German coal company is using iPads to help cut costs

German coal and power producer RWE AG, “weathering the worst rout for the country’s electricity market in over a decade,” is turning to Apple. and International Business Machines Corp. to help cut costs, reports Bloomberg.

Field workers at RWE’s Hambach coal mine started e iPad mini devices in December and are already saving 30 minutes a day by cutting down on paperwork, according to Andreas Lamken, chief information officer of RWE’s generation unit. He told Bloomberg that company has deployed a “couple hundred” of the handheld tablets and plans to distribute more at its two other mines and then to utility workers in the coming months, with a goal of reaching as many as a thousand, he said.

Hambach added that while he said it’s too soon to say how much money RWE will save, the iPad minis are helping motivate employees, many of whom already use Apple devices at home.