FreePoint 2020 – A Year in Review
With the help of our partners, clients and employees, 2020 has been a year of change and growth for FreePoint Technologies. As we approach the end of the year, we like to reflect on our biggest accomplishments as well as the individuals that made them possible.
2020 started with a bang as we released ShiftWorx Plus, a revolutionary addition to the ShiftWorx platform that drove end-to-end real time insight into every aspect of the manufacturing floor. ShiftWorx Plus unlocked manufacturing data related to:
- Jobs, Parts, Work Orders
- Scrap, Waste, SKUs
- Operators, Team Leads, Supervisors
As demand for our ShiftWorx product suite grew, our custom software team shifted their focus to exclusively manufacturing. This was coupled with an acquisition of FreePoint’s non-manufacturing clients by Direct Impact Solutions who continued to serve the non-manufacturing CoreSolutions customers.
This renewed focus propelled significant growth and improvement in our cutting edge product offerings as we launched:
- A New Reporting Module
- Integration with AI and Business Intelligence Tools
- Digital Andon/Call Box Functionality
- Threshold KPI Functionality
- FreePoint Connect – which opened more connection flexibility (Kepware, OPC-UA) and allows you to manage your machines connected right in ShiftWorx!
Like all businesses this year, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the COVID-19 pandemic. This presented unprecedented challenges and a changing work environment for manufacturers, as we saw production pauses and an increased focus on remote monitoring. As the manufacturing industry restarted, we saw strong manufacturers emerge from the pandemic stronger and with renewed commitment to IIoT technologies. Data collected during the pandemic revealed some very interesting observations and our own team transitioned to working remotely, which the majority continue to do today.
2020 brought new relationships and strategic partnerships with world class ERP and manufacturing solutions providers like MIE Solutions, 3IS, and CIMX. These partners align with our corporate vision of prioritizing deep technology-driven insight, technical expertise, and actionable data in an easily understood format to help manufacturers increase production capacity, enhance employee engagement, and ultimately drive sustainable growth.
2020 also saw us selected as Qualified Service Providers with Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and has allowed us to work closely with many Ontario manufacturers through their Technology Assessment Program (TAP) and Grant.
It has been a very productive and exciting year for FreePoint Technologies. To our valued clients, loyal partners and dedicated employees, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to you for accompanying us on our continued journey.
We have big things on the horizon for 2021, and we can’t wait to share all that comes in the new year with you.