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Published on 12 July, 2019
Winmate Success Story: M133K Rugged Tablet to Enhance Mobility and Productivity for Vehicle Diagnostics
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Background

It is predicted that the global automotive diagnostics market will reach USD 55.6 billion by 2026. The is mainly caused by the increasing cloud-based applications due to digitalization and connected mobility across the automotive industry, plus the intense vehicle manufacturing market competition, which calls for less maintenance cost and downtime as well as reduced recalls and warranty repairs. To perform efficient vehicle diagnostics, it is crucial that the skilled technicians utilize a robust, high-performance diagnostic tool to communicate in real-time with the vehicle’s system and detect any issues with any of the vehicles sub systems, whether during production or during servicing. A premium car manufacturer in Japan was looking for an after sales servicing rugged tablet device that can survive in demanding workshop environments while allowing technicians to elevate their efficiency and accuracy in diagnosing vehicle issues during maintenance in a highly mobile and powerful package.

Challenge

Needed a rugged tablet solution that can withstand the environments seen in vehicle manufacturing and workshops. The device also had to feature high processing power, precise data capture capability, plus reliable wired and wireless connectivity to help workers conduct the tests and keep track in real-time of all diagnostic steps. Ease of carry for the workers and variable positioning on any surface is also needed for efficient workshop use.

Device with ease of carry and variable
positioning on any surface is essential

Solution

M133K Rugged Tablet

Working with the car manufacturer, Winmate provided the 13.3-inch M133K rugged tablet with Intel Kaby Lake Core i5-7200U processor for powerful computing performance. The large screen size allows for easy viewability, and the integrated kickstand allows for easy and variable positioning on any surface. For Internet access, M133K comes with a LAN port built in and WiFi network for wireless connectivity to allow the device to always stay connected, with support for Bluetooth, GPS and 4G LTE as well. Plentiful I/O Ports including RS232, USB, and HDMI allowed for the vehicle manufacturer to pair various peripheral devices to the tablet for vehicle diagnostics.

Result

To date, approximately 300 units have been deployed in 3 plants throughout Japan to serve as the main vehicle diagnostics solution for the brand’s 4 top-selling models. Vehicle issues are diagnosed faster and maintenance tasks carried out more efficiently. Further, due to the rugged tablet M133K’s high performing wire/wireless Internet connection capability, productivity is improved by using the data collected from the vehicles and transmitting it back in real-time to the cloud-based central control server. The automaker can see a significant increase in service bay productivity and customer’s satisfaction coming in the near future.

Technician using M133K to do car diagnostics
 
M133K Rugged Tablet
M133K Rugged Tablet
Product Features:
  • 13.3-inch Tablet with optically bonded full HD display
  • Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Kaby Lake processor
  • Multiple I/O ports including USB Type-C, HDMI, GigaLAN, RS232, USB 3.0
  • Supports Dual WiFi Modules
  • Rugged magnesium alloy housing design:
    Anti-shock, Vibration, and Transit Drop
  • Integrated kickstand for easy and variable positioning on any surface
  • IP65 water and dust proof
  • Hot-Swappable replaceable Battery
  • Barcode, Smart Card, HF RFID Reader
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