The IT team and, in fact, the entire industry are buzzing about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and what it means to businesses. Users are demanding company systems with the same anywhere, any time access that their personal mobile phones, tablets and devices offer. So far, there has been little or no discussion about using personal devices on the shop floor, but maybe companies should think twice before deciding it doesn’t make sense. Here’s a look at a few pros and cons of the idea.
Mobile devices and applications are readily available and easy to use, so a company could get its projects up and running quickly. There’s no waiting for complex installation processes to get started, and employees don’t have to line up at a single time or reporting station at breaks and lunch to physically get set up with a new system.
If employees have a mobile device with them—wherever they are on the shop floor—it’s fast and easy to request spare parts when a machine breaks down. No long walks to the maintenance department are needed. Checking priorities is also a simple matter, and employees don’t waste time clustered around a single terminal waiting their turn to check jobs in or out.