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What is a Wrap?

A Wrap is a web app created from an Excel file. They are launched from your ExcelWraps web site and will work on any device with a browser. Users of your website open wraps and enter data which is stored in a structured way on Microsoft SQL server. MyWraps reports extract data from the database which may be displayed in a tabular or chart view. Both tables and charts can be searched, filtered and sorted and each data item is linked back to the wrap that collected the information. Wraps are used for any type of data management process but we specialise in supporting engineering organisations. If you currently use spreadsheets or paper forms then the switch to online data capture and live reports is made simple using our technology. 

Who do you provide solutions for?

We offer cloud based Software as a Solution (SAAS) for the following railway clients:
2014 Hitachi Rail - CL395 Primary suspension, wheel load balance and vehicle levelling. CL395 overhaul workflow covering Unipart, Lucchini, Faiveley & Voith.
2016 Wabtec Rail - Overhaul workflow CL225, HST & Bogie overhaul.
2016 Bombardier Transportation - Overhaul Workflow CL321, CL357 & CL379
2017 Eversholt Rail Group - Fleet redelivery audits for CL91, CL315, CL318, CL321, CL365, CL375, CL455, CL700, MKIV & MKIV-DVT
2017 Brush Traction - Overhaul work flow for EMT158, ASRHST, ARN158, XCT170; Generic Additional Arising Work  (AAW) management; Generic Route Card for production planning.
2017 Siemens Rail - Wheelset management solution & heavy maintenance planning.
2018 Hitachi Rail Europe - AT300 fleets (largest in UK) KPI Scorecards, Overhaul Workflows and Derailment Stability Optimisation. 
2019 East Midlands Trains - Maintenance Planning System for HST train maintenance wraps for S exams (nightly), B exams (weekly) and X exams (quarterly).  

How much does it cost?

Uniquely we offer web app generation from Excel workbook but our price point is lower than other comparable conventional online form services. We also include built in volume discount based on both user count and consultancy hours.

Can I use wraps on tablets, smartphones and PCs?

Yes, replace your clipboards and pens with tablet devices and never struggle again to read undecipherable writing on paper forms. Take photos for direct upload to wraps and take videos to share best practise methods through your ExcelWraps web site (http://YourName.ExcelWraps.com). Just reach for your smart phone to check that the night shift managed to complete their tasks or that your subcontractor met his delivery. Field and sales engineers can be better integrated through mobile networks. These devices offer real productivity benefits to engineering businesses and can spark a revolution in your working practises. You can always stick with your trusty PC too.

So you can change my spreadsheet into an app?

Yes, but this is only a small part of the solution we are offering. We serve up many apps (or wraps as we call them) which feed information into your cloud database. Our 'MyWraps' reporting tool interrogates the cloud database. You control user access to wraps through your own ExcelWraps web site granting different access and privileges to different user roles.  This is a full enterprise business solution and much more than an app conversion service.

Is it easy to get it up and running?

Yes, its a simple three step process.

1) You Design in Excel

2) We Convert to Wrap

3) You Watch Data

How long is the conversion process?

We convert your excel workbook and publish your wrap on your ExcelWraps web site in about 5 minutes.

What can Wraps do that Excel cannot?

Wraps are wired through the internet so we can enhance Excel's native functionality to include server authenticated digital signatures, user role based conditional inputs, media uploads, linked data and drop-down lists created from other wraps, user selectors, images and hyperlinks that change in response to the calculation, GPS mapping, embedded media (audio, video, YouTube), barcode and QR code generators. In fact any functionality you see in the latest Smartphone apps can be created within a wrap. Wrap data is collected in a powerful MS SQL database and is instantly accessible through our MyWraps reporting system.

Who gets access to my Wraps?

You control all wrap permissions via your own ExcelWraps web site. You, as administrator of the site, can set up user roles (like staff, supervisors, managers, subcontractors and clients). Each user role will have different levels of access (e.g. signoff rights for staff, data lockdown controls for managers, only allowing subcontractors access to specific wraps and read only access for clients). You have full control of who has access to your wraps and any data they collect. You can also serve up other web content in the same way (web pages, pdf's, video...etc.) so your wrap is one element of a powerful multi-user ExcelWraps web site.

What if I need to update my Wrap?

Our version control and migration process is one of the strongest elements of our solution. You always see your data displayed in the latest version of the wrap even when it has been captured by a previous version of the wrap.  This allows you to produce a 'quick and dirty' wrap, to get going fast, and you can migrate to a 'sweet and elegant' wrap in your own time. 

Who owns the data?

All data belongs to you and will be treated entirely confidentially.

How do you keep my data secure?

All the data sits on our server but can be exported at any time. Communication between the server and your device is encrypted using https (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). This is the technology used by banks when you view your accounts on-line. Please read our Policies page which describes our governing principles regarding ExcelWraps services with regard to our security policydevelopment & testing policyclient data policyclient end user policyfair server usage policy and backup policyCompliance to these policies ensures MoreVision achieves the Service Level Agreement promised to our clients. Procedures for termination of the service are also described. 

What IT infrastructure is required?

None, this is a fully managed hosted solution, free from all software, backup and infrastructure worries. All you need to know is how to drive Excel and we deliver everything else.

What devices should I use?

Any, use your existing devices (PC, tablet or Smartphone) on your existing WiFi/3G/4G network. If you are concerned about their adequacy we can direct you to good devices and data connection options.

What if I lose my internet connection or if I need to work offline?

Wraps continue to work on your device without an internet connection and will hold its data even if the device is switched off. However wraps need to be connected to the internet to load up, to obtain signature authentication, to store data or uploaded media. If you are worried about the reliability of your internet connection we can also introduce you to network solution providers who will extend WiFi signals, provide 3G/4G/5G networks as a primary or fallback connection, install antennas and boosters to offer affordable internet solutions for rural sites, industrial sites, construction sites and in-vehicle roaming. These solutions provide 100% reliable connectivity.

Turnkey Solutions

Wraps are easy to create yourselves and we always do a little hand holding to get you up and running but we appreciate that sometimes you are simply too busy to launch any new initiatives. So we offer solutions prepared by the ExcelWraps team for fixed price solutions and delivered within short timescales. We'll meet with you and design a system to your requirements, we'll produce all the wraps, share with you the Excel source files, set up all your reports and even administer your site if required. Our development team can also provide customised data transfers to compliment your existing business system. Ask for Quotation.

How can I get started?

It takes less than an hour to watch the startup videos and install our XLW addin. Then you are ready to start creating wraps using our online help to guide you. You do Excel we do the rest...

Do you have any case studies of starting with wraps?

These videos show how wraps are introduced to the shop floor and how they were received and a first hand account from a client discussing the process of creating wraps and running a WrapSite

Do you have any case studies of wrap solutions?

A number of wrap applications are explained in the articles below: