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Scanner captures 1D bar codes as close as 2 inches and as far as 56 feet

The LI3608-ER/LI3678-ER 1D ultra-rugged scanner with linear imager captures virtually any 1D bar code from as close as 2 inches to as far away as 56 feet, enabling workers to capture codes from products in hand as well as on the top of warehouse racks. Freezer-ready and offered in corded and cordless models, the scanners are built to survive an 8-foot drop to concrete. They are dust-tight, spray-proof and waterproofed to IP-67, with an IP-65-sealed cradle. They are powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and connect seamlessly to an industrial Ethernet network without additional third-party equipment. Zebra, zebra.com.

Vehicle-mounted computer engineered for forklift use

Created specifically for permanent mounting on a forklift, the Kodiak mobile industrial computer runs multiple operating systems out of the box, including Windows 7.x, 8.x, or 10.x, Linux, Android, WEC7 or WES7. It has an IP-65-sealed enclosure and comes with a hardened glass multi-touch display to reduce repairs and downtime. Allowing for gloved operation, the 10.4-inch LED display has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 178/178 viewing in either 350NIT or 800NIT. Standard features include an Intel 1.5 gigahertz Dual Core Intel ATOM processor and 4GB DDR3 RAM, fully loaded I/O, 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth support. The integrated power supply supports AC or DC power from 12 to 48 volts and has an internal UPS battery. Glacier Computer, glaciercomputer.com.

Use rugged industrial computers in harsh, extreme temperature environments

The rugged SH15 Blackline and SH21 Blackline computers are sealed to IP-65/IP-67 and incorporate a capacitive touch display with 3-millimeter anti-glare armored glass and Wi-Fi roaming. This makes them ideal for use in dusty shop floors, rain-soaked loading docks and in sub-zero food processing and storage operations. Slim and lightweight, the devices may be specified with an energy-saving Intel Quad-Core or high performance Intel Core i5-processor. The SH15 offers built-in 12-48 VDC or 110/230 VAC power supplies; the SH21--intended for wall/fixed mount applications--offers a high efficiency 110/230 VAC power supply. Other highlights include wired Ethernet, multiple serial and USB ports for scanners or cameras, and software to create custom keyboards and manage connected devices. Datalogic, datalogic.com.

Lightweight wearable computer cuts transaction times by 5 seconds

To improve workers' scanning times by approximately 5 seconds per typical transaction, the compact, high-performance 8680i Wearable Mini-Mobile is a hands-free, cordless device that eliminates the need to pick up a handheld scanner, scan the item and then set the scanner down. Lightweight, the Wi-Fi-enabled device is worn on one hand and provides workers with a two-button interface and a clear display of information such as battery status and scan results. Customizable workflow instructions are shown on the user-facing display, no mobile computer needed. It comes on a choice of two different wearable form factors: a two-finger ring or a cut-resistant glove. Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions, honeywell.com.

UHF RFID interrogator reads tags as far away as 16 feet

For use in industrial RFID applications, the long-range RFU650 RFID passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) interrogator can read tags and write data to transponders/tags as far away as 16 feet. It also has built-in functionality for determining and assigning the angular position of tags moving through the field. Compact to save space in installation, the unit does not require any additional antennae, making it ideal for final assembly and vehicle delivery in the automotive industry. Further, it can be used for receiving and outgoing goods applications, as well as on forklifts. SICK, sickusa.com.

Use handheld computer in challenging industrial, outdoor environments

Built to withstand challenging industrial and outdoor environments, the Nautiz X9 Android handheld can be used as a mobile computer, data collector or field controller. Its rugged features include a quad-core processor and easy-to-use Android 7 (Nougat) OS; standard GPS/GLONASS capabilities; 4G/LTE Android phone functionality; sunlight-readable 5-inch capacitive display with multi-touch sensitivity; and IP-67 rating for waterproof, dust-tight performance. For image capture, it includes a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. A high-quality, high-speed 2D imager can be added. Handheld Group, handheldgroup.com.

Input information on rugged mobile computer's integrated keyboard or touchscreen

With a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen and backlit numeric keypad, the XM75 key-based, rugged mobile computer is intended for mobile workers who prefer keypad and touchscreen functionality in the same device. Weighing 10.5 ounces, the computer supports the enterprise-ready Android operating system with Google Mobile Services (GMS) to boost productivity, streamline operations and improve customer experience. Features include a 2D imager for bar code scanning at high speeds with ultra-fast motion tolerance; 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth for reliable access to voice and data applications; an IP-67 sealing for protection from extreme temperatures and the ability to withstand 5-foot drops to concrete. For user comfort and convenience, an optional trigger handle may be specified. Janam Technologies, janam.com.

RFID sled reader works with personal mobile devices, tablets

The ALR-S350 ultra-high-frequency (UHF) RFID reader houses RFID capability in a handheld sled device. By separating it from the operating system, display and communications technology, operations can use their own personal device or tablet with the unit. Features include a double-capacity single battery for up to 24 hours of use; impact tested to 4.9 feet; IP54 dust/water rating; an antenna that can operate as linear, circular or in proximity modes. It supports typical tag read rates of 200 tags per second and also captures 1D and 2D bar codes. Alien Technology, alientechnology.com.

Connect rugged tablet to Verizon Wireless network

The recently launched MT2010 rugged tablet has been granted Verizon Wireless certification, enabling it to use the carrier's network. With 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and options for 3G or 4G LTE, and GPS, the device offers reliable connectivity and wireless communication in demanding environments. Highlights include a 10-inch, sunlight-readable, projected capacitive touchscreen display; IP-65 dustproof and water-resistant rating; the ability to operate in temperatures from 14[degrees]F to 122[degrees]F; and durability to withstand a drop of up to 4 feet onto concrete. Options such as additional storage or operating system modifications for improved security may be specified. JLT Mobile Computers, jltmobile.com.

Capture item dimensions on the go with mobile workstation

Equipped with a QubeVu DimStation, the Atlas series of mobile dimensioning workstations include a supporting pole and integrated display for dimensioning of virtually any shaped item in less than a second. The portable system includes a workstation that holds and powers the dimensioner and scales, laptops, thin clients, CPUs and printers. For verification, tracking and claim protection, the dimensioning technology has built-in imaging, and is compatible with warehouse management systems and shipping software--including UPS Worldship and FedEx ShipStation. Newcastle Systems, newcastlesys.com.

4.7-inch daylight readable display on lightweight, handheld tablet

The handheld Toughpad FZ-F1 with Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT) Mobile Enterprise tablet computer is thin and lightweight. With a 4.7-inch daylight readable display that can be used in rain or while wearing gloves, the device is equipped with an angled rear bar code reader to prevent repetitive strain and enhance productivity. Outfitted with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, it carries an IP-68 drop rating, survives falls up to 5.9 feet, and is powered by a Qualcomm quad-core processor with 2-gigabytes of RAM and a user-replaceable and warm-swappable battery. Accessories include carry and mounting solutions and an optional passive/active pen for handwriting and signatures. Panasonic, panasonic.com.

Wearing glove with integrated scanner boosts productivity

Incorporating a MARK bar code scanner, the ergonomic ProGlove intelligent data glove helps workers be more productive. With the scanner mounted to the back of the glove, the wearer can work hands free. Scanning is activated by pressure on a textile trigger integrated into the glove. This action sends the worker direct acoustic, haptic and visual feedback regarding the next steps required in a process. ProGlove, proglove.de.

Daylight-viewable LCD monitors withstand extreme heat, cold

Engineered to withstand extreme heat, cold and travel over rugged terrain, the VMMOB-19 series of daylight viewable, LCD monitors produce clear, sharp video images in bright conditions. In addition to protecting the LCD panel from damage, the monitors' optical bonding and anti-reflective glass improves image quality. They can be used in temperatures from -22[degrees]F to 185[degrees]F. Enclosure options include waterproof, steel, stainless steel, panel-mount or ABS plastic. For further customization, a touchscreen can be specified, as well as an ambient light sensor and AC or DC power. TRU-Vu Monitors, tru-vumonitors.com.

Rugged tablet weighs 1.75 pounds

IP-65 rated for protection against dust and water immersion, the Seal rugged tablet allows for data collection at any location with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional 4G LTE. It resists temperatures from 14[degrees]F to 122[degrees]F and incorporates a fingerprint scanner for data security. It measures 9 x 6.125 x 0.9 inches and weighs 1.75 pounds. Powered by a lithium polymer battery that runs up to 7 hours before recharging, the tablet includes an 8-inch Gorilla Glass LCD screen, front and rear cameras, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a Quad-Core Intel Atom Z8700 processor. Sensors include an accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, GPS and light. It can be outfitted optionally with a 1D/2D short-range bar code scanner and RFID reader. Bak, bakusa.com.

Scan case for Android devices replaces traditional bar code scanners

Fitting select Android devices, the Scandit Case for Android allows a smart phone to become an enterprise-grade bar code scanner with no programming or integration required. The ergonomic case provides protection without adding weight while creating a user experience similar to traditional, handheld scanners and mobile computers at a lower cost. To operate, the supplier's keyboard wedge app is first downloaded to the device, which then configured to use the case. Scans are triggered by a tactile external button, even while wearing gloves. Other models work with iPod Touch 5/6, iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 7/8. Scandit, scandit.com.

Smart glasses support picking with integrated camera

To support picking and increase efficiency by up to 40%, a line of pick-by-vision smart glasses guides operators through their picking orders in a targeted way without paper lists. The glasses incorporate a camera that enables workers to read linear bar codes and 2D codes without an additional scanner with proprietary software; long-range scanners and ring or glove scanners can be connected with Bluetooth for scanning items that are far away or hard to access. Picavi, picavi.com.

Mobile device traceability software for food processors

The SIMBA--Specialized Inventory Management with Barcode Accuracy--system lets seafood processors produce and track complete product labeling for products on the fly in a flexible, fast and easy-to-use system. Components include a mobile touchscreen interface that tracks, labels and ships an unlimited number of products with specific species and characteristics. Mobile scanners track inventory by location, moves from warehouse to warehouse, the re-packing and commingling of products without losing lot traceability. The system uses bar code data collection and allows the worker to produce product labels with all pertinent information by capturing product information (weight, size, color, grade) with a mobile tablet for that carton or bag on the fly from the production floor. Label information is stored in the SIMBA inventory database for details on inventory management, traceability and shipping. Dynamic Systems, dynamic-systemsinc.com.

App-based industrial camera programmable for multiple task use

The IDS NXT vision app-based industrial cameras feature a freely programmable platform that is not restricted to specific tasks. Because of its app-based approach, users can change and set up their preferred vision tasks quickly, allowing one device to be used for multiple tasks. The cameras have an integrated CPU with an image processing engine to deliver either pre-processed data to a PC or final results for independently made process decisions. Users can also develop individual vision apps with the supplier's software development kit and install them on the device as they would on a smart phone. IDS Imaging Development Systems, ids-imaging.com.

Capture, stream high-resolution images with machine vision camera

Extremely fast, the new Phantom S990 machine vision camera combines highspeed image quality with direct data transfer speeds up to 9-gigapixels per second to capture 938 frames per second at 9-mega-pixel, 4,096 x 2,304 resolution. This enables high-speed streaming data to be deployed in machine vision applications. Compliant with GenICam, captured data can stream directly into PCI Express frame grabbers. For flexible signaling and synchronization, the camera also features a general-purpose input/output, and signals for standard high-speed applications, such as Time Code In and Out, as well as signals commonly found in streaming applications. Vision Research, phantomhighspeed.com.

Rugged tablet integrates GNSS, RTK positioning

Ideal for mapping and building information modeling, the DT301T rugged RTK tablet is engineered to military grade specifications and includes real-time kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation. With a dual frequency, scientific grade global navigation satellite system (GNSS) built into the tablet, it can position 3D point clouds created from aerial photogrammetry using GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO receivers. Users can measure with the RTK GNSS positioning directly using a foldable antenna or connect to an external antenna for more robust receiving and survey grade precision. It is compatible with existing GIS software for mapping applications and brings together the advanced workflow for GIS data capture, accurate positioning and data transmitting. DT Research, dtresearch.com.
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