This blog post is coming a little bit late but as the saying goes, better late than never! If you caught my first blog post a few weeks ago, then you know I recently represented Field ID at the second annual LiftEx conference in Leeds, England. LiftEx is a conference for the lifting and rigging industry that is held by LEEA. As you can see from the picture, our booth was not nearly as elaborate as other trade shows. That being said, even with the smaller booth we had plenty of traffic.
To get there, I took a plane from Toronto to London and then took a train to Leeds. I arrived in Leeds in the early evening and realized I needed a few supplies. Although I had a travel power adapter, it wasn’t working with my three prong plug for my MacBook. I also needed to print some literature for the show the next day. I made it to a Staples where they were able to help me with both, and I was set for LiftEx 2011.
RFID a Theme at LiftEx 2011
There were roughly six companies at LiftEx 2011 that were, in some way or another, supporting the use of mobile devices, RFID and the web to keep track of lifting equipment inspections and LOLER certifications. It’s clear that modern safety is becoming a global phenomenon, and it’s always exciting for us to have the opportunity to show Field ID off to organizations coming from different places, in this case from across Europe. We’re firm believers in RFID’s power when it comes to improving safety and efficiency, so we were glad to see so many organizations embracing it.
Field ID Presents
I also had the opportunity to give a presentation on applying modern safety techniques to the tracking and inspection of lifting equipment. The room was jam-packed of full people, and I believe the presentation received great response. I focused on using technology – including the web, RFID and several different handheld devices – for lifting equipment records. There were many questions about which mobile devices you can use when combining inspections with the web and RFID, and we covered a few different types and brands. I would say there was an equal amount of interest in new devices like the iPhone as in trusted rugged devices. I hope everyone enjoyed the presentation.
After many AWRF meetings and exhibits, it was a lot of fun to spend time with the LEEA group. LiftEx is still a young event, and we were very impressed at the amazing job LEEA did on organizing it. We look forward to participating with the association in the future.
Finally, with interest so high among the people we met at LiftEx, we’ve decided to host a webinar for anyone interested in learning more about using RFID for LOLER record keeping. It’s scheduled for December 14th and titled, “LEEA: Digitize your LOLER Inspections using RFID, Mobile Devices and the Web.” If you’re interested, visit www.fieldid.com/webinars to register.