The use of smartphones and mobile devices, in general, has brought great changes to our daily life. Outside of work, we could not do without them, but they can also provide benefits in the work environment. According to a report cited by the influential magazine, Forbes, and reported by Bridgr Insights, within the first six months of the introduction of the mobile device a commercial in a operational setting, the positive effect on turnover can reach a growth of +13%.
What about production? Let’s try to understand together what are the benefits of using mobile devices, what is the best strategy for adopting them and how to choose the most suitable tools.
If digitization has led to an increasingly complete dematerialization of the processes and therefore to an increasingly widespread use of digital documents, replacing paper documents, this process would not be complete without the use of mobile device. Mobile devices represent a fundamental innovation given that they facilitate communication and speed up Decision-making and reaction ability (Execution).
Fixed devices are still necessary, that’s true, but there are many work situations in which it is more important to be able to communicate with flexibility, from anywhere. In short, as the international analysts show us, the use of smartphones or similar devices in production environments constitute one of the linchpins of Industry 4.0.
The advantages of using mobile devices are mainly related to performance and internal processes.
Imagine being able to know any time and any where how production is progressing. It is clear that having available all the information in real time is fundamental for being able to manage problems quickly. If this is one of the aspects of greatest value of a completely digitized production environment, the use of the mobile device makes it possible to take even greater advantage of Industry 4.0. Some indicators to watch when adopting a mobile device - for which the companies registered most improvements - are the individual productivity of the employee, reduction in errors and downtime.
Mobile devices play a fundamental role in every day work. Since they are always close at hand, they can be used anywhere in the plant (provided, obviously, that it is safe to do so) and are therefore important in situations in which there are problems or inexperience. For example, it is one thing to have available paper manuals collected in files positioned in specific points of the factory. It entirely different to be able to quickly access all the guidelines necessary just with a touch on a smartphone or tablet if you have it with you. Even more efficient is viewing tutorial videos while working, directly applying what is viewed. This is how work becomes simpler, faster and more efficient.
If you think that the time has come for your company to start using mobile devices for business purposes, this three step guideline could be useful for you:
For reasons of safety, traditional mobile devices cannot be included in certain production contexts, for example, those that are flammable or sterile. Think, for example, of chemical or biological laboratories. No worry, the innovation of Industry 4.0 does not end. In fact, there are specific devices designed for these environments. To check which are suitable tools, you can refer to the ATEX (ATmosphères EXplosibles) certification, in other words, the legislation of the European Union that regulates the equipment that can be used in places with risk of explosion.
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