Caterpillar is introducing Cat Inspect, a mobile application that allows users to download machine-specific inspection forms and capture information during walkarounds.
They include Technical Analysis (TA1) inspection forms and Preventive Maintenance (PM) checklists. The checklists are serial-number specific, which gives users guidance that is specific to the Cat equipment.
Users can add ratings, make comments and take pictures during the inspection. Subsequent inspection reports list items requiring attention, from immediate to normal. If users are inspecting machines with optional equipment not listed on their checklists, they can document that equipment and add the information to the form.
Besides eliminating the need for paper, Cat Inspect allows typed or dictated notes, off-line inspections, forwarding to the Cat dealer, and PDF distribution. Cat said that important alerts could also be sent to its fleet management interface VisionLink.
Cat added that its dealers and technicians had tested, improved and used Cat Inspect over the past year.
Cat Inspect is available at no charge for Android devices through Google Play, for Apple iPhones and iPads through the App Store on iTunes, and for Windows 8.1 tablets through the Windows Store.