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VR Trains Electricians

Technology is becoming more common among the trades, as a way to help train and educate workers on the job. The rollout of new technologies in the trades also enables greater productivity and efficiencies, amid a skilled labor shortage.

One new example comes from Rosendin Electric, which is one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States. The electrical contractor installs electrical and communications—and is now leveraging new technologies to improve processes and access to realtime data.

The company recently deployed the Fluke 376 FC True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter with iFlex and Fluke 1587 FC Insulation Multimeter at mission-critical project sites. These projects—data centers and facilities for large social media and technology companies—require technology and methods that provide realtime data.

In conjunction with the Fluke Connect Condition Monitoring app, the cloud-based solution gathers measurements to provide a comprehensive view of critical equipment status and allows technicians to record and share measurements in realtime with mobile devices. Reports can also be created and shared and users can collaborate with other colleagues through video calls.

The first rollout is happening at the Reno, Nevada facility. The company will leverage virtual reality training, which was designed by the organization’s BIM (building information modeling) department. Other company sites will implement the technologies throughout the year ahead.

This comes at a time when high-tech installations for electricians is on the rise. A study from Klein Tools shows that in commercial construction 60% of electricians have done more high-tech installations in commercial buildings and 70% have seen more smart offices in commercial buildings than five years ago.

As this trend continues, electrical construction companies will need to leverage new technologies to improve processes, and will also need to determine how to best train workers to use all the new emerging systems.

Does your company have a similar success story? Consider submitting it for the annual Constructech Vision Awards before the March 7 deadline.

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By |2018-02-12T18:50:09+00:002/8/2018|

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