Clocks officially turn forward on Sunday at 2 a.m. to return to daylight time. The Brantford and Brant County fire department say it is also time to test all hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms to ensure they are in working condition. They recommend that all batteries be changed in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. In addition, all alarms have expiry dates and should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Each home is required by law to have working smoke alarms on each floor and outside all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if the home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. The fire department also recommends developing a home escape plan with a safe meeting location outdoors. The time shift helps move us toward later sunsets until November. Of course, this will come with later sunrises, but most of us would prefer that sunlight at the end of the day, after work, when we can enjoy it. Waking up in the dark seems like a fair trade. Daylight time – which we abide by in winter – was invented to compensate for the dwindling of daylight in the winter. It was believed that the daylight would be more useful in the morning than the evening, so the clocks were shifted in an attempt to move up peoples’ schedules. Nowadays, it’s a leftover antiquity dating back to the days of being a primarily agricultural and industrial nation.
A new ship unloader has been installed in a coke bunker plant on the site of Salzgitter Flachstahl in Salzgitter, Germany. The bunker is being loaded either from ship stowages on the canal site or from train wagons on the land side. It is divided into several bunker bins, whose volume can now be determined by 3D laser technology.In order to determine the exact bunker volume contact-less measuring systems by LASE have been applied. They are highly suitable because of their high accuracy, high reproducibility and the robust design. Two 2D laser scanners of the LASE 2000D-11x Series are mounted on the main girder of the ship unloader, such that their scan planes are projected vertically downwards and parallel to the main girder. Both laser scanners deliver 2D profiles where the cross section of the bunker below them is shown.The laser measurement system starts measuring automatically at crane travel and being actuated by a SPS. During crane travel the created 2D profiles are collected and converted into a 3D volume model by the discharging position. Thus the volume of totally eight bunkers is updated permanently and the calculated result is displayed on screen. For the determination of the exact volume even the separating walls or other objects can be excluded from the calculation through suppression areas.The system can be operated intuitively due to user-oriented dialogue control and configuration wizards for simple commissioning. The application has great versatility and can be used for volume and profile measurements in several bunker plant types. This specific software derives from the product line CEWS Bulk Volume Module and distinguishes oneself in the use within rough industrial environments.