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.

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.

 

4 Points at Which Rugged Tablets Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

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Mobile technology has come a long way since its inception, and the advancements have made them the ideal tool for both manufacturers, retailers, and transport workers. Time is the most invaluable resource in supply chain operations, and rugged tablets can increase efficiency at every turn, saving time and money. Here are four ways that rugged tablets can optimize an operation, from the production floor to the retail department. 

Tablets for Manufacturing Operations

For manufacturers, putting out high-quality goods on time is the key objective. Rugged tablets can help manage machines and applications, keep track of employees, and keep customers updated on the status of their goods. Specific orders can also be handled individually via barcode/RFID scanning. Along with increasing organization, real-time updates help manufacturers identify a problem before it halts production, and they can use tablet applications to solve the matter quickly.

Tablets for Warehouse Use

Chaos in the warehouse can lead to mistakes, lost goods, and injured employees. Tablets can help improve organization and efficiency, saving time and preventing delays or interruptions in warehouse flow. Tablets can replace both mounted and fixed-station computers, and their barcode/RFID capabilities make them ideal for scanning, tracking, and managing orders.

By putting all necessary information on a mobile computer, companies have decreased errors and increased efficiency. The moment an asset reaches the warehouse, its contents and destination can be discovered via scan. From there, employees can manage the order accordingly before moving on.

Tablets in Transit

Transport and delivery are arguably the most hectic parts of handling goods, but tablets can simplify this process and make it easier for all parties involved. When mounted within vehicles, tablets can serve as GPS systems for drivers, and then easily removed for other duties. Companies can track their orders via GPS, and this real-time tracking lets them know when to expect delivery. No need for downtime, and no confusion over lost or late orders.

Tablets on the Retail Floor

While the retail environment is the destination, it’s not the end of the line for many products. Many retail stores are utilizing mobile devices to increase efficiency and organization in the workplace, and they can even be used for shelf management on the sales floor eliminating the need to print and post stocking images. Barcode/RFID scanning can be utilized here, as well. Employees can simplify inventory tracking by using barcodes and RFID tags to identify goods, and logs can be digitized for easy management.

Rugged tablets benefit the supply chain at multiple points and can streamline your logistic operation from manufacturing facility to the retail floor.

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.