Heavy industry has often struggled to adapt to the advantages of software development, as the ruggedised hardware needed for the tough environments has always been very expensive to buy. The software that operated the ruggedised hardware was always old technology requiring major work to get achieve what is fairly easy with today's technologies, meaning the development costs were much higher than they needed to be.

Mobile devices including iPhone, iPad and Android phone can be now be ruggedised to a standard befitting to the heavy industry environment including making the devices water proof.

TVL Mobile App

Ruggedised heavy industry mobile apps

Project

Sapere built an inspection system app for Tees Valley Lifting (TVL) to help carry out lifting inspections on equipment.

TVL Screenshot

Problem

Inspection data is often written down on pieces of paper before being sent back to the office for processing. The processing of safety certificates is then completed in the office but this could take many hours of labour but this number is magnified if many certificates are required.

The shipping vessels needing safety lifting inspections could not wait the amount of time the reports were taking to complete.

The management and reporting of the certificates was not searchable.

Solution

The app is driven from a web application where office staff can set up an inspection, which is then assigned to an inspector and then sent to their mobile device. The inspection is then carried out on the mobile device which includes the taking of photos and gathering of measurements and other information.

The mobile device displays previous inspections that a given ship has had completed by TVL. The completed inspection is then sent to the 'back office' web application where certificates are generated and made available for download by the shipping companies via a secure link.

Platforms

These are the platforms Sapere used to deliver the solution.

Benefits

The following business benefits have been realised by TVL since the app development went live.

  • The app and back office system save TVL hours of laborious paperwork by having the completed inspection sent straight to the server from the mobile device rather than it having to be copied up by TVL staff
  • Cloud based system accessible anywhere any time
  • Certificates can be generated in real-time after an inspection has been completed