• The ideal devices for manufacturing roles to keep up with its transformation

Manufacturing is having to adjust rapidly to new demands, including having to safely maintain distancing, pivoting to adjust to new supply chain realities and changing demands for new and existing products, all while maintaining as efficient a production system as possible. Nevertheless, the ability to manage new data and insights to maintain production is more important than ever.

Even before the pandemic, 77% of manufacturers expected the usage of online collaboration platforms to increase in the next 3 to 5 years.1 And now, with disruptions in manufacturing and supply chains being felt globally, leaders and workers need to move from a standstill to a sprint - you need advanced devices to bring your workforce together, on the same page quickly.

With so much shifting in manufacturing right now, we thought it might be helpful for you to see which devices can help you through this transformation and how they can benefit some specific roles within the industry.

 

Shop Floor Operators

Shop floor operators are essential in the day-to-day running of the business and keep things running smoothly within the shop floor. The ideal device should keep up with the operators fast pace and possess versatile work mode capabilities.

Challenges

My device needs

  • Managing incoming and outgoing orders
  • Long battery life and durable
  • Moving around the shop floor continuously
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Tracking inventory and ensuring high quality
  • Integrate with tools that augment creativity

Recommended Surface Device: Surface Go 2 for Business

Form its highly mobile, lightweight features and it’s always-on LTE Advanced connectivity3 it makes sure that shop floor operators are always connected, even with spotty Wi-Fi, wherever they are across the shop floor. This 2-in-1 device can easily be protected with a ruggedized and durable third-party case with anti-microbial protection and waterproofing; adding a layer of security to the device.

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Product Engineers

A product engineers main task is to identify and coordinate engineering change requests and product improvement using data-intensive software. These roles are mainly based in the office, or home office, however they have to interact with colleagues in the shop floor from time to time to ensure the manufacturing process is up to speed.

Challenges

My device needs

  • Modifying product designs for iterative and custom requests
  • Allow her to visualise results in meticulous detail
  • Running and manipulating large CAD and CAM files
  • Can run computer-intensive workloads
  • Working in a mode that inspires creativity and productivity even when on the move
  • Integrate with tools that augment creativity

 

Recommended Surface device: Surface Book 3 for Business

Surface Book 3 facilitates fast visualizations and low render time for CAD/CAM apps with the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® or Quadro® GPUs and faster memory with up to 1TB of lightning-fast, pro-level storage and 32GB RAM, making it the perfect device for product engineers to run engineering and design apps with confidence.

With up to 17.5 hours2 battery life it provides unmatchable productivity all day and beyond. Just add the Surface Pen to quickly mark up and modify designs from the shop floor, desk, or home office.

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Field Technicians

These roles are often on-the-go, and more often than not, carrying a load of other tools and equipment. A field technician’s ideal device should be able to support him in providing next-level services.

Challenges

My device needs

  • Protecting the device from accidental damage and contamination
  • Lightweight, durable, and easy to carry with other tools
  • Continuous remote working with easy connectivity to colleagues and clients
  • Easy connectivity to the internet without Wi-Fi and can keep up all day
  • Accessing critical documents from anywhere
  • Can capture onsite photos in high definition and allow to annotate on them directly

Recommended Surface Device: Surface Go 2 for Business

The lightest and most compact surface yet, fitted in with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ m3 and Pentium® processors, field technicians can run the essential business apps they rely on every day and continue to work on the morning’s charge with all-day battery life.4 Team it up with LTE Advanced connectivity to run line-of-business apps and perform diagnostics wherever needed, even without Wi-Fi availability.5

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References:

1 Deloitte, 2018 Global Human Capital Trends, March 28, 2018 (https://documents.deloitte.com/insights/2018DeloitteSkillsGapFoWManufacturing)

2 Surface Book 3 for Business 13.5” connected to keyboard base: Up to 15.5 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in April 2020 using preproduction software and preproduction configurations of Surface Book 3 13.5” Intel® Core™ i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM. Testing consisted of full battery discharge with a mixture of active use and modern standby. The active use portion consists of (1) a web browsing test accessing 8 popular websites over multiple open tabs, (2) a productivity test utilizing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, and (3) a portion of time with the device in use with idle applications. All settings were default except screen brightness was set to 150nits with Auto-Brightness disabled. Wi-Fi was connected to a network. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.

Surface Book 3 for Business 15” connected to keyboard base: Up to 17.5 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in April 2020 using preproduction software and preproduction configurations of Surface Book 3 15” Intel® Core™ i7, 256GB, 16GB RAM. Testing consisted of full battery discharge with a mixture of active use and modern standby. The active use portion consists of (1) a web browsing test accessing 8 popular websites over multiple open tabs, (2) a productivity test utilizing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, and (3) a portion of time with the device in use with idle applications. All settings were default except screen brightness was set to 150nits with Auto-Brightness disabled. Wi-Fi was connected to a network. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.

3 Available on Surface Go with LTE Advanced models. Service availability and performance subject to service provider’s network. Contact your service provider for details, compatibility, pricing, SIM card, and activation. See all specs and frequencies at surface.com.

4 Surface Go 2 battery life: Up to 10 hours of battery life (up to 9 hours on LTE models) based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in February 2020 using preproduction software and preproduction configurations of Surface Go 2. Testing consisted of full battery discharge with a mixture of active use and modern standby. The active use portion consists of (1) a web browsing test accessing 8 popular websites over multiple open tabs, (2) a productivity test utilizing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint Excel and Outlook, and (3) a portion of time with the device in use with idle applications. All settings were default except screen brightness was set to 150nits with Auto-Brightness disabled. Wi-Fi was connected to a network. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.

5 Service availability and performance subject to service provider’s network. Contact your service provider for details, compatibility, pricing, SIM card, and activation. See all specs and frequencies at surface.com.