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.

 

6 Advantages of Tactical Rugged Tablets for First Responders & Fire Services

Five Ways Rugged Tablets Benefit Fire & Rescue Crews

Police and law enforcement personnel, EMS units, first responders, and fire services can now rely on rugged tablets to capture and share real-time critical data, informing their real-time decisions, and enabling them to take fast action. Here are six ways rugged tablets are designed to support first responders and fire services.

Real time information in emergency

Real time information can mean life or death in a situation  calling for first responders to move quickly into dangerous, evolving scenarios. Being able to coordinate with dispatch, other units, and assisting agencies with quick relay of data as things are unfolding can help keep first responders and fire service personnel safe during volatile situations.

Instant data transmission

With the ability to instantly view images, PDFs, documents, and maps, those with boots on the ground in active situations such as a developing fire can quickly get information they need from dozens of sources in a format that allows quick understanding and sharing of important data. This can help save lives since plans and decisions can be informed without waiting for a third party to arrive with in hand documentation.

Moment to moment updates

When fires are in progress or volatile situations are unfolding, first responders can depend on minute by minute updates from personnel in nearby locations, headquarters, dispatch, and cooperating agencies to manage the situation and bring everyone through safely. When everything depends on fast communications, rugged tablets stand up to the task and and increase the safety of all those involved.

Portability for vehicle to ground

Being able to take a tactical tablet from the office into a vehicle for mounting and again in hand for on the ground accessibility is one of the things that makes this tech so versatile and in demand. Having a single device capable of high levels of mobility keeps key persons informed at all times and able to relay important information quickly and securely.

GPS and GIS for accurate pinpointing problems

When accurate locator information is required, properly equipped rugged tablets can be invaluable. Tactical situations rely in appropriate, accurate intel, and tablets with GPS and GIS functionality can help first responders avoid areas of danger and quickly respond where they are needed most.

Options for air quality scanning, imaging, etc

For firefighters, options for air quality evaluation is just one way tactical tablets are perfect for the job of supporting them in their mission. For first responders, imaging can drive accurate diagnoses and help medical; staff back at the hospital engage and inform the actions of EMS personnel for best outcomes.

Fast, hands-on first response capabilities among EMS personnel, law enforcement, and fire service units a priority in even the most extreme conditions. Real-time data from tactical devices can help each of these responders to be effective at their jobs during critical moments, even in fire, rain, sleet, wind, or snow. 

 

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.

 

5 Ways Rugged Tablets Support Connected Supply Chains

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Rugged tablets have become one of the fastest growing markets, becoming widely used in many businesses. The integration of mobile technology has improved performance in both manufacturing and retail, and they’ve filled a niche but vital role for many companies. With Windows operating systems, fully integrated data capture options, and the latest networking capabilities, they’ve become the most reliable form of mobile technology on the market.

Fully operable both on the move and in stationary, mounted positions, mobile tablets are easier to use than laptops, smartphones, and desktop computers combined. Without the bloatware and planned obsolescence of consumer-grade products, they’re becoming the best investment a company can make, no matter the industry.

Rugged tablets can be used to track merchandise every step of the way, from the manufacturing site to the retail floor.

  • Manufacturing:Rugged tablets can track the status of projects, access schematics and schedules, and keep management updated. Once the work is done, workers can pass tablets off to the next shift, or leave them mounted for easy access.
  • Warehouse:RFID and barcode scanning, wireless communication, and other management applications can be accessed with a fingertip. Both fixed-location computers and forklift monitors can be replaced by rugged tablets, all without disrupting the flow of the workplace.
  • Tracking:GPS can be used to track shipments every step of the way, from the second they leave the warehouse to the moment they are delivered. Customers can receive updates on where their merchandise is, who has it, and how long their delivery will take.
  • Transportation & Delivery:With rugged tablets, companies can eliminate paper-based systems and establish a more organized business record. Real-time weather, traffic, and emergency updates can be used to immediately map the best possible delivery route, saving time, gas, and money.
  • Retail:Whether they’re being used for shelf management, to check inventory delivery, or in the hands of sales clerks, rugged tablets can be invaluable in retail. RFID and barcode scanning can streamline inventory management, and add-ons can allow for credit card scanning and other uses on the retail floor.

While consumer-grade products may seem like a viable option for professional use, they fall short in many ways necessary for a business environment. In situations where consumer-grade tablets may be rendered useless, rugged tablets can resist damage and are easily updated. Waterproof, drop-proof, and protected against a number of other physical dangers, they are designed for long-term, real-use scenarios.

Rugged Tablets Increase Collaboration and Integrate Technology in Logistics

Tablet-used-when-packing-boxes-onto-truck3-tNo matter how efficient supply chains become, there will always be industry-specific challenges for logistics workers. Because of the nature of their work, workers need to be mobile at all times, and they need a device that can keep up. Ruggedized tablets have filled a niche but vital role in logistics, providing real-time data, constant communication, and other necessary tools.

While tablet PCs are designed to adapt to many situations, many companies will find that their own systems can be improved by incorporating mobile technology. Some things will always remain the same, but tablet systems can make certain processes faster, easier, and more efficient. Tablets have become an integral part of the way supply chains operate on a day-to-day basis.

Here are a few of the ways tablets are working overtime to improve the logistics industry.

Compatibility with Rail Traffic

As truck and driver shortages arise, trains are becoming the more reliable transport option. With better infrastructure and service, they are quickly becoming the primary method of transportation. With rugged tablets, the switch to rail traffic can be easy and painless. Built-in RFID scanners can help track inventory at all times, giving you real-time updates on where shipments are, where they’re going, and how long until delivery.

In-House Freight Billing 

Freight bill payment firms are quickly becoming obsolete, thanks to mobile technology and DIY payment software. With rugged tablets, companies can eliminate the middleman and focus on their own profits.

Coordination with LSPs

LSPs (Logistics Service Providers) can become a vital third-party for cost-conscious companies. Rugged tablets can help companies stay connected and informed when it comes to their LSPs, and better coordination can improve business transactions and deliveries.

Better Training and Productivity

With tablet computers, managers can collect data and communicate with employees seamlessly, establishing a system to monitor productivity. With the information they collect, they can improve their training and boost productivity across all platforms.

Service-Based Pricing Options

With electronic signatures, payment capture, and real-time routing, rugged tablets can help companies established a more enhanced delivery system. Customers can pay for services based on a tiered pricing. Faster delivery costs more, but they can get their products overnight, whereas other customers can settle for regular deliveries.

Domestic and international shipping companies need to keep up with rising demands for mobile technology, reliable tracking, and real-time updates. Rugged tablets are exactly what workers need to keep up with shipments, wherever they are in the world.