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How much time and money are wasted searching for products, parts, tools, shipping containers, and even people? Add it up and then estimate how that time could instead contribute to productivity and profitability. No matter what you’re missing, Avalon Integration has found a solution. Find your assets in the cloud.

Let the Cloud Manage the Workflow
TC25 Cloud Manage Workflow with the help of MobiWorks

We’ve spent years working with warehouse operations, manufacturers, and distribution centers that didn’t realize how much these lost assets were costing them. In some cases, they paid to replace what they couldn’t find. More often, they paid for the labor to hunt them down.

One person realizes something is missing. He or she then asks around, disrupting other people’s workflow. Next thing you know, several workers have joined the hunt. The more valuable the asset, the larger the search group.

But remember, it’s not just time spent on the search. While your crew is on safari, the production line could be waiting, a customer’s shipment or service is delayed, a route is less efficient because it doesn’t have a full load, and so on.

When we discovered MobiWork software, our team realized we had the tools to cut out the waste here. We combined MobiWork for Asset Management with the enterprise-class rugged technology from Zebra. The result is the MWS Asset Management Solution Platform, a cloud-based approach to achieving real-time visibility of your enterprise assets.

This platform isn’t just for finding the misplaced assets. The solution enables total control over the use of them, no matter where you are. Connect to your dashboard from the cloud and here’s what you can do:

  • Proactively identify any tools or equipment that are approaching a maintenance deadline and schedule the service, avoiding downtime from responding too late.
  • Optimize routes to schedule, dispatch, and re-route with more efficiency, saving on fuel and labor costs.
  • Track your rental assets to make sure they’re maximizing usage and not sitting somewhere, draining profits.
  • Generate invoices and process payments in the field, reducing the payment cycle time.
  • Monitor labor to rein in job costs and increase workforce productivity
  • Easily generate work orders that comply with the approved format and terms.
  • Instantly update mobile inventory on vehicles as service techs use and sell parts on their routes.
  • Track shipments from origin to destination.
  • Produce up-to-date reports whenever and wherever you need them.

Pair the Right Software and Mobile Computer on a Cloud-based Platform

TC25 Courier Scanning a barcode with the help of Mobiworks

Pair the software with the right mobile computer for the job. A consumer-grade handheld won’t work in these environments. The average life of one of those tablets or smartphones is about six months. Compare that to three or more years with a purpose-built mobile computer, and you can probably see that the total cost of ownership is lower with the rugged version—as well as more secure.

The Zebra TC25 touch computer is the right choice for Avalon Integrations MWS Asset Management Solution Platform. Although it resembles a consumer smartphone, this handheld computer is much tougher. Drop it onto a concrete floor from six feet and you don’t have to worry about a cracked screen, or worse. You can even dowse it with water, leave it bumping around in a service vehicle, and the TC25 keeps working.

The TC25 also comes pre-loaded with Mobility Extensions (Mx), a fortified Android with government-grade AES-256 data encryption. As a purpose-built mobile computer, it is designed for MDM. Your IT team can remotely locate, configure, install upgrades, and lock down the device—a definite plus for improving productivity. The TC25 features two cameras (one for video calling and a high-res for documentation) and a powerful scanning engine, so it delivers the power of a 1D/2D barcode scanner/reader.

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The search is over—both for assets and the right solution. Avalon Integration wants to give you a closer look so you can see first-hand how the MWS Asset Management Solution Platform benefits your operational efficiency. With just one monthly fee (no licensing cost), you also reduce your capital expense. And if you have a mobile computer to trade-in toward the purchase of a Zebra, you’ll get cash back, even if your trade-in is from a different manufacturer.

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Try it for yourself. Click here for a free trial and contact Avalon Integration to learn more about the ROI of the total asset management solution.

Whether you run one facility or multiples, you have high-value assets, and you probably don’t know where they all are. From misplaced inventory to equipment that has just disappeared, finding or replacing it all is costing you in time and money. Are you still hunting for lost assets because you haven’t found a better way? It’s time for a better tracking solution. Avalon Integration has developed a mobile asset management platform to end the wasteful game of hide-and-seek.

MWS Asset Management with MobiWork
MobiWork Collaboration With Avalon Integration for MWS Asset Management

After guiding so many businesses away from the time-intensive and error-ridden manual approach to asset tracking, we sought out partners with the expertise to help us come up with a better approach—one that would deliver valuable results along with rapid ROI.

The MWS Asset Management Solution Platform combines MobiWork’s software and Zebra’s rugged mobile devices with Avalon Integration’s experience in serving the technology needs of warehouses, manufacturers, and distribution centers for more than 20 years.

MobiWork developed an asset management software program that gives you real-time visibility of your assets—products, parts, and people! This component of the MWS Asset Management Solution Platform streamlines a broad range of tasks:

  • Locate assets
  • Get asset information, including a maintenance schedule
  • Track asset usage
  • Schedule repairs
  • Submit work orders
  • Create invoices and process payment
  • Dispatch and reroute service techs
  • Access maps with turn-by-turn navigation to optimize routes
  • Update mobile inventory with parts usage and sales
  • Track shipments from origin to destination
  • Generate reports

MWS Asset Management Made Easy with the Zebra TC25

We knew that anything less than purpose-built mobile computers would limit the success of the solution. So, we chose the Zebra TC25 touch computer, a rugged handheld computer, for the hardware that makes the data easily accessible. The TC25 looks and feels like a smartphone—familiarity that appeals to workers—but with enterprise-class functionality, including Android that’s fortified for stronger security, greater data capture, more robust connectivity, and better device and app management. Plus, the unmatched ruggedness of Zebra’s design, engineering, and quality means a lower total cost of ownership because you avoid the repair and replacement costs that come with choosing a mobile computer that can’t handle the tough stuff.

You might be hesitating about investing in a new asset management solution. Think about what your delay is costing you. How much are you paying for downtime, errors, and delays? What would more efficient routing do for your delivery schedules—to say nothing of customer satisfaction? Would it be useful to know how much your high-value assets are utilized from day to day? Wouldn’t that help to identify revenue and productivity opportunities?

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Avalon Integration offers MobiWork for one monthly fee. There’s no licensing required! And if you have outdated mobile devices, you can upgrade now to Zebra and get cashback for your trade-in—even if it’s not a Zebra. It doesn’t get more affordable to make a smart move right now.

Start with a free trial to see how our MWS Asset Management Solution works for you.

Radiofrequency identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic technology to transmit information from an encoded tag to an antenna and then an RFID reader. With RFID, you don’t need a line of sight to read a barcode, so this technology presents a valuable asset tracking solution. But once you choose this automated data collection method, you need to decide between the options of passive and active RFID tags. Which tagging do you need? Here’s some insight to help you pick the right RFID tags for your applications.

RFID Tag Differences

Active and Passive Tag Differences

Active RFID tags have an internal battery that “pushes” the signal to an antenna within its read zone.

Passive RFID tags have no battery or internal power source. They are activated by the electromagnetic energy that is transmitted from a reader to an antenna, which signals the passive tag.

Here are the factors you should consider when deciding between passive or active.

Radiofrequency and the read zone

RFID - Radio Frequency and Read Zone

Active tags transmit across a longer read range than a passive tag, which is designed for short-range reading. An active tag could be read from hundreds of feet away, while a passive tag might only send a signal across a distance of 20 to 30 feet.

The frequency band contributes to the read range, with ultra-high-frequency (UHF) providing the longest distance. A lower frequency—defined as low frequency (LF) and high frequency (HF), in comparison—transmits more slowly but is also less susceptible to radio wave interference, which can be caused by metals and liquids.

Lifespan

RFID - Lifespan

The battery embedded in an active tag has a lifespan. Depending on how often the tag transmits data, the battery can last five to ten years. Passive tags have no battery, so there is no such shelf life to the tag.

Cost

Active RFID tags are more expensive than passive tags, because of the battery inactive tags.

Uses

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Passive tags are commonly used for tracking livestock, materials, and products along with a supply chain. Inbound and outbound shipments can use passive RFID because of the short-range requirement for reading the barcodes.

Active tags are a good choice for access control, equipment monitoring (e.g., status), and logistics. The longer read range is also a preferable option for hospitals and industries that need to track costly equipment throughout the facility.

To make sure you’re getting the best value from your thermal printing supplies, schedule a free assessment with Avalon Integration. We can determine opportunities for improved productivity, efficiency, and cost savings.

Avalon Integration has been working with RFID technology for many years and across a wide range of industries and use cases. As a Zebra partner, Avalon Integration has a powerful resource for the most innovative RFID technology. Talk to us to determine the right RFID solution for your needs.

Why Avalon and MobiWork Collaboration?

MobiWork and Avalon Integration will transform your entire organization and help you unleash your full potential!

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Grow Your Business

MobiWork dramatically increases productivity, reduces costs, and provides real-time information exchange and visibility into every aspect of your business.

Empower Your Team

MobiWork simplifies the day to day life of every single member of your organization allowing them to perform at their best from anywhere, at any time, and on any device.

The MobiWork Collaboration is Built For Your Business

Every business is unique, MobiWork can be easily configured to fit your business, no matter how specific your requirements and industry.

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I read an article recently in Forbes that said, “Data is the new electricity”. That really struck a chord because, in today’s world, it’s ALL about the data. Without data, we have no direction, no plan, no measurement of our success. We need the data, and today’s hardware and software help us get it. The Internet of Things (IoT) helps us make better, more informed decisions.

With access to data sets and the advanced capabilities of today’s devices, we can really differentiate ourselves from the competition when we put these resources to work. When it comes to connected devices, we think about our laptop or smartphone. But think about this: If we lose connectivity, we can still perform (albeit on a limited basis), but what about those critically connected devices that are helping save lives and keeping workers safe? It could literally be a matter of life or death if they lose connectivity.

Security of our Data
That’s where security comes in. By 2020, there could be as many as 50 billion connected devices on the internet, so security is going to be a huge priority in order for IoT to continue to be successful. The ways in which we generate data will also be a critical factor because in order to keep workers productive, more efficient, and safe we need to be able to access the right information from our connected devices.

Manufacturers like Honeywell, for example, are providing the market with tools that can maximize our capabilities, improve worker performance, and make reporting and analysis less cumbersome to manage.

The enterprise is facing increased competitive pressures every day. Warehouse, DC’s and manufacturing facilities are fighting to become more efficient and more accurate with the ability to increase capacity without increasing costs. Organizations are also looking for innovative ways to protect their supply chains from changes that will force them to re-develop software, update applications, and possibly even modify existing processes. They need solutions that have the flexibility to grow and adapt as their business grows.

Leveraging our Devices
Device connectivity brings so much value to your business. With all this valuable information, you can more easily predict shifts in the market, prepare for change more adeptly, and make decisions that will help drive future business plans. For organizations that choose to go the connected route, they will truly be able to differentiate themselves from the competition; driving success from their ability to predict behaviors and integrate functions that were once independent of each other.

The newly-found fame of connected devices opens up a number of opportunities for companies to re-examine their existing business model, develop innovative products and services, and eliminate the barrier that exists between the customer and the supplier. Gathering data from these devices, and then circulating that data through the organization results in more intelligent business decisions that lead to more innovative solutions that exceed customer expectations.

Tracking Assets
On a more tactical level, IoT can provide loads of support when it comes to efficiency. Asset tracking, for example, can offer a lot of value over a short period of time if the solution offers real-time access to information from virtually any device.   Whether you’re in the equipment rental business, have a field service workforce, or even remote-office workers, the advantage of being completely connected means you have more control of your assets and the value of those assets as well. Consider maintenance schedules, for example. Having service information about each device at your fingertips can save hundreds of labor hours tracking down devices, looking up paperwork on the history of the device, and so on. Connectivity, in this case, offers extreme value in terms of labor hours and unnecessary expenses (replacing lost devices, etc.).

Want to learn more about the advantages of IoT for your business? Contact us today.

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Two technologies dominate in barcode scanning: laser and imaging. Each has specific strengths that make it more suitable in some applications than in others. Whether it’s an effort to make inventory management more manageable, tracking assets more streamlined, or giving your forklift operators greater flexibility on the go, the content below will help you decide which type of technology might be best for your application.

Ability to Read Multiple Symbols

In general, a laser handheld scanner can only scan 1D codes, making them unsuitable if you need to do any 2D barcode scanning. As 2D symbologies become more popular because of the increased amount of information they can hold, laser scanners may become less viable.

Scanning Distance

In inventory management or warehouse management use cases, a laser handheld scanner is ideal for hard-to-reach, out-of-the-way items stacked on high racks and shelving. An image scanner might struggle with long-distance scanning; although there are options designated for ‘extended range’ scanning that can be quite competitive. In general, however, laser is relied upon as the scanner of choice for long-range scanning tasks.

Motion Tolerance

Laser technology is highly tolerant to motion. Historically, laser scanning was superior to image scanning, but the latest imaging technology has narrowed the gap considerably. 2D imagers have superior capabilities for omni-directional scanning, making these devices better for odd-angle scanning (think retail, warehouse operations and picking/packing operations). Because the technology has become so advanced in terms of tolerance to motion, wearable image scanners (ring scanners and wearable computers) have been a successful way to improve worker productivity without compromising accuracy.

Ability to Read Poor-Quality Barcodes

Image scanners can often compensate for hard-to-read or damaged bar codes, producing a useable read even in conditions where lasers can’t. If you’re dealing with aged labels, labels exposed sunlight or harsh conditions that can cause deterioration of the label, an image scanner will be a better choice because of its superior reading capability.

Discrimination

If you are scanning frequently used bar codes from a list of grouped codes, it can be difficult for some image scanners to segregate and focus on just one code, although for close-range scanning either technology will perform satisfactorily. For long-range scanning, laser scanning is a likely choice for scanning selected barcodes.

Laser Scanner Use Cases

  • A laser scanner works well in applications that use only 1D bar codes
  • They are ideal for use in indoor locations where users may be scanning from a distance, such as vehicle-mount scanning
  • They also work well when selecting barcodes from a pre-printed sheet that holds an array of frequently used codes such as inventory transaction codes or locations

Image Scanner Use Cases

  • Image scanners work for either 1D or 2D bar code scanning
  • They do well in activities that occur outdoors, especially in sunlight
  • They work best when the barcodes are close to the scanner
  • Imaging technology is popular for wearables and cordless scanning to improve user mobility

Selecting the right handheld scanner can be complex, so it often pays to speak with an expert who can provide insight and guidance before you invest in a new solution. Contact us to learn more.