Smart Machines & Factories
ProGlove Introduces New IoT Wearable for Industry, Logistics and Trade
Published:  02 July, 2019

ProGlove, a leading provider of industrial wearables, launches the second generation of its intelligent glove. MARK 2 will be presented to the public for the first time under the motto "For a Smarter Workforce" at this year’s LogiMAT in Stuttgart/Germany.

Compared to its predecessor, it is characterized above all by the support of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), a larger scan range, a faster image processing and a significantly longer runtime. The Smart Wearables of the Munich-based Start Ups are designed for use in industrial environments and are used in particular in production and logistics, but also in retail.

Barcode scanning plays an important role in the industrial environment. For example, in many companies, employees use technology to confirm work orders or document process steps. In addition, mobile handheld scanners are often used. These turn out to be clunky and unwieldy. They bring unnecessary weight, must be turned off, and are often lost or quickly broken. This delays work processes, leads to errors and affects the quality. The smart wearables from ProGlove address these problems and ensure greater efficiency, ergonomics, quality and process reliability. Employees can easily trigger the scanning process, they no longer have to constantly search for the scanner, and above all they have their hands free at all times.

Like its predecessor, MARK 2 is specially designed for use in production, logistics and retail. BLE makes connecting the Plug and Play device to the corporate network even easier. In combination with tablets, smartphones and other portable devices, employees can work hands-free and without a station. The 1D and 2D barcode engine is twice as fast and much more accurate than before. In addition, MARK2 offers up to 50 percent longer battery life. Depending on the application scenario and scan volume, two-shift operation is possible with one module. The increased scan range of up to 59 inches makes MARK 2 an ideal scanner for picking applications. The Instant Worker Feedback has also been improved once again: after the scan, employees receive visual, haptic and acoustic feedback. This can, for example, report errors, but also point to prioritized shipments.

"I firmly believe that industrial wearables will be the next big thing," says Andreas König, CEO of ProGlove. "Because unlike in the consumer environment, there are clearly tangible added value for users in an industrial context. Our smart wearables save up to 4 seconds per scan. If one assumes that hundreds or even thousands of employees often scan several thousand times per shift, this adds up to a considerable volume. Our technology is Plug & Play, making it extremely easy to implement. It ensures greater efficiency, quality and process reliability. Above all, however, it puts the human being at the center and strengthens its role against the background of increasing automation.

"The smart IIoT wearables from ProGlove are used as a bundle by user companies. This consists of the mobile scanners, textile wearables, the chargers and the access points for the radio connection via 915 MHz. The connection of the scanners is now noticeably simplified with the support of BLE. Nevertheless, MARK 2 is compatible with all existing wearables and access points. In addition, users have the option to configure the IIoT wearables individually using the Config Tool. Worker Feedback is an optional component as is the ability to set up a specific radio frequency via the ProGlove Custom Channel.