Newcastle Systems - 3 Ways MOBILITY Can Optimize Your Wireless Facility

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Thanks to wireless technology, mobile powered workstations (MPWs) are opening up new frontiers of efficiency and productivity. These workstations with integrated power supplies can maneuver computers, printers, scales, barcode scanners, etc., to wherever they are needed. For some facilities, multiple MPWs can bring about a 'system solution' -a whole new way of doing business. Capitalizing on the benefits of auto-ID technologies, they integrate the facility's software with devices on the workstations to establish mobile ondemand label printing stations, mobile shipping/receiving stations, and so on.

We'll touch upon three basic ways a mobile powered workstation (MPW) can help you take full advantage of wireless technology to improve your business. This includes:

  1. Time and Labor Savings
  2. Improved Employee Morale
  3. Improved Versatility

1. Time and Labor Savings

By significantly reducing foot travel and paperwork, an MPW can have a very favorable impact on your bottom line [see table below]. In so many enterprises, countless hours are wasted as employees walk back and forth, chatting with co-workers en route, between sites where work is taking place (loading docks, storage racks, assembly lines, inspection/testing areas, etc.) and a desk-bound computer and printer where they log information into a database, print labels/orders, etc. Often, these employees are merely keying in data they have previously written on paper at the work site - a classic redundancy of effort. Or worse, they just rely on their memory, which leads to mistakes. In contrast, an employee operating an MPW has continual, paperless, real-time access to information via warehouse management systems (WMS), enterprise resource planning (ERP), or automated data collection (ADC) software from anywhere in the facility, since the workstation's computer is always at hand...

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