In simple terms, field services can be defined as a set of activities to execute or oversee physically intense tasks that need to be performed at an external location. These can range from oil extracting & mining to installing phone & internet connections. Common challenges prevalent across such operations include hostile weather conditions, rough terrain, and logistical issues.
While these services were once considered as tedious and wearisome, the advent of technology and automation in recent times has certainly lessened the burden on these professionals. Tasks now involve comparatively less human interference and can be managed without physically being on the field. Control and cloud-based systems are conveniently integrated with heavy machinery that improves their functionality. These integrations definitely lessen the risk and gamble of any human error – however, they still require human administration and monitoring to ensure optimal performance. Hence, it is critical for the workforce to familiarise and assimilate themselves with the concept of modern automation. To put this into context, the benefits enjoyed by a tech-savvy workforce are as follows.
Shorter Production time
Automation has reduced the downtime during manufacturing processes, and an educated workforce working in tandem with these processes make it possible to significantly increase manufacturing productivity. Since the staff supervises most of these manufacturing processes, it is essential for them to undergo automation training to attain better clarity on the subject matter.
Employee development on the subject of automation training is a one-time investment to be made by an organisation and the costs can easily be recovered with a continuous flow of work thereon. Training them once will show a significant growth in job performance which, in turn, compensates for the expenses incurred.
Flow of Operations
Technological advancements in the form of automation have helped augment the process of predictive maintenance to a considerable extent. This saves the system from any unforeseen circumstances since malfunctions in a system can easily be accounted for well in advance.
Manufacturing, scheduling, or even inventory management – it’s obvious that automation has the capacity to monitor the smooth functioning of these operations in field services. This helps negate the impact of an inevitable human error, which further boosts the overall accuracy of basic functions.
Field services all over the globe are working to integrate automation in their functions, but few are understanding that their workforce needs to reach a certain level of competency while working with such technologies. As the world grows scientifically every passing moment, understanding automation will definitely sharpen your abilities and help you achieve corporate goals while simultaneously ensuring a healthy return on investment.
Chandrayaan-2: Why it’s not a failure, Instead its a part of the process
ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 mission had a successful liftoff on July 22, at 2.43 pm IST from a launchpad in Sriharikota. It carried a lander and orbiter, and the rover tucked into the Lander. The Lander Vikram attempted a soft landing on the Moon by September 7, on which however it lost control. The Indian space agency used the GSLV Mk-III which is the most massive rocket to be built by India.
Chandraayan’s journey started just two days after the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission that landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon. On July 22, 2019, Chandrayaan 2 set off on a 384,400-km journey towards the Moon.
Once in space, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft performed a series of manoeuvres around the Earth to acquire the necessary momentum which was meant to let it slingshot into an orbit around the Moon, which happened successfully.
As the south pole of the Moon remains more in the shadow than the north pole. Scientists believe that the craters which are permanently shadowed could have frozen water on the Moon due to the planet cash theory. In planet crash theory it is believed that when the Earth was born around 30-50 million years ago, A rock named Theia which was 100 million times bigger than the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. It was almost the size of Mars crashed into Earth and created Moon from the large chunks of rocks separated from Earth. He critical compound that is needed to sustain life that may have been transferred from our mother planet to our nearest cosmic companion.
After the Chandrayaan 2 completed its journey successfully from Sriharikota in India to the Moon, After completing almost 95% of its mission as per the ISRO. ISRO lost communications with the Vikram lander when it was about 2.1 kilometers from the surface of the Moon, which saddened all the engineers who worked very hard for years to make this mission a reality.
India’s achievement and why ISRO Deserves all the recognition.
Till now, there have been 38 attempts of ‘soft landing’ on the surface of the Moon, out of which only 20 were successful. So, the September 7 soft landing was a challenging test for Chandrayaan-2.
Chandrayaan-2 had three components — an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. The lender failed to soft-land on September 7 however the orbiter is intact, perfectly fine and is orbiting. According to the latest announcement by ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 orbiter may last up to 7 years which is nothing but good news.
The launch mass of the spacecraft was 3,877 kg. The 2.5-m-long orbiter weighs 2,379 kg, the 3.5-m-high lander weighs 1,471 kg, and the 1-m-high rover weighs 27 kg.
The Lander and the orbiter each consisted of 650 kg propellant to manoeuvre and pushed brakes while attempting to reach their destination.
The Lander made a controlled descent for 17 minutes on to the lunar surface. As it was automated, It is not clear yet if it landed safely or not as ISRO lost the communication of it when it was about 2.1KM from the surface of the Moon.
What ISRO has done,Completing 95% of its mission with an allocated cost of ₹978 crore (approximately US$141 million) which included ₹603 crore for space segment and ₹375 crore as launch costs on GSLV Mk III ,which is even lower than the movie Avenger’s Endgame’s budget of 356 Million US$ is just remarkable in itself.
Failures are a part of science, and it’s the failures with the recorded data, from which we learn from and improve our next try.
“We’ve found the location of Vikram Lander on lunar surface & orbiter has clicked a thermal image of Lander. But there is no communication yet. We are trying to have contact. It will be communicated soon.” – ISRO Chairman K Sivan announced on September 8.
For now, we can only hope to reconnect with the Lander.even if it doesn’t, we should still be grateful to ISRO Scientists for the amazing work they have done by completing 95% of their actual mission. We wish the best for them while hoping they make it to the south pole of the Moon next time.