Sonepar Group experts comment on market trends.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been required by law in Brazil since 1978, forcing companies to provide employees free of charge with items appropriate to the risk inherent in their functions, in perfect condition and functioning, whenever general measures are taken. do not offer complete protection against the risks of accidents and damage to health.
In addition to providing the correct PPE to their employees, companies must ensure that they are within the validity period, that the process for changing or withdrawing is simple, that ensures protection and productivity for their teams and even that the equipment is used during the entire working period.
To this end, a technology that promises to change the way of inspecting the use of PPE is being studied, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), a method of automatic recognition by means of radio signals, which is not yet expected to be launched in Brazil.
According to Herbert Araújo, manager of Dimensional's strategic PPE business unit, RFID is an embryonic project that requires investment in infrastructure, such as antennas to capture the frequencies emitted, but it is a trend that manufacturers are analyzing. “With facial recognition, smart cameras can detect if the employee has the correct equipment and RFID, which works with the inclusion of a chip in the PPE, can monitor not only the use, but its useful life, the guarantee and, thus, contributing to preventive maintenance ”, he explains.
Araújo points out that the great growth in the PPE market in the coming years will be due to the new demands brought by Industry 4.0, whether in new products, such as protective gloves sensitive to the touch screen to handle tablets and cell phones, as well as the emergence of EPC ( Collective Protection Equipment) for robots working in industries. “We make constant studies of demands that did not exist before, so that we are always ahead. Today, we need to think about protective equipment for both robots in industry 4.0 and for the humans who work with them. Protection can be through devices or sensors, facilitating the identification of the robot's movement and preventing accidents ”, he says.
Fernando Martins, EPI sales coordinator at Eletronor reports that work accidents have been decreasing a lot in the country. “We are in a decreasing number of accidents, but there is still a lot of informality, mainly in civil construction. This is our role, contributing to the population's awareness and providing quality products that ensure maximum protection ”, he comments.
Nortel's safety product manager, Julio Gomes, says that the PPE market in Brazil is very fragmented. “The Sonepar Group, as a whole, has grown significantly in PPE in recent years, but it still has a lot of room to grow and a lot to achieve. We work daily for technological innovations, to increase our portfolio range and add services ”, he comments.
Felipe Vicente, PPE product supervisor at DW, explains that the best way to grow in the market is the good relationship with customers, to conquer new opportunities. “The seriousness and professionalism with which Sonepar treats all processes and transactions is a great support for customers. We offer the security and peace of mind of working with excellent quality equipment ”, he explains.