Yesterday I left my desk at 8:30 a.m. and didn’t make it back again until almost 5 p.m. My schedule was full of meetings, client visits, and appointments that kept me running from place to place all day long.
Maintenance professionals know exactly what that is like. Our workload isn’t centered around a desk and computer. We’re out there—in the field or on the plant floor or in the building—taking care of maintenance tasks where they happen.
Mobile Technology is a Great Fit for Maintenance
Just a few years ago, I would’ve returned to my inbox full of emails and my voicemail full of messages. But yesterday, I cleared up a few last-minute things and went home. Why? Because I took care of most of my daily tasks while I was going from place to place or waiting for my next meeting to start. And I did it all on my smartphone.
That’s why mobile technology is such a great fit for maintenance. No running back to the office to pick up paperwork or make a phone call. No pile of paper sitting on a desk waiting to be entered. No searching a bookshelf for manuals or a filing cabinet for warranty information. No writing things down on a paper calendar. It’s all right there on the screen, wherever you are.
Mobile technology has transformed the way I do business—from tracking sales to reviewing contracts; from communicating with employees to accessing vendor information; from updating schedules to approving overtime. There’s almost nothing I do that isn’t made more efficient by mobile technology. That’s true for all of us in the maintenance world.
What can mobile technology do for you? Imagine being able to…
- Get up-to-the minute alerts and reports
- Open, access, and complete work orders on the go
- Access historical data on assets while you work on them
- Send or upload photographs of failed components
- View available parts inventory
- Update inventory using barcode scanning and online ordering systems
- Access maintenance and repair manuals electronically
- Record locations automatically with a GPS-enabled device.
Don’t Miss Out
In spite of the efficiency of mobile technology for maintenance, however, some maintenance managers are reluctant to implement it. If you are one of these folks, I’m here to tell you—from personal experience—you are missing out.
If you haven’t implemented mobile technology in your maintenance operations, it’s time to give it a try. Need help? Call us. We’re here for you.
In my next blog, I’ll discuss how a tablet has increased my productivity—and how it can improve yours.