Zoltek, a worldwide leader in carbon fiber production, approached Unidev to build a mobile app that enables shop floor operators to scan each spool of carbon fiber before adding it to the production line. This ensures that the fiber is within the correct specifications for the product being made and will help prevent production errors and eliminate waste.
Manufactured carbon fiber varies and each tow (a spool of carbon fiber) has slightly different characteristics. The purpose of this app is to provide a way of checking the tow before it is loaded into the production line. To do this, the bar code on the tow needs to be scanned and checked against information from the Zoltek factory. This gives operators the ability to scan a tow and get instant easy to read feedback. Additionally, the app needs to collect information about usage and notify managers of real-time changes.