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Devices for collaborative and connected work in 2022.

Using mobile devices for tasks at the frontline saves employees 58 minutes per day while increasing productivity by 34%. 

You'll find a summary of the devices we recommend for collaborative frontline work and instructions below. 

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Laptops & desktops.

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Author standards and instructions.

A laptop is a handy device for authoring your standards and analyzing their usage. If the laptop has a camera and if you can flip it into a tablet - even better. 

 

The authoring process usually includes the following steps:

1. Specify the goal of the work instruction.

2. Design the steps to reach the goal.

3. Take photos of each step and uploadto the Instruction Builder.

4. Add a short snippet of action-oriented text to each step.

5. Share your standards via QR, link, or NFC.

 

  • Technical specs.

    The SwipeGuide Instruction Builder is a user-friendly Content Management System (CMS) that helps you create effective instructions and standards in minutes.

    The SwipeGuide Editor is a web-based platform that can be used in Chrome, Safari, Opera, and IE11 browsers on macOS, Windows, and Chrome OS operating systems with a stable internet connection.

    There is no minimum bandwidth to use the SwipeGuide Editor or Viewer. The optimal bandwidth depends on how many concurrent users there are on the network.

    It can take time to set up a stable WiFi connection in a factory. Make sure to prioritize WiFi when kicking off your digital transformation. 

  • Printing QR codes
    For sharing standards and instructions, we recommend these devices:
    • QR Code Sticker: CPM-100E from BSafe
    • Lamination machine: lam touch R3
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Track & analyze standards.

Another advantage of managing your instructions on a laptop or desktop is access to your Analytics Dashboard, where all your instruction performance metrics are displayed in one place.

The analytics dashboard gives you access to detailed data about how your instructions and standards are being used.

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Laptop & chromebook recommendations.

We recommend choosing a flexible Chromebook for on-the-go creation, editing, and usage of your digital work instructions on the shop floor and in the field. These are our top 3 recommendations for 2022. 

[Updated in May 2022]

  • Lenovo Chromebook Duet

    → Affordable (299$)

    → Perfect device for on-the-go work.

    → 2-in-1 device with a detachable keyboard and kickstand cover.

  • Acer Chromebook Spin 713

    Why we like it: 

    → Great screen resolution. 

    →Powerful processors. 

    → Competitive price: $699

  • Asus Detachable CM3

    Why we like it: 

    → Built-in pen.

    → Detachable screen.

    → Affordable (330$)

  • Lenovo T480s

    Why we like it: 

    → Durable, with touch-screen options. 

    Up to 15+ hours of battery life and fast charging.

    → Security features for enhanced protection.

     

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Tablets.

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"Using a system that is easy to use both for the operators and for the editors is really helping us save valuable production time. We have tablets to author, edit, and use digital work instructions on the flop floor."

Joakim

Project Manager

Orkla Foods Norway

Creating & using instructions on a tablet.

Tablet editing makes it easy to create work instructions while out in the factory. Instruction authors are able to walk the production line with any tablet, take a photo of a particular machine or component, and create a relevant instruction in minutes.

Our recommendation is to have one device available per position.

  • Access instructions.

    In most cases, there's a QR code sticker attached to the machine that the operator can scan with a dedicated tablet to get the most up-to-date instruction at the moment of need.

  • Offline availability.

    The SwipeGuide Frontline App gives shop floor operators and field service engineers offline access to the standards they need, even with poor or no internet connection.

    The app works on both iOS and Android devices and is company-specific. Instructions that have been updated or edited while the device was offline will be automatically synced next time there is wifi. 

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Tablet recommendations.

We recommend getting a heavy-duty tablet that will last in any environment. These rugged tablets will get the job done.

[Updated in May 2022]

  • Samsung Tab Active 3

    Why we like it :

    You can drop it from up to 1.5m or leave it in water for up to 30 minutes, and it should survive without problems. 

    → Large storage. 

    →  Battery can be swapped out.

  • Samsung Tab Active Pro

    Why we like it: 

    → 64GB of storage, 4GB of memory, and a 7,600mAh battery. 

    → Great camera. 

    → Larger 10.1 display. 

  • iPad 10.2

    → Budget iPad - but a highly capable tablet.

    → Battery lasts. 

    → More storage than other older iPads.

  • iPad Mini

    Why we like it: 

    → Powerful processor.

    → Fits in the palm of your hand. 

    → All-day battery life.

  • + Rugged tablet case

    4smarts Active Pro.

    Protect any tablet with a rugged case. 

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Smartphones.

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Optimal knowledge portability with smartphones.

3.5 billion people around the world currently use a smartphone as their main communication and information-gathering tool. 

Why whould they use any other tool for accessing crucial operational information when they're at work?

  • Author & edit standards.

    Mobile editing is made easy - allowing users to create work instructions by taking photos on the shop floor and adding them to instructions with a short snippet of text.

    These basic functionalities work excellently on iOS and Android smartphones, in the SwipeGuide web-app. More advanced features like image markups, versioning, and approval workflows should be done on a computer with a bigger screen.

  • Use standards.

    Accessing digital work instructions and standards with a smartphone can be done in several ways: 

    QR code: scan the QR code sticker attached on a machine or from a machine display. 


    NFC: hover your smartphone over an NFC beacon at the workstation. 


    Direct link: have your support team send you a direct link to the instruction you need.


    From your internal communication tool: access all critical knowledge needed from internal communication tools like Beekeeper and Workplace Facebook.

     

     
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Smartphone recommendations.

Our smartphone recommendations for frontline teams are extremely durable with massive batteries. 

[Updated in April 2022]

  • Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

    Why we like it: 

    → 1.5m drop test certification.

    → Dust- and water-resistant rating.

    → Large capacity 4,050mAh removable battery.

  • Nokia XR20

    → Slim profile and sleek look.

    Four years of security updates with three years of OS updates.

    Free one-year screen replacement.

  • Ulefone Armor 9 FLIR

    Why we like it:

    → Hardy and long-lasting.

    → Great price.

    → Endoscope and FLIR camera.

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Wearables.

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Work with both hands free.

Utilizing wearables in manufacturing operations makes it effortless for operators and field service engineers to execute their tasks hands-free

The voice control function in industrial smart glasses (like Realwear) allows operators to see and control instructions and standard operating procedures while performing a task.

  • How does it work?

    If you want to use your digital standards in SwipeGuide on smart glasses, you need to activate and configure your organization-specific SwipeGuide native app. Once activated, you'll receive a private link to the Google Play store from our technical support team.

    Since every brand of wearable hardware is built differently, the operating system and the technical specifications differ as well. Currently, SwipeGuide supports Realwear smart glasses. If you wish to use other smart glasses or wearables like smartwatches please contact us.

  • SwipeGuide x Realwear

    SwipeGuide is a Realwear partner. If you're curious to hear more about how we collaborate to offer maximum value to our customers, schedule a demo and we'll tell you more. 

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Wearables recommendations.

The wearables we recommend for frontline work in 2022 are not only durable but also lightweight and easy to use. 

[Updated in April 2022]

  • RealWear Navigator™ 500

    Why we like it: 

    → Works with more PPE than other head-worn devices.

    → Modular camera sensor even in low light settings.

    Drop tested, dust-tight, and water-resistant. 

  • Realwear HMT-1

    → Use it in wet, dusty, hot, dangerous and loud industrial environments. 

    → High-resolution micro display.

    → Optimized for completely hands-free voice control.

Hear how SwipeGuide can connect your frontline and increase productivity by 20%.

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