Over the past three years, I guess more than a dozen people have told me “tablets are a perfect fit for inspectors”. Yet I haven’t seen any company that developed a good application that works on iPad or Android, and that is suitable for quality inspections.
The truth is, it is complicated. We’ve been working for 4 months on a mobile app and it is only starting to work nicely. And that’s without counting all the work on the IT system to be used in the office — that was another 8 months of development…
And yet, this is way to go for all inspectors. There is nothing that is currently done on paper or on a laptop that can’t be done on a tablet. But there are LOTS of things that can be done on a tablet and that are currently impossible for most inspectors.
- Statistics about suppliers and inspectors
- History of inspector actions with exact time, to ensure they take the time necessary to do the job and to understand what sequence they follow
- Assurance that right files will be available
- Real-time information for urgent orders (contingent on internet connection inside the factory)
- Easier management of samples, tools, etc.
- Many semi-automated actions (confirmation emails, requests for tools, etc.)
- Reporting, sending photos, etc. takes much less time (it is all automated)
- They are guided step by step in a procedure (lower risk of forgetting something)
- Claiming expenses takes less time
- A tablet is lighter and cheaper than a laptop
So here you go… This is the future. And maybe Google Glass will be even more convenient. I’d be curious to head from readers who have already experimented with mobile applications.
(By the way, any self-promotional comments will be erased.)