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.

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.

Rugged Tablets And Error Reduction for Logistics Verticals

9-Benefits-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Transportation-and-LogisticsLogistics verticals have a major challenge in the form of human error. With millions of pieces of data running through supply chains every day, errors can have instant and far reaching effects. This is a challenge that spans multiple industries, but rugged tablets can help streamline processes, improve accuracy, and minimize errors.

Trucking

More than 8.7 million workers are employed by the U.S. trucking industry, and trucking still overwhelmingly takes up the lion’s share of domestic goods transport, including retail products, raw materials, and industrial equipment. With a rugged tablet, shipments can be tracked, schedules monitored, and routes updated in real time for the best possible speed and accuracy. Inventory on each truck can also be verified and human error reduced in regard to hours of operation, maintenance of vehicles, and compliance with safety regulations.

Railways

Trains comes in second in the U.S when it comes to transport of materials and manufactured goods, and also contributes heavily to the transportation of people. A rugged tablet can help deliveries run on time, onloading and offloading be streamlined and more accurate, and engine maintenance efficiently scheduled and tracked. Car management, track switching, refueling and more can be authorized and monitored with communication between conductors, engineers, and other key personnel.

Airlines

People, luggage, goods, materials, troops and more fly the skies every day and accuracy is paramount to avoid issues that could cause customer dissatisfaction and physical problems related to mechanics and load bearing capacity.

Tablets can be utilized to manage luggage, update gate information, and track fleet maintenance and repairs effectively. Mistakes can be avoided, and information shared between employees if there is a potential issue with airplane safety.

Since almost all errors are human generated, increased communication and transparent, shareable data can improve and update how logistics employees do their jobs. Streamlined processes can be achieved with tablets that are user-friendly, customer experiences as well as employee experiences can be improved while the bottom line benefits.

Rugged tablets deliver an upgraded way to complete logistics tasks across all verticals, delivering accuracy that is unmatched by human-only data entry and transfer. When rugged tablets are in the hands of as many logistics workers as possible, customer experience improves, ROI increases, and customers grow happier and more likely to remain loyal.

 

Top 10 Reasons to Gift Your Business a Rugged Tablet

rugged-tablets-and-the-hospitality-industry-2Your company deserves a holiday gift, one that will keep giving for many years by improving workflow, productivity, and accuracy. Here are ten reasons a purpose built rugged tablet could be the ideal gift for your business, help kickstart the holiday season, and get 2019 off to a great start.

  1. Utility companies can become more efficient during outages, when weather causes downed power lines or there are transformers to be checked. A crew that can stay in close contact via rugged tablet can get to prioritized areas quickly and work together to restore service.
  2. Retail outlets can service customers directly on the floor with rugged tablets, checking inventory and finalizing sales with card swipe payment and signature capture options to reduce holiday lines.
  3. Restaurants can also speed up every process, from seating to ordering to refills to paying the tab, with rugged tablets in the waitstaff’s hands. Extra items can be offered on the spot and gift cards sold without the need for an extra wait.
  4. Logistics becomes simpler whether you run a courier or traditional delivery service, with fast driver to headquarters updates and the ability to use connected tablets for everything from delivery confirmation to route planning in heavy holiday traffic.
  5. Manufacturing can be streamlined and sped up with rugged tablets on the warehouse floor, and packaging and shipping is faster and easier with rugged tablets helping to track inventory and shipments when order volume hits seasonal highs.
  6. Extreme weather is no problem for a rugged tablet, making them ideal for outdoor environments. GNSS capability can drive surveying and construction along, providing the ability for everyone involved in a project to see updated blueprints in real time.
  7. Medical clinics and offices can use purpose built tablets to manage and streamline patient care, from check-in to patient file updates to safeguarding sensitive data.
  8. Business owners and entrepreneurs across various service industries (such as landscaping, contractors, and pool maintenance) can use a rugged tablet to schedule appointments track inventory, take payments, capture signatures, and more. It’s a single device that allows a company to run at maximum productivity.
  9. Municipal managers can utilize tablets to keep office staff connected with field workers and help create smarter solutions for their cities.
  10. Law enforcement and emergency services can utilize purpose built vehicle mounted tablets to improve communication in the field, and even pair tablets with drone technology for search and rescue, crash site clearance, or fire management.

Rugged tablets sit at the leading edge of technology There are multiple choices when it comes to specifications and options meaning the tablet can be customized perfectly for your organization, company, or small business.

Selecting a Rugged Tablet from DT Research

Which Industry Verticals are Adopting Tablet Tech the Fastest and WhyIf you are in the market for rugged tablets, finding the best option may seem like a maze of too many – or too few – choices. At DT Research, we simplify the process with our product configurator. Starting from our wide selection of rugged tablets, GNSS tablets, medical tablets, all-in-one computers and other solutions, you can narrow down your product specifications and determine which optional modules you need to create the ideal device for your intended purpose.

Medical Verticals

If you need a medical tablet, anti-bacterial exteriors and hot-swappable batteries can be near the top of your must-have list. Also convenient are scanner options – barcode or RFID – which allow patient wristbands, medications, and other important items to be instantly recognized and logged. Card scanners can also be used to allow access to patient data while maintaining privacy, and mountable options can add to the ease of portability for staff on long shifts.

Military Deployment

Being able to rely on a rugged device in the field can mean the success of a critical mission. Rugged tablets from DT Research are built to military specifications, to withstand temperature changes, vibration, moisture, dust, and more. Choose from a wide range of scanners, cameras, connectivity options like Wi-Fi, broadband, and Bluetooth, and screen size that matches your specific needs. CAC readers keep sensitive information safe and efficiently allow varying levels of access as required. Ask about blackout options for emergencies, and remote wiping in case of theft or loss of a tablet.

Government and Utilities

City, county and state governments can use rugged tablets for everything from smart city planning to managing field employees. Look for tablets with multiple options for data entry, such as detachable keyboards, digital pens, and even fingertip writing on a touch capacitive screen. Inquire about card readers and camera options for quick data capture and information transmission between field workers and headquarters.

Supply Lines, Retail and Hospitality

Warehouses, transportation, and logistics require tablets that are sturdy, portable, and able to effectively manage inventory tracking on the go as well as delivery confirmation. Ask about EMV card reader options and secure signature capture, as well as RFID readers and barcode scanners to track everything from shipments to clientele. Retail outlets, cruise ships, movie theaters and car rental services can all benefit from having the right kind of tablet, whether you need to speed up service at the drive through line or scan pallets on a moving shipping container.

DT Research provides a full range of customizable tablets with the ability to design and launch a full complement of devices tailored to your organization’s needs. Explore the product configurator today.