Brother and Fluke Networks Team Up to Deliver Cloud-Based Solution for Integrated Cable Testing and Labelling

Two top global brands unveil the world’s first on-the-jobsite workflow solution for printing cable and ID labels from data generated in testing phase

Sydney, Australia – 4th September 2017 – Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd, a premier provider of mobile and desktop printing, scanning and labelling solutions, is pleased to announce its recently formed relationship with Fluke Networks, the world’s leading provider of tools for the certification, troubleshooting, and installation of network cabling.

Brother has licensed Fluke Networks’ LinkWare™ Live API to create iLink&Label, the first mobile app and back end solution designed to dramatically streamline the network and cable labelling process.

Leveraging the Cloud for Advanced Cable Labelling & Testing

Built on Fluke Networks’ LinkWare™ Live platform, the new solution leverages the latest developments in cabling certification testing technology and advanced mobile printing capabilities to deliver unprecedented speed, efficiency and accuracy to the cable ID and labelling process – a discipline which continues to grow in scope, complexity and urgency as data centres evolve. Electrical construction and engineering contractors can now meet multiple project needs for cable ID by inputting data only once.

“This solution was created by two great brands combining their technologies to make network wire, cable and component testing and labelling faster and easier than ever before”, said Stefanie Dixon, Marketing Manager (SMB) at Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd. “It’s a real game-changer, especially for contractors engaged in standards-based labelling of large and complex datacom installations. Our Brother team is thrilled and excited to work with Fluke Networks to introduce the iLink&Label application to Australia.”

Nicole Rynsaardt, Field Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific of Fluke Networks, adds: “LinkWare Live bridges the gap between the project manager’s office where the data for testing cables and printing labels originates, and the jobsite where Fluke Networks Testers and Brother labelling tools are used by the installation crew. For network designers, integrators and contractors, the combination of Versiv, LinkWare Live, and the iLink&Label app automates multiple workflow processes and will help eliminate a major pain point in jobsite productivity. More importantly, it ensures labelling accuracy across the entire project.”

A Snapshot of the New Solution in Action

Here is a snapshot of how it works: •In the office, the systems designer uses CAD to plan the network infrastructure, and then uploads cable ID and component identifiers to LinkWare Live, Fluke Networks Cabling Certification tester and report management application
• Contractor downloads and installs free iLink&Label app
• On the jobsite, the contractor or technician downloads the identifiers from LinkWare Live through a smart phone into a Brother PT-E550WVP industrial labelling tool, which is used to create and print high-quality, standards-compliant laminated labels
• On the jobsite, the contractor or technician also downloads the same identifiers into the Fluke Networks Versiv™ Cabling Certification System, performs the tests, and uploads testing results for each identifier using LinkWare Live
Basically, this means that the cable identifiers and test results for each project can be stored in one place and can be retrieved and used as many times as needed.

Michael Morales, Product & Business Planning Manager at Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd, notes: “Brother created an app for our PT-E550WVP label printer that interacts seamlessly with the cloud ID data file, so installation workers can instantly access the relevant cable identifiers and create and print labels without the need for additional data entry. This not only ensures accuracy and consistency of the network labelling scheme as designed and built, but also provides the foundation for an effective cable management program going forward.”

The Brother PT-E550WVP is a compact, full-featured industrial labelling tool featuring wireless connectivity for transferring data and printing directly from mobile devices. Designed by industry professionals for industry professionals, it can print wider labels (up to 24mm wide) ‒ including heat shrink tube ‒ and is ideal for labelling large, complex IT network projects. The ruggedly-built PT-E550WVP combines powerful technology with advanced features and intuitive operation that make the labelling job faster, simpler and more efficient for the installation crew, without the need to read a manual or undergo extensive training.

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About Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd
With over 100 years in operation, Brother International is globally recognised as a brand synonymous with delivering product innovation and customer satisfaction. A specialist in its product lines, Brother is always ‘At Your Side,’ with its customer first approach in all aspects of business. Brother combines this customer satisfaction and its strong commitment to environmental conservation to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products in the printing, sewing, imaging and labelling markets.

Brother International Australia was established in 1977 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. With a head office located in Sydney and State offices nationally throughout Australia, Brother has grown from humble beginnings to a diversified multinational corporation.

About Brother Earth
Brother has made a commitment to sustainability and making a positive difference to the environment. Brother Earth is a Brother initiative and aims to build a society that achieves sustainable development by taking responsibility and considering the environmental impact of all aspects of business operations. At Brother Earth, visitors can choose how funds are allocated and see how Brother is contributing to environmental sustainability on a global level. ‘Click for the Earth’ at www.BrotherEarth.com and Brother will contribute to an environmental conservation project on a consumer’s behalf.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the worldwide leader in certification, troubleshooting, and installation tools for professionals who install and maintain critical network cabling infrastructure. From installing the most advanced data centers to restoring service in the worst weather, our combination of legendary reliability and unmatched performance ensure jobs are done efficiently. For more information, call 1-800-283-5853 (US, Canada), 1-425-446-5500 (International) or visit www.flukenetworks.com

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Source: PR Wire