Published on May.19.2015
 
Finding the Right Rugged Computer for Your Warehouse

By Khalid Kidari, vice president, corporate strategy – enterprise solutions at Winmate Communication Inc. headquartered in Taiwan. Kidari is based in Atlanta.

Rugged computers are used in industrial applications, such as the warehouse, to maximize process efficiencies and streamline communications. Not all rugged products are created equal, however, and there are a few key components that must be considered in selecting the right fit for your business.

Rugged computers must be designed to withstand abuse. In the warehouse, it must be durable enough to survive accidental drops to concrete floors, or exposure to spills, dust or extreme temperature.

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Wireless connectivity allows for real-time tracking of the movement of goods throughout the supply chain, from manufacturing, to fulfilling orders, to retail store and customer delivery. When the finished product is delivered, that automatically generates replenishment requests for the same product. Thus, unlike consumer devices, the mobile technology integrated into rugged computers must be robust enough to overcome interferences within the warehouse. Continuous connectivity is essential, particularly in warehouses the size of multiple football fields. Strong mobile connection will enable real-time transmission and verification of each transaction, thus reducing lead-time and errors within the supply chain.

Similarly, a good rugged device should enable seamless integration between the various software used throughout the supply chain and ERP systems like SAP or Oracle, or a big data mainframe running on IBM. It must be able to automatically capture and transmit data from each transaction throughout the supply chain.

To minimize human errors, rugged solutions must be able to read and transmit product identifications via a barcode or an RFID tag. Product tracking is paramount in certain scenarios such as pharmaceutical medications or food supply to comply with various regulations and ensure transparency throughout the entire supply chain.

Winmate's line of rugged mobile computers undergo a battery of tests to ensure compliance, and are built to withstand the harshest environments while ensuring uninterrupted communication and process management.

 
Available Products:
 
Rugged Tablet PC
M700D
Windows 7
M700DM4
Android 4.2
M101B
Windows 8
M101BT
Windows 8
Smart Card
reader
M101H
Windows 8
M101M4
Android 4.2
Intel Atom N2600 1.86GHz

7” WSVGA 500nits
1024 x 600
Quad Core Cortex A7 1.5GHz

7” WSVGA 500nits
1024 x 600

Optional Reader:
1D/2D Barcode or
HF RFID or NFC
Intel BayTrail N2930  1.8GHz

10.1” WUXGA 700nits
1920 x 1200

Optional Reader:
1D/2D Barcode or
HF RFID or
UHF RFID
Intel BayTrail N2930  1.8GHz

10.1” WUXGA 300nits
1280 x 800

Optional Reader:
Smart Card Reader
ISO7816-1.2.3 T=1 and T=Ø protocol
Intel Haswell 4200U 1.6GHz(max. 2.6GHz)

10.1” WUXGA 700nits
1920 x 1200

Optional Reader:

1D/2D Barcode
Quad Core Cortex A7 1.5GHz

10.1” WUXGA 300nits
1280 x 800

Optional Reader:
1D/2D Barcode
 
Rugged Handheld Device
E430M2
Android 4.1
E430RM2
Android 4.2
E430RM4
Android 4.2
S430T2
Win CE 6.0

Win Mobile 6.5
S430M4
Android 4.2
Dual Core
Cortex A9 1.0GHz

4.3” 400nits
480 x 800

Optional Reader:

1D/2D Barcode
or HF RFID
Dual Core
Cortex A9 1.0GHz

4.3” 400nits
480 x 800

Replaceable battery

Optional Reader:

1D/2D Barcode
or HF RFID

Quad Core
Cortex A7 1.5GHz

4.3” 400nits
480 x 800

Replaceable battery

NFC Support

Optional Reader:
1D/2D Barcode
or HF RFID

TI Cortex A8
1.0GHz

4.3” 269nits
480 x 800

Optional Reader:

1D/2D Barcode
and HF RFID
all in one device
Quad Core
Cortex A7 1.5GHz

4.3” 400nits
480 x 800

Optional Reader:

1D/2D Barcode
and HF RFID
all in one device
 

 
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