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Lifting specialist halves reporting time by replacing spreadsheets

A company which supplies bespoke lifting solutions to the lift and construction industry, including the manufacture and supply of lifting beams and lifting points, has halved the time it spends on inspection reporting after switching from spreadsheets to a new software system.

Industrial Lifting Ltd has also significantly reduced data errors and improved client service since adopting the CheckedOK asset management and inspection system in early 2021. It now plans to expand it into other areas of the business.

Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Industrial Lifting Ltd provides bespoke lifting solutions, fabrication, equipment hire and inspection services to the lift and construction industry across the UK and beyond. Established in 2001 by Kevin Wardrobe, it currently employs over 20 staff.

CheckedOK, which is developed by CoreRFID, is a market leader in the lifting inspection industry. It enables engineers to capture inspection data on site, and produce instant reports and certificates which can be easily accessed by staff and clients via the cloud-based system.

Andrew Machin, Operations Manager at Industrial Lifting Ltd, said the system had resulted in a significant time saving for engineers and administration staff alike – not only in the production of reports but also in terms of the time spent searching through paper records to locate information. It had also been well received by engineers thanks to its ease of use.

He added: “CheckedOK makes reporting a shorter, more efficient process. The system has enabled us to cut man hours by 50% and improve the quality of the reports as we can now produce professional looking documents at the touch of a button. Overall it results in a much smoother process and we are now planning to develop the system further to enable us to achieve additional benefits.”

Richard Harrison of CoreRFID said: “Spreadsheets are not only unwieldy to use and unpopular with staff but they are not the most effective way to manage inspection data. CheckedOK offers a much more intuitive and easy to use system and one that offers major improvements in efficiency, as Industrial Lifting’s experience shows.”