There was a time when asset management was, by nature, a time-consuming process. Inspectors had to pick up their job assignments at the office, and then bring their forms back at the end of the day with a pile of paperwork, including timesheets and repair request forms.
Now, there’s a better way. By going mobile, your company can save time, money, and resources while supporting a more robust data output resulting in longer asset life. You can capture data more fully than ever before while reducing errors, improving compliance, and collecting an auditable data library in real-time. Mobile workflows are revolutionizing asset management.
If you’re ever wondering just how powerful mobile form solutions can be for asset management, just ask Jason Bloch, the Inspection Manager at Tanknology. Going mobile helped his team quadruple the amount of inspections it carries out each month and improve customer satisfaction, while still decreasing the hours spent on administrative tasks in the office.
By completely eliminating paper forms, along with the time and cost of printing, delivering, and processing them, teams save time and money while still collecting more valuable data. Digital forms also enable teams to capture rich data, from photos to audio recordings, timestamps, and more for greater visibility in the field. Technicians also file data in real time from the field – and if you’re offline, it will automatically be submitted as soon as connectivity is restored.
Mobile solutions make it easier to track and manage any number and variety of assets, from emergency supplies to large HVAC systems. Calendar integrations and automated dispatching help ensure regular inspections and preventative maintenance is performed, extending asset life and minimizing downtime.
On a more high-tech side, you can also leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to automatically prompt reactive maintenance. Strategically-placed sensors can automatically trigger service requests when they detect that a piece of equipment needs repair, and can collect data on wear and tear for completely visibility in the field to support more precise maintenance schedules.
When dealing with stringent compliance regulations or dealing with serious safety issues, it’s imperative the assets your technicians rely on are in the best possible shape. With mobile solutions, you can ensure emergency systems and critical assets are properly and regularly inspected. You can even provide field teams with key resources at their fingertips, such as instructional videos and diagrams which help them meet necessary compliance requirements.
Compliance requirements often change quickly, and the agility that is possible with mobile forms ensures technicians are always using the most up-to-date forms. They also enable technicians to adapt to changes on site, including support for preventative maintenance.
You can’t manage what you don’t track, and in an ever-changing world, that means collecting more data, quicker, and leveraging it to inform better business decisions.
Using mobile forms means your data is formatted consistently, which helps data analysis be as accurate as possible. Analytics engines produce increasingly accurate results the more data they have, so to uncover trends and root causes of critical issues, it’s important to populate them with consistent, detailed field and customer data. Then, custom dashboards and automated reports can monitor what matters to you, with the most efficiency possible.
Automated workflows are transforming asset management, and the eBook, Transform asset management with mobile forms outlines how field service teams, facility managers, and energy professionals mobile data collection and analytics capabilities. Download the free eBook to learn how companies like Halliburton, the world’s largest oil field service company with operations in over 70 countries, adopted mobile data collection to easily manage and track assets, and streamline workflows from months to minutes.
Patrick is a freelancer studying Journalism and Economics at Carleton University. The recipient of awards including the Peter Buckley Scholarship in Journalism and the Carleton Economics Scholarship, Patrick’s work has been published online, on print, and on air. When he’s not writing stories or solving equations, you may find him relaxing on his hammock with a guitar.