News | April 17, 2018

Global Paper Towel, Tissue Manufacturers Using Xplore Rugged Tablets To Extend Life Of Production Line Equipment

Futura is equipping customers with Xplore F5m to automate the maintenance of its tissue converting machines

Austin, TX (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that Futura S.p.A, an Italian manufacturer of industrial production plant machinery, is providing an Xplore F5m rugged tablet-based solution to all of its customers as part of the standard “scope of supply” for its tissue converting equipment. Xplore’s durable 10.4” Windows® mobile computer, rebranded the Futura ProTablet, now serves as the all-in-one data and field-task system for maintenance work conducted on Futura-equipped toilet, kitchen, and professional-grade tissue production lines in factories around the world. For example, tablet users can access the Futura Procare Portal and Procare Factory online services for intuitive, step-by-step maintenance guides and real-time, remote expert support using an augmented reality experience.

“Futura’s converting lines are used for everything from the unwinding of tissue from jumbo reels to the cutting of tissue rolls to prepare for packaging,” explained Alessandro Viani, ICT Group Manager, Faper Group S.p.A. “Given consumer demand for these paper necessities, it is essential that our technology operate at peak performance levels if our customers are to meet production and delivery deadlines.”

“Futura was looking for a way to help their manufacturing customers move from a time-consuming maintenance workflow to a fully mobile, technology-based process for their highly complex machinery. Traditional manual inspection, diagnostic and repair processes resulted in unacceptable levels of equipment downtime,” added John Graff, vice president of marketing at Xplore. “Today, the Xplore F5m-based solution enables some of the largest toilet paper and paper towel brands in the world to control, monitor, and maintain this heavy industrial machinery in real-time.”

The Xplore and Futura-developed ProTablet solution gives manufacturers’ technicians a rugged tablet-based maintenance computing system that can be hand-carried onto the shop floor and plugged directly into the converting machines for diagnostic tasks. It also provides a direct connection to the warehousing and records systems that support maintenance tasks, allowing for a more automated workflow. ProTablet users can access standalone software applications such as the Futura Components Engine – which provides exploded views and manual documentation – and the Convergence Mobile video maintenance system.

Download the full case study for more details on how Futura is using the Xplore mobility solution to improve customer support and minimize equipment maintenance burdens.

For more information on the F5m rugged tablet, visit www.xploretech.com/F5m or learn about Xplore’s many mobile computing solutions for manufacturing at www.xploretech.com/manufacturing. Additional information about Xplore’s customized solutions for OEMs can be found at www.xploretech.com/OEM.

About Futura S.p.A.
Futura is a leading global technology company that creates and delivers new tissue converting solutions to the world. Its equipment is used to produce toilet, kitchen and professional tissue rolls. ProCare is the customer care division at Futura. Learn more at http://www.futuraconverting.com/en/home/.

About Xplore Technologies
As a leading supplier and authority in rugged mobility, Xplore provides the technology, solutions and specialized vertical expertise customers need to maximize resources, minimize costs, and drive business productivity through mobility. Not only does Xplore offer a broad portfolio of genuinely rugged mobile computers – and a complete accessory ecosystem – but the company’s award-winning tablets and 2-in-1 laptops are among the fastest and longest lasting in their class, built to withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme for years without fail. The enterprise-grade power, security flexibility, and versatility of Xplore’s rugged mobile computers make it easy for industrial, enterprise, government, and field service organizations to scale mobile workflows and boost mobile worker efficiency while working in the office, vehicle, and field. Visit www.xploretech.com to learn how Xplore can help you mobilize workers to the right place, at the right time and with the right technology tools. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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