Techs4Biz mobile device vs. clipboard: The benefits of going paperless for corrosion inspection and detection

Techs4Biz Australia discusses the advantages of using paperless
inspection applications on mobile devices when conducting corrosion monitoring
in various industries. Paperless corrosion inspection applications can simplify
various processes including data collection, periodic inspections,
weekly/monthly inspections, semi-annual/annual audits and tracking of
deficiencies and corrective actions.

Going electronic

Most business processes including corrosion inspections have moved into
the digital space. Using a paperless inspection app on a mobile device instead
of the conventional clipboard and paper can dramatically improve day-to-day
tasks and data collection in terms of speed and accuracy.

Staying on schedule

Paper-based inspections demand significant time investment as well as administrative
assistance to ensure they are performed on time. A paperless inspection
application can automatically send reminders and alerts for scheduled inspections,
corrective actions or when they become overdue.

Easy document access

A major problem with paper-based processes involves missing documents
and records. Techs4Biz once received a call from one of their customers who was
using their software to conduct fire safety inspections. When this customer had
a fire in their facility, the fire investigator wanted to see their inspection
records for the specific floor in which the fire had occurred. To expedite
access to their information, they called for assistance, and were provided with
the required information on a spreadsheet. The client called back later to
thank the company.

Simplify activities

Automating corrosion inspections can dramatically simplify daily
processes and speed up tasks compared to paper-based data collection. For
example, using barcodes or RFID tags can expedite daily routines with minimal
effort and simple setup. Functions such as ‘quick pass’, which records the
results of visual inspections with one click; and speech-to-text capabilities offer
ways to save time and increase efficiency while recording inspection results in
the field.

Flexible hardware

A number of tools such as iPads, tablets and mobile phones can be used
for electronic data collection when automating inspections. Supporting
industry-standard devices and allowing inspectors to use their own devices can
significantly reduce the overall implementation costs of such an inspection management

Integral use of camera

The paperless app can also integrate the built-in camera to take
pictures of findings at the site such as the extent of the coating breakdown
and corrosion description, enabling annotation on the photos and eliminating
the need to carry a separate camera with the clipboard.

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