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The Top 5 Ways To Manage Shared Devices in Manufacturing

Shared devices in manufacturing enable teams to perform various operational tasks. For this reason, managing these devices must take priority. Without effective management, shared devices become susceptible to theft, damage, and functionality issues. 

To protect your shared devices from these vulnerabilities, you must invest in effective device management. There are various ways to manage shared devices, but at Brentford, we have identified five to be the most effective. 

Here are the five most efficient and effective ways to manage shared devices. Also, read on to the end to find out the best way to store shared devices and ensure that they function properly at the same time. 

1. Access Control and Permissions

Within a manufacturing facility, various team members will have different roles. You can use the diversity of roles to your advantage by implementing role-based access and permissions to shared devices. 

Role-specific access and permissions can achieve several things all at once. 

First, implementing this accessibility scheme enables specific team members to use devices based on their roles. This will limit the individuals who can use certain shared devices as well as the time and duration these devices are in use. 

Second, because of the accessibility limitations imposed by access controls, shared devices will be easier to monitor. For example, a lost or damaged device can easily be traced back to the last staff member who used it. 

Lastly, permissions can help economize your shared device allocation. Access permissions (via passwords or biometrics) are effective ways for specific team members to access and use shared devices in different ways. Even with a limited number of devices, your team will not have the same access to device functions and data — it will be like having multiple devices.  

2. Real-Time Shared Device Monitoring and Reporting

Real-time monitoring enables you or management to intervene immediately during device failures or losses. You can implement various measures to facilitate your monitoring efforts. These measures can include IoT (Internet of Things) sensors and monitoring systems designed for shared device management. 

Of course, monitoring your shared devices is only half of the shared device management equation. The other half consists of effective and timely reporting. 

Reporting device issues and losses is an essential part of managing devices in your manufacturing facility. To effectively implement device reporting, you must have policies and documentation systems in place for all team members who have access to your devices. 

Reporting gives you valuable data on usage patterns, maintenance needs, and other potential issues. These pieces of vital information can inform your device management decisions and even protect your devices from theft. 

With monitoring and reporting, you’ll ensure effective device management and reduce operational downtimes. These measures will be worthy investments toward your manufacturing facility’s operational efficiency. 

3. Comprehensive Inventory and Asset Management

Overall, shared device management is all about effective inventory and asset management. Inventory and asset management promotes accountability and efficiency by tracking device usage locations. 

An updated inventory of shared devices makes each device a traceable asset. With a comprehensive inventory, you can track the whereabouts of your shared devices. Besides that, an inventory is also a treasure trove of information on usage history and maintenance needs. 

With inventory updated in real-time, you’ll have sufficient data to predict maintenance. This can go a long way in reducing operational delays. 

4. Scheduled Maintenance

When you manage shared devices in your manufacturing facility, your responsibilities go beyond monitoring device use, granting role-specific access, and keeping an inventory. As with any facility, device failures are a possibility. For this reason, your shared device management must also include regular device maintenance. 

Scheduled maintenance is a proactive way to ensure that your shared devices continue to perform the way they’re supposed to. Maintenance includes thorough inspections, troubleshooting, and repairs to any problem devices or areas. 

Besides repairs, maintenance can also provide valuable information on devices that need replacement. If devices like facility-owned smartphones or tablets are beyond fixing, device maintenance personnel can record them. From here, you can make a decision about replacing these extensively damaged devices. 

Perhaps the most important benefit of scheduled maintenance is savings. Maintenance enables you to address device-related problems before they deteriorate and render your devices unusable. The result of maintenance is lower procurement expenditure, leading to more savings for your manufacturing facility. 

5. Charging Lockers — Managing Shared Devices in Manufacturing Through Staff Accountability

Charging lockers are more than just solutions that keep devices charged at all times. With cloud-backed data, charging lockers enable IT managers to track shared devices. 

Charging lockers can sync onto existing databases, giving managers real-time information about the status of shared devices. This capability has several effects. 

First, it provides managers with valuable data about which devices need charging, maintenance, and repair. 

Second — and most importantly — charging lockers are essential for promoting responsible device use by making devices traceable. Since you or your IT managers can trace usage back to staff members, members of your team will feel a sense of urgency to use your devices properly and return them on schedule. 

The result is a shared effort between you and your team that ensures the security and condition of all shared devices. 

Bretford Charging Lockers: Revolutionizing Shared Device Management  

All of the tactics we mentioned are proactive and effective ways to improve your operational efficiency. However, implementing them all can present challenges. Worse yet, each one comes at a significant expense. 

What if there were a way to implement all of them simultaneously and at a lower expense? The solution is here — and it’s in the form of our charging lockers. 

Our charging lockers streamline shared device distribution, detection, storage, and charging. Choose from our line of 10 or five-dock charging lockers, each guaranteed to optimize your shared device management and boost your operational efficiency. Our charging lockers have changed the game for shared device management in manufacturing, education, logistics, and many other sectors. 

Manage shared devices in manufacturing today with an all-in-one solution. Request a quote now and experience shared device storage and management that puts your manufacturing facility ahead of the curve.

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