Warehouse workers are constantly on the go, picking merchandise for shipping, maintaining inventory, coding new products as they are shipped in. They are navigating a maze of products and operations that can become chaotic, disjointed and error-ridden. Whether employees are on a forklift, standing at a kiosk, or driving delivery trucks and vans, a solution to the challenges of warehouse operations lies in the technology of vehicle mount mobile computers.
Vehicle mount mobile computers must be able to withstand extreme temperatures as stock is moved from loading dock to freezers, and to withstand the shock of stop and go transport. Keypads must be accessible to drivers wearing heavy gloves, with full screen displays that are visible in different lighting environments. The most efficient models are designed to provide a wireless network for real time data input, access and collection. The result is increased productivity and reduced errors in shipping and receiving – overall, a streamlining of warehouse operations.
Intermec, Inc. recently announced its newest vehicle-mount mobile computers, the CV41 and CV61. They are the first vehicle mount mobile computers to offer Vocollect voice-directed capabilities.
Both models feature an LED backlit display to improve visibility during indoor forklift operations as well as the bright light of outdoor inventory movement. Installation is simple compared to full-screen devices. Additionally, both offer an optional Vocollect voice capability running on a Microsoft operating system.
The CV61 features a larger touch screen and is a quick upgrade from its successful predecessor, the CV60. All mounting, cabling, keyboards, trays, scanners and printers are compatible.
Motorola offers the VC5090 (pictured below), a rugged vehicle mount mobile computer that provides real time data access and collection. A standard heater available at no extra cost ensures reliable operation in harsh temperatures of 22° F/-30° C. Additionally, the Bluetooth-enabled device supports wireless printing and cordless scanning. It is built to industrial and military grade specifications for vibration, shock, temperature and sealing, and the touchscreen or keypad are designed for gloved hands.
A recent upgrade from the VC5090, the VC6090 is ready to use out of the box and comes equipped with easy-to-use technology that virtually eliminates the need for training. Its programmable soft keys can provide single keystrokes for frequently repeated tasks. Applications developed for other Motorola rugged mobile computers can be easily ported to the VC6090, dramatically reducing software development and training requirements, and increasing the return on investment for existing applications.
Intermec Inc. develops and integrates products, services and technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets and information. Core technologies include rugged mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers, label media, and RFID. For more information about Intermec, visit www.intermec.com or call 800-347-2636.
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