Caption 1: Microsoft Surface tablets with handheld scanner and ERP access.
The combination of cloud and mobile devices enable new levels of flexibility and freedom. One manufacturer, PKC Group, has moved to an almost entirely mobile plant floor. Workers use Microsoft Surface tablets to access cloud ERP using nothing more than a Web browser, because with true, SaaS-based cloud ERP there is no client ERP software to install. PKC then determined it could pair the tablets with inexpensive Bluetooth hand scanners for shop floor scanning, for example inventory could be scanned directly to the cloud real time. Contrast this with the old way of doing this,
which would require workers to logon to a terminal to retrieve inventory data, to scan inventory with a separate scan gun (which may or may not be directly connected to the ERP system), and may require a bulk upload or printout at the end of a shift requiring system data input. Instead, PKC put the ERP system in the user’s hand with the tablet and enabled inventory to be entered immediately from the scanner on the shop floor to ERP via the scanner/tablet combination.
Caption 2: Apple iPod with scanning attachment and ERP access
Another manufacturer, EG Industries, uses consumer technology to devise a very low-cost method for shop floor scanning and tracking. The company uses inexpensive Apple iPod Touches coupled with a Bluetooth case that has a built-in scanner. They access cloud ERP on the iPod (via the Plex Mobile app), connect the scanner to the iPod via Bluetooth and for very little money have a scanning device that inputs information directly into Plex via the iPod.
These customers saw the opportunity to take advantage of the flexibility of a browser-based cloud ERP system coupled with lightweight, inexpensive consumer mobile devices to create a simple yet powerful solution. With cloud ERP as the backbone to innovation, ideas can quickly become reality on the shop floor. Find out how mobility can enhance your operations. Download The Definitive Guide to Connected Manufacturing.
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