Great Plains Industries (GPI)
Our investment in Flint Hills Group over four months resulted in a superior product for our customers than using less specialized internal engineering resources. Flint Hills Group staffed a team of experts targeted towards our product which sped up the development process and greatly improved the quality of the product. Our Sales teams are extremely excited about the product sales opportunities with technology injected by Flint Hills Group!
GPI is known worldwide for its high-quality fuel transfer pumps, fuel meters, flow meters and industrial instrumentation for fluid transfer pump and liquid flow meters. GPI is home to the GPI®, FLOMEC® and GPRO® brands that serve all sectors including industrial, commercial and retail customers. Their latest QSE Mag Flowmeter is an electromagnetic flowmeter powered by Flint Hills Group technology.
Provide a Usable & Functional Mobile App for Flow Metering
In the past, flow metering had been accomplished through an LCD display on the meter itself or by connecting external equipment. GPI wanted to lead the industry by providing an app that could configure and monitor the meters from the convenience of a user’s mobile device.
GPI originally enlisted an internal resource to take on this important challenge. While the developer was a skilled professional, he wasn’t well versed in all three areas required:
- User experience and interface design,
- Mobile app software development, and
- Firmware development
After many months of limited collaboration and somewhat isolated development, a mobile app was implemented that had numerous fundamental usability and functional problems. Early releases to the sales force were initially met with enthusiasm but soon turned to frustration and frantic support calls as they tried to learn the app and demonstrate it to their customers.
When the developer left the company, GPI was faced with the challenge of finding the appropriate team to bring the app up to their expectations. After preliminary discussions with Flint Hills Group (FHG) leading to an understanding our capabilities, GPI turned to us for a complete solution.