What You Need to Know About the Next Generation of Tablets, Handhelds, and Laptops for Field Service Applications: Nearly every field service organization has equipped its mobile workers with rugged tablets for over 20 years – long before the idea of the first iPad launched. However, the expanded computing capabilities of handheld devices, along with the shrinking size and weight of clamshell-style mobile computers, are leading many organizations to re-evaluate which mobile device form factor is really right for their different types of mobile workers, and the many different jobs they complete every day.
Natural Gas Producer Uses Mobility Solution to Maximize Worker Utilization and Improve Logistics Planning: The Xplore XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablet was the only mobile computing platform that met TGS’ HazLoc safety and logistics simplicity standards after a series of field tests. Today, it is being applied across a number of business functions. For example, the Argentine energy company is currently using the Intel®-powered 10.1” Windows® tablet to expedite the completion of work orders related to the maintenance of its widely distributed production assets. It is also integrating the rugged mobile computers into its warehousing and delivery environments.
In selecting the tablet PCs, the SpawGlass team required a device with a barcode scanner, security protection, GPS functionality and a built-in camera with streaming video capability. After a technology assessment, SpawGlass selected the rugged Xplore F5 Tablet PC, designed specifically for fieldbased computing.
“All the information – design data and RFIs – is at my fingertips. Better yet, if a specialty contractor calls with questions, I simply look up the details on the F5. I never have to go back to the office trailer to review paper drawings or supplemental documents because those documents are always with me. There is no question that the F5 saves time and provides better jobsite coordination.”
Rebranded the ProTablet and distributed to all of Futura’s customers as part of the standard converting equipment package, this durable 10” mobile computer from Xplore now serves as the all-in-one data and field-task system for work conducted on Futura-equipped paper production lines.
“The ProTablet basically provides an intuitive, step-by-step guide for maintaining Futura’s line equipment. It also provides a direct, on-site connection to the warehousing and records systems that support maintenance tasks, allowing for a more automated workflow,” added Bruno Bothier, sales director for the South Europe region, Xplore.
Consumer tablets can't withstand the impact of falls or accidental drops that are a risk in the field. Even if the screen stays intact, that doesn't mean the interior components are drop resistant, especially by military 810G standards. That's why Xplore drop tests each of its ruggedized tablet PCs during the research and engineering phases using MIL-STD-810G drop test standards. That’s a total of 26 drops on all faces, edges, and corners of the tablet.
3C Compétence Cuisine Collective (3C) specializes in the sale, installation and maintenance of professional kitchen equipment. In 2006, company leaders recognized the need to improve the flow and security of processes occurring within the Customer Maintenance department specifically. In 2010, “We invested in our first rugged tablets, which were essential considering technicians’ constraining work environment, as well as a more specific CMMS application. The move from pen and paper to a tablet and stylus was very natural.”
How to Formulate the Best-fitting Mobility Solution for Your Manufacturing Environment: Change is scary. But it's also constant. Market conditions, production schedules, maintenance requirements, and inventory levels, all change frequently. What you need today is not the same as yesterday, or last year. But you can deploy a solution today that will be ready for whatever may come tomorrow.
How to Select Everything You Need for Your Environment the First Time Around: The crowded mobile device marketplace can make for a tedious and confusing buying journey, and many honest missteps can be made along the way. Follow this step-by-step guide if you want to confidently select the right mobile solution for your business goals and secure executive buy-in for your entire mobility project.
Best-In-Class Mobility for Today's Connected Factories: Whether you’re simply looking to mitigate change as you transition to fully paperless facilities or trying to accelerate your transition to more advanced Industry 4.0 architectures, this is how Xplore can help you prepare for the future today.
Centre Square Fire Company replaces old Panasonic Toughbooks with new Xplore XSLATE R12 Rugged Tablets with help from Allegiance Technologies. Fire Company recognizes great benefits to the portability and usability of the Xplore tablets.