News / Operating results for bellwether OOCL suggest good news for carriers

first_img OOCL has released operational results for the fourth quarter of 2018 which suggest trading conditions continued to improve for global container carriers in the final months of last year.The fourth-quarter and full-year results of the world’s largest container line, Maersk, will be published on 21 February, but the operational numbers from OOCL are generally a good pre-financial results indication of how the industry performed in the previous quarter.The COSCO subsidiary carried 6.4% more containers on its ships between October and December last year than in the same quarter of the previous year, at 1,715,609 teu, and ended the year with total liftings of 6,696,919 teu, 6.3% up on 2017The Asia-Europe trade for OOCL grew 14.4% in the fourth quarter to 335,746 teu, pushing the year total to 1,302,305 teu, an annual gain of 14.5%. By Mike Wackett 28/01/2019 On the transpacific, there was a 6.1% increase in OOCL’s Q4 liftings, to 501,275 teu, and for the full year showed growth of 8.9% and 1,973,884 teu.On intra-Asia/Australasia, OOCL’s biggest region, there was a year-on-year gain of 4.6% in the fourth quarter, to 770,423 teu, but a more modest 2.6% increase for the full-year, to 2,918,202 teu.The only negative performance in terms of liftings was on the carrier’s smallest tradelane, the transatlantic, where there was a 1.6% drop in carryings to 108,165 teu and a marginal 0.9% decline in volumes for the full-year to 426,458 teu.OOCL’s Q4 revenue jumped 13.5% on the same period of last year, to $1.56m, and for the full year revenue increased by a healthy 9.9% over 2017 to $5.96m.The carrier’s star revenue performance was on the transpacific route, which saw fourth-quarter revenues leap 26% to $670,004 to end the year 17.9% higher on $2,437,146, boosted by a spike in spot rates, a consequence of the frontloading of goods to beat US tariff hikes on Chinese imports.There was also evidence of freight rate gains across other sectors, which suggests the carrier enjoyed a profitable quarter, regarded as a positive sign for the results of its peers.Bunker prices started to fall at the end of October and had slumped by around 30% by the end of the year. However, given the six-week timing lag on purchases, much of this benefit will only fall to operators in the first quarter this year.OOCL’s container activities recorded a loss of $73m in the first half of last year. However, this was a more respectable result than many of its peers, the industry suffering from a combination of soft rates and high bunker prices to clock up a massive $2.2bn in negative earnings overall.However, many carriers had substantially improved their results by the third quarter and, depending on the strength of their fourth-quarter results, could have ended the year back in the black.Rumours have also been circulating recently that OOCL is about to place an order at a Chinese yard for six 23,000 teu LNG-ready ULCVs – although so far the carrier has denied the story.Meanwhile, parent COSCO is set to receive 12 19,200-21,200 teu ULCVs in the first half this year, prompting the Ocean Alliance to announce the launch of a seventh Asia-North Europe loop from April.last_img read more


Clam Gulch Man Arrested For Alleged Forgery

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Clam Gulch man was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after a local bank reported he was trying to cash a forged check through their drive through system. Sgt. Cushman: “He didn’t try to drive away, he was cooperative with the investigation, to that extent anyway. He didn’t try to flee or anything.” Sgt. Cushman: “We received a call from a local bank. They believed they had a subject there trying to cash a forged check. Police responded to the bank, conducted an investigation and determined that was exactly what was happening. He was trying to cash a forged check that he had signed himself and written to himself an  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for December 9th before Magistrate Martin Fallon.center_img Kenai Police Sergeant Paul Cushman says they arrested 37-year-old Kenny Harris at 2:34pm after a brief investigation… Harris was charged with Forgery in the Second Degree and Theft in the Second Degree and remanded to Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility. Cushman says that although Harris was passing through the bank’s drive through, he didn’t attempt to flee…last_img read more


Donegal GAA club receives €50,000 grant to upgrade club

first_imgA West Donegal GAA Club has been given a €50,000 cash injection to help it prepare for Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta.Minister Joe McHugh has announced a grant of €49,940 for CLG Naomh Mhuire, Mullaghderg, Kincasslagh.“This vital funding for a CLG Naomh Mhuire in the heart of the Gaeltacht will make a massive difference to their preparations to host Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta in 2021.” Mr McHugh said. “The competition has the potential to brings thousands of people to a region which they might not normally visit and I’m delighted that this Government is yet again able to help with a big boost for a local community.“A grant like this to host the Comórtas will leave a legacy and in years to come people will be remembering the investment and take pride in the difference we are making.”Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, sanctioned the grant to enable CLG Naomh Mhuire to upgrade their clubhouse and to carry out construction work on building in time for Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta 2021. This funding was secured in accordance with Action 2.20 of the Community and Language Supports Programme under Area for Action 2: An Ghaeltacht in the Government’s Action Plan 2018-2022 as part of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.“Déanfaidh €50,000 difear mór do CLG Naomh Muire agus iad ag fáil réidh le Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta a reachtáil,” dúirt an tAire.“Déanfaidh tacaíocht ar obair agus thógra mar seo difear mór don phobal a bheas le feiceáil agus le mothú sna blianta fada amach romhainn.”Mr McHugh added: “I would also like to commend Phil Ward and all the other volunteers and management at the club for the efforts they put in locally and in securing the Comórtas.“Funding supports like this are about making a lasting difference to local communities and I have no doubt the impact of this will be felt for years to come.Donegal GAA club receives €50,000 grant to upgrade club was last modified: September 14th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMinister Joe McHughMullaghdergNaomh Mhuirelast_img read more


Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: August 12, 2016

first_imgAccessibilityNew Accessibility Documentation for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now Available: You’ll find new accessibility features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, including a Get started with Narrator support site, a new accessibility developer hub, and different keyboard shortcuts in Windows. On Customer Service & Video Accessibility: Last week, when I asked InVision about captioning their blog videos, their customer support replied quickly, telling me their marketing group would look into it. Less than 24 hours later, I was delighted to discover InVision had added captions to their videos! How to run accessibility testing demos: Sixth post in the accessibility series from Shopify’s UX team focuses on lessons learned while conducting accessibility testing in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. Front end developer Arthur Gouveia offers recommendations for identifying test scope, recruiting testers, setting the length of time for the test, and more as he discusses their test sessions. Colors on NPR reviewed the color contrast on their website and discovered there was room for improvement. First, they chose new colors to ensure better contrast. Then they used CSS Color Guard to review their existing colors. Their outcome? A website with improved color contrast and a reduction in the number of colors from 198 to 78. Congrats! WordPressWordPress 4.6 Release Candidate 2: The second WordPress 4.6 release candidate is out. Here’s your opportunity to test the version before the final version is shipped (planned for next week, August 16). Can you help?WordSesh: It’s back! WordSesh returns for the fourth year on August 20, 2016, with 24 hours of free livestreamed WordPress presentations from people all over the world. Did I mention it’s free? How to Fix Upside Down or Flipped Images in WordPress: Ever had an image you uploaded via your iPhone or other iOS device display upside down in WordPress? Here’s how to fix it. New Framework Helps WordPress Plugin Developers Create Persistently Dismissible Admin Notices: It’s so frustrating when an admin notice keeps popping up in the WordPress admin. I look forward to developers implementing this in their plugins and themes. WordCamp Cincinnati 2016–Call for Speakers, Sponsors and Volunteers: Thinking about attending WordCamp Cincinatti 2016 the weekend of October 15? They’ve put out their call for speakers, sponsors, and volunteers. If you’re considering speaking, get your submission in now. The deadline is August 14, 2016!CSS and HTMLCSS Inlining in Email: What It Is + How To Do It [Webinar Recording]: If you didn’t get a chance to attend Litmus’s webinar, here’s the recording, along with slides. What I loved about this post: Litmus included answers to all the questions they couldn’t respond to during the webinar. Nice! When you want to quickly test responsive layouts:Need to test responsive layouts quickly?`cmd + shift + m` will launch Chrome DevTools’ device toolbar.— CSS-Tricks (@css) August 10, 2016 In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about the four stages of developing a winning content strategy, get tips on running accessibility testing, discover how to create friendlier, custom form styles, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post with some of my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML resources I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter. Tweet of the WeekGratitude is making the power of knowing what you have, overpower the thinking of what you don’t.— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) August 6, 2016User ExperienceVisual Indicators to Differentiate Items in a List: Help your users quickly find items in a list by providing visual indicators that differ in both color and icon.The 4 Stages to Developing a Winning Content Strategy: Want your organization to succeed? You’ll need an effective content strategy, says Morten Rand-Hendriksen. Check out his four major steps for developing clear communication.Guides for voice, tone and style help ensure everything produced is consistent and “on message”. Optimal number of fields for a form? Easy answer: it depends on context. @wpmodder of @SiteLock at @WCYYZ #WCTO16— Anthony D Paul (@anthonydpaul) August 6, 2016center_img An engineer’s tips for writing in plain English: Giles Turnball, member of the Government Digital Service (GDS) team in the United Kingdom, shares tips on how to make written communication easier to understand.…know your audience, try to understand what things they don’t understand, keep it simple—it’s all common sense. WTF, forms?: Here’s one approach for creating friendlier, custom form styles. Only CSS, no JavaScript, and it’s accessible. What I Found InterestingHow To Make an Inspiration Board with Pinterest, Coolors and Canva: When you’re launching a new product, service, or website, you want to gather inspiration of what you like. But you don’t need Adobe Illustrator, says Lexi Merritt as she explains how three free online tools can help you create your inspiration board. Improve Your Note-Taking with These 3 Tips: Taking notes is a lot easier with these three tips from Evernote. What’s key is to take notes on the important things, not on everything.Myth busted: Older workers are just as tech-savvy as younger ones, says new survey: Surprised? Results from the new Yale University survey conducted with over 3,500 participants shows that tech employees over 55 are less stressed about using technology in the workplace than younger employees.If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! 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Marshfield girls basketball comes up just short to Appleton North in WIAA Division 1 sectional final

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWESTON – Even in defeat, there is no questioning the Marshfield girls basketball team’s collective grit, guts and determination.After two tight playoff victories the Tigers’ magic came to an end Saturday as they lost to Appleton North 56-54 in a WIAA Division 1 girls basketball sectional final at D.C. Everest High School.Marshfield’s McKayla Scheuer searches for an open teammate during the Tigers’ WIAA Division 1 sectional final against Appleton North on Saturday at D.C. Everest High School. The Tigers lost 56-54.Marshfield (23-3) battled back from a 12-point deficit in the second half to take a one-point lead late but a basket by Callie Pohlman with 11 seconds to go was enough to give North the victory.Appleton North (22-4) advances to its first WIAA state tournament since 2001 where it will take on Verona (23-3) in a Division 1 semifinal Friday night at the Resch Center in Green Bay.Following Pohlman’s basket, Marshfield raced down court and fed the ball to Ema Fehrenbach, who had her shot blocked out of bounds with 5 seconds to go.After a timeout, Marshfield got the ball to McKayla Scheuer, who found Fehrenbach on a roll to the basket, but it was a split-second too late. Fehrenbach made the basket, however the horn had already sounded.“She got open late – one more second and it’s good,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “You want the ball with Ema going to the left side finishing. Appleton North covered it well and knew what it was. You always like to get a shot off at least and when you don’t it’s kind of hard.”Marshfield led for most of the first half – by as much as five at two spots – before North went on a 13-3 run during the final 5:42 to take a 31-24 lead. Kari Brekke, who led North with 18 points, scored seven in the run.North built its lead to 44-32 after a basket by Anna Laux, a 3-pointer from Sydney Levy, and a transition layup by Grace Garvey with 12:10 to go.Marshfield, which fought back from late deficits in its two previous playoff wins against Eau Claire North and Neenah, did it again.“We were turning the ball over, getting one shot and done, stopped being aggressive,” Michaelis said. “We took a timeout and it was simply a matter of saying, ‘This is the way we’re going to end our season but just going away? Not doing what we had been doing to get us to this point?’ They kind of got mad. They played that last eight minutes with a ‘what do we have to do attitude’ and played more freely.”A 3-pointer from Scheuer and baskets by Fehrenbach and Hannah Meverden sparked a 13-2 run that got the Tigers back in it.Marshfield’’s Maddie Nikolai drives in for a shot attempt during the Tigers’ loss to Appleton North on Saturday in a WIAA Division 1 sectional final at D.C. Everest High School.North went nearly 8 minutes without a field goal as Marshfield cut it to 46-45 on another Meverden hoop.Meg Bryan, who had a team-high 17 points, hit her fourth and fifth 3-pointers of the game to give Marshfield’s its first lead of the second half at 51-50 with 3:55 left.After two North free throws, Meverden hit another jumper and the Tigers led 53-52 with 2:28 remaining.That was the Tigers’ last made basket and lead of the game. Levy, who had 14 points, scored on a drive to the hoop with 1:56 left, and neither team scored for more than a minute.Fehrenbach made one of two free throws to tie the game with 48.8 seconds left before Pohlman hit her game-winner.“This hurts to lose this game because you’re so close, especially by two points on the last possession, but that’s the team – the way they ended those last eight minutes – (they) did that all year,” Michaelis said. “It says a lot about them. They believed to the very end that this was their time to go to state and we just came up a possession short.”Scheuer finished with 14 points and six rebounds, Fehrenbach had 11 points and six rebounds, and Meverden had nine points and eight boards for the Tigers, who won a school-record 23 games this season.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 56, Tigers 54Marshfield 24 30 – 54Appleton North 31 25 – 56MARSHFIELD (54): McKayla Scheuer 5-12 1-1 14, Meg Bryan 6-13 0-0 17, Sara Dasler 0-1 0-0 0, Jenna Jakobi 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Nikolai 1-5 1-2 3, Ema Fehrenbach 3-9 5-7 11, Hannah Meverden 4-7 1-2 9. FG: 19-47. FT: 8-12. 3-pointers: 8-17 (Bryan 5-11, Scheuer 3-5, Dasler 0-1). Rebounds: 30 (Meverden 8). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 23-3.APPLETON NORTH (56): Kari Brekke 5-13 6-7 18, Taylor Sieg 1-6 0-0 2, Sydney Squier 0-0 0-0 0, Paige Schabo 2-7 0-2 5, Anna Laux 2-3 3-3 7, Callie Pohlman 3-7 0-1 6, Kylee Beecher 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Levy 6-10 0-2 14, Claire Riebau 0-1 0-0 0, Grace Garvey 2-2 0-0 4. FG: 21-49. FT: 9-15. 3-pointers: 5-15 (Brekke 2-3, Levy 2-3, Schabo 1-4, Laux 0-1, Riebau 0-1, Sieg 0-3). Rebounds: 23 (Schabo 4, Pohlman 4, Levy 4). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 22-4.last_img read more


Mobile labs to light up young minds

first_img26 June 2014 The City of Tshwane and the Innovation Hub have partnered to provide disadvantaged young people with entry points into the worlds of entrepreneurship, science and technology via specially designed and equipped mobile laboratories. The laboratories – the FabLab, eKasi Labs and Kusile Mobile Science Labs – will start operating from this week, serving school learners and unemployed youngsters in a bid to address the shortage of science and technology skills in the city. Entrepreneurial mentorships and workshops will also be offered. The Fab Lab (short for Fabrication Laboratory), a mini-factory for the digital fabrication of prototypes, including 3D printing and computerised laser cutting, will be located at the Innovation Hub. eKasi Labs, which will be launched on Friday at the GaRankuwa Arts & Crafts Centre, will serve as places where young people can learn to create tangible solutions to their community’s problems And 14 Kusile Mobile Science Labs, designed and manufactured by local entrepreneurs from Kusile Labs & Technology at a cost of R56 000 per unit, will be stationed at schools with inadequate science laboratories. Speaking at the launch of the initiative on Tuesday, Innovation Hub CEO McLean Sibanda said the partnership followed “from a strategic decision to take innovation to the people, by establishing co-creation spaces that will foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial activities that better the lives of the community and create wealth.” Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said: “We owe it to the youth of 1976 to initiate programmes that will liberate today’s youth from socio-economic segregation.” Source: read more


Operation Basement Dad: How 4Chan Could Beat CNN & Ashton Kutcher

first_imgRelated Posts While Ashton Kutcher and CNN are trying to be the first to hit 1 million followers on Twitter, Joseph Frieschel, an inconspicuous Australian MD, is quickly catching up. Frieschel only opened his Twitter account last night, but he already has over 200,000 followers. How can this be? Well, it looks like the anonymous members of the infamous 4chan imageboard didn’t like the idea of either Kutcher or CNN breaking the 1 million follower barrier before they got a chance to make their presence felt.4Chan Takes on TwitterThe choice of the fake user’s “real” name, username, avatar, and bio are typical examples of the kind of crass and often tasteless humor that runs rampant on anonymous forums like 4chan. The new Twitter account clearly refers to Joseph Fritzl, the Austrian who, unknown to the rest of his family, imprisoned his daughter in his house’s basement for 24 years until his double life finally unraveled last year.Not all of the humor on 4chan is this crass, however. The site, after all, was also the breeding ground for popular Internet memes like Rickrolling and lolcats. While the members of 4chan’s ‘random’ board (often referred to as /b/) first tried to manipulate twitter with automated scripts that set up fake accounts, they weren’t able to hack Twitter’s captcha process, which is probably the reason why even the enterprising 4chan pranksters haven’t been able to reach more than 200,000 followers for their fake account yet. Knowing 4chan, however, we don’t expect them to give up anytime soon, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they managed to break Twitter’s captcha at some point as well.If you would like to see how exactly this hack works, here are the instructions that one of 4chan’s members created for the rest of the /b/ community.Oprah Might Just Win this RaceHowever, given that Oprah is going to talk about Twitter on her show tomorrow, there is still a good chance that she will pass by Kutcher, CNN, and 4chan’s BasementDad in no time.MootThe members of 4chan’s /b/ board also made the news a bit earlier this week, when they manipulated a poll so that it featured the name of 4chan founder ‘moot’ as the most influential person in the world. Where is Twitter?Interestingly, Twitter, which should be aware of the sudden rash of fake accounts that all subscribe to only one user, hasn’t closed this account yet.Update: We just head from Twitter’s Biz Stone. Twitter is aware of this situation and “and will react accordingly.”Note: we did not include a link to 4chan in this post, as a lot of the material there is NSFW (or worse). If you insist on going there, a quick Google search for 4chan will do the trick. frederic lardinois A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#twitter#web last_img read more


Data Centers: Virtualization Requires Security Plans to be Rethought

first_imgSecurity plans that worked well with traditional networking and non-virtualized servers don’t necessarily transfer directly to the world of cloud computing and virtualization.  Virtualization requires that security measures be rethought.Virtualization removes the one-to-one mapping between the physical device and server software, and a report by McAfee finds that that decoupling can lead to problems.  It can cause problems with the distribution of network traffic and poke holes in security plans that worked well for traditional computing, but which don’t transfer directly over to virtualized machines.32 percent of IT shops that have moved to virtualization report that the move has resulted in unexpected issues with bandwidth traffic.   The McAfee report suggests that the adoption of virtualization also requires that the network infrastructure design be changed to accommodate the needs of virtual computing.The report also finds that some of the flexibility that virtualization brings introduces new security challenges.  A benefit of the use of virtual machines is the flexibility with which a VM can be moved from one physical device to another, allowing for better scaling and more efficient resource utilization.  But that flexibility introduces new issues for security.  The report finds that virtualization introduces another level of operational complexity and requires new techniques to maintain trust boundaries between virtual machines.last_img read more


Citing Facebook App Developer Shortage, Webtrends Acquires Transpond

first_imgFacebook is one of the most popular communication mediums in the history of the world, but according to web analytics firm Webtrends, there’s not enough developers who know how to build applications for it. The company says that’s why it has acquired turnkey application development creator Transpond.Transpond is an application publishing tool for Facebook, iPhone and Android Apps, as well as mobile-friendly web pages. Webtrends will offer the service as a new service called Webtrends Apps.Above: A screenshot of the new Webtrends Apps WYSIWYG interface. Click for a larger view.Webtrends says it serves more than 7,000 customers, from the New York Times to Microsoft to Coca Cola and the White House. The 17 year-old company has 325 employees and a complicated history. Transpond is much smaller and lists customers including CBS, Live Nation and Electronic Arts. The now-acquired Transpond is also developing a product to serve up customer apps on Google TV, something that would be very interesting to see Webtrends take a shot at.Some people don’t like the legacy Webtrends product, but some others say it’s the Mercedes of web analytics. Recommendation service Istobe surveyed more than 500 online retailers at the start of this year and found just over 1% of them used Webtrends. (The market was dominated by Google Analytics, Omniture and Coremetrix.) Google Analytics is free of course and Webtrends is a sophisticated product that a company makes a bigger commitment to. Either way, Webtrends is a substantial player in the analytics market and will now bring its strategy to the social application development market as well.Developer Supply and DemandWebtrends says it surveyed the top 100 most social-media engaged companies on Charlene Li’s EngagementDB report and found that 83 had between zero and three Facebook apps or tabs built. The new Webtrends Apps service will offer easy app creation for under $5,000.“We talked to every company on the Facebook Prefered App Developers List,” says Justin Kistner, Senior Manager Social Media Marketing at Webtrends. “There is a major shortage of developers that know anything about Facebook. Getting anything done in Facebook is expensive and tends in have too many cooks in the kitchen. Those providers are innundated and that’s causing all the campaigns to cost too much and take too long. Business systems like measurement don’t get added. We’ve eliminated the need for developers for our customers and integrated the business systems from the start.”The new apps provide analytics including clicks, conversions, demographics and geography. App owners that include a Webtrends subscription will be able to get even more data about app users. Webtrends Apps can be contrasted with Powered, a marketing agency that acquired its own Facebook application shop (StepChange) earlier this year, among many others. Between Powered and Webtrends, one consolidated firm comes from a marketing perspective and the other from analytics.Can Webtrends Apps help kick off a renaissance of smart, affordable, Facebook and mobile app creation? Time will tell, but that’s what the company will now take to market, along with its core analytics product.Disclosure: Webtrends’ Kistner is a long-time personal friend of the author’s, who tried very hard to be objective in this coverage. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#advertising#mobile#news#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more


ProGlove brings smart gloves to the factory floor

first_imgCate Lawrence Follow the Puck Tags:#automotive#Bluetooth#factory#factory workers#hardware#IIoT#Industrial IoT#Intel#Intel Edison#Internet of Things#IoT#ProGlove#wearables#Wi-Fi It’s not often you hear of a start-up product that emerged from a student working in a car factory.But ProGlove’s co-founder Paul Günther’s foray into the startup world was preceded by employment at BMW. During his studies, he was in touch daily with workers on the factory floor. One thing was clear — everyone wore gloves and if these gloves could be made intelligent, they could assist the worker to make their job easier.ProGlove develops smart gloves that enable manufacturing and logistics staff to work faster, safer and easier. Process steps can be documented handsfree and the smart glove gives instant feedback to its user.Current applications include the hands-free scanning of goods, monitoring and training of workflow sequences, identification of tools and parts to avoid incorrect usage, and documentation of goods and processes. ProGlove has successfully closed its first funding round of $2.2 million in late May, led by Intel Capital, GETTYLAB and Bayern Kapital to support the company as it prepares to launch its smart glove system.I met with marketing manager, Tarek Ouertani, to learn more. ProGlove seeing a lot of trade fair interestThe Munich-based company was founded in December 2014 after coming third in the Intel “Make It Wearable” Challenge with the goal to bring wearables in industry environment and make the worker ready for Industry 4.0.The glove is based on Intel’s wearables development module Edison and the win came with a helpful $140,000, funds which enabled the founders to delve into hardware prototyping.  Ouertani explained that the gloves are custom-created for factories and workshops where products are assembled by hand.Each glove connects over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and includes a rechargeable battery. Every ProGlove combines motion sensors, RFID scanning, and visual and haptic feedback to create a wearable that can be used to train new employees and automatically document a worker’s progress.“The use of the ProGlove leads to more efficient processes and processes that lead to more quality, the main drivers of the automotive industry. A good example is when I talked to a worker on the factor floor that was building a small car component that required the assembly of 48 different parts. Each of these had to be sourced, and scanned individually before assembly. He realized that some parts were missing but didn’t know which ones. With the glove, the barcode scanning function means that workers are logging each individual component in order during assembly, meaning they are alerted if they make a mistake or leave something out.”Ouertani noted that there had been a lot of interest in the ProGlove at industrial trade fairs, with people saying “Ooh there’s these guys with a glove so you don’t have to scan with a scanner or a bulky ring on your finger.” The glove retails at around $1,300 and includes the access point, module and charger.It’s also being tested for online retailers where it can be in an efficient tool in logistical areas such as inbound logistics, packaging and palleting where workers need to handle goods with both hands and stopping to pick up a scanner constantly is an inefficient use of time.Ouertani explained that the glove could also solve the issue of documentation in a range of sectors, including the health industry:“We’re involved in a research project in health care looking at the needs of personal care attendants. They typically have 30 minutes per patient including washing, dressing and administering medication and part of this process can involve over ten minutes of documenting what they have done. Having a glove to document the steps they have completed means they get an additional ten minutes with their patient, doing their actual work rather than paperwork.”I was curious to learn about their challenges as a European hardware startup. As Ouertani said:“As a hardware industrial startup, you need more money in the early stages, before your product is market-ready and this can be difficult. Here in Germany, investors are not easy to convince to take a risk with hardware. By comparison, investors in the US take more risks.”However there are distinct advantages to running a hardware start up in Germany. “We make products for the automotive industry and there are so many car factories and warehouses situated here, so it’s been great to have easy access to our sector and go visit these places to test things.”The ProGlove is manufactured locally, which ensures quality control over each glove. And that emphasizes the need for manufacturing talent here to make the gloves not just to be customers. Ouertani noted: “We think that nevertheless how many automatic processes you put in, workers are still a crucial part of the industrial process. Robots cannot substitute everything and wearables devices can be the connection point between humans and systems.” Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more


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