The Thor™ CV31 vehicle-mount computer combines the latest computing technology with a small footprint, presenting your critical supply chain workflow information where it is easily seen, within reach, but never in the way. With its 16.5 cm (6.5 in) display and 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, the CV31 can power through complex voice, screen and scan-intensive applications with ease. Contact your Coridian representative at 952-361-9980 to learn more about this exciting new mobile computing solution.
Honeywell’s new wearable solution for the rugged enterprise class Dolphin 70e mobile device provides a hands-free computing solution. Hands-free computing opens up opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce labor costs throughout a company. Small parts picking, case picking, large package handling, sortation, and truck loading are just a few of the areas that can benefit using a hands-free computing solution. The wearable solution for the Dolphin 70e mobile device provides a new approach to enabling hands-free operations to help organizations streamline operations and improve productivity, without the cost and hassle of reengineering existing processes.
The Honeywell Dolphin 70e Wearable Solution is designed to wear for extended periods of time and be easily shared between workers. With its large display, flexible touch screen keypads, WEH 6.5 architecture, and support for tethered and BT ring scanners- the Wearable Solution is ideally suited to give workers the freedom of movement to maximize workflow productivity.
Several software enhancements have been incorporated to make use as a wearable device even more user friendly. Pairing the BT ring scanners is now as easy as scanning a single barcode. APIs are available that allow voice applications to optimize voice recognition performance and the user’s audio experience. An integrated keyboard designer is included that allows creation of popup keypads that are appropriate for the operation at hand. The appropriate keypad can be invoked by the user using hot keys, by a local application using an API, or by a Telnet host using special commands to the terminal emulation SW. This provides for a context-sensitive keypad: the users see only the keys they need when they need them.
For more information, please contact Coridian at 952-361-9980/option 3.
Use bar code technology to stay competitive with Inventory Management
How well is your warehouse stocked? Purchasing agents work closely with warehouse managers to ensure that there is enough inventory in a company’s warehouse so that when an order is placed by a customer, it can always be fulfilled. However, much of the time, warehouse managers are carrying a surplus of inventory simply as a security measure to make sure that there is enough inventory. Typically, the companies that can’t provide timely and accurate information about their inventory are the ones that carry excess amounts to make sure they can fulfill order promises. As a result, warehouses are jam-packed with inventory, creating special problems. This inventory overage can cause confusion when it comes to cycle counts. Billing becomes bogged down and extra inventory creates less profit to the bottom line. But the most important issue to consider in order to run your warehouse smoothly and effectively is how competitive your operation makes your business within your industry. Businesses that have easily accessible information that is accurate and reliable earn a competitive advantage.
Bar coding systems provide users with the ultimate level of control. If you can show your customers your well-run operations, you have the opportunity to earn new business simply based on your efficient operations management. You must be able to retain information not just for your customers but for your own profitability as well.
One area of your warehouse that could prosper from introducing an automated inventory management system that integrates bar coding technology is your receiving area.
The first step is answering the following question:
What type of information do you gather when you receive an incoming shipment from another vendor or a customer?
There are various ways to implement bar coding that will allow you to record and then view the entire history of a product, case box, or pallet. An employee can not only tell where the product has been, but also understand where the product must be stored, which could include a direct delivery to the production line versus storage in the warehouse. This information is vital to reducing storage space and to saving time in warehouse and product labor, simply because the receiver knows exactly where the product must go next. In addition, the bar code may include tracking information that is invaluable if there were ever a recall for a particular part used on the product being recalled, saving thousands of dollars for the company.
Come back for PART 2 – Using bar coding for Inventory Management
Guest Blog By: Justin Bergholz, Regional Product Manager, Brady Worldwide
Circuit board designs are becoming smaller and more complex. This is resulting in smaller components that require stronger wash systems and chemicals to remove contaminates that may be caught between the components and PCB boards. These changes not only affect the boards and components, but also the labels that are being put on the board for traceability.
Issues with Lost Labels
Many wash systems are beginning to wash boards at higher pressures and closer distances to the labels along with high performance drying systems that run at hotter temperatures than before. These new board cleaning routines mean that labels are being exposed to these conditions for longer periods of time, being subjected to chemicals with higher pH values and are facing higher temperatures, making it critical for facilities to use labels that can survive these new and more extreme conditions.
A loss of a label within a wash system can create numerous issues:
- Loss of product traceability
- Increased costs due to downtime
- Possible need to re-wash boards due to contamination from label (at the cost of the chemicals being used this is SIGNIFICANT)
Testing and New Label Solutions
To ensure that the labels are going to stay adhered to the board, it is imperative that customers and distributors work with a supplier that has thoroughly tested the labels using these wash systems and harsh chemicals.
With the evolution of harsh wash systems, new polyimide label materials featuring ultra-aggressive adhesives needed to be developed. Testing these new label materials is also critical to make sure they withstand the treatment process. For example, using harsh wash systems and batch cleaners such as the Aquastorm systems by Speedline, provide a great way to test label durability.
The team I work with at Brady Worldwide developed a line of polyimide labels that followed this exact process. We tested these labels in a series of wash tests with chemicals from Kyzen Corporation and Zestron Corporation which are some of the strongest in the industry. The end result was a material that could withstand four or more washing cycles, temperatures up to 500⁰F, and harsh fluxing and wave solder environments.
Is your labeling affected by component changes and harsh wash systems? If you need assistance getting the right Brady label, let us know how Coridian can help!
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