Rugged Tablets for Manufacturing Help Achieve Company Goals

Customizing-Manufacturing-Workflows-with-Rugged-TabletsManufacturing companies face distinct challenges when it comes to efficiency, work processes, waste, productivity, inventory management, and cost overruns.

Rugged tablets for manufacturing factories and plants can help streamline workflows and resolve many issues thanks to key features that overcome obstacles to high level production. They are ideal for companies that have a focus on reducing waste, improving efficiency and  enhancing overall business models.

What purpose built tablets provide for manufacturing is a mobile technology that can be deployed in warehouses, utilized in the office, and taken outside where dust and extreme temperatures can have an adverse effect on consumer grade devices.  Off the shelf, mass manufactured tablets typically stand up poorly to rain and snow, cannot withstand dust-coated manufacturing areas, and fail to provide clear visibility when used in direct sunlight or taken from sun to shade and back again.

The DT301 is a 10 inch rugged tablet with a capacitive touch outdoor-viewable display, featuring an Intel processor and a rugged casing that is durable enough to meet all demands in the warehouse, on the manufacturing line, and even when mounted on forklifts. High-capacity, hot-swappable battery packs ensure that downtime is minimized or eliminated, and a 6 bay battery charging station can keep up to 6 batteries charged at any given time.   

The DT301 has met or exceeded military standards (MIL-STD) for shock and vibration resistance (810G) as well as EMI and EMC tolerance parameters (461F). The tablet has also passed the IP65 rating to resist water and dust, and can continue to operate in extremely harsh conditions, including geographical challenges such as heat, humidity, ice, and snow.

Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth deliver seamless communications, and a smart card/CAC readers provide for efficient data capture and variable, customized security access level verification. An optional, fully integrated 5 megapixel back camera can capture and analyze images in real time, and transmit them on demand from the manufacturing floor to the office on demand.    

Manufacturers can utilize these features to facilitate real-time capture of receiving inventory, to improve the speed of taking inventory and enhance safety audits. A USB port or Bluetooth driven external long range barcode scanner can accurately read codes 12-15 feet away, and workers can utilize an optional shoulder strap for hands-free carrying between office, manufacturing floor, and the warehouse or loading docks.

Continuous improvement goals are now possible, as rugged tablets streamline workflows for multiple business functions across all locations, providing and verifying real-time data on inventory, receiving, manufacturing and safety audits. With the adoption of the DT301 tablet, the manufacturing industry is better equipped to leverage technology and experience unprecedented growth.

6 Ways Rugged Tablets are Improving Package Handling

BLOG 1 Five-Logistics-Verticals-that-Need-Rugged-Tablets-TodayRugged tablets for warehouse use can take package handling to the next level, streamlining processes up and down the aisles increases efficiency, boosts productivity, and creates smarter ways of working.

Workflows for warehouse, package handling, and delivery tasks can be made more efficient with rugged tablets, making more productive and freeing up time for high-priority tasks. Rugged tablets with multiple features for warehouse use can help cut time, reduce paperwork, decrease the incidence of accident, injury, or errors, and improve overall efficiency of warehouse process from top to bottom.

Industrial grade, purpose built tablets are ideal for the harsh environment of the warehouse floor. Forklift mount options can keep tablets securely docked and carrying cases enable hands free transport. Rugged tablets are also built tough, to provide protection against drops, falls, and other forms of shock.

Military standards regarding extreme temperatures are adhered to, meaning there isn’t a situation in which heat or cold will be likely to cause malfunction in a warehouse. Resistance to water, dust and sand is also up to military specifications, for a tablet that will withstand hard use and rough environments with ease.

Tablets can be utilized to monitor and diagnose package moving machinery in the warehouse, reading codes and sending messages to appropriate personnel in case repairs are required before checking to see where the closest replacement equipment is located or altering schedules to account for a limited range of options.

Problems can even be spotted ahead of a malfunction, noting a decrease in efficiency and prompting a check which could result in a fast recalibration or repair and a return to full steam – eliminating costly downtime and keeping manufacturing at full production.

Tablets are also invaluable for tracking packages, using barcodes or RFID tags to swiftly inventory packages, check for verification, sort and distribute, and prepare for shipment as needed. Every package can be tracked in this manner in real time, and consumer side advantages include the ability to find out where their package is and track it to themselves.

Tablets can be used to scan unknown packages, contact other members of the workforce, report to superiors, and capture signatures and visual data. They are the perfect device for enhanced package handling in times of high volume production.

Slim and portable, these tablets can resist many forms of physical damage while still performing effectively, giving reliable performance for logistics and handling.

Purpose-Built Tablets for Warehouse Logistics

Implementing-Forklift-Mounted-Rugged-Tablets-for-Warehouse-UsPurpose-built tablets are an excellent choice for use in warehouse environments, thanks to the matching of superior software and durable hardware. The addition of a mobile cart can make purpose-built tablets the take-anywhere, do-anything solution for warehouse workflows that require mobility, functionality, and the ability to track individual items, boxes, pallets and truckloads from the time they enter the warehouse until the moment they leave it.

Purpose-built tablets need several key features to be warehouse-friendly. Battery life, overall quality, durability and reliability are vital, while wireless capability, optimal GPS quality, and drop and water/dust protection are crucial criteria for when choosing a tablet for a warehouse and logistics environment. Tablets can deliver multiple benefits for such functionality, including:

  • Long battery life, with hot swappable battery options to keep the line moving without interruption
  • High quality, fully integrated and reliable components both in regard to hardware and software, for obsolescence resistant devices that can be in service for years
  • A range of indoor/outdoor readable display sizes and touch screens as well as keyboard, touch, or digital pen input options
  • Wireless functionality, GPS and Bluetooth capabilities, and multilayered security protections
  • Camera availability and barcode and RFID scanners

The cart-mounted tablet can be moved quickly through the warehouse, doing inventory or picking, as it creates a trail that consists of data that is recorded, stored, and transmitted as needed to various other devices or storage points in the network. Every step of any unit’s journey can be documented, as it is tracked, identified, registered, inventoried, labeled, and deployed.

Warehouse floor and bay workers can scan bar or RFID codes, take real time pictures of damage or mislabeled goods, note if repackaging is required, verify location in the warehouse and inventory counts for bulk items, and share all information seamlessly with others in the supply chain.  

Incoming and outgoing shipments can also be recorded, streamlining logistics and shortening time spent at checkpoints by allowing fast, secure verifications of shipment numbers, invoices, packing lists, truck seal numbers, and other vital pieces of documentation. Signatures can be recorded easily with signature capture and every action is time and date stamped for later reference. All data and documentation is less likely to contain errors and more readily searched and retrieved as required.    

Purpose-built tablets are designed to increase efficiency and productivity, and can be the turning point for warehouse and logistics overhauls.

Rugged Tablets Are Making BIM Accessible to Engineers

4 Benefits of Rugged Tablets for Construction Site ManagersConstructing buildings, plants, and monuments is a labor intensive construction process that starts with the input of architects and engineers. While Building Information Modeling (BIM) has improved traditional building design, keeping the BIM up-to-date typically requires professional survey crews, specialty service providers or in-house teams with specialized equipment to measure the as-built state of a project and do a model update.

Now, any engineer can use rugged tablets with 3D technology to document the as-built state of a project. Instead of senior engineers being deployed to inspect and measure a site, non-specialists to quickly gather this information and transmit it to the senior engineers in the office, freeing up their valuable time.

A single device can be used to capture and geo-reference 3D data. Fast, accurate construction validation can be accomplished using a 3D RealSense camera to capture data and generate georeferenced, high-resolution photographs that are easily integrated with CAD, BIM traditional survey and tripod-based laser scanning.  

Measurement precision accuracy is vital for the safety of engineers, construction workers and the public as it is crucial to map the fiber optic cables, gas lines, and other sub-level utilities equipment. Sub meter accuracy to centimeter level accuracy measurements can be retrieved in real-time with 3D RealSense camera software to deliver the most accurate digital measurements available for underground utilities.

Revamping or restoring an existing structure can be complex and dangerous for engineers who only have outdated 2D drawings or no blueprints at all. Rugged tablets with 3D technology can capture current assets to produce design documentation and generate CAD BIM models.

Using rugged tablets with 3D technology for BIM processes limits risk exposure, both physical and financial. The shortened project cycle times can get infrastructure up and running quickly despite change orders, and expedite payments for contractors thanks to real time verification of task completion.

Highly accurate digital measurements can be utilized along with digitally verified photographic images and rapid IT system data transfers to assist in mitigating discrepancy risks – particularly in the case of underground or buried utilities assets that may not be properly documented. 3D and 2D images with data can establish the condition of the assets before and during implementation, and key points isolated to address the emergent issues and provide proof of proper action.  

Rugged tablets with 3D technology and RealSense cameras used to implement and maintain BIM allows companies the opportunity to leverage a single investment over and over, increasing efficiency and productivity while protecting stakeholders’ investment.   

How Rugged Tablets Benefit Shipping Logistics in Four Verticals

How-Rugged-Tablets-Reduce-Errors-in-Logistics-SituationsEvery day, products and materials around the United States must enter the supply chain, and logistics operations need high tech solutions to keep up with ever tightening windows for checkpoints and deliveries. Here are four shipping logistics verticals whose workers could benefit from the durable, versatile rugged tablets to smooth the way:

Trucking

The 8.7 million people driving America’s trucks transport food, goods, raw materials, and industrial equipment. Routes may change depending on traffic, roadwork, and other factors. Mounted rugged tablets can be used to plan those routes with real-time information and GPS capabilities, so dispatchers and drivers can keep track of shipments, adjust schedules, and find the best route possible while on the road.

Railway

Trains transport vast amounts of materials, manufactured products, goods and foodstuffs from coast to coast and border to border. In the hands of a train conductor, a rugged tablet can keep up with the strict scheduling and car management required to stay running and make stops on time, and streamline the processes that must of necessity be completed in a harsh, unforgiving work environment.

Airline

Massive planes loaded with civilian and military supplies, furniture, vehicles, retail shipments, raw goods (both import and export) and more fly the skies. Tablets can be connected to Wi-Fi and high-speed data sources to track and broadcast their location, access and collect important information (including from IoT sensors), and work equally as well in planes designed for human transport, allowing for baggage tracking, plane and gate management, hospitality ordering and passenger alerts.

Bus

Many items are still sent by bus in more rural areas, and passengers can rely on high level tech to keep them safe and get them to where they are going. Tablets can be used for ticketing, package tracking, signature capture for ticket changes or package pickup, and bus monitoring and maintenance as well as scheduling and detour tracking.

The ability of rugged tablets to go from car to office to warehouse to mounted in a truck cabin, aircraft cargo space, bus cabin, or railway car means they can be as mobile as required and also a fixed point that records vital data and transmits as needed to keep logistics in all four verticals on track. The supply chain can be kept running, and every minute, dollar, and passenger or package accounted for in real time. Adding rugged tablets to the logistics leg of your organization can improve accountability and deliver best results.