When it comes to managing your warehouse digitally, the right scanning hardware can make or break your productivity. Having the right hardware is a key element in setting up a successful implementation of ParityFactory, and the hardest part is knowing what you need. With so much on the line, how do you decide which handheld device is best for you and your manufacturing environment?
Here are some of the most important things to consider when making this decision:
- What temperature will the device will be used in? One of the first considerations to make when selecting scanning hardware is the environment it will be used in. Food processing has some of the most extreme processing environments of any manufacturing, and not all hardware is designed to stand up to it. Things like low temperatures in cold storage space and extreme high or low humidity can demand a more rugged hardware choice.
- Who is going to be using the device? When choosing hardware, it’s also important to consider which of your staff will be using it. Does your manufacturing process require your forklift operators to scan, or just material handlers on the floor? The answer to questions like these will help you determine not only the quantity you need, but also which types.
- What scanning distance is required? Similar to the question above, it’s also important to know how long of a scanning range you’ll need your scanners to be capable of. A standard scan range is usually in the neighborhood or 12ft, but for users who require the ability to scan from farther away, extended ranges of up to 50ft are available.
- What kind of Barcodes will you be scanning? Just as there are different types of scanners, so too are there different types of barcodes. Knowing what kind you’ll be working with, whether it be 1D, 2D, GS1, or otherwise, is an important detail to note when choosing your hardware.
There are so many options to choose from when deciding what kind of hardware to buy. These questions are just a few that can help you decide between handheld devices, tablets, and mounted computers. We are here to help with any questions you have, just remember a very important aspect is making sure your devices are up to date and that software updates are routinely performed.
Types of scanners we suggest:
Handheld Computer – The handheld computer is most commonly suggested because of their ease and durability. These are cordless devices that make it possible to read barcodes in remote locations where larger, plug-in scanning hardware would be impractical.
Rugged Tablets – Rugged Tablets are most often suggested for harsher environments. Many of them can operate in extremely low temperatures and can withstand drops from 10-20 ft, so they’re perfect for freezer environments or floors that are fast-paced and where drops are common.
Vehicle Mounted Computers – Fixed vehicle mounted computers are designed to be powered by and handle the vibration of forklifts and other vehicles. Unlike the other options suggested these do not have scanners built in. To use these as a scanning device you would pair them with a rugged scanner. There are corded and cordless options available.
Interested in learning more about choosing the right scanning equipment for your business? Reach out to us today, and our hardware specialists will answer any questions and help you find the right solution.