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May 17, 2018

Android in the Rugged Enterprise

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Over recent years, the consumer market has exploded with the ever-increasing adoption of the Android operating system on smartphones. Consumers and mobile device manufacturers alike have been drawn to its open architecture and the widespread availability of applications that can be downloaded from the Google Play website. ... Continued

Apr 26, 2018

Want to Mobilize Your Warehouse/DC?  Don’t Wait to Make a Move

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Chess is all about strategy. So is mobility. Even if you have the right game plan mapped out, waiting to execute a critical move until you “absolutely have to” may place the odds of winning (easily) against you. Perhaps that’s why I was so perplexed when Bridget McCrea reported in Logistics Management that many Warehouse and Distribution Center decision makers were “simply waiting until their existing technology becomes obsolete to upgrade” to mobile technologies inside the four walls.... Continued

Mar 29, 2018

Mobile Workers Take Note of Tablets’ Handwriting Skills

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​Did you know that cursive has been dropped from the Common Core Curriculum Standards shared by all U.S. states? Yet handwriting is still the fastest way to write in this digital – or should I say mobile computing – age. And, despite being the most efficient way to capture data in long or short form, cursive has been replaced by typing – at least in mandatory school lessons.... Continued

Oct 05, 2017

How STEM Can Spur Even More Manufacturing Innovation & Growth This Year

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Today is Manufacturing Day, an annual “holiday” of sorts intended to celebrate everything that makes manufacturing so spectacular – including the people driving the industry’s continuous innovation. It is also a prime opportunity to (hopefully) appeal to the next generation of manufacturing professionals. ... Continued

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 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?

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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

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