Fleet Maintenance Mobile Apps
The first personal computer (PC) was invented in 1975. PCs appeared on more and more office desks throughout the 1980s and 1990s, changing the way many people worked. Software made office workers more productive and efficient. Personal computers were big and bulky, and they needed a power source, so they simply didn’t work for a mobile workforce. Fleet is mobile by its very nature, so it needed a mobile solution for driver checks, driver defect reporting, safety inspections, and repairs. Fast forward to 2020 and you can now get a ridiculous amount of computing power and internet connectivity in the power of your hand. The market now has some really good fleet maintenance mobile apps that help boost productivity and efficiency. Here are the 4 key reasons your organisation should go mobile as part of your fleet maintenance strategy:
1. Move Much Faster using Fleet Maintenance Mobile Apps
Fleet maintenance mobile apps give drivers the ability to highlight serious defects in real-time as they complete their inspections. Drivers can take photos of the defect so repair shops get all the information they need. When the defect is logged, the data is pushed to the cloud, and instantly available to any other users on the system. This eliminates the delays associated with a paper-based system. The maintenance supervisor gets instant visibility on high priority issues as they are submitted to the defect queue for review. They can then action any high priority issues immediately. The defects are then pulled onto a job card and addressed during the next workshop visit.
2. Better Accuracy
With a paper-based solution, drivers record their defects in the defect report book and send the slips to the transport office. The transport manager then decides which defects require action, and when. The slips requiring action are sent to the workshop for closeout. Too often the slips are misplaced during the handoffs so the issues go ignored. A mobile app eliminates the human errors associated with handling paper. Once the defect is logged in the app, the information lives in the fleet maintenance system. The issue is then available and visible to other users of the system.
In addition, fleet maintenance mobile apps let mechanics log their time on the job card or clock on and off the job. Therefore, it becomes easier to see how long each task takes and adjust schedules accordingly.
3. More Information at your Fingertips
Drivers using pen and paper have no visibility on previously reported issues. Is this a repeat issue? Will this turns into something more serious when halfway down the motorway? A mobile app gives drivers the information they need to make informed decisions. They can check previous inspections, recently reported issues, and outstanding defects before they decide to take the vehicle out.
4. Increased Labour Productivity
A mobile app simplifies data entry for drivers and mechanics. When the inspection or repair is complete, the data is committed to the system, and no further action is needed. No need to return slips to the transport office. Drivers can capture more information on a mobile app meaning there is less room for error. By selecting from a list of common defect types for each component, they are speeding up the assessment time for the transport manager and the mechanic. Mobile apps also improve productivity in the workshop by giving the mechanic the maintenance data they need at their fingertips in real-time. No need to troll through parts catalogues, vendor address books, or filing cabinets trying to find the information they need.
Fleet maintenance has come a long way in the last 10 years. Cloud-based technologies, 4G connectivity, and greater smartphone ownership have made fleet maintenance software more assessable than ever. The most successful fleet organisations continue to embrace the latest digital technologies such as fleet maintenance mobile apps, telematics tracking, and IOT connected systems.