Using a tablet computer has become part of most people’s daily lives, whether it is used for checking emails, accessing the internet or for contacting people, they are constantly in use. Naturally, this has led to them being adapted and developed to be used in the business world. This has prompted companies to develop applications to help workers get more done while on the move or while they are external to an office. The benefits of having a connected workforce have become clear; it has allowed workers to continue their work wherever they are and it has helped cut down on time spent simply recording and manually entering data at the end of the work day.
The development of technology has enabled workers to get more done while in hazardous areas. In the past, workers often had to record inspection data on pen and paper while doing their rounds and then manually enter all the data at the end of the day. This has many draw-backs including, having workers spend valuable time entering data as opposed to actually carrying out inspections. It also means that there is an increased chance they could make a mistake in noting down the data.
The desire for an increased level of accuracy and efficiency has meant employers have been looking for a way to enter data in a more organised and structured way to ensure that data is handled as effectively as possible. To fulfil this need, ecom, in partnership with Getac, have developed the Z710-Ex Android tablet. This is a device ideally suited to helping workers get more done while they are in Zone 2 hazardous areas due to its range of features and connectivity options.
The key to helping workers become more efficient is allowing them to spend as much time as possible on the tasks that directly link to their specialities. Allowing a worker to spend all day carrying out inspections that they are trained for is a much better use of their time than having them spend time entering data into a database such as SAP or Maximo each day. To solve this issue, it is essential to keep workers as connected as possible so that anything they record can be immediately sent on to a database. By having data quickly uploaded, it can be put to work to help in the decision making process. Streamlining this process helps both the workers and the decision makers handle data more quickly and accurately, eliminating any mistakes or time delays. Using a device such as the Z710-Ex, it is completely possible for a worker to scan a valve or an asset, collecting all the data in a matter of seconds and storing them directly on the device. From this point, when the device has a connection, via 3G or WiFi, it can immediately upload all the data onto a database where it can be accessed from a control centre or remotely by other workers.
In order to help increase the speed at which workers are carrying out their daily tasks, software has been developed to ensure they can enter data quickly and accurately. One way of increasing the speed of inspections is to create forms for workers to fill in while carrying out their inspection work. Using a computing device, such as the Z710-Ex, a form can be created with a series of drop-down boxes that allow the user to quickly describe the condition of assets on-site. With this functionality, there is consistent data on the condition of assets on-site – they would all be described as ‘good condition’, ‘poor’, etc. This allows for quick analysis of data on the condition of assets and it forces workers to give an exact condition. This also removes the possibility of having a duplicated entry where one person describes an item as ‘poor’ and another describes it as ‘bad’ but they are in-fact describing an item in the same condition. This doesn’t only improve the accuracy of work being carried out but it saves the workers a bunch of time when they are entering the data on-site.
Technology in hazardous areas has seen a great deal of progression in the last few years with a rise in the amount of devices that are used daily by key workers. The uptake in the technology has been a significant driving force behind the development of more advanced devices such as the Z710-Ex tablet. With these devices, mobile workers are able to record data, transfer it to a co-worker and upload to it a back-end system, all from the one device. This has revolutionised the levels of accuracy and efficiency in that workers are able to achieve, therefore saving themselves time and the company money.
Find out more about the Z710-Ex and how it can help your workers by visiting ecom instruments’ website or contact ecom on 01642 465 400.