Success Story #3: Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Inspectors Go Fully Paperless with Zebra’s HazLoc-Certified Rugged Tablets
Louisiana’s state inspectors are responsible for routinely monitoring gas stations, refineries, chemical plants, underground wells, landfills and other sites where environmental quality protections are mandated. They are also dispatched to “ground zero” after fires, spills and other emergencies where there’s often an elevated presence of hazardous material. The State agency wanted to transition its field team to a fully paperless operating environment, and Zebra’s C1D2-certified Windows® tablets were the only mobile computers in their class that could safely be used in vehicle as well as in-hand at inspection sites where combustible gasses and flames are present. As explained in the release: “Louisiana’s inspectors spend their days executing a comprehensive environmental fortification program that protects the public’s health, safety and welfare. That is why we worked closely with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to ensure our rugged tablet-based solutions provide both a reliable computing platform and a scalable solution to support their growing inspection demands.”
Success Story #4: Zebra Rugged Tablets Exclusively Chosen for Paperless Factory Initiative at Top Auto Manufacturer
We are currently working with a leading German automotive manufacturer on a multi-million-dollar Industry 4.0 initiative that, when complete, will result in the creation of several paperless factories in eight countries. With just one rugged tablet, this manufacturer is replacing more than 240 printed sheets of paper per cart, per day, with an automated, real-time flow of data throughout each plant. Production line workers are now able to instantly search and retrieve vehicle component manuals and assembly instructions using the rugged tablets. The resulting increase in productivity and factory uptime has enabled the customer to improve production output, and that translates directly into bottom line success. At the same time, the global auto leader is saving millions of dollars in paper, ink, printers and overall printer maintenance. “The flexibility provided by Zebra rugged tablets, and our technology’s interoperability with a host of Industry 4.0 architectures, will enable them to evolve their business process design and maintain their competitive edge as customer demands rise. It also proves the business case for certain mobility frameworks within smart factory environments,” explained a spokesman in the initial project announcement.
The common denominator between all of these “paperless” success stories? The collaborative partnerships that enabled each organization to closely evaluate their individual challenges and develop/deploy a customized mobility solution that offers the flexibility and scalability required to go paperless within their resource parameters, without issue. Just remember: You do not have to go all-in, all at once when digitalizing your business. In fact, we strongly advocate for a division-by-division or workflow-based approach to mobility to ease your workers into the digital-only world. The last thing you want to do is become destructive; that can hurt both your workers’ productivity and your customers. But, if you don’t become disruptive to your own legacy processes, it’s likely one of your competitors will!