04 March 2021
To describe the last 12 months as turbulent
for the manufacturing industry would be a significant understatement.
The onset of the global pandemic and
subsequent lockdowns have led to UK manufacturing operations being forced to
implement short-term actions to reduce costs to counteract drastic drops in
While several manufacturing operations have
been forced to close their doors for good, others are looking at ways to
refocus business, protect and preserve cash flow, retain customers and make
vital operational efficiencies.
Here we explore rugged devices, their
capabilities and how they can significantly facilitate lean manufacturing
processes to help this industry adapt to the eventual post-COVID-19 ‘new
Many global industries prioritise
sustainability through a commitment to adopt eco-friendly operational practices.
Our selection of rugged mobile devices can help your manufacturing operation seamlessly
transition into a sustainable future.
Unlocking the ability for efficient
handling of machinery maintenance, real-time data removes any inaccuracies
associated with previously used paper-based tracking of maintenance work and
scheduled repairs. Ditch the traditional pen and paper recording and enjoy
instant visibility of tasks. Not only will this lead to increased productivity
and less downtime, but you will also enjoy a more paperless environment that minimises
waste and overheads across your operation.
As the manufacturing industry focuses on
making efficiencies, it’s of paramount importance to adopt methods that streamline
operations. Rugged mobile devices enable you to stay connected at all times,
significantly reducing downtime and increasing operational efficiencies.
Real-time inventory control means items,
parts and products can be accurately recorded as they move through the operation,
with data automatically uploading to a central computer system for immediate
Monitoring in real-time, together with streamlining
processes and making vital efficiencies, will not only facilitate a
smoother-running manufacturing operation but impact significantly on your
bottom line. This will help to safeguard your manufacturing operation in the
current climate and the post-COVID-19 world.
Robust devices for the job
Manufacturing environments can present a
host of challenges. Several forms of manufacturing have highly demanding
working environments, which involve temperature extremes and fluctuations.
From the extreme vibration and temperature
output of machinery through to the deep freeze of a cold store, workers need assurance
that they can fulfil their duties while having reliable and safe devices for the
job. Designed to withstand the hardest of knocks, drops from height and
temperature extremes, rugged mobile devices can withstand harsh environmental pressures
while maintaining an ultra-long battery life.
Not only do rugged mobile devices help to
increase productivity and boost efficiency, but their versatility also assures
workers that they are armed with the right tools to carry out their job safely
and successfully. This results in employees feeling valued and encourages positive
morale within the workforce.
Discover more about the benefits of
Touchstar rugged mobile computing solutions for the manufacturing sector here.
Transform operations today
No matter what 2021
has in store for the manufacturing industry, why not take advantage of the
improvements rugged mobile devices could bring to your business operations today?
To find out more about
our rugged mobile solutions and how they can benefit your organisation, please
don’t hesitate to get in touch.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - PETER MARSH
Peter joined TouchStar (formally Belgravium) in a sales manager role in 2001. Prior to joining the company, Peter held Partner and National Sales Manager roles within the parcel and logistics industries.
In 2011 Peter was promoted to Sales Director and is now actively involved in promoting the value of TouchStar’s Rugged Mobile Computing solutions to the warehouse, logistics, manufacturing and field service industries. When not involved in the business, Peter is a keen and enthusiastic football and cricket fan.