About Inspections

Everything you need to know about inspections in Texada SRM, Web, and Mobile.

Quick Reference

  • Inspections are a key component of Texada’s functionality, allowing field operators to report on the condition of the Assets with which they work.
  • An inspection form is a series of questions designed to guide field operators through the process of inspecting an Asset. Inspection forms should be customized to the needs of each Asset type, ensuring that the information gathered is relevant and comprehensive.
  • Inspections are created and managed in Texada SRM, completed in Texada Mobile, and can be reviewed in Texada SRM/Web.
  • There are two types of inspections:
    • Work Order inspections are completed as part of an associated Work Order. In SRM, inspections can be added to a Work Order when it is first created. Mechanics using Texada Mobile can also add inspection forms to their assigned Work Orders.
    • Standalone inspections are completed as-needed for a particular Asset.
  • In Texada SRM, inspection forms can be associated with specific models and product groups. This allows the relevant inspection forms to be automatically included when an Asset is added to a Work Order. 

Introduction

Inspection Form PDFA completed inspection.

Inspections are a key component of Texada’s functionality, giving field operators a fast and convenient way to report on the condition of the Assets with which they work.

Inspections created in Texada SRM can later be completed in Texada Mobile. Once an inspection is completed for a Work Order or Asset, it becomes a permanent part of that item’s history, which can then be reviewed in SRM/Web. This system promotes transparency between field operators and dispatchers, and provides valuable insights into the state of the Assets in your system. 

By phasing out paper inspection forms in favor of digital inspections powered by Texada, you can reduce error frequency, eliminate the need to transcribe inspection forms, and take advantage of the instantaneous communication between Texada Mobile and SRM/Web. 

Inspection Forms

Inspection Form-1An inspection form being edited in SRM.

An inspection form is a series of questions designed to guide a field operator through the process of inspecting an Asset. Inspection forms are created in Texada SRM, and can either be associated with a Work Order or completed independently (see “Types of Inspections”). Multiple inspection forms can be completed for a single Asset or Work Order, allowing for a high degree of flexibility.

When creating inspection forms in SRM, it is highly recommended to consider the specific needs of each type of Asset, and to customize each inspection form to cater to those needs. This ensures that the inspections carried out by your field operators will cover all the necessary components, while not containing questions irrelevant to the type of Asset being inspected. For example, it would not be useful to have an inspector check the tread condition on a pressure washer.

At the time of creation, the SRM Operator determines which questions are included on the form, and whether each question is mandatory or optional. The Operator can also cause certain behaviors to be automatically triggered when specific responses are given. For example, if a Mechanic indicates that an Asset’s engine is not functional, that Asset can be automatically flagged for maintenance and removed from the available rental inventory.

Once an inspection form has been created in SRM, it can be reused indefinitely.

For more information on creating inspection forms in SRM, see “Maintain Inspection Forms” (SRM help file).

Types of Inspections

There are two types of inspections in Texada software: Work Order inspections and standalone inspections.

Work Order Inspections

Work Order inspections are components of a Work Order, and are inherently associated with the Work Order to which they have been added. A single Work Order can have zero, one, or several associated inspection forms.

Inspection forms can be added to Work Orders in a number of ways, both automatically and manually, by dispatchers using Texada SRM/Web and by operators using Texada Mobile:

  • If an Asset’s model has any inspection forms assigned to it in SRM, those forms will be automatically added to any Work Order to which the Asset is added.*
  • If an Asset does not have a model, or if the Asset’s model does not have any assigned inspection forms, then any inspection forms assigned to that Asset’s product group will instead be added.*
  • When a Work Order is first created in SRM, the SRM Operator can manually add an inspection form to the Work Order by using the “Inspections” button at the bottom of the Work Orders screen.
  • Mechanics using Texada Mobile also have the option of adding inspections to Work Orders to which they are assigned. See “Add an Inspection Form to a Work Order in Texada Mobile” for more information. 

*This behavior can be enabled or disabled on a per-model / per-group basis in SRM. See “Maintain Inspection Forms” for more information.

Work Order inspections are to be completed by the Mechanic fulfilling the Work Order in question. The inspection forms for a Work Order can be viewed and completed from the Inspection tab in Texada Mobile. Any fields marked as mandatory must be filled out before the associated Work Order can be submitted. See “Complete an Inspection Form in Texada Mobile” for more information. 

Work Order Inspections - Workflow

Work Order inspection flow

The workflow for a Work Order inspection begins in Texada SRM/Web, when a dispatcher creates a Work Order. If the Asset associated with the Work Order has inspection forms specified for its model or product group, those inspection forms will automatically be added. If the dispatcher is working in SRM, they will also have the option of manually adding inspection forms to the Work Order. Mechanics are also able to attach additional forms to a Work Order in Texada Mobile.

If multiple Mechanics are assigned to the same Work Order, each inspection form will need to be claimed by a Mechanic before it can be completed. Mechanics will automatically be prompted to claim a form when they first attempt to fill it out.

Once all the required fields on the inspection form(s) have been filled out, the Mechanic can complete and submit the associated Work Order. Completed inspections will be added to the inspection history for that Work Order, which can then be viewed in Texada SRM/Web.

Standalone Inspections

As the name suggests, standalone inspections are one-off inspections completed for a particular Asset. These inspections are optional by nature and can be completed at any time. There is no limit to the number of standalone inspections that can be completed for a given Asset; depending on its history, an Asset might have zero, one, or multiple associated standalone inspections.

Standalone inspections are completed via the Asset Management screen in Texada Mobile. When a user indicates that they wish to complete a standalone inspection, they will have a choice of including any or all of the inspection forms associated with that Asset’s model or product group. If no inspection forms have been assigned to the Asset’s model or group in SRM, the user can still submit an inspection consisting of photos taken of the Asset.

Standalone inspections can be completed on any Asset in the system, by any Texada Mobile user (unlike Work Order inspections, which can only be completed by Mechanics). See “Complete an Inspection Form in Texada Mobile” for more information. 

Standalone Inspections - Workflow

Standalone inspection flow

The workflow for standalone inspections begins in Texada Mobile, when a user initiates a new inspection via the Asset Management screen.

Standalone inspections must be completed immediately after they are created. Unlike Work Order inspections, which do not need to be digitally signed separately from their associated Work Order, standalone inspections must be digitally signed once they are completed.

Once a standalone inspection is completed, it is added to the inspection history of that Asset, which can then be reviewed by a dispatcher using Texada SRM/Web.

Inspection Form Components

Each inspection form consists of at least one of the following components:

Field Type

Appearance

Description

Text

Inspection Form - Text Field

 

A question requiring a text response - for example, “Describe any dings or paint scratches found on the exterior.”

The maximum answer length is specified in SRM, and can be anywhere between 1 and 250 characters.

Number

Inspection Form - Number Field

 

A question requiring a numerical response - for example, “How many minutes were spent on the inspection?”

The maximum digit count of the answer is specified in SRM, and can be anywhere between 1 and 9 digits.The SRM administrator can also specify minimum and/or maximum values.

Checkbox

Inspection Form - Checkbox Question

 

A compound question that combines three elements in one: a checkbox, an “N/A” toggle, and a comment button. The result is a question with three possible answers that allows inspectors to justify their response - for example, “Tire pressure OK?”

Check or uncheck the checkbox to indicate an affirmative or negative response to the question.

Tap the “N/A” toggle to disable the checkbox and indicate that this question is not applicable.

Tap the comment button to leave a comment and provide the rationale behind your answer.

Multiple Choice

Inspection Form - Multiple Choice Question

 

A question with multiple predetermined answers, such as Excellent/Fair/Poor or Pass/Fail/Repaired/Not Applicable. 

Operators are able to create reusable lists of multiple choice answers via the “MC Options” and “MC Lists” buttons on the Maintain Inspection Forms screen in SRM.

Status Code Selector

Inspection Form - Status Field

 

A question allowing the inspector to select a status code from a drop-down list - for example, “light damage” or “hard down”.

The status codes that can be selected for each Asset are defined in SRM.

Photo

Inspection Form - Picture Field

 

A question allowing the inspector to upload a photo of the Asset as a response - for example, to provide photographic evidence of a meter reading.

Instruction

Inspection Form - Instruction Field

 

A text field that does not require the Mechanic to submit a response. Use these fields to provide Mechanics with instructions on how to carry out an inspection.

Reference Image

Inspection Form - Reference Image

 

A reference image used to provide visual instructions to the Mechanic completing the inspection, such as where to locate a serial number, what an ideal equipment setup should look like, or what dashboard lights indicate.

Working With Inspections

The following section serves as a reference describing the various places where inspections can be viewed, created, edited, and completed in Texada SRM, Mobile, and Web.

In Texada SRM

  • Create, edit, and delete inspection forms:
    • System Maintenance → Configure System Settings → Operations → Inspection Forms
  • Add an inspection form to a Work Order: 
    • Work Orders → Work Orders → Add or Change → Inspections
  • View completed Work Order inspections:
    • Work Orders → Work Orders → Change → [enter Work Order ID] → Header → Inspections → View Results
  • Modify the inspection forms associated with a product group:
    • System Maintenance → Configure System Settings → Operations → Groups → Add or Change → Inspection Forms
  • Modify the inspection forms associated with a product model:
    • System Maintenance → Configure System Settings → Operations → Product Makes & Models

In Texada Mobile

  • View or complete a Work Order inspection:
    • Work Orders → [select Work Order] → Inspection
      • Note that Work Order inspections can only be completed when the associated Work Order is In Progress.
  • View or complete a standalone inspection:
    • User Menu (Hamburger Menu) → Asset Management → [search for an Asset] → Inspections

In Texada Web

  • View a completed Work Order inspection:
    • Work Orders → List or Map → [select Work Order] → Inspections
      • Click the eye symbol Eye icon to view a single inspection.
      • Click “View Inspections PDF” to view all inspections on the Work Order as a printable PDF.
  • View a completed standalone inspection:
    • Inventory → Assets → [select Asset] → Inspection History
      • Click on an inspection in the list to view its details. While viewing the details of an inspection, click “View PDF” to view the inspection as a printable PDF.