The collection of production data using handwritten documents has been proven in the manufacturing industry for many decades. In particular at locations without computer and network or power connections, handwritten document entry is often the only choice. The advantages appreciated by many companies are the ease of use, high flexibility, corrections easily made as well as legal security due to the employee signature.
However, a manual data transfer process (manual data encoding) is not only time-consuming, but also particularly prone to errors. Therefore, a typical goal for data collection is a more efficient approach without losing the advantages of paper-based data entry.