Introducing the Honeywell Dolphin 75e Handheld Computer

CSSI now carries Honeywell Scanning & Mobility’s next-generation mobile workforce device

Honeywell Dolphin 75eCSSI is pleased to announce that Honeywell has released the first in a series of next-generation mobile workforce solutions, the Dolphin 75e, that gives enterprises the flexibility to choose either Windows Embedded 8.1 or Android 4.4 KitKat operating systems. The highly versatile Dolphin 75e is a multimodal mobile device that offers enterprises a low total cost of ownership and significant operational gains with minimal training time for mobile workers, to help business adapt to their current and future requirements. The Dolphin 75e addresses the needs of enterprises with a variety of workflows, including inventory and asset management, shelf stocking, customer engagement, check-in and reservations, and quality and auditing by allowing mobile workers to toggle between multiple applications from a single device.

The Dolphin 75e offers a superior user experience with a field-proven sleek, pocket-sized design and easy-to-use interface that encourages fast and easy adoption with minimal training resources. Equipped with state-of-the-art battery technology and a durable IP67-rated design, the Dolphin 75e powers through a full shift and beyond. The 75e is powered by the leading-edge Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, a 2.26 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, 16 GB FLASH, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and capacitive touch with universal glove usage capabilities. The device offers the freedom to use a variety of input and output modes, and is perfectly suited for operations that need to deploy multiple applications with ease to increase productivity.

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Summary
  • Powerful, Versatile Platform:  Industry-leading Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processing power with 2.26GHz quad-core CPU enables advanced performance and power efficiencies with the flexibility to support both Windows and Android O/S configurations.
  • Dedicated 1D/2D Scanning:  Increases productivity and throughput with an integrated and easy-to-use imager that provides aggressive scanning of linear and 2D bar codes; when using a camera is not enough for enterprise.
  • Field-Proven Durable Design:  Lowers total cost of ownership and reduces downtime with an IP67-rated design for protection from dust and water and the ability to withstand multiple 1.2m drops to concrete and 1,000 0.5m tumbles.
  • Crystal Clear Touch Screen Display:  Capacitive touch technology and readability in various lighting conditions combine to provide an offering that is perfect for inside or outside use cases.
  • Fast and Reliable Wireless Connectivity:  Delivers full WLAN coverage, the latest Bluetooth 4.0, and wide-band speech support.
  • Extensive Software Options:  Value-add software options include Diagnostic Information, RF Network Tools, Printing SDK, Scan-based provisioning and more.

Want more information? Call Andy Frederick today at (570) 768-4482 or email him at afrederick@cssi.com to evaluate a demonstration device.

How Technology Can Create a More Productive Warehouse: Part Two

We previously talked about how technology can lead to a more productive warehouse. This topic deserves some additional attention, and we’ll explore the topic further today.

First, let’s focus on inventory layout. Organization in your warehouse is extremely important because it determines how efficiently new materials are put away and items are retrieved for shipment. This means that you should invest in a storage system that meets your company’s needs. Your layout should be designed to specifically fit your warehouse’s unique operations.

If your materials are stored on pallets, you must have the correct system in place to allow easy pallet access. If you’re utilizing bins, you need a racking system to accommodate them. The better your material access and organization, the less time you lose in prepping orders for shipment.

Another area you should focus on is picking and packing. If you pull the wrong materials, someone has to both retrieve the correct merchandise and return the wrong items to where they belong. When your stock is marked with SKUs, for example, workers will be far less likely to pull the wrong materials for shipments. With the right software, pick lists can be combined to complete several orders and sort individual items directly in your shipping department.

Finally, let’s talk about loading and shipping. First in should not be first out. Trucks must loaded in the reverse order. GPS systems can help you optimize routing, loading and deliveries to ensure complete customer satisfaction. This way, you’ll always know where shipments are if customers have questions.

Make use of the organization, storage, communication and software solutions available to keep your warehouse operations up to date. These implementations will improve productivity and increase your bottom line.

Call me at (570) 768-4482 or email me at afrederick@cssi.com today to learn more about how CSSI can accelerate your business processes and save you money.

How Technology Can Create a More Productive Warehouse: Part One

Improving your warehouse’s productivity is now easier than ever before, thanks to huge advances in technology over the past several years. Let’s look at some of the tools warehouse managers like you have available to help maximize productivity.

The first element that can help improve your company’s warehouse productivity is collaboration. While communicating by email is a great tool, direct contact is much more efficient for time-sensitive communication. This means that you should make use of one or more wireless technologies to help increase communication, and, therefore, productivity. CSSI recommends a variety of devices from Zebra Technologies, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility, and MobileDemand, to name a few, to accomplish this.

One important aspect in choosing technologies is that they must integrate and work together seamlessly. Whether you choose communications via laptop, radio or smartphone, choose a system that all of your departments can use consistently. This will provide your warehouse with real-time efficiency.

Receiving is another area in which you can improve warehouse productivity. After all, handling an item once is much more efficient than having it handled multiple times, by multiple people. The more individuals who are involved, the more time and money you are wasting.  Materials must be stored and received with total accuracy, and your inventory database must be updated as merchandise is received.

Putting one worker in charge of checking off received materials from a list, then sending those materials for stocking, then sending the list for database updating is not efficient. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and inbound processing software can allow materials to be checked by one individual, in one step. Those assets can then be routed to the correct location in your warehouse.

To take extra handling out of your receiving operations, select a system of RFID or barcode scanning, allowing the data from incoming shipments to be sent directly to the purchasing and AP departments to update the information so invoices can be produced quickly. The more material you have just sitting on shelves, the more money you have tied up in that inventory.

Call me at (570) 768-4482 or email me at afrederick@cssi.com today to learn more about how CSSI can accelerate your business processes and save you money.

What is the Future of the Warehouse?

WarehouseWhat’s the warehouse industry going to look like over the next several years? CSSI expects it to look quite different due to new technologies and new ways of thinking about space and work flow. Today’s warehouse workers face a number of challenges, including the demand for high-speed mobile communication devices in-house and out in the field. As bigger spaces and facilities are built, and customers demand personalization (increasing the number of SKUs), the time has come to move into the future.

To add to these trials, warehouses are facing new rules for more accurate product tracing and tracking. Warehouses are also getting closer to the customer, due to the move to re-shoring and omnichannel transactions. Manufacturers must be more efficient so that they can please these customers in all areas.

So what does this look like in the future? To be frank, warehouses must be converted what they are today into assets for competitive differentiation. The warehouse should no longer act purely as a cost center in which operational focus is almost solely on determining and “fixing” inaccuracies and inefficiencies in order picking. Instead, it must change into a powerful asset that can drive profitable growth for the business by improving outbound, storage and inbound material handling.

The reality today is that most warehouse operations act as their own “islands” of information. Moving forward, the warehouse should link, consolidate and integrate the Warehouse Management System (WMS) with the Yard Management System (YMS), Transportation Management System and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). By linking these systems, you can remove inefficient information silos and promote recognition and collaboration across the entire warehousing process and encouraging a more synchronized and agile supply chain.

Call us at (570) 768-4482 or email us at afrederick@cssi.com today to learn more about how CSSI and Zebra Technologies can accelerate your business processes and save you money. We also encourage you to contact us regarding specific devices, such as the innovative MC9200 Mobile Computer.