The Rise of the Mobile Application
It seems as if mobile applications have now become central components of daily life. From seamlessly communicating with others to downloading our favourite music, these apps are indeed useful. One of the latest advancements within the air conditioning industry is the inclusion of bespoke applications that will help technicians better perform their everyday tasks. What are some examples of these innovations and why should we expect them to become even more prevalent into the future?
The Fusion of Air Conditioning Maintenance with the Application
Many original equipment manufacturers already offer dedicated applications in relation to their products and the HVAC sector is no different. This is particularly the case when speaking of common troubleshooting tasks. An example can be seen in the recent release of software from the Parker Hannifin Corporation. A dedicated application is designed to aid workers in the diagnosis of DX (direct expansion) systems. This can provide solutions to even the most daunting of problems and in many cases, in a fraction of the time that would otherwise be required.
More Than Troubleshooting Alone
Another important point to mention here is that many applications are tailored around the discrete skill level of the professional in question. For example, some offer “guided” and “expert” modes. Applications are now able to walk workers through challenging processes while providing them with useful advice along the way. This serves to enhance the learning process while simultaneously offering different solutions; key in terms of flexibility. Ultimately, HVAC smartphone applications are excellent for on-the-job training. This can save companies both time and money.
Air Conditioning Management and Control
There can be many hidden benefits in relation to air conditioning, heating and ventilation applications. Perhaps one of the lesser-known advantages centres around accountability. The recent software package distributed by Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation highlights this trend. Any equipment was previously configured can now be located if it is within 100 feet of the smartphone. So, much of the guesswork has been taken out of inventory control (2). There are even times when the electronic settings of individual tools can be adjusted from a centralised platform. This is critical in regards to quality assurance and the timely completion of a job. Centralised monitoring can likewise illustrate which tools are used the most for a certain task; another benefit for those who are currently undergoing training or when a new item is introduced.
Air Con Design Applications
Designing complicated air conditioning and heating systems has always been a challenging task. In the past, any dedicated applications tended to be relegated to the industrial sector. The Cooling and Heating Division of Mitsubishi Electric has now taken this capability to the next level (3). They presently offer mobile applications that can aid in the engineering of domestic systems. Although this version is slightly less technical than its industrial counterpart, it still provides the technician all of the metrics that he or she needs to build an efficient framework around the requirements of the property in question. Not only is this beneficial from a design point of view, but it is likely that the savings in regards to man hours will trickle down to the individual customer.
The Future is Here
These are some of the most interesting developments in terms of dedicated mobile applications for the air conditioning repair and maintenance sector. As a growing number of companies are adopting this technology, we should fully expect such software to enjoy a prominent position in the coming years.