10-slot charging station

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

ProGloveCHICAGO and MUNICH  – ProGlove has released a 10-SlotCharging Station for its MARK family of wearable barcode scanners.

The charging station allows users to reload ten MARK devices simultaneously and comes with multiple mounting options. It is compatible with all MARK devices so that users can now recharge all their ProGlove barcode scanners in one place. This latest ProGlove accessory complements the existing 2-slot charger and features a power supply unit with four attachment plugs (US, UK, EU, AU3).

Depending on the individual model, a ProGlove MARK scanner lasts for up to 10,000 scans per charge load. Typically, this number of scans will cover three eight-hour shifts in most work environments. When fully depleted, the wearable MARK scanner reloads in two hours or less; a thirty percent recharge generally takes thirty minutes or less.

The number of devices recharging in the ProGlove accessory does not affect the charging process. The LEDs or e-ink display on the MARK barcode scanners provide status information pertaining to the current charge.

Accessory facilitates asset management

Most other wearable barcode scanners, such as ring-mounted scanners, are powered by removable batteries which often do not hold a charge for more than two hours. This means batteries must be swapped up to four times per shift.

“ProGlove accessories, as the rest of our products, take a human-centered design approach”, says Thomas Kirchner, co-founder at ProGlove. “We refrain from rechargeable batteries because they increase complexity and the requirements for asset management and additional servicing. Rechargeable batteries certainly also raise the risk of potential damage because of the multiple swapping procedures per shift. But most importantly, they disrupt the workflow for the human worker. That is precisely what we want to avoid. Our objective is to supply a wearable barcode scanner that comes with maximum comfort, optimal efficiency, and easily takes the worker through an entire workday.”

The new 10-Slot Charging Station is designed for equipment stations in shops already supplied with MARK wearable barcode scanners. Fewer outlets are needed as there are more charging slots per power supply. And as MARK integrates the rechargeable battery into the device thousands of uninterrupted scans per shift are possible with no additional supply of outboard batteries.

The new 10-Slot Charging Station is available for order now.

ProGlove was founded in December 2014 after winning the Intel “Make it Wearable” Challenge in Silicon Valley and is backed by growth-focused investors Summit Partners, DICP, and Bayern Capital. ProGlove employs 200 people from over 40 countries with offices in Munich, Chicago, and Belgrade. The World Economic Forum named ProGlove a Technology Pioneer in 2020.