MOBILE FREEDOM

24.11.2014

Communication, visualisation and data acquisition made safe and flexible. Mobile end devices improve processes, enable new forms of cooperation and bring the office to hazardous areas.

They are light, ergonomic and extremely practical. Anyone who has their own smartphone or tablet can barely imagine life without them. But what about in the world of work? Here too, small mobile devices are becoming an increasingly common sight. Many workers cannot wait to finally use the technology they already know to make their work lives easier. Ex areas are no exception here. But it’s not just the high level of user acceptance that makes it an easy decision for companies to invest in ex-certified smartphones, tablet PCs and mobile computers. The new mobile solutions also bring major improvements in efficiency, productivity and safety, as shown in the following examples.

1. Smartphone:
Remote maintenance with helmet camera

Workers on an oil drilling platform can resolve problems extremely effectively and at lower cost by using an ex-protected smartphone and helmet camera to create a video conference with an expert. The helmet camera is linked to the device via WiFi and provides the technician on-shore with informative video streams in HD quality. This expert-on-call approach allows critical problems to be resolved much quicker than before, as the mobile technology replaces expensive and time-consuming helicopter flights and reduces production downtimes. The ability to operate the smartphone in one hand ensures the right degree of work safety, with an wrist holster further increasing freedom of movement.

2. Tablet PC:
Office to go

Those responsible for processes in chemical production constantly have to clarify all manner of details. A large portion of their working time is spent filling out forms. Using a tablet PC here saves anenormous amount of time, as personnel now no longer have to keep travelling between the office and the facility. Thanks to a direct WiFi connection to company IT, staff always have the office at hand, so they can view their tasks locally or visualise complex plans and diagrams clearly on the HD display. E-mails, tables and other office documents can also be opened at any time. Back in the office, the users can place their device in the docking station and carry on working with mouse and keyboard.

3. Mobile computer:
Paperless processes

Without the electronic data acquisition made possible by mobile computers, there would be massive piles of paper documentation involved in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical substances. To ensure full traceability, the multi-functional radio terminals record each individual manufacturing step and every removal or usage of raw and auxiliary materials by scanning barcodes or reading an RFID tag. In addition,
the ergonomically designed devices also guide users step by step through manual processes. The “four-eyes principle”, combining man and machine, virtually eliminates mistakes. This enhances not only pharmaceutical safety but also the transparency of material flows and warehouse efficiency.