Introducing the Rugged PC for Warehouse Efficiency

Introducing-the-Rugged-PC-for-Warehouse-EfficiencyFrom the moment a warehouse worker clocks in, the workday consists of scanning, updating shipping logs and inventory, and making sure that shipments leave on-time and to the right place. It’s a busy environment, and it takes a lot of effort to keep up with everything that happens on every level of administration.

Paperwork can be hard to organize and transfer, but it can be hard to find a device that can manage portability and functionality at the same time. Laptops and computers can be too heavy and clunky to move as much as they need to, and smartphones don’t always have the screen-size and hardware capable of keeping up with workplace demands or conditions.

In cases like this, a rugged tablet may be the perfect option for a warehouse worker. With an intuitive slate design and almost all the capabilities of an actual laptop, they excel in both usability and mobility. They are made to move, whether it’s into the hands of an employee or into a docking station. They can be used almost anywhere, and come with features that smartphones and desktop or laptop computers may lack.

While many consumer-grade tablets are not fit for a high-risk environment like a warehouse, technology matched with rugged hardware is designed for hard use. With both waterproof casing and protection against dust and dirt, these purpose-built tablets can endure hard-use in almost any situation. They are also protected against drops and falls, with solid hard-shell casings on the exterior.

Along with their existing functions, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, rugged tablets can also be outfitted with helpful add-ons to assist employees every step of the way. From barcode scanners to docking abilities and RFID technology, tablets can be an invaluable tool no matter where you put it or how you use it. They can assist in transferring data, collecting information, and even communicating with other branches or employees.

With the availability of rugged tablets becoming more prominent, it’s becoming easier for companies to make the switch to portable tablet technology. As a mobile tool that can move with a shipment or with a worker, tablets are becoming the must-have item for any industrial setting.

Outfitting a company or crew with tablets is an investment. While rugged technology may seem like the pricier option initially, their durability and functionality makes them the best choice for any company looking for a long-lasting productivity boost.

Why Rugged Tablets are in Demand in the Construction Industry

BLOG 5 Why-Rugged-Tablets-are-in-Demand-in-the-Construction-IndustryConstruction was deemed one of the most dangerous fields of work in several studies in the past year, and while it’s hard to eliminate workplace accidents and hazards, it’s not impossible to minimize them and keep workers safe. With rugged tablets, it’s becoming easier to organize task forces, post updates and important notices, and keep track of workers and civilians in the area.

While many construction teams are integrating technology into the way they work, rugged tablets are the best option for on-site implementation. With a commercial-grade tablet, there is constant risk of damage from impact, getting dust or water damage in the field, or having the technology become outdated faster than it can be replaced.

In a construction setting, the technology and hardware has to be just as hardy as the workers. With durable glass screens and tough, tightly sealed cases, rugged tablets are built to withstand water damage, dust and sand, and multiple kinds of impact and vibration. They are also designed to keep up with and integrate with future software upgrades that may be introduced, so compatibility issues are reduced.

With tablet technology, construction workers can increase productivity, efficiency, and safety –  all of which are invaluable out on the field. They can take plans with them on the go, stay updated on changes, and pass information among crew members and managerial personnel in real time, as well as correspond with additional people off-site in municipal offices, architectural firms, and more. Workers can also write up inventories, submittals, and punch lists on the go.

Workers can get instructions, orders, and even important notifications in real time, incoming deliveries can be coordinated, change orders expedited, and any setbacks resolved quickly on the ground without the need to hand carry documents or blueprints back and forth. GIS and GPS allow even complex maps to be viewed on the spot, and corrections made or boundary lines verified instantly.

Construction site managers can benefit even more from having a mobile tablet computer on hand. They can keep track of employees both on and off the field, and make sure they’re where they need to be. Most construction site accidents happen because people are in the wrong place at the wrong time, unaware of a process and ending up in danger due to miscommunications. Such accidents can often be easily avoided with organization and awareness, and a tablet equipped crew has immediate access to everyone else when needed.

Rugged tablets are ideal for construction industry needs, and deployment across architectural firms, engineering companies, and contractor teams can make a new development or a municipal overhaul go like clockwork.

5 Logistics Verticals that Need Rugged Tablets Today

BLOG 1 Five-Logistics-Verticals-that-Need-Rugged-Tablets-TodayEvery day, over a trillion people, products, and materials around the United States are transported and processed. The system of workers handling persons, goods, and materials is the backbone of the manufacturing industry, and the source of a large chunk of the country’s wealth.

Here are five logistic verticals whose workers could benefit from the usability, versatility, and durability of rugged tablets.

  1. The Trucking Industry. According to national estimates, there are over 8.7 million people in the trucking industry in the United States alone. Trucking makes up much of our transport of goods, raw materials, and industrial equipment. With a rugged tablet, both drivers and handlers alike can keep track of shipments, adjust schedules, and find the best route possible while on the road.
  2. Railways. Trains contribute another large amount of the country’s transport of both materials, manufactured products, and even people. In the hands of a railroad conductor, a rugged tablet can keep up with the strict scheduling, car management, and the often harsh environments of the industry to speed up and simplify everyday processes.
  3. Airlines. Tablets may become a staple in airplanes worldwide, and for good reason. Basically for managing luggage, and from ordering drinks, watching movies, playing games, and even purchasing extra features on the plane, tablets can deliver most of the on-board entertainment in an individualized experience with back of the seat mounting options. Their durability make rugged tablets ideal for use in a busy, ever changing environment, and they’ll easily stand up to everyday use.
  4. Warehouses. Workers in a warehouse definitely know what it’s like to be on a schedule. From paperwork to routine deliveries, a warehouse manager or floor hand may be constantly working around the clock to make sure that products go out at the right time, get on the right truck, and go to the right place, as well as moving pallets and boxes within the warehouse and tracking change orders and inventory locations. Rugged tablets can help with scheduling, inventory, and with recording information on each delivery.
  5. Labeling/Packaging. Like the warehouse industry, labeling and packaging are filled with day-to-day routines. Tablets can help employees track and record every step of the packaging, labeling, and preparation for shipment process, and withstand hard use and harsh environments along the way.

The logistics industries will continue to find ways to implement rugged tablets into everyday routines, for productivity, efficiency, streamlining, and automation.

How Logistics can be Simplified with Rugged Tablet Applications

BLOG 7 How-Logistics-can-be-Simplified-with-Rugged-Tablet-ApplicationsSimplifying logistics is a primary goal for many companies, but practical solutions have been scarce. The advent of technological answers to the multi-faceted challenges faced by packaging, warehousing, and transportation companies is accentuated by the rugged tablet, which provides even more flexibility and functionality.

Handheld data devices in the early days of logistics related applications fell short on various levels. Out-of-the-box solutions didn’t have customization, and consumer quality tablets failed to stand up to the stresses placed on them by logistics based environments. Rugged tablets provide both purpose-built functionality, and the durability required for continual use in rugged environments, including warehouses and loading bays.

The right match of software and hardware makes rugged tablets unbeatable as a logistics solution. Benefits of a rugged tablet for logistics include:

  • Data capture on multiple fronts; keyed, touchscreen or digital pens manual entry, barcode scanning. RFID, and image based instant code reading or image capture capability via a camera with automatic download and storage. Signature capture, payment or shipment / package release with card scanner options, and more are all available.
  • Mapping on a road or in-warehouse level is simplified with rugged tablets. Workers can seamlessly go from tracking down a crate, pallet, or box in a warehouse to following that item through the loading process, providing directions for shipment and delivery, and tracking it to its final destination. Coordination with other shippers or transport options and quick hand off in or out of the system can be accomplished and reported. Alerts and notifications can be sent from the tablet in real time, and data shared on time or temperature sensitive deliveries in case of weather issues or traffic problems en route.
  • Communication is seamless, with connectivity between tablets and through a closed network both options to take advantage of depending on the situation. Security and privacy are ensured with encryption based on the highest levels of currently available technology, and lost or stolen tablets can be wiped remotely if required or tracked for their location.
  • Tasks can be streamlined and data transferred on the fly, without the need for constant stops to hand off documentation and less error due to manual input and copying of important information.
  • Tablets can be assigned to a location, a vehicle, or a shipment, as needed, handed off without fear of damage in rough working environments, mounted to vehicle dashboards or static terminals in bays, docks, or warehouses, and even used in ports with weather and moisture resistant features. Screens that adjust to light availability make tablets easy to read no matter what the conditions.

Rugged tablets can be expected to keep developing new process driven functionalities for the logistic industry.

Why Rugged Tablets Are Better than the Cloud for Construction Data

Why-Rugged-Tablets-Are-Better-than-the-Cloud-for-Construction-DataRugged tablets are making more appearances on construction sites as architect, surveyors, contractors, and field workers accept and implement new technology. Many cloud based solutions exist to provide connectivity and share information, but they have pitfalls that may cause delays and inaccuracies compared to using rugged tablets.

Here are five ways that rugged tablets beat offsite cloud solutions when it comes to dealing with construction data.

  1. Tablets can maintain connectivity to each-other and to their network without depending on in-and-out Wi-Fi or cloud data stored in a server with ineffective and undependable access. Instead of having to access the cloud for data, it can be easily accessed from the device itself, with stellar storage capability and viewing options that even permit overlays and other functionality not commonly available in cloud based solutions.
  2. On the spot GPS and GIS functionality beats the cloud when it comes to boots on the ground on a construction site. The most up-to-date information can be accessed and corrected if needed, without multiple checks and questioning data accessed on the cloud – especially in real time.
  3. Tablets can replace a physical logbook with a multi-media, instantly shareable data input and sharing devices that can be passed hand to hand and transmitted seamlessly. Photos can be taken and added to the file without the need for a separate device and transfer process. 3-D modeling can be done and synchronized across devices so everyone on the team is in the loop.
  4. Compatibility with existing construction software and architecture makes rugged tablets easier to work with than being confined to cloud solutions that may or may not be compatible or kept up-to-date with preferred systems.
  5. Dedicated field applications allow finger swiping, stylus tapping, and minimal typing with keyboard use options and easy visibility on screens that adapt to light conditions. Apps typically work better than browser based cloud access in the field and on smaller devices than a PC or laptop.

Rugged tablets for the construction industry can mesh perfectly with existing IT infrastructure, and create opportunities for field workers and on-site managers that cloud based solutions find difficult to match. Data can be analyzed, compared, crunched, and sorted based on specific parameters, and coding applied that is customized for the software and blueprints in question, rather than being stuck with the defaults provided by cloud solutions.