Mobile Data Collection In Manufacturing

Factory Automation with industrial robots (Wikipedia)

In the business world, going paperless is a widespread and popular practice in order to conserve environmental resources and earn consumer approval. Office paper, cardboard, and containers made from glass or plastic are typically collected in containers for recyclable materials, moved to recovery facilities, sorted by type, and transported to mills or factories for re-manufacturing.

For many industries, transitioning from paper-based systems to paperless electronic systems has benefits beyond environmental conservation and customer preferences. According to a July 2013 Entrepreneur article, “Businesses Find Benefits in Going Green,” eco-friendly companies find that going green lowers utility costs, attracts customers, retains employees and improves revenue by millions of dollars.

Manufacturing is a business sector where the use of electronic systems has been frequently adopted. Industrial manufacturing robots have been integrated onto the shop floors of many manufacturing plants and appeal to business owners due to the robots’ precision, speed and high productivity during a 24/7 work cycle. Production cycles become more efficient and operating costs are subsequently lowered.

The use of mobile computing technology is similarly expanding within the manufacturing industry. Mobile data collection enables plant employees and owners to track the activity of industrial robots and quickly determine equipment failures or needs for preventative maintenance so that manufacturing processes remain as uninterrupted as possible. However, only 4 to 5 percent of machine tools are monitored through mobile data collection systems, according to a July 2012 article in Manufacturing Engineering.

It seems likely that in the future, mobile computing technology will experience considerable growth in the manufacturing sector. Incorporating mobile computing technology such as the COMMANDmobile® system into manufacturing plants will enable enterprises to experience multiple benefits:

Improved accuracy: Using the COMMANDmobile system reduces the necessity of manually transferring information from paper forms to a computer database, so that the risk of accidental errors is minimal.

Easy integration into daily operations: In industries utilizing robots for manufacturing, workers are typically highly mobile. The COMMANDmobile system is designed to be used with smartphones and tablet computers, enabling plant employees to retain their mobility.

Convenient coordination with legacy software: COMMANDmobile is adaptable for different operating systems, so that it is easy to customize, install and use in conjunction with existing business software.

Real-time data accessibility: Information about equipment or processes can be quickly transmitted and accessed in real time, providing decision makers with faster, more accurate data when needed.

To view the COMMANDmobile system’s demo, visit the COMMANDmobile website for further details.

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DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

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