Improving Chemical Inventory Management and Compliance with Mobile Technologies

aegex10 Intrinsically Safe Tablet Use Case

The Challenge

Chemical manufacturers face costly challenges in inventory management and compliance because of the potentially volatile nature of the materials they are storing, handling or shipping. Chemical companies must be able to:

  • Identify the correct inputs for any compound or mixture and verify that those materials are used in the proper quantities and with the proper handling methods
  • Store chemicals under specific conditions, including exact temperature and humidity ranges or certain distances from other materials
  • Accurately classify and label the types of hazards their chemicals pose
  • Openly communicate with personnel about the hazardous materials they are handling and ensure proper training, safety protocols and emergency instructions are in place
  • Regularly perform inspections to verify the safety of the operations
  • Manage recalls by quickly identifying the materials in question and alerting all entities involved
These activities are time-consuming and cost-intensive, as chemical operations contain hazardous areas where combustible materials restrict the use of mobile devices that would allow technicians to perform tasks more quickly and efficiently.

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The Solution

Bringing certified, intrinsically safe devices into chemical manufacturing facilities can help to speed up inventory activities and ensure greater accuracy in order to more cost-effectively comply with regulatory mandates.

The Results

Using the aegex10 Intrinsically Safe Tablet in chemical manufacturing inventory management enables operators to:

  • Scan to identify correct materials for storage, mixing or disposing: RFID and barcode readers and AegexScan software use the aegex10 Tablets use the tablet’s cameras to safely scan each chemical’s barcode and verify it with a database stored on the tablet or in the cloud.
  • Maintain a database of all materials, activities, and customers: Tablets allow personnel to connect to cloud-based systems to verify and update all data related to chemical stores, including their origins, characteristics, movement, and alerts.
  • Simplify inspections: Aegex10 tablets can display automated checklists or instructions for performing inspections and checking off each item. Data can be stored on the tablet or uploaded to a server of choice for cloud storage or sharing.
  • Communicating effectively for maintenance, emergencies and recalls: Tablets can place Microsoft Teams video calls to consult offsite experts, or share photos, videos or other data. Tablets can also alert personnel and provide instructions during emergencies and access ERP or CRM systems to contact supply chains in the case of a recall.
The aegex10 Intrinsically Safe Tablet enables chemical manufacturers to more efficiently manage inventory and complete compliance requirements, yielding greater productivity.

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About Aegex: Aegex is a technology engineering and design company that provides intrinsically safe Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and mobile solutions for hazardous industries. Our globally certified intrinsically safe Windows 10 tablet, sensors and partner monitoring systems, form an IoT platform that manages big data to improve efficiency, safety and productivity in hazardous industrial environments in oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, utilities, public safety, defense and other industries with potentially explosive atmospheres.

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