Using technology for visual inspection at ARBS 2018

by Tiffany Paczek
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Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, ARBS, will take place 8 to 10 May 2018 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney.

ARBS 2018 will focus on innovative responses to existing and emerging trends. With the evolution of technology today playing a vital role in efficient and effective facility management, it’s essential to keep connected to the key developments in the industry.

The Speaker Series – a full seminar program that runs alongside the exhibition – will see industry leaders and experts present on an array of topics and management issues while facilitating discussions on how we can better design, control and innovate to sustainably and efficiently transform our built environment.

Of interest to facility managers will be the session ‘Innovative Solutions to Maintenance Access Issues’, presented by Phil Wilkinson, executive manager, Government Relations and Technical Services, AIRAH; Carl Sachs, MD, Workplace Access & Safety; and James Rennie, director, Australian UAV.

Access for maintenance can cause a range of challenges to HVAC&R professionals, not least of which include significant safety issues. Technology in inspection and maintenance is changing the way we access plants with innovative solutions, dramatically reducing the potential risk of injury for FMs and technicians.

The session will explore new ways for access personnel to tackle unique logistical challenges, such as inspecting equipment high above from safely on the ground.

“The well-being and safety of the operator is critical, using technology such as drones, as an inspection tool is front-line defence in risk minimisation,” says Wilkinson.

The Speaker Series presentations enables FMs to connect with peers and remain informed and inspired by exploring the future of HVAC&R and the built environment.

At ARBS 2018, attendees can see all the latest products, talk to manufacturers and distributors about new innovations and enjoy many of the social activities, including the awards presentation dinner.

If you are involved in HVAC&R or building services, this is a great industry event. Quick and easy pre-registration is available online, which grants free entry across all three days – visit

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