Korea Herald reported that South Korean steel giant Posco has implemented various smart technologies to prevent industrial accidents and ensure safety for its employees. Posco recently introduced drones to its plants. In the past workers had to use ladders and climb about 100 meters to check sinter plants for defects, but now drones take care of that task. Drones are useful not only for risky tasks, but have also improved efficiency for work that needs to be done in small, closed spaces.
Posco also uses robots to achieve efficiency in production while protecting its workers from injury. Automated robots clean off the impurities and residues that build up on the steelmaking equipment, protecting employees from exhaustion and from accidents that could cause suffocation or burns.
In addition, Posco is sharing the smart technologies with partner firms in the interest of synergy across its supply chain. Posco had established a task force at the end of last year, and worked with 15 partner companies and seven foundries to develop an automatic product recognition system using image recognition technology. The company has also advanced the data management system so that product orders can be processed promptly and accurately,