Going mobile

Smartphones and tablets are pervasive in nearly every aspect of our lives.

06/28/2013


Each time a new technology or device is introduced, I always wonder how the general public will react to it. I wish I’d imagined a phone that keeps you constantly updated with e-mail, news, weather, and anything else you could want. Now that I’m addicted to it, I’m not sure I could live without my phone (an Android smartphone).

 

And what about a tablet computer that you can take practically anywhere? According to a recent forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, tablet shipments are expected to grow 58.7% year over year in 2013 reaching 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units in 2012. IDC predicts tablet shipments will exceed those of portable PCs this year. In addition, IDC expects tablet shipments to outpace the entire PC market (portables and desktops combined) by 2015.

 

In other words, these technologies are invading every aspect of our lives, and they don’t seem to be going away any time soon. As we saw in the May “2 More Minutes” column, these technologies won’t make you smarter, but they might make you more efficient.

 

Readers of this publication have historically been slow to adapt to new technology of any sort. While thousands of new products in the HVAC, lighting, fire protection, and electrical industries (to name a few) are brought to market each year, it may take quite some time before the technology is accepted and specified into a building. This is understandable; an untested multimillion-dollar building system won’t be specified into a school or hospital just because “it’s the new, cool thing.” Tests, performance data, and success stories are important to have before accepting an engineered system.

 

Mobile devices, while still somewhat new, are not untested. While some have had problems with connectivity or software, they are—for the most part—reliable and affordable. And they can certainly make us all more efficient. In a recent survey of more than 470 Consulting-Specifying Engineer readers, we learned that about 68% of you use mobile devices on the job. Only 41% of you use tablets.

 

I would like to learn more about why you do or don’t use these devices professionally. Join the conversation at our LinkedIn group: http://tinyurl.com/CSElinkedin



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Your leaks start here: Take a disciplined approach with your hydraulic system; U.S. presence at Hannover Messe a rousing success
Hannover Messe 2016: Taking hold of the future - Partner Country status spotlights U.S. manufacturing; Honoring manufacturing excellence: The 2015 Product of the Year Winners
Inside IIoT: How technology, strategy can improve your operation; Dry media or web scrubber?; Six steps to design a PM program
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Warehouse winter comfort: The HTHV solution; Cooling with natural gas; Plastics industry booming
Managing automation upgrades, retrofits; Making technical, business sense; Ensuring network cyber security
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me