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feature | mobile technology

With clear dashboards of
routes and action items,
handheld-device users can
quickly accomplish tasks.

Handhelds Enhance
Field Functions

Alessea Lane & Jose Verdugo
Emerson

Today's handheld devices improve data collection
and put decision-making power in technicians' hands.
TODAY'S HANDHELD DEVICES have advanced from simple
data-gathering and field-communication tools to functioning as
field "partners" that calibrate devices, detect machinery vibration,
assist in analysis, and exchange data in real time with people and
systems throughout an enterprise. The knowledge obtained from
the data provides maintenance managers with the ability to
improve their operations and implement proactive maintenance
practices.
Advances in handheld collection, analysis, and transmission of
device and machinery data enable field technicians to streamline
the capture, reporting, and response to abnormal or hazardous
conditions that pose risks to reliability, safety, machinery performance, and, ultimately, process performance. In addition, managers
gain flexibility and ease in scheduling, coordination, and proactive
maintenance.
Maintenance planning includes creating work processes that
guide personnel through steps for each task. Work processes can be
scheduled and distributed through handheld devices so that team
members know when to accomplish tasks. With many new technol-

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ogies, maintenance management can digitally modify and update
schedules and tasks as needed.
Easily understood dashboards show field technicians up-to-date
pre-defined routes, status, alerts, and action items personalized
for each member of the maintenance team. Electronic recording
of route data saves hours often lost in transcribing paper notes to
electronic media and simplifies audit-trail generation. Because field
personnel and management can view data immediately, they can
easily identify and address root causes of recurring problems.
Handheld devices with wireless capability enable the transfer of
field data to a server. In fact, many handheld devices provide an
automatic synchronization option. This allows maintenance management to immediately use the gathered data, know when each
task is accomplished-whether device commissioning or rotating
equipment monitoring-and see any unusual events or uneven
machinery performance detected during the shift. All data
collected usually include the date, time, and user stamp when automatically synced.
If enabled by maintenance management, personnel can analyze

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