IBM customizes MobileFirst for iOS app for German energy, mining giant RWE
IBM announced this week that it is teaming with German energy and mining company RWE Generation to customize an iOS maintenance app that optimizes the workflows of its engineers.
The Apple and IBM partnership on MobileFirst for iOS has generally led to apps for industries not necessarily for specific companies. In this case, however, IBM and RWE are working hand in hand to build a customized app suite for RWE's workers.
For RWE, a version of Asset Care on iPads will help the company glean insight from the operation of its heavy machinery, which runs 24/7 in all types of weather – making maintenance a difficult process.
"Efficiency is a critical concern when it comes to operation and maintenance of our heavy equipment," said Mark Eberlein, head of technical support for RWE Generation. "Apple and IBM are transforming enterprise mobility. Tapping that collaboration gives our employees real-time access to constantly monitor the equipment and to more precisely forecast situations when a machine might be running into an unplanned outage."
Asset Care recommends maintenance tasks for pieces of equipment based on previous actions engineers have taken.
When it comes to documentation as it stands, engineers are beholden to a paper-based process that requires them to fill out maintenance records and then transcribe them to a digital system. The app will streamline that process by capturing video and image files and automatically storing them.
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