Eureka Park Preview: This Smart Glove From ProGlove Is Helping Manufacturing, Logistics and Industry Work Faster, Safer and Smarter
We all know that some of the best designed products come out of Germany, especially in the automotive industry. Germany is filled with some of the largest and most efficient factories in the world. Many of those factories could still stand to optimize their time and safety.
In many large factories and assembly lines, even saving a fraction of a second can equal millions of dollars at the end of the year. So German manufacturers are always looking for ways to become more efficient and optimize processes. Little did they know a product that could optimize time for factory workers was right in their hand.
ProGlove is an award winning German startup that has created a smart glove. Their glove is designed to meet safety requirements and the demanding comfort requirements needed for factory workers spending long hours on assembly lines and picking and packing parts. By law all factory workers must wear gloves, which provided the foundation for Thomas Kirchner, Paul Günther, Jonas Girardet and Alexander Grots invention.
ProGlove’s smart glove has a connected barcode scanner comfortably attached to the back of the hand. Two of the founders are former IDEO employees, the other two had experience in Germany’s automotive industry, even at BMW. It was there that they realized factory workers, parts pullers and assembly line workers often times carried around barcode scanning guns all day. These guns would get in the way, dropped, left behind and sometimes even contributed to injuries where workers were making unsafe scans and lost their grip. Incorporating the scanner into the glove means it’s always there, always on and never in the way.
The company calls the smart glove, Mark. Some of Mark’s features include:
- 1D/2D barcode scanning
- real-time visual, acoustic and haptic feedback
- full shift battery life (8-10 hours)
- wireless connectivity
- gesture sensing
- IP54 & drop resistant reliability
- plug & play with no integration necessary
The wearable, that was specifically designed for industrial applications, can be easily combined with fork lifts, picking wagons, vertical order pickers, logistic’s trains, pick by light and pick by voice technologies.
Mark is already being used in factories, warehouses and other industrial facilities for:
- Quality Check
- Security documentation
- Track and trace
- Refrigerated storage
Manufacturing companies love the flexibility it affords their workers. Mark is less cumbersome than larger barcode scanning guns. They’re also easier to collect, distribute and charge after shifts. ProGlove has also made Mark compatible with most major software applications so it’s ready to get to work as soon as you are.
Meet Mark, the first wearable from ProGlove who’s making the human the center of the next industrial revolution, at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #51303 and online at proglove.de
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