Streamlining Logistics with Purpose Built Rugged Tablets

Streamlining-Logistics-with-Purpose-Built-Rugged-TabletsSimplifying logistics is a definitive goal for the supply chain industry, but effective solutions have been hard to implement. Technological advances provide viable answers to the challenges that face packaging, warehousing, and transportation companies, and rugged tablets deliver flexibility and functionality.

Handheld out-of-the-box data devices don’t have customization, and consumer quality tablets have repeatedly failed to stand up to the demands of high energy logistics based environments. Rugged tablets are designed for both purpose-built functionality and durability, making the ideal solution for use in rugged environments, such as warehouses and loading bays.

Being able to assign a tablet to a dock, a vehicle, a shipment, or a specific vendor or delivery service can make tracking every item in a warehouse or system easy and effective.

Benefits of purpose built rugged tablets for logistics include:

  • Data capture via various formats, including keyboards, touchscreens, digital pens, barcode or RFID scanning, and image based instant code reading or image capture capability. Signature verification, payment or shipment / package release, onscreen input capture and card scanner options, and more.
  • Real time tracking and mapping, whether in the warehouse or on the road. Workers can track a crate, pallet, or box in the warehouse through the loading process, shipment, and delivery, all the way to its final destination. Multiple shippers are no problem, with updates on time or temperature sensitive deliveries and alerts about weather or traffic delays delivered instantly.
  • Communication between tablets and through a closed network to dispatch, vendors, carriers, and HQ are secure and private with encryption based on the latest technology. Lost or stolen tablets can be tracked or wiped remotely if required.
  • Documentation errors are minimized, data handoff seamlessly achieved, and duplication of work slashed to a minimum with immediate updates across systems.
  • Tablets can be handed off without fear of damage in rugged environments, mounted securely to vehicle dashboards or static terminals, used with docking systems for swift mobile to hand carry status, and even used in areas with high humidity, severe weather, and temperature extremes.
  • Screens that adjust to light availability allow easy indoor to outdoor transitions, and touchscreens, detachable keyboards, digital pens, and battery charging stations ensure the tablets can be used around the clock as needed.

Rugged tablets can be expected to keep providing superlative answers for the logistics industry, driving supply chains forward while improving productivity and speed.

 

Clicking, Picking and Packing – 5 Ways Rugged Tablets are Transforming Warehouses

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Order fulfillment requires a number of processes that cannot be handled entirely by machine. Picking and packing may be handled by actual employees or with the help of robotics, but that does not mean technology cannot improve upon either system. Mobile devices like tablets are making it easier for employees to improve efficiency, save time, and become more productive.

Rugged tablet systems are ideal for these situations. Along with being the most durable option for this setting, they can transform warehouses into a well-oiled machine of its own. By offering employees the blueprints they need, tablets can improve existing systems and help input newer, more efficient routines.

Here are five ways that rugged tablets are transforming warehouses.

  1. More comprehensive data collection. Without the need for reports, data can be easily collected and assessed at the end of the day. Checks and balances can be created to make sure every step of the work process is completed, and digital records are much harder to lose.
  2. Increased productivity. When workers are given the tools they need, they can do their jobs faster and more efficiently. Tablets can determine the most productive route to take, what needs to be done, and keep track of packages.
  3. Better assessments. Because tablets are always collecting data, managers can assess employee performance and productivity easier. Problems with the system can be ironed out quickly, and improvements can be identified much faster.
  4. Increased accuracy. Employees are less likely to make mistakes when they have all the necessary resources at their fingertips. Having tablets on-hand can give them the guidelines and reminders they need to avoid or identify mistakes.
  5. Better communication. If something goes wrong, more than one set of hands is needed to fix it. Tablets offer real-time communication, so employees can call in a problem right when it happens. The necessary support can be reached immediately, which creates less downtime.

While many warehouses have been trying to phase out traditional packing lists, many mobile devices have not stood up to the task. Rugged tablets are purpose-built for hard use, and can withstand almost any potential damage. They’re designed with protections against drops, falls, and impact damage.

Rugged tablets can handle any warehouse workload. Having a digital record-keeping system also prevents data loss, so companies can always keep track of their assets. Rugged technology is changing warehouses across the world, and it’s only a matter of time until tablet-based picking carts replace their predecessors.

Advantages of Warehouse Rugged Tablets for Forklift Maintenance

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Forklift-mounted computers are being hailed as the future of effective, efficient warehouse operations. For many companies which have already adopted use of mounted rugged tablets, the effect on forklift drivers and other warehouse personnel work is immense.

Elsewhere in the warehouse, tablets provide a fast and easy way to maintain inventory, check records, pick and pack, and more. They offer comprehensive capabilities including comprehensive “one-stop” computing and communications in a device that has been rigorously and specifically designed and constructed to withstand the extreme environment of warehouses. Tablets are also the ultimate mobile device for warehouses, offering both the portability to grab and go and the stability and convenience of vehicle mounting.

Warehouse managers are looking to further streamline processes using rugged tablets for forklift maintenance, Tablets can be mounted then hooked into the forklift’s computer system, running diagnostics and checking for issues. Tablets assigned to a specific lift can be programmed with regular updates and reminders to do standard maintenance such as oil checks. They can also provide prompts when the vehicle is turned on to help spur rookies to perform startup checklists and also at the end of the day to double check everything before shutting down.

Being able to maintain every forklift in a warehouse, compile data about the sustainability of the vehicle and highlight any trends in problems with particular machines, parts, makes, or models can help prevent accidents or mechanical failures and keep workers safe. Forklifts can also be earmarked for overhauls when appropriate or booked for training sessions when needed.

The complexities of warehouse management demand the provision of data, the ability to quickly communicate the same from worker to worker, and a way to track every entry and change. Rugged tablets for warehouse use streamline this part of the supply chain, making it easy to provide more data directly to those working on the floor or driving forklifts and trucks – and to collect more data from the warehouse in real time for managers and supervisors.

Warehouse managers need sophisticated software applications and greater mobility and reduced costs without sacrificing real-time access to information. Robust systems installed on rugged tablets provide support for advanced data gathering and communications applications. The networks cost less to administer when deployed across an entire warehouse, and the subsequently streamlined processes increase productivity.

Managers who choose purpose built tablets for warehouse operations and forklift maintenance avoid the pitfalls of consumer grade devices which may include a lower up front cost but can cause havoc on budgets on the back end with high out-of-pocket costs required to repair and replace non-industrial strength devices and not insubstantial costs associated with a loss of productivity due to downtime. Mounted and handheld rugged tablets are tough enough to keep everything from the warehouse forklifts to the back-office linked and operating at maximum efficiency.

Automating Warehouse Processes and Production with Rugged Tablets

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To an outsider, a warehouse may look like a hub for chaotic activity. You have employees sorting, organizing, and packing goods, while others monitor and move the products from place to place. In order to keep track of deliveries and shipments, a high degree of organization is required. With tablets, many of the necessary processes can be streamlined. Here are a few ways that tablets can automate functions within a warehouse.

Better Inventory Counts

Warehouses are used to store merchandise and goods, making them the halfway point between the manufacturer and the consumer. In order to keep track of the goods, they have to be carefully logged and transported every step of the way. Inventory counts can be simplified with rugged tablet applications, and employees can move freely with the mobile computer in hand. What used to be a time-consuming and bothersome task is now efficient, making time for other important things.

Increase Organization

When employees know where everything is, you save time locating and moving product from one place to another. RFID and barcode tags can be used to organize shipments, so employees don’t have to open it or locate paperwork to figure out what’s inside. Information about where the shipment is supposed to go can also be included within the barcode/RFID report, making it easy for the shipments to meet their destination.

Better Employee Management

Employees are the heart of any operation, no matter how much of the process is automated. With rugged tablets, you can give employees the tools they need to do their jobs faster, better, and more efficiently. Tasks can also be tracked and assigned digitally, making sure that there’s no confusion on the warehouse floor. By replacing stationary computers with tablets, employees can carry their work with them, making things easier on all involved parties.

Less Paperwork 

Paperwork is quickly becoming something of the past, and papers can easily become lost or ruined in a warehouse setting. When employees are constantly identifying, moving, and recording shipments, they cannot keep editing and printing out paperwork to match. With rugged tablets, all the necessary data can be kept safely on an internal hard drive and connected to the mainframe or the cloud. Protected against water, dust, and shock damage, rugged tablets are far more durable than consumer grade devices.

With purpose-built technology, warehouses can increase efficiency, reduce downtime, and improve both employee and customer experience. While we’re a long way from fully automating our warehouses, tablet technology is a step towards a simpler, more efficient system.

 

From Field to Fresh Produce Aisle – How Tablet Tech is Transforming Agri-Logistics

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The food manufacturing industry is one of the largest in the world. This comes as no surprise; we all need food to survive, and we all want food that is safe, fresh, and carefully handled. However, because of the prevalence of foodborne illnesses, companies have to take extra measures to prevent contamination.

While it’s impossible to completely eliminate all sources of infection, it is possible to reduce the chances of them hurting us. With proper management, monitoring, and sanitation, the likelihood of foods carrying disease goes down immensely. Rugged tablets are helping to improve sanitation from the ground up, starting on the agricultural level.

Industrial PCs for Agricultural Use

Nowadays, farmers utilize some of the most advanced technology on the market. While many people believe that much of our agriculture revolves around century-old tradition and grunt work, that’s not the case. Industrial PCs are used around the world to maximize yield and monitor crops as they grow and mature. Earth’s population is steadily growing, and farmers need technology to keep up with demand.

Automated farming is a concept that grows every year. Drones can be used to monitor fields, irrigation is handled by computers, and livestock are tagged and tracked with digital programs. The computers that do this job are complex and specialized — definitely not something a common consumer could find for a few bucks.

Lot Traceability

Traceability is the ability to track a supply to its source. The moment produce is put on a truck and stamped, it becomes traceable. From there, companies can follow the goods until they’re put on a shelf. Tablets can increase traceability by making it easier to track and stamp goods.

When it comes to food, traceability is a serious matter. If only one batch of food is contaminated, you want to find it quickly — before the matter becomes a food recall, if possible. However, if a contaminated batch does make it out, traceability makes it easier for companies to track down the source of the issue. With tablets, problems with a batch can also be identified before they leave the farm. Problem batches can be marked and properly disposed of, preventing further contamination.

Rugged tablets are water resistant, sealed against dust/sand, and even protected against shock damage. Their durability allows for easy use on farms and in transport situations, so employees can easily scan and upload data on every batch and shipment. Because they’re built with hard use in mind, rugged tablets are the ideal device for any farming operation.