Industrial Automation and the Rugged Tablet

Rugged tablets are bringing a whole new realm of possibilities to the world of industrial automation. With in-place computers becoming part of warehouse and manufacturing plant builds, rugged tablets are replacing the clipboard in the hands of those responsible for keeping the systems running and all operations go.

Crowded warehouses and busy loading bays can be chaotic and lead to wasted time as mistakes pile up and are duplicated from worker to worker. Vital minutes are lost simply in the transport of data from one location to the next, and missing information can stall an entire process in its tracks.

Stacked containers in docks or holding yards create reams of paperwork and documentation. Sealing and unsealing, certifying and tracking takes thousands of staff hours and any errors can take hours, days, or weeks to discover and fix. Differing levels of security can require multiple copies.

With rugged tablets on the dock, in the warehouse, or around the bay, data can be scanned, recorded, transmitted, stored, and updated as needed, with connectivity to deskbound PCs so managerial staff can monitor, assess, and verify information in real time.

The tablet with camera, barcode scanner, RFID reader, and other data capture modules, provides a quick and easy way to check boxes, pallets, or containers by UPC, QR, or other codes. If additional checks are needed, they take only minutes with the ability to verify via image or video feed.

Rugged tablets can even be equipped with software for remote operation of machines and conveyors, making it easy to move items, start and stop production or labeling, capture data on the fly, and more. Automation means higher productivity and better use of staff time.

The extra mobility of the tablet and the option of connecting to other tablets or PCs on the network allows swift communication between locations, bases and personnel. At the end of each shift, tablets can be handed off with all the correct protocols and verifications for the next task at hand. Tablets can also be readily reconfigured if necessary to meet changing demands or production turnover.

Rugged tablets will revolutionize the industrial field and bring better, more efficient ways to manage logistics in warehouse, manufacturing, and shipping areas.