SaMoTer: Solutions for making the sector more efficient and safer

Digitization also affects occupational safety in its broadest sense because it helps reduce accidents, thefts and damage caused by cyber attacks. This emerged on 14 March 2023 during the third of the five webinars organised during the run-up to Samoter (Verona, 3 to 7 May 2023) organized in collaboration with IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) with the title "New technologies supporting safety". Starting from different technological approaches, IT providers and companies presented solutions integrating digital systems with machinery using dashboards and even personal protective equipment.

© Veronafiere, Ennevie

© Veronafiere, Ennevie
Alberto Bertaglia of Kiwitron outlined the scenario: “Society is getting smarter, and Industry 4.0 is already giving way to Industry 5.0. Sensors should never create chaos, alarms should not distract operators with too many messages but simply communicate imminent danger. In other words, technology should not be invasive but adapt: its task is to make work more efficient and safer". "Periodic inspections on lifting devices are mandatory from a regulatory point of view," said Marco Ruggeri of Spanset Italia. "We have developed technological and intuitive systems based on RFID which replace conventional and less precise Excel sheets and allow inspection data to be recorded quickly and without errors."

New digital technologies can also help manage PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Even better if they are also user friendly. This is what Efrem Gianola of C.A.M.P. said: “PPE identification technologies have evolved in recent years, ranging from the cheapest QR code to the most sophisticated and expensive PFID chips. We consider NFC chips to be efficient since they have the great advantage of being readable by any smartphone." The intuitive nature of the technology and being able to use it easily, quickly and practically even in harsh environments is an aspect all speakers agreed on: “We are passionate about safety and are well aware of the undoubted positive effects generated by software capable of managing all company activities. In our opinion, superstructures and overlaps should always be avoided in company digitization," said Andrea Boldirini of X Group. "Provided, however, that the solution adopted is easy, intuitive and can be customised to meet the needs of individual companies." "In our sector, environmental factors are often extreme: we need only mention dust, vibrations or uneven ground," said Stefano Scapin of Cobo Group. "We design moment limiters to prevent machines overturning. The contribution of automation, connectivity and interconnection to our priority for safety is undeniable."

Safety does not merely mean avoiding accidents involving machinery and people; it also means cyber security and prevention of theft. "The market is asking us for products that add value to documents, from digital signatures to secure file storage, through risk assessment solutions or applications that manage machine maintenance and assistance ," said Paola Martin of Zucchetti. "Our mission is to innovate and thereby improve the lives of our customers by enhancing their safety." “Our devices ensure rapid recovery of stolen machines or use the IoT to monitor on-board equipment that may be left behind on site," said Claudio Martignoni of LoJack. "Our goal is to propose integrated IT solutions to raise safety and security to new standards."


Upcoming webinars:

At the fourth webinar during the run-up to SaMoTer is scheduled next 23 March. It will focus on the rental sector and its role in the construction supply chain. Supported by Rental Blog, we will discuss the evolution rental companies are experiencing, pass by way of the traditional role as suppliers of machinery for occasional needs to that of general provider. This implies digitizing, educating and overseeing safety, taking charge of the ecological transition, as well as new considerations concerning drivers and connections between partners. The series of meetings will conclude with the webinar on 18 April analysing photovoltaics in quarries.

Related articles:

Hire sector: From machinery rental to creators of value

The hire/rental sector in Italy can continue to grow provided that the construction machinery trade fair interprets it as a strategic choice and not merely as a service used to cover peak work demand....


SaMoTer webinar – The zero-emissions goal

The energy transition will be achieved together by working on the energy mix. This is what emerged on 26 January 2023 from the first of five webinars during the run-up to Samoter organized in...


SaMoTer – The benefits of innovation tools

Digitization is a fundamental tool for tackling the future, because it means decisions can be based on facts. However, meetings and training opportunities are essential for it to spread in the...


24th SaMoTer Innovation Award – Construction machinery of the future takes the stage

Hybrid or electric machinery developed for earth moving and various applications in the hoisting/lifting world. Technologies that improve operator safety and comfort are aspects that can make all the...


SaMoTer and asphaltica 2023 – construction sites of the future become reality

SaMoTer is back with its 31st edition hallmarked by innovation. The triennial international construction machinery exhibition will take place 3 to 7 May 2023 at Veronafiere: the five-day event with...