"With the XSLATE L10, Xplore Technologies now offers mobile professionals the choice of various form factors and various performance levelsin one compact, elegant, lightweight and very compelling tablet platform."
XSLATE R12 Rugged Tablets Exclusively Power North America's First Digital Incident Command, Fire Roster Solution
Fire chiefs and battalion commanders around the world cite communications breakdowns as the number one cause of accidents/incidents during response.
“I’m sure any fire, rescue or law enforcement agency will attest to the struggle of personnel tracking during mutual aid responses. If you don’t have accountability dialed for one agency, then can become a problem very quickly when outside agencies enter the scene and the incident commander is unable to confirm who is on scene or the current location of those known to be on scene,” Morrison explained.
With a tablet-based solution such as the one BATT3 designed, all agencies have a way to quickly coordinate and track assets. And, since all three fire agencies in this Idaho county use the same ICx command board and Fire Roster system, they can immediately sync operations as needed to expedite their response.
According to the Association of American Railroads, this region’s rail operation is an annual 2.2 billion tonnes, 140,000 miles of track, 610 route behemoth – 500 million tonnes of freight is intermodal. It is not a surprise that rail operators are slowly but increasingly becoming acquainted with rugged mobile computing technology, whether handheld, or bolted to a forklift, crane or train.
According to VDC Research, rugged tablet PCs cost half as much as non-rugged when it comes to TCO. The initial acquisition cost of rugged is higher, but operational cost is significantly lower – usually fifty per cent, often better.
MH Equipment was able to become a completely paperless business quite quickly after deploying the Xplore XSLATE B10 rugged tablet-based mobility solution. All “clipboard” processes are now completed electronically, which has increased field technicians’ readiness and overall resource availability.
"The combined Xplore and TPI mobility solution has very quickly increased our operational eciency, eliminated resource waste, eliminated thousands of dollars a year in printing costs, and improved our customer satisfaction levels.”
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.
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.