Zekelman Industries and Everguard.ai are joining efforts to use artificial intelligence (AI) and sensor fusion to increase safety measures at the steel manufacturer's facilities.

The companies have announced an agreement to bring Everguard's Sentri360 platform to Zekelman's Atlas Tube facility in Blytheville, Ark., which the two said “will create a paradigm shift from a reactive to a proactive approach to preventing workplace injuries and accidents.”

Initial efforts, they added, “will focus on using the power of AI and computer vision (CV) to enhance the safety protocols already in place for logistics and the tarping of trucks in the facility's shipping bays.

“The movement of heavy steel products and the interaction of workers, drivers and machines make shipping departments one of the areas where safety concerns are most acute at every steel facility. “

Atlas Tube had previously invested in a truck tarping safety system to mitigate the risk of falls and injuries while loads are being tarped on the beds of semi-trailers.

The addition of Everguard's Sentri360 platform is designed to ensure that proper use of the tarping system and provide, for the first time, proactive alerts to drivers, Atlas team members and plant management when the tarping safety system is not properly in use. 

“Safety is the number one priority throughout our organization," said Barry Zekelman, executive chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries.
“We've always embraced emerging technologies in our business. This innovative new AI platform has the potential to further assist us in operating at the highest possible level of safety and efficiency.”

Everguard.ai said it is “moving environmental health and safety (EHS) from a reactive approach to one of proactive accident avoidance by utilizing AI powered by sensor fusion. Sensor fusion collects inputs from many different technologies, including computer vision (CV), real-time location system (RTLS), and wearables.

“Sensor data is fed into edge computers for AI analysis and processing in much the same way that humans process information gathered by their senses. The platform provides near-real-time alerts and outputs to managers and workers, notifying them of safety threats before accidents occur and identifying opportunities for additional employee training.”

Zekelman Industries, which includes the operating divisions of Atlas Tube, Picoma, Sharon Tube, Wheatland Tube, Western Tube and Z Modular, is the largest independent manufacturer of hollow structural sections (HSS) and steel pipe in North America.

Paul Barker
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