Recently we announced a new partnership with StayLinked. We think it’s going to be transformational for businesses who have hesitated to upgrade because of fears of disruption to current business and systems. The idea of the partnership is to leverage our mutual hardware and software expertise to help firms easily pair legacy warehouse systems with modern mobile tools and IIoT wearables. This is important to meet the demands of Industry 4.0. As an example, Planzer Transport AG tapped us to help with digital transformation to improve workflows on their materials handling platforms.
Helping Warehouse Workers Be More Mobile
StayLinked, the developer of modern mobile software and IIoT integration platforms for legacy supply chain systems recently launched StayLinked.io and we’re proud to be a part of it. Together we aim to streamline access to the efficiencies of mobility and process automation for companies in warehouse operations, distribution, and logistics.
“Industrial IoT integration has emerged as one of the more critical pieces for empowering workforces and increasing warehouse productivity,” says Andreas Koenig, CEO of ProGlove.
The integrated solution allows factories and distribution centers to use the latest ProGlove wearables, such as the MARK Display, to interface with existing warehouse systems in a reliable way, quickly and easily. It’s also now easy to work together with other emerging technologies without endless integration hurdles. These developments for digital transformation untether workers from fixed workstations. This mobility enables workers to work more fluidly and freely to attend to the tasks at hand.
New Workplace Realities Demand New Solutions
Disruptions in the current global economy have prompted operations managers to quickly reexamine workflows to make them more efficient, productive and safe for their workers. Technologies which can be adopted quickly to meet these goals, like the MARK wearable barcode scanners from ProGlove, are a win for operators needing to pivot. The StayLinked.io platform enables companies to use the latest in automation and IIOT technologies including the MARK wearables with their existing applications – without unnecessary downtime, costs, or integration complexities. Entrenched warehouse management systems are no longer a barrier to adoption.
“With ProGlove as a StayLinked.io launch partner, our customers can now use ProGlove’s state-of-the-art MARK Display and entire MARK family of scanners without having to plan for time-consuming and expensive integration efforts,” confirms Justin Griffith, CTO of StayLinked.
Planzer Transforms Materials Handling Platform Operations
Planzer recently selected the MARK wearable barcode scanner for their materials handling platform operations. Of their 68 locations throughout Europe, thirteen are equipped for rail receiving with 350 rail cars handled per night in Switzerland. StayLinked developed the mobile interface that pairs their existing logistics management system with the MARK scanning solution. With this solution the Planzer team no longer needs to dismount from a forklift to scan pallets upon arrival or to record inventory locations. Picking and packing teams are enabled to scan as they go and have their hands free to keep goods moving. As shift supervisor Dominik Gränacher notes, “With MARK we are now more mobile and have information we didn’t have access to before.“ This is the kind of digital transformation that empowers workers to move more freely and to accomplish more with less disruption to workflows.
Padraig Regan, General Manager, EMEA, StayLinked concludes, “With Planzer, we were able to bring a completely new technology into the workflow. It was gratifying to see how well the partnership between ProGlove and StayLinked performed and how seamlessly the integration was achieved in such a short amount of time.”