Improving efficiency and reducing costs is a key goal for asset management at electric utilities. With equipment at substations aging, and customers demanding increased usage at competitive rates, the need to keep electric assets at peak performance for high demand times and knowing when to perform maintenance is great.
In electric substations, there is pressure to keep track of important data, especially when it pertains to station efficiency. In these situations, the integration of digital filekeeping can increase security, organization, and productivity. Many of these stations already have computers at their disposal, but this may not be enough. Mobile devices can reduce time and mistakes during data collection and give employees the tools they need.
While laptops may be too fragile to use on the go, smartphones may not provide the processing power necessary for professional use. Rugged, purpose-built tablets are the ideal device for asset management. They can bring a number of benefits to the table, including:
- Effective management. By collecting and transmitting data from the field, workers can complete their jobs faster and more efficiently. No waiting to get back to the office to enter details and compare previous data. Staff can even collaborate from any locations, sharing important information. The integration of rugged mobile tablet systems can allow for easy data collection, better organization, and increased accuracy.
- More Durability. Where laptops and consumer-grade tablets may break or malfunction after a fall, rugged tablets are designed to work through hard use. They are protected against shock and vibration, water, and electrical dangers. Improvements to the company and their methods are a solid investment, and purpose-built tablets are in for the long-term.
- Expanded Versatility. With the processing skillof a high-powered laptop and the mobility of a smartphone, purpose-built tablets offer a high degree of efficiency. They can run multiple applications at once, and offer built-in, project-focused tools like RFID scanners, data collection tools, and other field-specific data collection. They also have multiple connectivity options, allowing them to connect via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 4GLTE networks.
The power industry is a high profile market. Problems with a substation can impact everyone in a surrounding area. Electrical substations have a responsibility to remain efficient and safe, and the use of efficient and durable tools can improve employee performance and keep the neighborhood on-grid. Rugged mobile tablets have been proven to increase organization and productivity, so now is the time to begin integrating them into existing systems.