PVC openings factory
The one with the laser
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Mobile application that integrates with a manual laser meter, to simplify the measurement process on construction sites, avoiding data-entry errors.

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Research, prototyping and product development..

Tecnologies and services

Ruby on Rails | Android | Bluetooth

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Reduce human errors. Centralize work for different departments. Portability for an all-in-one experience.

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The client is a company dedicated to the manufacture of PVC openings that came to Unagi looking for a solution to improve the recording of measurements on construction sites. We worked side by side with the client and developed a mobile application that boosts the entire workflow.

quotation_marks The solution created by Unagi allowed us to get rid of tons of paperwork we've used to do in the construction locations, reducing the risk of errors and time spent measuring. The option to take pictures with our phones and immediately send them to the plant was something we even hadn't thought about and today it's essential for work. quotation_marks

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Summary
1.
The Problem
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Learning to improve
3.
Prototyping and testing
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The solution
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Boring technical details
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Next steps
1.

Problem

Manufacturing PVC openings is a complex process with many different stages. One of them takes place in situ, where the staff must take measures for each frame (door/window).

No matter if it's a hospital, a mall, a residential building or a tree house, each opening must be manually measured.

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Learning to improve

A team used to go to the construction site to carry out the measurements manually, writing everything down in pencil and paper. For each frame, six measurements were taken: three wides and three highs. Then, only the smallest of each of them was recorded on a spreadsheet.

In addition, more information was registered, such as type of frame, glass format, location of hinges, etc.

Subsequently, the spreadsheet was delivered to the factory and someone was in charge of standardizing the data and reviewed one last time. Finally, it was imported into the production machines.

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Prototyping and testing

We had multiple meetings and were part of a site visit to understand how the measurements were made. We realized there were so many pieces that could be left behind, so it was essential to create a flexible solution.

We went through several iterations with interactive prototypes and found out new needed features like the option to upload photos.

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The solution ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

We developed a mobile app that integrates with a manual laser meter via Bluetooth.

๐Ÿ”˜ The phone is connected to a measurer laser device synced in real-time. What you measure is what you see in the app.

๐Ÿ”˜ The app automatically keeps track of the smallest width and height, so no more math experts are needed.

๐Ÿ”˜ The information for each frame in the app is selected from preset options, to avoid human mistakes.

๐Ÿ”˜ All the data that is entered in the app is immediately displayed in the back-office, which is used in the plant.

๐Ÿ”˜ The app supports photo-taking and uploading, to keep visual track of the data and helps to make decisions for people in the plant.

๐Ÿ”˜ The back-office includes a feature to export all the information in the format expected by the machines.

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The technical story

Integrating with the laser device was one of the biggest challenges within this project. Unagi did extensive technical research on Bluetooth communication protocols and built a native Android app.

At the same time, we added an administration panel to manage all the data, with an option to export.

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Next steps

The app is is being used by the staff. Coming next are to work on the UI and make it available to more companies with similar needs.

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