Mobile Solutions Enable Efficient Facility Management Operations



Tags: Warehousing, Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Visibility

Utilizing mobile solutions such as a tablet can optimize facility management. Here are the features to consider when selecting a tablet for industrial needs.

Al Deissroth, Vertical Key Account Manager, Advantech

Modern facility management is a complex operation involving multiple tasks and responsibilities, such as concierge services, entrance control, cleaning services, and site patrols. Nowadays, all commercial buildings and industrial estates require security measures to protect assets and reduce liability.

For manufacturing facilities, regular maintenance is required to avoid production downtimes and ensure worker safety. Although the recent adoption of IoT technologies and surveillance systems allows factory administrators to be notified as soon as issues occur, site patrols are still necessary for managing large-scale production sites. Moreover, ensuring facilities are in good condition is essential for maintaining a safe working environment.

During site patrols, security guards typically inspect specific areas according to patrol schedules and manually record findings on clipboards. This approach is not only time-consuming and labor intensive, but also vulnerable to errors, discrepancies, and illegibility. Additionally, by the time the final analysis reports reach management, the opportunity for taking corrective action may be long gone.

Utilizing mobile solutions such as a tablet to replace the use of clipboards for patrol inspections allows the inspection results to be digitalized and seamlessly transmitted to the control center for real-time communication and optimized management. There are some features to consider when selecting a tablet for industrial needs: ruggedness, reliability, flexibility, and ergonomics.

Ruggedness: Industrial-grade tablets are designed to withstand rough operation in hazardous environments. Tablets with an IP65-rating for water and dust resistance as well as drop tolerance provide a reliable computing solution for patrol inspections and onsite services that involve difficult-to-reach or dangerous locations where tablets are at risk of being dropped.

Reliability: Team members need a reliable device with battery power that can last long working hours. The device should offer a swappable battery for continuous charging and multi-bay charging stations. To ensure reliable connectivity for mobile computing, the tablet needs to be equipped with Wi-Fi roaming, LTE, and GIS communication technologies for quick switching between networks.

Flexibility: Find a tablet that allows for multiple types of data input via stylus, touch, and keyboard. Mobile computing devices provide real-time data access, enabling field workers to make informed decisions on the spot. This streamlines workflows and improves efficiency to ultimately optimize quality and increase productivity.

Ergonomics: With an ergonomic design and comfortable accessories, operators can increase productivity, efficiency, and reduce injuries. Peripherals such as a 1D/2D barcode scanner and UHF RFID scanner expand the system functionalities according to specific usage requirements. With support for wide-angle scanning, these peripherals enable rapid task completion regardless of environmental limitations. Finally, additional optional accessories such as multi-bay charging/docking stations and shoulder/hand straps ensure portability and ease of use in diverse scenarios.

Overall, the mobile solution helps reduce errors related to human input while providing a convenient tool for documenting field operations and managing devices. It can greatly improve your company’s supply chain visibility and view up-to-date information on the inventory database, which can also help the shipping department to verify the order and print bills laden with all the customer shipping information.


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