How has materials testing been affected by developments in technology?
We all rely heavily on technology in today’s world. How many of us have smart technology in our homes, or spend a good deal of our time using smartphones or tablets to communicate, play games or watch videos? The same reliance on technology applies to materials testing.
When it comes to materials testing, products like NDT equipment rely heavily on technological developments in order to continue to improve the testing experience. These developments help to improve the safety, effectiveness and ease of testing. We are going to take a look at some relevant developments.
How touch technology has helped
We are rapidly embraced touch technology since it came into our world. When you look at people travelling to work and college each day, you see them swiping to access content on their mobile devices. It’s a lot easier than having to press several buttons in order to do the same thing. If you think about it, labs are some of the most obvious places to make the most of this technology.
One of the biggest advantages of using touch technology when testing materials is that it’s already a familiar concept. This reduces the amount of training and initiation that is required.
Touch technology has also made it a lot easier for developers to really spread their wings. They can be far more creative with the additional flexibility that is now available to them.
Why are ergonomics so important?
If you are involved in the world of testing, you will know how important it is to feel comfortable while you are completing the work. Progresses in technology have led to solutions that have greatly reduced the number the repetitive motions in many process. From an ergonomic point of view this is very good news.
As technology has advanced, so the space required to complete tasks has become smaller. This means that there is less chance of stresses and strains for those undertaking the testing. These testers also tend to have a greater level of flexibility when it comes to the positioning of work stations and equipment.
The positive influence of the Internet
There are few things in this world that have remained completely unchanged since the introduction and rise of the Internet. Changes have certainly been made to materials testing as a result. The influence of the Internet continues to grow as more and more connected devices are developed.
One of the biggest advantages that comes with using the Internet is that any results of testing can be shared there and then. Results can be stored and shared in the Cloud, so they can be accessed in any location using any device.
Another advantage is the availability of remote support. Problems with the equipment in a testing lab can be resolved quickly as diagnosis can be completed over the Internet. This mean that interruptions to the testing process are reduced, and time and money are saved.
Hopefully, you can see just how much materials testing has been improved as technology has advanced.