From Warehouse Floor To Customer Door – Streamlining Logistics with Rugged Tablets

4-Benefits-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Railway-Freight-Transportation-and-Logi...Managing supply chains in real time depends on having real time access to data. Customer expectations for the logistics industry have changed, with ever tightening delivery commitment windows; demands for full visibility into the progress of manufacturing, packing, and shipment; and minute by minute tracking from warehouse to delivery point. To meet these demands, a higher level of technology is required.

With mere hours or even minutes existing for transfers and documentation, rugged tablets have stepped up to fill the gaps left by older logistics practices. With the ability to enter, match, verify, and update data in real time, the challenges of the supply chain become manageable, speed and efficiency is increased, and human errors are minimized.

In the Warehouse

Picking, packing, and sorting in the warehouse is sped up exponentially by rugged tablets, which can operate as hand held devices, stationed in a wall cradle or forklift mounted for ease of access. Inventory tracking and management is streamlined with instantaneous recording and information transmission, while bar-code scanning for inventory management and tracking is fast and easy with fully integrated 2D scanners which can update records in real time. Restocking and rectification of inventory discrepancies can be managed smoothly, with package damage noted and items reassigned from “new” to “open box” status. Losses can be documented in real time and adjustments made.

In Transit

Shipping and receiving staff armed with tablets can do the work of six or seven using older documentation and record-keeping methods, speeding workflows during seasonal rushes or during high traffic hours. Item, pallet, and container-level tagging and management can completed swiftly, and transfer accomplished without lag using vehicles with mounted rugged tablets. Stop by stop tracking can be enabled, and traffic or delay updates sent in real time.

Delivery

Payment and signature capture options heighten efficiency at delivery points, allowing instant identity verification and confirmation of receipt. Real-time updating from tablet to HQ or dispatch keep the supply moving forward to the next destination, and helps plan routes for timed shipments for better productivity and higher customer satisfaction at the end of the line.

 

High end, purpose-built mobile devices with consistent connectivity lead to better outcomes in regard to successful delivery by relieving common pressure points and bottlenecks in the logistics flow. Rugged tablets for the supply chain enable more informed decision-making and improve order processing from the warehouse floor to the customer door.

Six Rugged Tablet Accessories for Maximized Efficiency, Productivity, & Mobility

8 Benefits of Vehicle Mount Tablets for Military, Law Enforcement, and F...Rugged tablets are durable, portable, functional, and easy to use. The benefits of rugged tech for military, government, utility, healthcare, and retail uses are almost unlimited. Custom accessories for DT Research rugged tablets can enhance performance, improve efficiency, and provide new ways to integrate tablets into the workplace, whether in the office, in a vehicle, or in the field.

Keyboards

  1. Detachable basic keyboard. This keyboard can turn a touchscreen tablet into a small notebook in seconds, allowing operation instantly without switching or pairing. The function is ideal for users who want to seamlessly go back and forth between touchscreen operation and rapid data entry via a conventional, familiar keyboard, and is ideal for 2-in-1 applications.
  2. Cradle compatible keyboard. The cradle-use keyboard requires no batteries, is compatible with the DT Research vehicle/wall mount cradle, and features a foldable design to save space and provide tablet screen protection. It also has a backlit, multi touch keypad with a QWERTY lay out and a full row of F1 to F12 function keys.

Chargers

  1. Battery charger. The DT Research battery charger allows multiple battery packs to be charged simultaneously, for quick hot swapping in medical facilities or busy government offices. The charger enables charging of up to six battery packs at a time.
  2. Tablet charging cabinet. The charging cabinet provides efficient charging for up to five rugged tablets at a time, with a simple locking connection, an internal fan for system cooling, and single wall-plug operation. It’s a convenient tablet charging and storage option ideal for first responders and military use.

Additional Accessories

  1. Digital pen. This easy to use active pen is designed with capacitive-coupled sensing technology for use with capacitive touch screens. The pen provides enhanced work efficiency by enabling a natural handwriting style that encourages in-the-field use and a seamless user experience.
  2. Carrying case. This case allows the rugged tablet to be used without removing it from the case. The tailored design transforms easily into a foldable tabletop stand which can be placed directly on any flat surface to quickly open-to-use in any location. Durable, waterproof and formfitting, the case securely protects the tablet from scratches, bumps, and drops.

Rugged tablets from DT Research are designed for supreme functionality in any and all locations and environments. These accessories can enhance user experience and heighten productivity.

Five Benefits Rugged Tablets Bring to the Table for Military Logistics

Key Features of Military Rugged TabletsMilitary supply lines need the ability to rapidly and efficiently transport goods from one place to another. Rugged tablets speed up this process and make it more effective, enabling better logistics and streamlining the entire process.

With rugged tablets, military officials can track their shipments from warehouse to final destination with real-time data and communication. The benefits are many and extremely high value:

Mobility

Rugged tablets for military logistics can be assigned to a location, a transport vehicle, or a shipment. Vehicle mounts provide an excellent way to enhance mobility, and handoffs can be quickly and efficiently completed. One tablet can follow a shipment throughout a journey, going from handheld to vehicle mounted to charging in an office or warehouse.

Communication

The ease of updating databases even from remote locations provides for easy handoffs with instant information transmission and confirmation from dispatch or a base. GPS can track the most efficient routes and shipment if required, to provide real time updates on progress and alert to issues or delays.

Durability

The sturdy design of rugged tablets ensures they can stand up to the harsh environments experienced in military supply lines, from extreme temperatures, mud, dirt, and rain to vibration in transport and impact from use in warehouse settings. Bumps or drops when loading/unloading crates and packages or during handoff can be withstood with military-rated devices.

Scalability

From a small, minimally staffed outlying base to a massive warehouse with hundreds of workers, tablets can be scaled to the operation in progress. The lifetime value of each device is extended by the fact that rugged tablets are built to resist obsolescence, and to remain compatible with rapidly changing software.

RFID Capability

Rugged tablets with RFID can read multiple tags, read at a distance, without direct line of sight, or even while tags are in transit, rewrite tags as needed, and integrate data with the latest information management software. RFID tags are weather- and tamper-proof, can hold more information than standard barcodes, and allow full automation with less manpower than is required for barcode systems.

Rugged tablets have been swiftly implemented into civilian and commercial supply chain logistics and are now delivering the same power and portability to military supply chains.

Rugged Tablets for Firefighters Increase Safety In Closely Populated Neighborhoods

Five Ways Rugged Tablets Benefit Fire & Rescue CrewsIn areas where real estate is prime, lots are smaller and houses closer together. A fire starting in one house can quickly spread, and modern building materials can increase the hazards faced by firefighters and emergency personnel.

The increased speed with which fire spreads throughout newer buildings constructed with composite materials is extremely dangerous, especially when coupled with the fact that the materials will burn and give off vapors that are increasingly hazardous and even lethal. Specialized fire training can help prevent first responder casualties and aid in fighting fires effectively, keeping flames from spreading and contributing to neighborhood safety.

Rugged tablets are now being used to implement new, 3D fire training programs, to improve operational and training practices. Powerful graphics processors deliver a seamless 3D experience, in which firefighters can fight virtual fires in a 3D environment through a realistic simulation. This provides a real-world experience for firefighters who have not yet worked in newer neighborhoods where crowding and extremely toxic vapors cause extra hazards to first responders and residents alike.

3D fire training includes: 

  • Situational awareness, with the ability to virtually view a building from the exterior and interior.
  • Risk assessment, with dynamic weighing of risks and benefits and assistance in identifying the best possible routes to take advantage of to get through the building and save trapped residents.
  • Hazardous materials management and informational training, to help decrease toxic fumes from burning composite materials and safely vent the building to decrease dangerous smoke exposure.

Images, PDFs, documents, maps and simulations can be leveraged to help rescue trapped residents, guide fire services officers, and plan swiftly in the face of spreading flames. When fires are in progress, or volatile situations are unfolding, rugged tablets provide mobility, enabling managerial and coordinating staff to go from office to vehicle to the scene without losing a minute of valuable communication time.

Emergent situations rely in appropriate, accurate intel. Rugged tablets with GPS / GIS functionality can help first responders respond where they are needed most, with the information they need for maximum safety and effectiveness to stop the fire and resolve the situation.

Rugged tablets for firefighting training and in-the-field analysis can help save lives by enabling the capture and sharing of real-time critical data to inform real-time decisions in coordination with dispatch, other units, and assisting agencies.

Seven “Must Have” Features of Military Rugged Tablets

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Military tablet computers must meet stringent operational requirements, and consumer grade devices don’t stand up to rigorous inspection and testing. Rugged tablets, however, can be custom built to withstand even the harshest environment, providing the security, stability, functionality, and speed of communication required for both on-base use and in-the-field mobility.

Rugged tablets will often be tasked with enduring wet or dusty environments, extreme hot and cold temperatures, and prolonged vibrations or repeated impacts. They must allow clear readability and operation in dark surroundings or bright sunlight, accept data input via a variety of options, be useable with gloved hands, bare fingertips, or digital styluses or pens, and deliver exceptional reliability at every turn.

Tablet internal components must match the rugged exterior, providing security, fast processing, and seamless communication of text, audio, video, and imaging. Military applications generally indicate that chosen devices display the following features in their design and construction:

  1. Durable housings must be impervious to contamination from dust, dirt, mud, water, moisture, and other contaminants, and should be capable of withstanding shocks, jolts, drops, and prolonged vibration.
  2. Displays must remain usable in direct sunlight and transition easily between dim and bright environments. Direct sun glare should be mitigated, and the display dimmable in dark environments for safety of mobile users in dangerous conditions. Customized displays should also allow input with touchscreens via stylus or even fingertip writing.
  3. Electronic components must be rated for wide temperature ranges, typically -40˚C to 85˚C Conformal coating of assembled circuit boards and/or potting of specific components may also be required to help prevent corrosion in humid environments or to aid in higher shock/vibration resistance.
  4. Military band radios, remote vehicle controllers, connective, military specific interfaces, and other government related options should be seamlessly implemented.
  5. Operating systems should prevent operation by non-approved users and allow customized configuration to manage specialized user and applications. Defining user and application access must be rapid and accurate.
  6. Encryption keys will enable the protection of both critical data and proprietary application codes stored on the tablet. CAC access can allow use of each device by a range of security levels, providing more flexibility and permitting one device to service several members on a team.
  7. Media blackout options and a “kill switch” function in case of loss or theft should also be part of a military device, and physical tamper detection mechanisms can be embedded to sense attempts to open the device or access it in other ways. Encryption keys can be wiped remotely, and the software set to self-destruct.

Designers of rugged military tablets must both understand the required applicable design of portable devices and be capable of managing the multiple requirements posed by electronics, operating system configurations, rugged casings, heat dispersion, display customization, data input options, and more.