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SPR 2018

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32 CEMENT AMERICAS • Spring 2018 • www.cementamericas.com FEATURE T he adoption of drones in the aggregate and cement industries has increased tremendously since 2016, and we expect that trend to continue. As the technolo- gy has advanced, more and more companies are starting to fully grasp the benefits drones can bring to a site. In fact, a Consumer Technology Association report predicts record-breaking drone sales of 3.7 million units in 2018, a 20 percent increase from 2017 reports. One of the biggest advantages drones have is their capacity to navigate around the job site and collect data so employ- ees don't have to put themselves in dangerous situations, such as inspecting silos and bins, screening towers and con- veyor belts. They are also faster and more efficient than employees on foot, and it is estimated that customers in the aggregates and cement industries can save around 84 percent of labor costs by using the technology. Not only are drones cheaper, but they can also improve accuracy. Repeatability is vitally important in the data col- lection process, and in areas such as stockpile measure- ment, drones improve the accuracy of data because they increase repeatability by easily capturing all of an area. Easing Employee Worries About Drones Despite all their benefits, drones also cause some uneasi- ness among employees. Aggregates and cement company executives often face worries from their labor force when introducing new technologies such as drones, with workers concerned that the technology will replace them. Eye in the Sky Embrace the Tech Revolution by Incorporating Drones Into Your Workflow. By Lauren Elmore

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