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Delta Technology Newsletter – October 2020
The Impossible Is Now Possible
Technology is all around us and changing faster than ever before. Our world is becoming more and more automated.
In the coming weeks, we will be focusing on various aspects of our lives that are enhanced with technology. In this new brief, Delta Tech Bytes, we explore how automation applications are everywhere… from the food you eat, to the products you buy, to the way you run your home. Join us in this journey and realize the future is now and it’s more exciting than ever.
Some of the upcoming sectors will include:
Explore how technologies like machine vision, artificial intelligence, biometrics, cloud platforms, and the IoT improve our lives and continue to progress into the future.
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Automation in Agriculture Series: Livestock
Since 1944, when Franklin D Roosevelt proclaimed it, the third week of September is National Farm and Safety Health Week. While the declaration came about to recognize farmers’ contribution of providing our soldiers nutritious food during World War II, the concept is still just as important today, and to remember every day. Livestock farming can be dangerous, and much of it is back-breaking, time-consuming, manual work. Yearly, about 33% of farmers are injured during the course of their duties, while 600 suffer a fatal accident.
The everyday maintenance of a farm and the animals on it, as well as when the weather starts to turn, preparing for the colder months ahead, make fall the perfect time of year to recognize our hardworking farmers and those who work with them side-by-side to ensure the food supply continues to be healthy, uninterrupted, and able to supply in an ever-increasing possibility of food shortages. The livestock farming industry greatly benefits from robotics and automation, the use of which is expected to increase. Technology that limits manual jobs is going to be fundamental in addressing humanity’s concerns about keeping the population of the world fed.
Jeff Heng is Delta Technology’s on-the-ground representative in Colorado. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University. After graduating, he moved to Colorado. Jeff has put his degree to work in the design of water park structures, vacuum chambers, and robotics for solar and thin film transistors. He has worked in many technical industries, including telecommunications, optics, automated industrial sanitization, and IT. In 2007, Jeff went back to school for his MBA, and from that program, spawned his first company called Mad Fish Drift Company (a fly-fishing guide service which was launched in 2012).
Jeff is a certified Lean and Six-Sigma yellow belt, a Scrum Master, and has taught as an adjust instructor at a local technical college. He has two daughters and enjoys skiing, fly fishing, and being active with local industry groups, currently sitting on the board of the local Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
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Everyday Products Automation Upgrade: Diffusers
A diffuser is a simple appliance that mixes water and essential oils (most commonly) to disperse scent into the air using one of three methods – ultrasonic vibration, heat, and evaporation (there are also ones that work through nebulization and do not require water). This very simple technology and concept is used to gain aromatherapeutic benefits or to just have an enjoyable, pleasant aroma fill one’s space. In a pinch, they can even be used as a substitute humidifier (perhaps on a table close by, as they obviously aren’t as adept at adding moisture to the air as the actual device itself). Do a quick search on everyone’s favorite online retailer’s website, and you’ll see many different shapes, sizes, colors, design overlays, and prices of diffusers. If you look closer, you’ll notice a plethora of control options too – from just one, lonely button to a separate remote.
The latest development in these scent-dispersing devices is automation. Meet the Cadillac of diffusers!
This Wi-Fi-enabled smart diffuser utilizes IoT and two-way communication to make operating it a breeze. Users can download a smart home app or use Alexa through their Amazon Echo. Here are some of the features, thanks to the automation in use:
Power device on or off
Start or stop the actual diffusing action
Set the intensity of diffusion (weak or strong)
Set the length of diffusion (1,3, or 6 hours)
Turn on or off the light display
Set the light display colors (cycle through all, stop on a color, display green nightlight)
Choose a particular color from a color wheel
Dim or brighten color or nightlight
Schedule power of device (on or off)
Schedule the diffusion (start and stop times, days, intensity of diffusion)
Schedule the light display (start and stop times, days, cycle / fixed / nightlight)
Notification when device is low on water and needs to be refilled
Auto shut-off when water tank is empty
Voice control through Alexa
Diffusers have become all the rage in the past several years, and judging by the addition of technology by their producers, this popularity is expected to continue. Delta Technology can help manufacturers of small appliances like these add similar automation to their product line, as well as the production facility itself.
Call us today at 602-243-1514 to find out how, or click on the button below to request more information