#NEUROLL – How Did We Do It?

The Problem

Do you ever find that some of your colleagues are just too busy to refill the toilet roll dispenser?

It’s infuriating, and it actually reduces your productivity by 12% per week whilst the problem is rectified, and those people on the receiving end of an empty dispenser see their performance levels drop by 30% due to the frustration.*

*These statistics may not be accurate and may also be entirely made up.

The Solution

Anything that damages productivity is a challenge that we at Neuways are willing to embrace – especially when that challenge can be overcome with IT.

We took an Amazon® Dash button and attached a micro-switch, then we designed a mount for the switch and a sleeve for the button using a 3D CAD programme and printed them on our 3D printer.

This is then fitted inside the toilet roll dispenser, and as the roll drops, it presses the micro-switch, which sends an alert that the dispenser needs refilling.

The Problem

Do you ever find that some of your colleagues are just too busy refill the toilet roll dispenser?

It’s infuriating, and it actually reduces your productivity by 12% per week whilst the problem is rectified, and those people on the receiving end of an empty dispenser see their performance levels drop by 30% due to the frustration.*

*These statistics may not be accurate and may also be entirely made up.

The Solution

Anything that damages productivity is a challenge that we at Neuways are willing to embrace – especially when that challenge can be overcome with IT.

We took an Amazon® Dash button and attached a micro-switch, then we designed a mount for the switch and a sleeve for the button using a 3D CAD programme and printed them on our 3D printer.

This is then fitted inside the toilet roll dispenser, and as the roll drops, it presses the micro-switch, which sends an alert that the dispenser needs refilling.

Firewall

Management

When the switch activates the button sends out a message over the internet. We put rules into our firewall to intercept the message – and make it stay within our network.

Software

Development

We created a program that receives the NEURoll requests. When the request is received, the program uses the MAC address of the button to identify the location of the dispenser, before sending an email informing someone that it needs refilling.

ERP

Integration

We created an XML file which feeds into our ERP system, creating a transaction that updates the consumption. We can monitor our stock levels and automate reorders at the optimum point, taking into account lead time, reorder quantity and on hand stock.

Business

Analytics

Using our own business analytics suite, NEUVue360, we’re able to query the ERP system and create dashboards to show us if we have the optimum settings on our stock records.

Even though NEURoll works, and we’re quite chuffed with it, it’s not really about the problem we solved. It’s the way we solved it. We harnessed the diverse range of skills amongst our team members to create a product that shows how we work at Neuways – innovatively, driven by IT, and always with good humour.

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