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.

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.

The Accessories and Features that Make Point-Of-Sale Rugged Tablets Ideal for Retail

tablets-and-your-salesforce-five-benefits-you-can-count-onRugged tablets for POS verticals provide durability, flexibility, functionality and ease-of-use. The benefits of rugged tech for hospitality and retail uses are endless. The many accessories and features available for DT Research rugged tablets can enhance your purpose built devices’ usefulness, improve workflows, and increase customer satisfaction by providing unmatched experiences.

Portability

Rugged tablets need to be mobile to be effective. Carrying cases can protect tablets when being transported from one location to another, vehicle mounts can allow supervisors to stay connected and apprised of activity, and counter cradles allow tablets to be displayed and accessed easily from a restaurant counter or hotel front desk.

Chargeability 

The DT Research battery charger allows up to six battery packs to be charged simultaneously, for quick hot swapping on a busy casino floor or restaurant area. A tablet charging cabinet can deliver fast, efficient charging for up to five rugged tablets at a time, and implements a simple locking connection, an internal fan for system cooling, and single wall-plug operation. This allows tablets to be grabbed by arriving workers on the way in, permit card reader access or PIN access for authorized users, and the tablet can be returned at end of shift for the next user to pick up.

Usability

A detachable basic keyboard can turn a touchscreen tablet into a small notebook immediately and allow instant operation, without switching or pairing. Users who need to seamlessly go back and forth between touchscreen operation and rapid data entry will love this 2-in-1 application. Alternately, the cradle-use keyboard requires no batteries, is fully compatible with both vehicle and wall mount cradles and was designed to be foldable to provide screen protection and save space. A backlit, multi touch keypad with a QWERTY lay out and a full row of F1 to F12 function keys make this accessory a must-have for many users.

Flexibility

Accessories and features can be applied to customize a rugged tablet even further, An active digital pen designed with capacitive-coupled sensing technology can make interacting with the tablet’s capacitive touch screens an enhanced work experience, since it allows a natural handwriting style for in-the-field use. Optional modules like a magnetic card strip reader, 2D barcode scanner, RFID or NCS readers and high quality cameras allow for speedy inventory of supplies or equipment on the fly.

Rugged tablets from DT Research are designed for supreme functionality in any and all POS environments, and the multiple accessories and features available  both streamline worker processes and enhance customer experiences.

Rugged Tablets Provide for Autonomous Material Handling in Warehouses

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With the booming progress of the eCommerce industry, many online retailers have begun shifting their focus towards automating their necessary processes. While we’re a long way away from completely automating all of our warehouses and deliveries, giving human employees better tools is a step in the right direction. Rugged tablets can eliminate paperwork, reduce downtime, and boost productivity, all while streamlining existing processes and making it easier for employees to do their jobs.

Here’s a few reasons many warehouses are switching to industrial-grade tablets, and why they’re better off because of it.

Faster, More Efficient Repairs

Machines will fail, it’s inevitable. But with the proper equipment to maintain them, repairs can become easier and more efficient. Once a machine breaks down, tablets can be used to notify employees, contact the necessary help, and identify the issue.

Tablets can also be used to monitor machines and their efficiency, so problems can be identified and dealt with before production comes to a halt. No more downtime, and no more scrambling to bring production back on track.

Better Tracking 

With the amount of product moving from one place to another, keeping track of merchandise is important. RFID tags and barcodes can be used to mark and sort shipments, and rugged tablets make scanning and tracking easier. Customers can stay updated on the status and location of their orders, and warehouses can stay organized.

With the added mobility of tablet computers, any unsorted package can be quickly scanned and identified by any tablet-carrying employee. No more confusion, and no more lost products. It’s the ideal set-up for busy logistics operations with multiple hubs.

Industrial-Grade is Industrial-Strong

While consumer-grade tablets can be easy to acquire, they can be harder to maintain. A consumer-grade tablet isn’t designed for hard use, especially within a warehouse. Rugged tablets are protected against drops, falls, and other forms of shock damage.

Protection against extreme temperatures, water, and dust/sand is also included, making them hardier than your average tablet. Along with being physically strong, purpose-built tech is designed to last. Both easy to maintain and update, these tablets can survive years of hard use and resist obsolescence.

How DT Research Can Help

Trusted by the US Army, Navy, and Air Force, DT Research has spent years designing the perfect rugged tablet. Military standards ensure that these devices are up to the test, and constant innovation means that newer, better products are being put out every year.

Slim and portable, these tablets can resist almost all forms of physical damage while still maintaining better runtimes and functions than most laptop computers. Rugged tech is built for hard use and warehouses are the ideal environment to showcase their benefits.

 

Five Ways Barcode Reading Helps the Cruise Line Industry

Five-Ways-Barcode-Reading-Helps-the-Cruise-Line-IndustryCruise lines have a number of unique challenges when it comes to data collection, verification, tracking, and confirmation. Rugged tablets with barcode readers and other scanning functionalities can provide exceptional solutions to many problems faced by the cruise industry, including any or all of the following:

  1. While previous barcode technology was deemed too slow for mass transit, updates to the tech involved make reading barcodes faster than ever. Aides stationed at boarding areas for cruise liners can quickly process passengers with printed or phone scanned passes for swift, efficient boarding.
  2. Lost or misplaced luggage is less of a worry when a barcode reader can be employed to instantly match passengers and bags. A system that included the entire manifest with passengers, bags, and room numbers all synched can make for easy delivery of luggage when required from holding areas or if a bag is left unattended or misplaced.
  3. Room Service. Barcodes for each room that correspond with passengers can be scanned for room service to easily track orders and extras for billing purposes, whether it’s food and beverage delivery or in-room bar replenishment. Tablets carried by staff can be used to quickly enter data and assign to the correct passenger with a quick scan.
  4. VIP Events. Barcodes can also be scanned on wristbands for entry into special events on board, providing a quick way to ascertain which guests require admission, and even verifying legal age in instances when family events may include alcohol availability. Barcodes can be printed on wristbands or on badges for easy access.
  5. Off-Ship Trips. Badges or wristbands with barcode printing can again be used for day trips on shore, to ensure all passengers are accounted for when off and on-boarding. Codes can be generated that are vehicle specific if the group is large enough to require more than one mode of transport, or for specific activities if there are varied options for groups going ashore.

As a type of portable terminal, rugged tablets are ideal to use in harsh environments. They can withstand vibration, bumps, impact, and drops, are versatile enough to be customized for specific duties or functions, and deliver a secure experience that is compatible with existing security and closed networks for guest safety and privacy.

Rugged tablets with integrated barcode scanners are easily transportable, can be held in one hand, provide instant access to data and a quick way to verify identity, and can streamline many cruise line activities and procedures. This helps ensure the safety of the passengers and can keep billing simplified for those who take advantage of items or activities not included in the cruise base cost.