BROTHER UK AND FLUKE NETWORKS ANNOUNCE JV

INDUSTRY NEWS: posted 9 February 2018

PRESS RELEASE - Network installers are to start benefitting from a new cloud-based solution following new Brother and Fluke Networks affiliation.

Brother has partnered with Fluke Networks’ LinkWare™ Live Affiliates Programme to produce iLink&Label -  a mobile application for iPhone which integrates Fluke Networks LinkWare Live with Brother’s PT-E550WVP labelling device for network installers. Streamlining cable labelling and network testing, the app creates a more efficient process which reduces costs and errors too.

Seamlessly connecting the office to the fieldworker, Fluke Networks LinkWare Live allows the project manager or system designer planning the network infrastructure to create cable IDs in LinkWare Live’s cloud-based system.

To print cable identifying labels, the contractor can then download and transfer the label identifiers directly into the PT-E550WVP label printer’s database from their smartphone or tablet via Brother’s free iLink&Label app and the product’s Wi-Fi connection https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/brother-ilink-label/id1110899380?mt=8. The contractor also downloads the same identifiers and test settings into the Fluke Versiv tester, meaning data is entered only once and stored in a central location.

Once downloaded, the network installer uses the P-touch device www.brother.co.uk/labelling/ptouch-labellers/pte550wvp to select the required cable identifiers in the cloud and then print without connecting to a computer. This solution has been introduced in response to the ongoing challenges facing field installation contractors.

The new process makes it easier and quicker for onsite workers and technicians responsible for installing, labelling, testing, certifying and documenting the finished installation.  iLink&Label makes the contractor’s role truly portable as they no longer have to carry a cumbersome laptop with them. They can download and print labels on site, avoiding manually typing network connection labels.

Minimising the time spent planning and preparing the labels, the database can be retrieved as often as required and can be accessed by multiple devices anywhere, therefore increasing the quality and efficiency of cabling projects, while reducing risk of errors and cutting costs.

“Brother is an ideal model for the companies Fluke Networks is looking to collaborate with as part of the LinkWare Live Affiliates Programme and create innovative products integrated with the LinkWare Live cloud platform,” said Robert Luijten, Field Marketing Manager for Fluke Networks.

“With over seven million results uploaded to date, installers worldwide are embracing LinkWare Live to transform how they work.  Using integrated applications like Brother’s iLink&Label gives them the tools they have been seeking to increase time savings, improve productivity, and derive more profit from projects.”

Ioana Nitu, Product Manager at Brother UK said: “Our affiliation with Fluke Networks means we can offer contractors a solution that will have a positive impact on their business. The app really is a game changer as it makes the cabling process more efficient, accurate and cost-effective.

“The solution is a significant technical development that provides the foundation for an effective cable management programme for the future which addresses the challenges faced by field installation contractors.”

The PT-E550WVP is ideal for large, complex network and data centre installations and is a one-stop device for all labelling requirements. The model has been developed with industry standards in mind, and offers different label widths to fit cables, patch panels and faceplates.

The device uses durable TZe laminated tapes and HSe heat shrink tubes with excellent resistance to water, abrasion, chemicals and temperature extremes. The strong adhesion means that labels are robust and built to last.

For more information, please visit www.brother.co.uk or contactAnthony Lomas on +44 (0) 7968 097264 or anthony.lomas@brother-uk.com

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