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Category: Manufacturing

Sep 12, 2017

The Real Reason Why You Shouldn’t Go All-In on All-in-One Mobility “Bundles”

by Tom Kost

The “all” part of an “all-in-one” or “all-inclusive” mobility bundle likely does not use the operating system currently powering your information systems. That translates to lost productivity due to the lack of continuity between workflow applications as workers transition between their traditional office and mobile office in the field.... Continued

Jul 14, 2017

Two Years: That’s All It Took for IoT to Take Hold and Rugged Tablets to Gain More Purpose

by John Graff

Just two years ago, the IoT market was still experimental, and it still is today depending on who you ask. But the underlying need to connect people to machines and data is not new. It is important to remember that every digital transformation that has occurred in the last 20 years has been facilitated by one fundamental and mission-critical component: the mobile computer.... Continued

Jun 22, 2017

4 Out of 4 Analysts Agree – Mobile Tech is Big and Growing

by Bob Ashenbrenner

CEOs and other executives finally see the ROI advantage of mobile technology and, therefore, the analysts are seeing greater use of mobile technology in field service organizations. Four out of four analyst firms agree that there is little resistance to the belief that more mobility tools are needed.... Continued

Jun 13, 2017

How to Run (Not Rush) the Race: The Playbook for a Winning Supply Chain Mobility Strategy

by Bob Ashenbrenner

The secret of sustainable success for you and all your supply chain stakeholders is a planned, and incremental, rollout of mobile technologies that solve problems in innovative ways. View Xplore's Playbook on how to formulate the best-fitting mobility solution for your manufacturing environment – without falling into the Industry 4.0 tech trap. ... Continued

May 03, 2017

The Automation “Handshake”: How Mobile Devices Make It Happen

by John Graff

We all know that manual, repetitive work has long been a target of automation. But high-skill activities that require interaction with machines will also benefit from automation; or, perhaps better described as the act of converting skilled workers into information workers.... Continued

Apr 04, 2017

Solving for X: How Manufacturers Must Use Mobility to Keep Moving Forward

by Mark Holleran

Though the key to successful manufacturing modernization will ultimately be a very intricately-married network of digital and physical systems, it has become clear that mobile computing technologies will be the central enabler of any data-driven supply chain operation moving forward. ... Continued

Mar 28, 2017

Back to the Future: What is Industry 4.0?

by admin

Though it’s hard to foresee the future, one thing is certain: Manufacturers and warehouses/DCs need to transition to fully paperless facilities sooner than later to keep pace with new omni-channel business models, greater customization requirements and higher volume production demands. That’s why mobile investments are now considered urgent and mandatory. ... Continued

Mar 23, 2017

Other Voices: Don’t walk into the “Industry 4.0” tech trap

by Mark Holleran

The only constant in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution is change: changing market conditions, production schedules, inventory levels, etc. Adding to these is the looming shift to Industry 4.0 technology architectures, or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).... Continued

Mar 07, 2017

Driving Change in the Supply Chain…without Disruption (Part 2)

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Just like you found and installed a better tool on the assembly line, you need to find and deploy better information tools whose reach can span the entire shop floor: mobile devices that run the software you have, the software that defines your work. ... Continued

Jan 17, 2017

Big Data and Mobility: How Well Will They Work Together? It Could Depend on Your Mobile Device

by Bob Ashenbrenner

To take advantage of the Big Data model, they’re going to require devices that are mobile and connected to reliable communications networks and to equipment, most likely via RFID, barcode, serial ports, etc.... Continued

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