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.
Vital Farms had a dilemma at the end of 2016: its auditing system was largely pencil and paper-based. Vital Farms’ Vice President of Quality and Compliance, Jeff Hinds, shared that the system caused inefficiencies, slowed operations and increased costs.
Vital Farms wanted to automate the process and spent time vetting eight firms and suppliers before choosing Kansas City-based DCT Mobile Solutions. In DCT, Vital Farms found a like-minded company, or “partner” as Hinds said, dedicated to excellence.
If you are in an industry where the hazards exceed the level of durability of your tablet, then in the long term, you will end up paying more. In these cases, a rugged computer is the better choice because it is designed specifically to withstand harsh challenging conditions. These are ultra-mobile, tough, and customer-engineered devices, specifically designed for use in mission-critical applications.
Survey Says: Intel® -Powered Rugged Tablets Still the Mobile PC of Choice, Despite Feature Expansions in Other Rugged Form Factors & an Increase in Business-Grade Tablet Competition
Xplore and Intel recently asked hundreds of mobile workers and mobile computer resellers worldwide: “Which Computer is Right for You (or Your Customers)?"
The results clearly show that 10-12” rugged tablets are still the best-suited PC form factor for mobile workers and preferred more by global companies than notebooks or handhelds. However, investments in rugged tablet solutions are no longer motivated solely by the 3-5 year reliability of their internal and external components.
Have you ever felt like Goldilocks? Searching for the perfect mobile computer that is just the "right size" and built to work "just right" for you? Or that satisfies all of your workers' "tastes," supports your numerous workflows, integrates with your legacy business systems, and aligns with your future goals? Join us for a discussion with Intel's Alan Rose and Bob Ashenbrenner, President of Durable Mobility Technologies, LLC.
It’s nearly impossible for your mobile workforce to “get the job done” with piecemeal technologies. That’s why you can’t focus on buying the best products. Rather, you need to create the best (budget-friendly, scalable, future-proof) solution that won’t fail when IoT, Industry 4.0, or other emerging tech redefines your operating environment. And that’s just one reason why you need to work with a mobile “solution provider”.
In this on-demand webinar, Tom Kost, Product Marketing Manager at Xplore Technologies, and Bob Ashenbrenner, President, Durable Mobility Technologies, LLC, will help you navigate the factors that define mobile PC hardware pricing and the actual cost of ownership for the total mobile solution. They'll also help you balance the pros and cons of various mobile PC form factors and feature sets against the price of maintaining device/data protection and performance.
Compromising on usability features will lead to productivity losses. Accepting non-rugged devices’ inherent fragility will lead to fast device failure, possible data loss, and the biggest cost hit - the workflow continuity issues. Inadvertent business interruptions and lost customer service opportunities are the primary reasons service organizations abandon commercial or even consumer devices for rugged tablet PCs.
Considering that service revenue is beginning to eclipse many organizations’ product revenue, it is risky to consider a mobile computing solution designed to last any less than five years minimum. (Many well-designed rugged tablets end up staying in the field for seven or nine years before replacement.) Regardless of the industry, many organizations are already forecasting business performance levels while managing budgets to grow slower than revenue for five years out. Most focus on the types of products they want to produce or sell, the types of services they want to offer, and therefore have a pretty good idea of the types of mobile computing technologies needed to execute in both categories.
Shell Gas (LPG), a global market leader in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sales and technology is an international organization, whose name is synonymous with fuel excellence. At Shell Gas UK, Xplore tablets are primarily used for engineering functions to maintain the vessels at the customer’s location, install new LPG vessels into new customer properties, and remove them when they are no longer needed. Each installation is completely different; the bulk gas storage tanks can be located above ground or underground, and these vessels are available in different sizes.
“The key requirement for us is true ruggedness. The Xplore tablets are IP67 compliant and third party tested. Also, the tablet’s mobility and screen size allowed us to view the electronic forms properly. Poundland, Kilburn, London, United Kingdom This is important for us. What we really wanted is a good, robust system with fast data processing capabilities, and we found it in Xplore’s rugged tablets.”
This checklist outlines rugged mobile computing features commonly required by the Oil & Gas Industry for both onshore and offshore operations. Evaluating the necessity of each capability for your organization’s workflows and your workers’ daily flow is a critical first step as you research different rugged tablet PC options for your specific mobility requirements.