With the utilization of digital data management, some processes have been complicated beyond paper-based systems. While these digital methods are faster and more effective, there are few field options for data entry. Smartphones may not have the necessary processing power, while laptop and desktop computers are harder to transport and handle, which complicates their use.
This presents a problem for railway mechanics and technicians. They need a device that can easily collect data, sign off on forms, and generate work orders. While many of these workers still use clipboards and simply transcribe the data when they return to their work station, this process can be simplified for efficiency. With a rugged mobile tablet computer, they can accomplish nearly all of their tasks in one spot with one device.
With wireless connectivity, purpose built tablet computers can pick up a signal almost anywhere. The built-in WiFi and high-speed data connections allow a technician to go mobile and still remain connected, so they can easily update documents, send them back to the office, and access files.
Easy Data Entry
Whether they are using the tablet itself or attaching a portable keyboard extension, tablet computers make it easy to enter data into forms and work orders. By skipping the transcription step, they can avoid mistakes in their work and avoid delays in communication. Tablet computers can be used anywhere, both on the move and in the workplace, so there’s no need to travel back and forth between an office and the repair site.
With a sleek, lightweight slate design, tablet computers are the perfect middle ground between laptops and smartphones. They have the processing power to complete almost any task, but they can also be carried, passed around, and mounted into vehicle cradles. Wherever the technician goes, their mobile computer can follow.
For a device to last in the freighting industry, it requires a degree of durability against a number of factors. Dust/sand damage, vibration damage, and water, just to name a few. Rugged tablets can take the heat, both literally and figuratively. Protected against everything from extreme temperatures to impact damage, these tablets are purpose-built for hard work.
Railway technicians are required to move quickly, efficiently, and complete jobs with a precise accuracy. The longer a railcar is out of commission, the more revenue a company or private owner is losing. Maintenance standards must be met for the car to travel, and many mechanics work on thousands of railway cars over the course of their career.
A device that fits their line of work is a necessity, especially in the wake of the tech boom. The earlier workers become accustomed to working with new technology, the better they can adapt to their jobs.