Some industries enjoy a reputation for being high-tech, and are naturally associated with the latest and most exciting technological developments, such as computing, engineering, space travel and the film industry. Others rely less on technology for their success and are known for being more low-tech as a result. Somewhere between the two, are the industries that are actually very high-tech but are not necessarily recognized as such.
These are some of the most keenly anticipated current technological developments:
Space travel has recently enjoyed a renewed focus, with the possibility of human travel to Mars and even the concept of space tourism grabbing the attention of the general public. Technological developments have brought these ambitions closer to reality. Such exploration of unknown territory has a range of inherent risks and the introduction of a human element enhances these. The need for precision to ensure safety therefore becomes even more critical.
Wind power is similarly receiving increased interest and investment as authorities better understand the potential role it could play in providing a clean and renewable source of energy. A big challenge in this area is efficiency as the energy source must be profitable in order to compete with existing sources such as fossil fuels, otherwise it will simply not be taken seriously. The right technology is therefore essential to ensure it delivers in the most efficient way and is as competitive as possible.
Electric cars is another area where exciting new developments have been made with the potential to change the lives of ordinary people, as well as making a difference to our long-term impact on the environment. As with space travel, the human element and the variety of unknown factors that come with the exploration of any new technology, mean that safety is paramount.
Wearable technology has also captured the public imagination. Some of the initial products and inventions, such as smart-watches and Google Glass, might not yet have been perfected but have still laid the foundation for significant advancements in this area. In such examples, the technology must function in the smallest of environments to ensure it is actually comfortable to wear, requiring a whole new need for accuracy.
Accuracy and Safety
Manufacturing processes also require a degree of technological innovation that might be surprising to anyone who does not work in the manufacturing industry; an industry that is not necessarily considered high-tech.
This requirement is due to a fundamental need for accuracy, which itself is an essential ingredient of efficiency and productivity. Accuracy is also essential to ensure the optimum safety of any system. In fact, due the complexity of manufacturing systems, a staggering degree of accuracy is required for even the most seemingly straightforward tasks within any given process. A minor inaccuracy in one small area can have catastrophic consequences further down the line, including injury and even death. Professional businesses like Transducer Techniques offer specialist equipment to precisely measure even large loads, which are critical to many industries, including the above.