Apr 12, 2017

How Sweet It Is: The “Android Champion” XSLATE D10 Rugged Tablet Gets a Boost from Marshmallow OS Upgrade

by John Graff

Last month, Google released the results of its latest platform usage tests and revealed that Marshmallow 6.0 is the most widely used OS on Android devices. And we can only expect those usage rates to continue their upward trend thanks to an upgrade made to Xplore’s flagship Android tablet last week. Here's why... ... Continued

Apr 04, 2017

Solving for X: How Manufacturers Must Use Mobility to Keep Moving Forward

by Mark Holleran

Though the key to successful manufacturing modernization will ultimately be a very intricately-married network of digital and physical systems, it has become clear that mobile computing technologies will be the central enabler of any data-driven supply chain operation moving forward. ... Continued

Mar 28, 2017

Back to the Future: What is Industry 4.0?

by admin

Though it’s hard to foresee the future, one thing is certain: Manufacturers and warehouses/DCs need to transition to fully paperless facilities sooner than later to keep pace with new omni-channel business models, greater customization requirements and higher volume production demands. That’s why mobile investments are now considered urgent and mandatory. ... Continued

Mar 21, 2017

Disconnected Mobile Workers: A Bottom-Up Proof That Purpose-Built Devices are Better

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Companies have experienced difficulties deploying mobile technology as of late. Specifically, they’ve been plagued by connectivity issues – which is troubling considering that the whole point of mobility is to extend critical workflow applications anywhere workers need to go.... Continued

Mar 14, 2017

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Musician: Finding Harmony with the Right (Mobile) Instrument

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Sometimes, working in the rugged tablet industry, I can identify with the oft-referenced – but not always accurate – notion that you can’t always have something both ways. But, in reality, it is possible to create a rugged tablet that has the looks and style of consumer devices while having the impeccable strength and durability to survive in the harshest of environments and the heaviest of hands.... Continued

Mar 07, 2017

Driving Change in the Supply Chain…without Disruption (Part 2)

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Just like you found and installed a better tool on the assembly line, you need to find and deploy better information tools whose reach can span the entire shop floor: mobile devices that run the software you have, the software that defines your work. ... Continued

Feb 28, 2017

If You Want to Get Things Done, Don’t Let Innovation (or Tech) Become Disruptive (Part 1)

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Innovation should not equate to an unrealistic agenda of dramatic change. In fact, the whole reason we innovate is to minimize disruptions, eliminate the risks and uncertainty that come with drastic change, and reduce downtime. ... Continued

Feb 21, 2017

Putting the “Total” Back in Total Cost of Ownership

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Remember that there is more to the TCO stats than comparing how many cheap tablets will break versus the premium sticker price for rugged tablets. Organizational and productivity costs dwarf the initial device purchase price every time.... Continued

Feb 16, 2017

Rugged Tablet, Meet Satellite Radio (Because Sometimes You Really Need Your Computer + Comms to Work Anywhere and Everywhere)

by Bob Ashenbrenner

Thorium X, the field industry’s first-in-class satellite communications rugged tablet, is a convergence of the best-in-class technologies covering the entirety of the extreme communications spectrum. It merges the Xplore D10 rugged Android tablet (as the core, no-compromise computing platform) with the Iridium satellite network (comprised of 66 satellites orbiting Earth).... Continued

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