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Kiosks help irrigation equipment maker stamp out 'sneakernet'

Several kiosks deployed throughout the 100,000 square-foot warehouse of Senninger Irrigation, a company that designs and manufactures sprinklers, spray nozzles and pressure regulators, make it easy for workers to receive new orders.

The company first ordered steel kiosks made by SeePoint about five years ago and recently increased deployment after seeing the success of the first round, said Jeff McCardle, Senninger's assistant IT manager. Senninger's decision to install the kiosks was based on a simple mission: "To eliminate our sales orders from having to be hand-delivered multiple times each day to the various assembly areas," McCardle, said. "Basically, to eliminate sneakernet."

That's a term that describes the transfer of electronic information by physically shuttling it from one computer to another, instead of exchanging it over a network. Sneakernet was an issue for the nearly 50-year-old company that wanted to ensure that all orders were processed quickly across each of its four assembly areas. The kiosks solved that problem; dual blinking strobe lights now noiselessly beckon staff members to where incoming orders are quickly received and processed.

How they work

One light is connected to a kiosk's enclosure, while the other is affixed to a nearby 7-foot post. A Senninger employee can select her name from a drop-down box on the touchscreen and print the order from the kiosk's printer. The SeePoint kiosks are located in custom cabinets that lock securely and have wheels attached for mobility. The cabinets provide a practical layer of protection for the kiosks, shielding them from dust, theft and everyday wear, said Jonathan Arfin, SeePoint's founder

"For our client, the kiosks were an all-in-one solution that provided a higher level of accountability and security, knowing that all orders were being received and assembled promptly," he said. "Plus, we designed the kiosks specifically to withstand a vigorous warehouse environment. The kiosks are constructed from solid steel, there are no exposed cables or wires, and their space-efficient designs means they will not take up more than an inch of space than is absolutely necessary."

Each kiosk cost less than $3,000 and saves the company time by increasing efficiency but also provides accountability, McCardle said.

"Based on how well the kiosks have delivered on these points, plus streamlined the production chain by ending sneakernet," he added, "We are currently looking to invest in more SeePoint kiosks in the near future."

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