Plex, a provider of cloud-based ERP for manufacturing companies demonstrated an application for Google Glass this week that connects employees on the ground to its cloud platform. The company said wearables like Google Glass combined with the cloud can help deliver new capabilities to manufacturing firms and help connect “the shop floor to the top floor.”
Plex demonstrated its latest Plex Labs project, what it calls role-based user experiences for manufacturing applications, where it looks at individual roles and responsibilities and situations in manufacturing firms to deliver actionable information to employees that helps support the organisation’s objectives via Google Glass.
The wearable device was programmed to connect seamlessly to the company’s cloud-based ERP platform to both ingest and display information to users.
The company said integrating wearables like Google Glass with its ERP platform demonstrates a “huge opportunity” for wearable computing on the shop floor, allowing information to flow in real-time between equipment operators and managers.
“From the very beginning, we built Plex on the premise that manufacturing speed, productivity and quality are all directly related to the accuracy of recording production – and that starts with people and the work they are doing,” said Jerry Foster, vice president, research and development at Plex Systems.
“Making sure Plex was fast and easy for the plant worker has always been part of our DNA, and we’ve taken that same, role-based approach to every part of the manufacturing enterprise,” he added.
“We see manufacturing as the first killer app for Google Glass, providing seamless connectivity to systems, machines, information and transactions for workers on the shop floor, where hands-free is an imperative,” Foster explained.
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