Autonomous Construction Equipment Is On-Site & Operational

The construction industry can seem pretty basic to the uninitiated. But to anyone who has spent time in an active work zone, it’s obvious that construction is often at the leading edge of technological innovation. We’ve highlighted many of those revolutionary advancements previously on the blog, from high-tech hard-hats and wireless headsets to futuristic forklifts and 3D-printing. Continue reading “Autonomous Construction Equipment Is On-Site & Operational”

3 Reasons Young People Should Enter Construction

It is a common refrain in our society that it is hard for young people to find jobs. There are many reasons for this, from economic uncertainty limiting the creation of new positions to insufficient salaries and benefits for qualified applicants. On the other hand, there are a number of fields which are not typically considered by the average young person, but which have a large need for workers. Foremost among industries experiencing a labor shortage is the field of construction.

Unfortunately, construction jobs no longer seem to appeal to rising generations as they once did. According to Builder Magazine, of the 74% of young Americans who have decided on a preliminary career path, only 3% have expressed an interest in construction and a whopping 63% say they’ll give the industry little or no consideration. By another estimate, for every 5 skilled workers who retire, there is only 1 new worker entering construction. Continue reading “3 Reasons Young People Should Enter Construction”

The High-Tech Hard-Hat Revolution

Construction has quietly been taking some giant steps into the future. Most recently, Microsoft announced that its mixed reality (MR) headset will be compatible with hard-hats beginning 2018.

MR headsets place clear digital screens in front of the user’s eyes, allowing the user to view the real world and virtual images at the same time. With advanced programs, MR headsets can even adjust the virtual images based on what is happening in reality. For example, a navigational arrow attempting to guide you to a GPS-selected location would adjust direction, depending on which way you turn. Or, if you wanted to temporarily keep tabs on your laptop power, a battery icon could appear whenever you look at the laptop, but disappear if you look away. Okay, but what does this have to do with construction?? Continue reading “The High-Tech Hard-Hat Revolution”

8 Quick Tips for Buying Used Equipment

At Equipment Trader, we always want to help our customers find the very best equipment for their lives and work! Our website carries a huge inventory of new and used equipment. While new is the right choice for some, we’ve previously identified 4 Big-As-F Reasons to Buy Used Equipment. To help out with your used purchases, today we’ve assembled 8 Quick Tips for Buying Used Equipment!! Continue reading “8 Quick Tips for Buying Used Equipment”