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How Are TOUGHBOOKS Used In The Utility Industry?

TOUGHBOOKS are valuable tools in the utility industry. Their rugged, modular design allows them to withstand external forces that would damage ordinary laptops. Different TOUGHBOOK models, including N1 Tactical, the Toughbook 55, G2, and Toughbook 33, have varying specifications that make them suitable for specific applications in the utility industry. Let’s look at some of the ways that utility workers use TOUGHBOOKS. 

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3 Ways TOUGHBOOKS Are Used in the Utility Industry  

1. Optimize Field Operations 

Utility companies need to solve power, gas, or water disruptions in the shortest amount of time. TOUGHBOOKS can receive instant notifications concerning emergencies, service calls, and alarms, and provide detailed and accurate data on the location and the problem specifically. This real-time data helps them identify the problem, notify the public of repair times, and restore services quickly.

Using TOUGHBOOKS' thermal imaging, workers are able to capture and assess mechanical or electrical problems on utility lines and quickly resolve issues. They can easily inspect field assets, such as panels, switches, and transformers, without having to take them apart. 

TOUGHBOOKS are designed to be portable with a straightforward mounting system. Utility workers can quickly and easily move their technology between their vehicle and field locations, with a wireless link to a home base providing reliable connectivity.

2. Boost Operational Efficiency 

Utility companies need to make sure that their services are on-demand and reliable every day. This means that workers need to have a way to monitor plant processes, assess performance, and keep equipment running smoothly. Using TOUGHBOOKS, utility companies can schedule maintenance, create staff schedules, and use data capture and transmission, compliance, and grid operations.

TOUGHBOOKS can also help reduce labor-intensive manual data capture. Staff can see asset history from the central database or take and send pictures of assets when they need repair. This can reduce errors and empower employees to proactively make maintenance decisions. 

3. Manage Assets

Infrastructures such as power lines and water pipes don’t last forever and eventually will need to be repaired or fixed. There are also new projects that need to be developed that will require large investments. Using TOUGHBOOKS Internet of Things (IoT) technology can help utility workers track inventory, age, condition, and the replacement of system assets.  

This technology is being used for water utilities by collecting data from devices around the world to make improvements to their water systems. This leads to reduced response time for service calls, increased amount of water saved by reducing leakage, increased revenues with more accurate meter testing, and better prevention of sanitary sewer overflows that can cause environmental damage.

TOUGHBOOKS are an important tool to the utility industry because of the way they can optimize field operations, boost operational efficiency, and manage assets. If you are looking to implement these products into your facility contact us today to get started!

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