How Rugged Tablets Can Safely Help Automate Electrical Substations

7-How-Rugged-Tablets-Can-Safely-Help-Automate-Electrical-SubstationsInformation technology and automation has come a long way over the past century. As technology improves, we find new ways to rely on the systems and devices we use every day. From collecting data and recording information, tablets and mobile devices have become more useful in professional contexts.

Electric companies have encountered unique challenges with handwritten and paper-based operation systems. Inaccuracies in important data can result in machine malfunctions, faulty procedures, and back-ups while processing paperwork. With issues such as efficiency, clarity, and even accuracy, paper-based systems are both outdated and potentially dangerous when working in this particular industry.

The solution? Implementing rugged tablet technology to any existing systems, and replacing paper-based operations with mobile device data collection. With 3G internet connectivity, the functionality of a computer and the mobility of a phone, and the unique, portable slate design, rugged tablets are built for hard use and professional contexts.

To make the most of mobile data collection, electric companies can replace label stickers with RFID tags, and begin using the tablets’ RFID scanners to snap and collect data during rounds. From there, data can be contained on a single device, putting all potential paperwork in one place. Information can also be backed up wirelessly to a control center for easy collection, clearance, and analysis, reducing the time needed for inspections and procedures.

Along with improved accuracy and speed, rugged tablet technology can also assist with:

  • Staff efficiency. When all the necessary materials are in one place, employees can do their jobs faster, better, and more efficiently. Time that may have been spent preparing for work can be reduced, and the time spent recording and collecting data can easily be halved when the employee is equipped with a rugged tablet.
  • Better management. Check-in and check-out systems can be easily recorded with rugged tablets, as well as timeframes for any assignments. With this information, employees and managers can ensure that inspections and necessary procedures are being carried out efficiently and on-time.
  • Increased accuracy. Rugged tablets and RFID technology makes it easy to record data without risking any man-made errors in the process. From handwriting inconsistencies, in-field errors, and lost paperwork, paper-based systems are leagues less accurate than their digital counterparts.

All rugged tablets are designed for hard use, with protection against impact damage, extreme temperatures, and debris contamination. They can be equipped with a number of extensions and tools, and can be integrated with existing systems for ease-of access. User-friendly and efficient, they hold the future for many workplaces, and what better place to start than the place where our electricity is produced?