Smienk Calculate App

Calculate stair-elevators from Excel to a Power App


About Smienk Trapliften

Smienk Trapliften is a pioneer in reusing stairlifts and have now made many thousands of people happy with a stairlift. Smienk is the premier company in used stairlifts of all brands, with the goal of making a stairlift affordable for everyone and eliminating waste. Smienk operates throughout the Netherlands and also has operations in Germany and Belgium.

“Working with Sparse is really recommended. The first version of the Power App was ready for testing within a week.”

Challenge: Ensure that the error proneness of stairlift calculations is reduced

The challenge is to digitize an error-prone and manual process. This prevents errors and saves time. Before a stairlift can be reused, it must first be completely overhauled. An important part is mapping the dimensions of the elevator in combination with the staircase situation. Based on this, it can be calculated whether it will fit. If necessary, the stairlift can be adjusted. This calculation is done in Excel and involves many administrative operations and is very error-prone.

Solution: quick and simple ability to calculate stair elevators on a tablet

Sparse has developed an app based on Microsoft’s Power Platform. With this Power App, it is possible for Smienk to perform the calculation process completely digitally. This includes performing triangle calculations, viewing orders and accounting for the output of the process. This ensures that the lead times of the process are significantly shortened and error reduction is reduced. The Power App is linked via Power Automate with AFAS so that customer data is automatically loaded. The app is also available on a tablet, providing flexibility in the use of the Power App.

What did the client think?

Working with Sparse is really recommended. The desired functionality is immediately converted into a workable app. As a result, the first version was ready for testing within a week. Adding functionalities was very easy because we were in direct contact – through fine communication – with the Power Platform Consultant.

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