Bottled mineral water producer Apollinaris Schweppes has improved the
efficiency of its manufacturing process by turning its employees into
mobile workers. To assist it with the logistics of manufacture, it has
deployed secure mobile enterprise extension software from Mbrane and
ruggedised handheld devices from Symbol Technologies.
Apollinaris Schweppes is one of Germany's best-known producers of mineral
water and soft drinks. Every year it produces around 340 million litres of
mineral water, 85% of which is sold in environmentally friendly reusable
bottles. Formerly, its empty bottles were processed manually at the
company's bottling plant in Bad Neuenahr, near Bonn, delaying throughput
at the plant and creating a bottleneck in the company's manufacturing
So the company turned to Mbrane and Symbol Technologies to supply a robust
mobile solution that would integrate with its ERP system. What was
delivered was a forward looking mobile solution for on-line entry of
bottle details that integrated with its enterprise SAP R/3 and production
Now, as soon as the empty bottles arrive at the plant, data is collected
via a ruggedised Symbol PPT 2740 handheld device. This device incorporates
both laser bar code scanning and wireless LAN technology and is designed
for use in demanding environments.
The Symbol PPT 2740 is based on the popular Windows-Powered, Pocket PC
operating system from Microsoft. The data can be communicated, in
real-time, from the Symbol device directly to the SAP system using
Mbrane's Touchpoint software, which ensures the secure and robust delivery
of the information from the mobile user into the enterprise system.
Chris Cole, Business Development Manager for Strategic Alliances in EMEA
for Symbol Technologies said, "This is typical of the advantages that this
mobile technology can bring to organisations. Extending the enterprise to
mobile workers leverages the investment made in systems like ERP or CRM,
providing real operating cost savings and competitive advantage."
Gary Holland, Vice President in EMEA for Mbrane said, " The way we work
will change radically as companies integrate mobile technology into their
IT systems. But until now, the practicalities of providing mobile access
to the enterprise has been prohibitively expensive. Mbrane's Touchpoint
solution works seamlessly with hardware from the likes of Symbol, and
integrates to any enterprise system, over any type of carrier."
About the Companies
Symbol Technologies, winner of the USA National Medal of Technology, is a
global leader in mobile data transaction systems, providing innovative
customer solutions based on wireless local area networking for data and
voice, application-specific mobile computing and bar code data capture.
Symbol's wireless information appliances connect the physical world of
people on the move, packages, paper and shipping pallets, to information
systems and the Internet.
Today, some 10 million Symbol bar code scanners, mobile computers and
wireless LANs are utilised worldwide in markets ranging from retailing to
transportation and distribution logistics, manufacturing, parcel and
postal delivery, government, healthcare and education. Symbol's systems
and products are used to increase productivity from the factory floor to
the retail store, to the enterprise and out to the home. Information about
Symbol is available at http://www.symbol.com
Mbrane (NASDAQ: CNTR, to become MBRN) invented an enterprise-class mobile
software membrane that enables the free and secure flow of enterprise
intelligence to and from employees, as well as embedded devices, anywhere
and at anytime. Mbrane maximises the ROI on all of its customers'
technology investments by enabling enterprise systems to be more
available, and by ensuring that their mobile infrastructure adapts easily
to future technologies. Established in 1984, Mbrane, formerly known as
Centura Software, has been named one of the "Innovation 100" companies by
Information Week and Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young. Headquartered in Redwood
Shores, California, Mbrane has offices worldwide servicing North America,
Europe, and Asia/Pacific. To learn more about Mbrane and the Touchpoint
product suite, please visit http://www.mbrane.com
NOTE TO EDITORS:
The change of Centura Software's company name to Mbrane is pending
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