Bremen, February 22th, 2016: Ubimax today announced its collaboration with global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. A first step in the partnership between the two market leaders was the integration of the Ubimax Wearable Computing solutions xPick, xInspect, xMake and xAssist in McKinsey's Model Warehouses and Model Factories, supporting intralogistics, inspection, manufacturing and remote assistance procedures. Jan Junker, CCO of Ubimax, is enthusiastic about the new partnership: "We are very happy that we have been selected by McKinsey to provide our innovative Enterprise Wearables Suite to its Capability Centers around the world. Working together with McKinsey and its extensive client base obviously provides a tremendous value for us and will further accelerate the global adoption of our solutions."
To consult enterprises and organizations on the improvement potential of lean warehouse processes, McKinsey developed the Model Warehouse, offering an experimental learning environment to its clients. From now on, the awarded Ubimax pick-by-vision solution xPick is part of the mobile Model Warehouse operated by McKinsey and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The xPick solution was configured to match the requirements of the Model Warehouse's training sessions. Knut Alicke, Partner of McKinsey's Supply Chain Management Practice, states: "We are convinced of the crucial role of Wearable Computing within Industry 4.0. Both in Manufacturing and Warehousing it will significantly improve performance of operations – and many of our clients are already applying the new technology."
In its Model Factories in Darmstadt, Venice, and Atlanta, McKinsey strengthens the capabilities of its clients in lean manufacturing and lean management. xAssist, xInspect and xMake have all been successfully integrated into these Capability Centers. Using xAssist, the remote expert sees exactly what the worker on site is seeing and hence is able to provide detailed feedback and instructions directly onto Smart Glasses. All of this while the worker on-site has both hands available to conduct his work. With xInspect and xMake, intuitive step-by-step work instructions are displayed including documentation possibilities like recording videos or taking pictures. As a result, the speed and quality of maintenance and troubleshooting processes increases while machine downtimes as well as travel time and costs are significantly reduced.
The cooperation between the two global market leaders Ubimax and McKinsey marks a milestone: business customers now benefit from joined experience and a unique international offer on Industry 4.0 solutions and best practices. Companies interested in exploring Ubimax' Enterprise Wearables Suite in a realistic industrial set-up in one of McKinsey's Capability Centers can reach out to McKinsey & Company or Ubimax.
About Ubimax GmbH
Ubimax is a leading supplier of wearable computing solutions which are deployed by organizations, midsize companies as well as international enterprises spanning multiple industries. Its innovative solutions improve customers' business process speed, quality and flexibility beyond state-of-the-art by making use of wearable computing technology such as Vuzix M100 or Google Glass.
The portfolio of Ubimax includes both tailor-made customer solutions and industrial high-performance standard applications such as "xPick" for order picking, "xMake" for assembly assistance and quality assurance or "xAssist" for remote service scenarios. Ubimax is a full-service provider along the entire application value chain, ranging from initial consulting to software implementation and subsequent maintenance and support, acting as a one-stop-shop to its customers.
The Ubimax team consists of wearable computing pioneers with more than 15 years of experience. Its senior advisory board with leading subject matter experts (e.g. Prof. Thad E. Starner) helps to keep Ubimax clearly ahead of competition.
About McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations, and not-for-profits. McKinsey & Company help their clients make lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals. Over nearly a century, they have built a firm uniquely equipped to this task. McKinsey is a global firm, comprising more than 9,000 consultants and nearly 2,000 research and information professionals. McKinsey's consultants come from a remarkable range of backgrounds and speak more than 130 languages. As a result McKinsey serves clients in over 100 offices in every region from their network of global offices. McKinsey operates as one global partnership with a single unifying vision.