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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • February 2018 • 53 EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY LOADOUT & DRONES Fairbanks Scales Inc. announced enhancements to the FB6000 weighing instrument, which features a dynamic web interface that drastically reduces calibration and custom ticket formatting time over previous generations and com- peting technology. Key enhancements include an expanded loop ID field, ability to update expansion cards using a USB drive or integrated web utility, a new easily configurable power supply, and many features that improve functionality and ease of use. Addi- tionally, the new digital power supply provides significantly enhanced diagnostic capabilities compared to traditional analog power supplies. The new Loop ID field has expanded from three up to 15 alphanumeric characters, allowing the use of more user- friendly IDs. Furthermore, the FB6000 now allows for expansion card updates from the instrument's front panel keyboard or by using the integrated web utility. The new fea- ture allows for quick updates as needed, "on the fly." Power supply configuration is a breeze with a new EASY CONFIG option. Simply tell the instrument how many cells and the cell impedance, then push a button and the FB6000 does the rest. Several new updates to the integrated web utility have been added, including the ability to calibrate by millivolts per volt (mV/V). When used in conjunction with Fairbanks' Remote Configuration Device (RCD), a technician can calibrate the FB6000 using their tablet or laptop from the scale platform. This means there's no need to walk back and forth between the scale platform and scale instrument to test and calibrate the scale system. Technicians will have a temporary wireless network between the FB6000 instrument and a hand-held portable device. Enhanced web load cell diagnostics now show a representa- tion of the scale platform, each individual cell with its specific stored zero counts and current zero counts, along with the scale's total gross weight. Fairbanks Scales, www.fairbanks.com Drone Market Outlook for 2018 According to Michael Singer, founder and CEO of DroneView Technologies, here is the Drone Market Outlook for 2018: •  2018 will see significantly increased adoption of drones into mainstream business workflows as the tipping point for commercial drone use has arrived. •  Drones used for surveying/mapping and inspection will continue to be the largest markets for commercial drone use and adoption – bringing real ROI to enterprise cus- tomers by improving accuracy, increasing timeliness of relevant data, enhancing safety and reducing costs. • Autonomous (software controlled) drone flights will fur- ther increase with broadened commercial adoption and improved flight control software capabilities. • The drone service provider market will continue to grow and segregate, with "higher end" drone service providers bringing increasingly specialized industry expertise. • Increasing drone equipment and sensor capabilities cou- pled with falling costs will continue. Expect additional RTK (real time kinematic) drone offerings as well as more affordable LiDAR sensors for drone mapping. •  The public's perception of drones as a useful tool and not an object of fear will continue to improve, with nota- bly highly visible projects from Google Project Wing and Amazon Prime Air working on drone delivery, Facebook Aquila working on solar powered long endurance drones used to beam internet connectivity, Uber working on pas- senger drones, among numerous others. •  Increased use of AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning, especially in the drone inspection markets to derive automated analysis and actionable insights from voluminous amounts of high definition images. DroneViewTechnologies, www.droneviewtech.com Fairbanks Announces Enhancements to FB6000

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