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Four Ways Mobile Inspection Apps Can Help Increase Equipment Availability

When you’re running multiple worksites, equipment and operators, there are a lot of places where communication about equipment issues can break down. Mobile inspection applications that operators or technicians can install on their smart phone or tablet can help you bridge the communication gaps left by voicemails, text messages or handwritten notes. More efficient inspections and communication of findings gets repairs and maintenance done faster, and keeps your equipment up and running. Here’s just some of the ways mobile inspection apps could increase your equipment availability:

  1. Mobile inspections gather information quickly and accurately—most support photographs to be sent along with descriptions. Paper inspection forms are often compiled over time and so become disjointed and without a logical sequence to how a walk-around inspection should progress.
  2. Mobile inspection forms are electronic and can be updated or added to quickly. So, if you need to conduct special inspections, or include inspection points for equipment recently added to the fleet, you can send updated forms right to their smart phone or tablet.
  3. Because mobile inspection forms are electronic, the information gathered can be transferred into other systems in service or the office. The more times you avoid manual data entry, the more accurately you maintain the equipment.
  4. Some mobile inspection apps can also escalate repair events, order parts or open work orders, so your downtime is kept to an absolute minimum.

Take a mobile inspection app for a trial run on your worksite, and see how you can increase efficiency and uptime.

Your Cat dealer can show you how Cat Inspect®, Caterpillar’s mobile inspection application, can turn your team into walk-around inspection experts. There is no cost to download the mobile app. The app is available for Apple devices on iOS7 and newer, Android devices on Jelly Bean 4.1 and newer, and Windows 8.0 and newer tablets.

Talk to your Cat® dealer about the advantages Cat Inspect access can bring to your operation.