The application of drones is still under-estimated when it comes to industrial manufacturing. Though drones can be highly beneficial:
- They can reach to the places where people cannot;
- They can provide top performance levels where people otherwise wouldn’t manage equally efficiently.
While drones are successfully used for military purposes, the industry still doesn’t apply them to use their full potential. However, what can be drones apply for in modern manufacturing? What their roles can be? Let us check the main trends.
Drones in the Construction
Construction is one of the most complicated and for sure one of the least advanced industries. While a large selection of machines is available, just a small part of them is used in the construction.
Nowadays, the automation level in the construction is much lower than that needed for productive work. Most construction projects aren’t completed in time and within the budget.
Here drones can be very handy. A drone can collect the needed data about the construction site and share them with the subcontractors. Data collected by a machine are usually more accurate than those collected by a human. Besides, a drone needs significantly less time to provide a complete set of information about the construction site.
Further, when the construction works are performed, drones can be extremely efficient to control the processes. The machines don’t rely on personal feelings but provide reliable and accurate information.
Moreover, drones can be useful in many other regards such as:
- Calculating the volumes and types of the needed materials;
- Providing data that are easily accessible through a cloud;
- Performing calculations such as site area, bridge elevation, road length, and similar;
- Creating images and maps.
Consider such a benefit as the cost-efficiency of a drone, and you will see that this device is highly beneficial.
Drones in the Agriculture
Agriculture is one of the industries that strive to implement as many technological achievements as it is possible. Drones are one of the examples of how fast a device can be deployed and how efficient it can be.
The agriculture benefits from drones in many ways:
- They are applied to monitor the crop with top accuracy level;
- Drones can do planting;
- They are used for crop spraying;
- These devices make maps for irrigation;
- These items can be applied to manage livestock, and perform many more functions.
Nowadays, farmers don’t have to base their actions on guessing. They can send a drone and receive accurate data from any part of the field.
There is one more application field of drones in agriculture. These devices are sent to explore terrains that aren’t easily accessible by people. Based on the data received from the device, it is possible to check whether the terrain is suitable for agriculture purposes or whether it is more convenient to move to a different option.
Now, farmers benefit from drones greatly. Drones allow us to perform many operations with more precision thus preventing the waste of materials. These devices provide the farmers with valuable data that allow taking actions immediately without wasting time for guessing. With technology development, we believe that the drones will find even a wider application in agriculture.
Drones in the Mining Industry
The application of drones can boost the efficiency of the industry. These devices provide valuable data about the mining site. Moreover, the data provided by drones is distinguished by top precision and accuracy.
Thus, drones in the mining industry can be used for:
- Stockpile management: this is a complicated process when performed by a human. It can even endanger the health and the life of a human. Moreover, the method is pretty slow and extremely costly even though it doesn’t provide the most reliable data. If instead of a human, a drone is used, the speed and the accuracy of data increases while the danger for people is absent.
- Monitoring of miners and planning of operations: here, it is important to make fast and efficient decisions. If some data are incorrect or incomplete, the management of a mining site becomes a struggle. Drones simplify all the monitoring and management procedures by providing a complete picture of a site;
- Before and after drilling & blasting assessment: these devices provide an accurate picture of the scope of work and the results;
- Moreover, drones are efficient in determining dangers that can save the lives of many people.
The mining industry is one of the most complicated and dangerous to people. Therefore, we can expect that the use of drones will be growing.
The application of drones in manufacturing is still not as wide as it could be. However, these devices are taking their deserved place among other technical improvements. While some industries are still slow in deploying this relatively new technology, others are already using all the benefits a drone can offer.