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MASS Group Announces the Integration of ScannerIO to Automate Data Collection and WIP Processing

MASS Group | April 23, 2022

MASS Group
Manufacturing Automation & Software Systems, Inc. dba MASS Group, Inc., is announcing the release of a new IoT Platform software solution, Scanner IO, that will complement their robust Traceability Made Easy (TME) MES and MOM solution. It will digitally transform and automate the scanning and data collecting processes in the manufacturing industry.

ScannerIO is a high-performing platform software solution that will automate WIP processing while reducing operator intervention and overall labor requirements. Completely in-house, cost-effective, and intended for discrete and process manufacturing, this emerging technology will eliminate the repeated need for programming required by distributors, integrators, and end-users to log data into a variety of output formats. The need to program the logic when items are scanned at mass is no longer required as ScannerIO automates the scanners and digital travelers. The software solution has the ability to seamlessly swap between manual and automated steps in MES and will provide clear visibility to data for every work order, without any operator involvement, and synthesize that information to improve any manufacturing process through workflow management. The digital transformation of ScannerIO will build a foundational system that empowers workers and manufacturers to optimize their production processes.

MASS Group's release of ScannerIO was initiated to complement Data Logic's hardware solution with the intent of transforming the way manufacturers scan items and collect data. By having an all-powerful and already built manufacturing execution systems software solution (TME MES), MASS Group's mission is to exceed regular MES expectations by enhancing and automating the data collection and scanning processes within a manufacturer's workflow.

About TME MES/MOM
TME MES's open cloud architecture, built and standardized on Microsoft stack including SQL server technology, provides a framework for a comprehensive traceability and genealogy for processes, people, inventory, and assets. It is an end-to-end, 100% cloud-based, cost-effective platform that enables your business to consolidate complex data while simultaneously coordinating manufacturing processes, equipment, and personnel.

About MASS Group
Since 1998, MASS Group, Inc., has evolved over the years in developing, selling, and supporting its software suite called Traceability Made Easy (TME). TME is an all-in-one cloud-based software solution that provides end-to-end capabilities across the entire supply chain and delivers a single source of truth to manage, track, and communicate enterprise activities that provide a real-time view into critical business processes.

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According to a survey by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2014, 82% of organizations who have implemented smart manufacturing claimed to have experienced increased efficiency. “49 % reported fewer product defects and 45 % experienced increased customer satisfaction” [1]. Based on a survey conducted among major manufacturing giants in 2013, the Intelligence Unit of “The Economist” reported 95% of the respondents would like to see IoT as a part of their manufacturing process by 2017.


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