Brother Mobile Solutions, Inc. (BMS), a provider of mobile and desktop printers, this month introduced iLink&Label, the next generation of its award-winning app for integrated cable testing and labeling. The enhanced app was developed in partnership with Fluke Networks in response to growing global demand for streamlined and improved network infrastructure processes. The newly rebranded iLink&Label solution replaces the popular LabelLink app introduced one year ago.
Per a press release from the companies:
The iLink&Label iOS app is now available globally and includes updated functionality including advanced project control – an import feature which enables project managers to securely share cable identifiers and select sub-sets of project data with subcontractors. The enhanced iOS version also supports search, sort and filter control that includes downloading projects by their status and date - and allows for download of more records to the database*.
Cloud-Based Labeling Solution Bridges Gap Between Office and Field
The unique iLink&Label app, which integrates the Brother P-touch EDGE E550W labeling tool with Fluke Networks’ newly updated LinkWare Live cloud-based project management system, bridges the gap between the office where the project originates and the jobsite where the data is needed for testing and labeling.
According to Ravi Panjwani, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Brother Mobile Solutions, “We are thrilled to introduce the next generation of our award-winning app which received a positive market response. The new iteration, branded as iLink&Label, is available globally, and features advanced capabilities so system designers and contractors around the world can now meet multiple cabling and ID project needs faster and more efficiently than ever before. Data is centralized in the cloud, input only once, and can be accessed wirelessly by multiple project stakeholders.” Panjwani adds, “Our collaboration with Fluke Networks, which marries industry-leading technologies, has truly been a game changer. This app, coupled with the new and improved LinkWare Live system, will continue to deliver an unparalleled jobsite workflow solution to users all over the globe.”
“With over fourteen million results uploaded to date, contractors are gaining efficiency with LinkWare Live”, according to Harley Lang, RCDD, Global Director of Marketing for Fluke Networks. “Brother’s iLink&Label app supports our latest improvements allowing users to share their projects with customers and subcontractors securely, further increasing productivity
How iLink&Label works
- In the office, the systems designer uses CAD to plan the network infrastructure, and then uploads cable ID and component identifiers to Fluke Networks’ LinkWare Live and report management application.
- Contractor downloads and installs free iLink&Label app (previous users of the LabelLink iOS app will need to upgrade to the new iLink&Label app to receive the new functionality).
- On the jobsite, the contractor or technician downloads the identifiers from LinkWare Live through an iOS device or iOS smartphone into a Brother P-touch EDGE PT-E550W industrial labeling tool, which is used to create and print high-quality, standards-compliant, laminated labels.
- On the jobsite, the contractor or technician downloads same identifiers and test setups into the Fluke Networks Versiv Cabling Certification System, performs the tests, and uploads testing results for each identifier to LinkWare Live.
The result is that the cable identifiers and test results for each project are stored in one place and can be retrieved and used as many times and virtually wherever it is needed. The process helps improve efficiencies, eliminate duplication of effort, reduce human error and dramatically improve the project labeling step. To learn more and preview the video, visit www.BrotheriLinkandLabel.com.
*An Android version will include the advanced functionality in 2019.