philosophical underwriting of some of the maxims that regulated their moral behavior regarding the essence of cultivating a maintenance culture have high currencies in our quest in maintaining our machinery today. The paper discusses two of these maxims and their resonance in the culture of maintenance.

1. Procrastination is the thief of time-

This wise maxim warns against the constant postponement of repair and maintenance of machinery. Usually, owners of these devices procrastinate whenever machinery gives signs of needing repair of its parts. Owing to the fact that owners feel the signs of a defect is minimal they usually turn deaf ears to it. The aftermath of such attitude leads to incurring huge repair bills which could have been avoided. On the other hand, prompt attention to a repair need on regular basis attract minimal cost since less material is lost whereas the vice versa results in extensive repairs. Thus, it is worthwhile to act swiftly to maintain machinery rather than to procrastinate.

2. Eating the food at one’s disposal gradually is better than eating all in one day-

This adage warns against the attitude of undertaking a Herculean activity once, but it, however, advice on carrying it out gradually. This is true in the case of maintenance of machinery. The great pain and the high cost of engaging in such repairs can suck all the financial strength of the owner of the machinery or the company. Such attitude mostly leads to the neglect of such machinery because of high maintenance, which comes at a great cost to factories and individuals. On the other hand, a regular, minimal form of maintenance is less costly and less demanding. Indeed, attending to the routine oiling of machinery parts has been always much cheaper and less time-consuming.

Conserving and sustaining one’s machinery on a regular basis by cultivating the culture of maintenance pays greatly. It saves our lives since faulty machinery usually results in accidents. It aids us to wisely use our time and money while ensuring constant and efficient productivity as well as increasing the lifespan of machines. More importantly, it speaks well of our personality, as persons who are responsible, poised and resourceful. Let us seriously ponder and imitate the maintenance culture of our intelligent forebears and it will impact greatly on our machinery, even conserving them for future progeny.