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Drillit Logs and Toshiba join forces to improve sample labelling

Drillit Logs has announced a collaboration with Toshiba Tec to enhance the high standard of accuracy needed for the labelling of soil samples.

Challenging site conditions is driving digital data entry on site but samples still need to be carefully labelled. The issues around mud on labels and deciphering hand writing led Drillit to look for an alternative, which led it to team up with Toshiba.

“Our software is loaded on to a tablet, which can be taken on-site,” explained Drillit Logs managing director Rob Clews. “Soil description data is then inputted in accordance with BS 5930, which provides a consistent framework for site investigation and contains the guidance allowing the standardisation of material description. Our system allows rich descriptions to be added that are based on keywords, while a cloud back-up system means that files can always be accessed by our engineers and clients in real time.”

With up to 30 samples per day being taken on an average site, manual label completion, processing and sticking to soil sample bags often took up to two hours and was a situation that Clews felt was unsustainable. He was determined to improve matters: “I’d read about Toshiba TEC’s portable labelling technology, so contacted the company to see what options were available that could work seamlessly with our software, in order to provide a comprehensive solution for labelling and logging pre-construction soil samples.”

The result was a solution based around Toshiba’s B-EP2-GH32 bluetooth enabled wireless portable printers.

The printer has a high endurance lithium-ion battery technology and a clear backlit LCD screen to ensure functionality on site. The devices are Wi-Fi enabled and come with USB 2.0 supplied as standard. The in-built rubber corners can withstand being dropped on to concrete from heights up to 1.8m to ensure the printers are rugged enough for use on site.

Clews estimates that the printer saved around 90 minutes on site each day as a result of streamlining the labelling process on site.


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