Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD Jan-Feb 2016 Contents enterprise business system tailored to meet
the unique needs of your application, end-
users, and barcode scanning needs.
• Optional software plug-ins like Honeywell’s
TotalFreedom further improve scanning of
direct-mark barcodes and other standard
2D barcodes, including driver’s licenses
Barcode scanning places an additional burden
on batteries. The typical consumer device battery
will not last a full shift, especially if the device is in
constant use during the shift. Long-lasting battery
power is a critical success factor in any mobile
computing application. Mobile devices purpose-
built for barcode scanning have high capacity
batteries and power management advantages
that can provide enough power for a full shift and
beyond, even when the devices are heavily used.
Recharge time is also an important
consideration. High-volume operations may not
provide the opportunity to recharge batteries
during the day. In this situation, a battery that can
be replaced quickly would prevent productivity
losses from dead batteries – a great advantage.
And enterprise class devices also offer a broad
selection of charging options, including multi-slot
battery chargers, ensuring a fully charged battery
is always at hand, minimising downtime.
Enterprise-class devices with integrated imagers
are designed to withstand the harsh conditions
of most data collection applications.
• Rugged specifications expand device lifecycle
and eliminate the more frequent replacement
required for consumer devices.
• Failure rates for non-ruggedised devices
can run as high as 38%, which is 3.5
times higher than the average 11% rate for
ruggedised devices, according to a VDC
Research study. “Total Cost of Ownership
(TCO) Models for Mobile Computing
and Communications Platforms,” VDC
• Mobile workers lose an average of 75
minutes each time their mobile devices fail,
according to a VDC Research study. This
leads to lost revenue in field sales and service
operations, production delays and potentially
missed shipments in plants and distribution
centres, shelf replenishment and customer
service problems in retail, and potential
overtime in all environments to make up for
the lost work time.
• Enterprise-class imagers are covered by glass
that is exceptionally resistant to damage, and
the lens can usually be replaced, if needed.
• If a consumer smartphone camera cover
is scratched, the mobile worker may not
be able to read barcodes with the device.
As a result, the smartphone will need to be
replaced in many cases.
Purpose-built enterprise units offer another
distinct advantage over consumer-grade
devices: they’re designed with repetitive
work in mind. Enterprise devices are
optimised for entering data (via keypad,
touch screen, barcode scanning, imaging or
other peripherals) repeatedly and over time
to improve comfort and usability. And unlike
consumer accessories, enterprise devices
offer a broad portfolio of accessories built to
business-grade specifications. As a result, your
operations benefit from increased flexibility
to maximise productivity and reduce user
fatigue based on the needs of different types
With consumer smartphones, pressing the
screen activates the scan trigger. That means
either using two hands or forcing the thumb
into position to activate the scanning application
on the screen. Purpose-built enterprise devices
offer a more ergonomic solution: trigger by index
finger or thumb, right or left side – all of which
minimises user fatigue.
when it counts
Although smartphones are capable of
scanning and decoding barcodes, they are
not designed for use in high-volume, high-
velocity scanning applications, or when
poor lighting or poorly printed barcodes are
involved. Smartphones are not ergonomically
designed for worker comfort and ease of use
in these types of applications. And their lack
of motion tolerance makes scanning even
more cumbersome and time-consuming.
Honeywell purpose-built barcode scanners
and mobile computers with integrated imagers,
in contrast, can quickly and accurately read
virtually all barcodes. They are ergonomically
designed with repetitive workflows in mind
and offer protection from the demands of data
collection applications with enough battery
power to last a full shift and beyond.
Tony Repaci is the country manager,
Australia & New Zealand, for Honeywell
Sensing and Productivity. For more
information call +61 3 9420 5555, email
or visit www.honeywellaidc.com/en-AP/Pages/
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