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 turnover.

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 normal’.

Minimise waste

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.

Streamline processes

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 analysis.

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.

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