Materials Performance Supplements

October Calendar 2018

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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OCTOBER 2018 WWW.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM 28 Houston performing robotic surgery on patients halfway across the world. Self-Driving Cars What we consider a nor- mal lifestyle today could be turned on its head over the next 10 to 15 years. Self-driving car technology could have permanent dis- ruptive effects on many industries. Ford and Uber have plans for us to see their self-driving cars on the street by around 2021 and are working toward addressing safety concerns. I attended a presentation about the transition to these self-driving vehi- cles. The speaker shared that 90% of car accidents are due to human error and there are 15 million U.S. jobs that involve operating a vehicle. It is expected that the adoption rate of the use of self-driving cars will accelerate as trust in self-driving begins to win out over the dangers of distracted driv- ing. Also, we don't think about how our car is idle most of the day. When my only time in the car for a day is to drive back and forth to work, 45 minutes each way, my car on a normal work day is idle 94% of the day. In a recent forum of business leaders that I attended, one executive of a mobility organization shared that self-driving cars will allow people to live farther away from work because they can work while commuting to the work- place in their self-driving vehicle just as if they were home or in the office. Exoskeletal Technology This technology is an external suit that supports, strengthens, and pro- tects a human's body. For example, Robogloves (a product jointly pro- duced by NASA and GM) are exoskele- tal gloves that provide the user with additional strength of up to 15 lb (6.8 kg) of force while providing grasp assistance. In addition to helping workers in the factory setting, one of the applications of this technol- ogy could be in the everyday lives of the elderly. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) The use of drones is increas- ing every day in both com- mercial, governmental, and personal applications. Some of those uses include law enforcement surveillance, search and rescue, aerial photography, storm tracking, shipping, etc. Corrosion under insulation can be a common risk in the oil and gas indus- try. Drones are helping reduce this risk of corrosion by using a combination of remote thermal infrared and multispectral imaging sensors to capture images of insulated components. Drones are also increasingly being used to inspect pipelines and infrastructure such as bridges for coating defects and corrosion, and monitor remote or difficult to access cathodic protection systems. L E A DER SHIP COMPE T ENCIE S FOR DISRUP T I V E L E A DER SHIP Accenture conducted a survey of 1,770 frontline, mid-level, and executive level managers from 14 countries to assess the per- centage of time they spend on categories of work. The respon- dents reported 54% of their time was being spent on administra- tive coordination—a repeatable, predictable activity that can be automated through artificial intelligence in the future. In addition, only 10% of their time is currently being spent on strategy and innovation, while Figure reprinted with permission of Goodfriend & Associates.

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