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L&T introduces smart mobile app for switchgears

The electronic and automation unit of the engineering and construction major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has launched a mobile app called Product Whiz that may redefine the practice of switchgear selection in electrical distribution systems.

L&T Electrical & Automation has developed the app which is simple, quick and convenient for users to select the right products for reliable motor protection, the company said in a statement. L&T claims this facility to be launched for the first time in India.

The app helps users in the selection of motor protection equipment for Type-2 coordination as defined by IEC:60947-4-1 and IS/IEC:60947-4-1. It replaces the conventional, manufacturer-published Type-2 selection charts that were circulated to customers, sales and service personnel in a catalogue format.

For correct selection of switchgear products for a motor with a particular KW/HP rating, the user had to glean through a large amount of data for arriving at his requirement. The process was tedious, time consuming and prone to human errors resulting in users sometimes making incorrect selection or overlooking some data in a hurry. Further, many users did not have access to the latest data and often missed out critical changes that had taken place in charts due to the unavailability of updated catalogues.

While ProductWhiz, the new app, is market and customer-centric. The mobile application has been devised to create an efficient, accurate, portable and user friendly tool that would serve the dual purpose of making an accurate product selection and becoming popular in the community of electrical engineers. Creating such a mobile app for the switchgear industry has become a viable proposition with an increase in the use of smart phones and Android operating systems. Smart phones and specifically Android systems have gained popularity because they offer people apps for every requirement. The app will soon be extended to users of Blackberry and Apple phones, the company said.

Salient features of the app

  • Modern & User Friendly Interface: Its software interface has been designed keeping in mind a large user base. One can get used to it in just a few clicks. It enables making quick selections and also reduces possibility of errors. Its Selection on the Go' feature enables users to make smart and quick selection at the click of a button. The app is truly intuitive.
  • Intelligent adaptive logic based selection: Based on the selection in the previous level the next level choices get modified which makes the software fast, accurate and narrows down the user's search.
  • Integrated e-mail & SMS options: Switchgear selections can instantly be shared with anyone at any time - a boon for the sales team who get constant enquiries for selection.
  • Dynamic inbuilt update feature: Software updation along with incorporation of all the new modifications is extremely useful particularly since new products are continually added to the basket. This ensures that user has access to correct and accurate information at all times despite Type-2 charts undergoing frequent modifications.

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