MMCC and Casio have entered into a new partnership which, state the companies, promises to play an important role in changing the automotive industry's efficiency benchmarks. MMCC's first project started immediately, taking its cutting-edge automotive software a step further by adapting it for Casio's ground-breaking IT-800 PDA.
"Casio recognises that MMCC has a good understanding of the automotive industry, especially in testing, production QA and supply chain management. The IT-800 rugged PDA is ideal for all of these applications. The IT-800 is drop tested to concrete from 1.5 metres, is IP54 rated and uses tough screen technology surviving a 530g steel ball dropping onto it" explained Guy Boxall, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Casio.
Resembling a mobile smart phone, this rugged PDA collects information in many different formats and automatically transfers it into the workflow management system used in the automotive industry, with very little manual intervention. A reduction in the automotive industry's running costs is a major user benefit. The complete IT-800 solution provides many data collection methods including barcode scanning, taking photographs, GPS tracking and a contactless smartcard reader/writer.
"Many of our clients from the automotive industry have recently become more selective and competitive in their use of technology. We had the pleasure of working with early adopters and now with mainstream brands. For example, we developed a handheld application for Kwik-Fit which reduced their communication costs by 75% and eliminated 10,000 weekly paper-based tasks" explained Stuart Griffin, Business Development Manager at MMCC.
With interest rates expected to rise in 2012, all those linked to consumer-based supply chains will feel the pinch unless they reduce costs. To date MMCC has been working with Michelin Euromaster, NSL, Vacu-Lug and the Environmental Transport Association, all preparing for a challenging economy over the next 12 months.
MMCC are ensuring that all its software applications are compatible with Casio's hardware.