Xplore Fulfills Follow-On Order for Ultra-Rugged Tablets from Leading Global Automotive Manufacturer
Total value of customer's worldwide deployments now exceeds $11.5 million
AUSTIN, Texas — May 2, 2017 — Xplore Technologies Corp.(NASDAQ: XPLR) today announced that one of the world's leading automotive manufacturers has equipped workers in one of its new U.S. body shops with Xplore's ultra-rugged XC6 tablet PCs as part of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar mobility initiative. The long-time global customer is utilizing the vibration-proof, shock-proof, waterproof, and dustproof industrial-grade tablets on forklifts in support of multiple logistics activities, including materials handling, shop floor tasks, and maintenance. They have also installed Xplore's secure vehicle docking systems third-party forklift mounts and DC power converters as part of the total Xplore-engineered mobility solution. Additional screen black-out software has been installed for safe rugged tablet use while the forklifts are in transit.
"The XC6 is the most rugged Windows tablet on the market, which is exactly what auto manufacturers' need in fast-paced body shop facilities where workers' tools — and heavy hands — have been known to wreak havoc on electronic devices," explained Mark Holleran, president and CEO, Xplore. "Not only does the XC6 boast a less than 1 percent annualized failure rate, but it comes standard with an extensive number of high-performance features that augment existing industrial IT systems to eliminate production downtime. In fact, the XC-series tablet platform has proven to be the perfect computing solution for this customer's quality-driven, mass volume manufacturing operations for more than five product generations."
Over the last several years, thousands of Xplore's rugged tablet-based forklift terminal solutions have been deployed across the automotive leader's manufacturing and warehousing facilities worldwide to facilitate work orders completion, inventory tracking and data collection. Other Xplore rugged tablets, including the XSLATE B10, R12, F5 and CL920 models, are also in use by mobile workers and forklift operators in the manufacturer's plants and body shops worldwide. The tablets are used on order picking carts for parts delivery, as well as on the assembly line to confirm the accuracy of vehicle parts prior to installation. They're also used to conduct vehicle inspections and quality tests prior to customer delivery, among other logistical tasks.
"Workers like the XC6 because it's easy to use, and supervisors claim that its use has directly contributed to operational efficiency gains," Holleran continued. "Plus, the modular design of this custom-developed forklift solution provides the manufacturer with greater usage and servicing flexibility than the older technology of permanently installed forklift terminals. Not only does that translate to a lower investment cost upfront, but a lower maintenance cost over the life of the mobile computer. The same tablet model can be removed from the forklift and used to complete any mobile workflow application in and around the manufacturing shop floor, and it can easily be upgraded to higher computing standards as needed to accommodate the evolving technology requirements of cutting edge smart factories. As such, an investment in Xplore's mobility solutions protect the ROI of customers' entire IT investment."
The Xplore XC6 ultra-rugged tablet PC is specifically configured to support factory-related workflows, including those conducted primarily by forklift and cart operators. The IP67 mobile computer can survive a 7-foot drop — the highest of any rugged computer on the market today — and is reinforced internally and externally to tolerate a number of other industrial hazards such as extreme temperature variations that occur between storage areas and loading docks. The XC6 ultra-rugged tablet also features a direct sunlight readable, resistive multi-touch display that supports glove touch, finger, and stylus interface for easy data input and access on the move.
To learn about Xplore's mobile computing solutions for manufacturing, please visit www.xploretech.com/manufacturing. More information about Xplore's ultra-rugged tablets can be found at www.xploretech.com/XC6.
About Xplore Technologies
Xplore is The Rugged Tablet Authority, exclusively manufacturing powerful, long-lasting, and customer-defined rugged tablet PCs since 1996. Today, Xplore offers the broadest portfolio of genuinely rugged tablets — and the most complete lineup of rugged tablet accessories — on Earth. Its mobility solutions are purpose-built for the energy, utilities, telecommunications, military and defense, manufacturing, distribution, public safety, healthcare, government, and field service sectors. The company's award-winning military-grade computers are also among the most powerful and longest lasting in their class, built to withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme for years without fail. Visit www.xploretech.com for more information on how Xplore and its global channel partners engineer complete mobility solutions to meet specialized workflow demands. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
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