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New Infomill PartsArena solution for Smartphones

Posted on 5-Oct-2004 08:06 | Filed under: News

New Infomill PartsArena solution for Smartphones
Infomill has announced the introduction of a Windows Mobile Smartphone version of PartsArena Mobile, its proprietary software targeted at the MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) market.

Featuring a ‘thin technology’ which enables a vast amount of data to be stored and accessed, PartsArena Mobile compresses thousands of pages of technical information, component details and service manuals into an intuitive, easy to use and access solution for use by Smartphone users in the field.

Detailed diagrams of products and their respective components can all be accessed via PartsArena on the Smartphone, making it the ideal software tool for field engineers, keen to carry up to date information in a very portable way. Added functionality is offered through the parts ordering system which enables users to identify a faulty component, select it and order a replacement all via the phone, reducing phone calls to helplines, parts distributors or even visits to suppliers.

Adrian King, Infomill’s director of software engineering explains: "Our research with field service technicians told us that they could really benefit from having all of their technical manuals with them in an easy-to-use format to quickly find details for the right spare part for ordering. They also told us that carrying unnecessary equipment to a customer’s site is a hindrance but one piece of essential equipment that is always carried is a mobile phone. While PartsArena was already being used to great effect in mobile devices including PDAs, we hadn’t exploited the possibilities that the new style phones have offered until now. Thanks to the fact that the software requires only a small amount of memory and processing capability to operate, it has proven to be an ideal application for the Smartphone.

"We can now publish technical documents, diagrams and product information in the most compact and accessible form currently available. What this means for manufacturing companies is that technical information can be easily carried by field engineers on their phone, improving not only service times but more crucially the correct fix, first time. Updating information held by PartsArena is a simple as sending and receiving a text message. Once engineers are equipped with the Smartphone, they can opt to receive wireless updated information via GSM, GPRS or 3G or can connect to a PC to download updates from the web or CD-rom."

In addition to offering an opportunity for manufacturers to increase the availability and accuracy of product information in the field, PartsArena Mobile on SmartPhones offers several advantages to the engineer. Not only does he or she no longer need to carry around folders of information and paper diagrams but parts ordering is much easier. By simply navigating through a schematic diagram of a product or machine, the engineer can select the part requiring replacement and order it with just a couple of clicks of a button. Administration is also simplified for the engineer as all parts ordering can be carried out via the phone, keeping paperwork and invoicing to an absolute minimum.

Chief executive officer of Infomill, Jonathan Ralphs believed PartsArena Mobile technology will quickly become the benchmark for information provision for the field service industry. He comments: "PartsArena technology is unique in the global marketplace – no other company currently has the skills necessary to transfer such large amounts of information into an easily accessible format. To give some idea of context, one customer has transferred 50 thousand pages onto a single 1 GB SD card for use in the PDAs by its engineers. In addition to the sheer volume of information storage, the functionality of the system allows searches by component, is fully indexed and offers an inbuilt parts ordering service making it an interactive service solution as well as an information provider. For the engineer, PartsArena is as crucial a tool as a screwdriver or wrench."