According to the Association of American Railroads, this region’s rail operation is an annual 2.2 billion tonnes, 140,000 miles of track, 610 route behemoth – 500 million tonnes of freight is intermodal. It is not a surprise that rail operators are slowly but increasingly becoming acquainted with rugged mobile computing technology, whether handheld, or bolted to a forklift, crane or train.
According to VDC Research, rugged tablet PCs cost half as much as non-rugged when it comes to TCO. The initial acquisition cost of rugged is higher, but operational cost is significantly lower – usually fifty per cent, often better.
Natural Gas Producer Uses Mobility Solution to Maximize Worker Utilization and Improve Logistics Planning: The Xplore XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablet was the only mobile computing platform that met TGS’ HazLoc safety and logistics simplicity standards after a series of field tests. Today, it is being applied across a number of business functions. For example, the Argentine energy company is currently using the Intel®-powered 10.1” Windows® tablet to expedite the completion of work orders related to the maintenance of its widely distributed production assets. It is also integrating the rugged mobile computers into its warehousing and delivery environments.
How to Formulate the Best-fitting Mobility Solution for Your Manufacturing Environment: Change is scary. But it's also constant. Market conditions, production schedules, maintenance requirements, and inventory levels, all change frequently. What you need today is not the same as yesterday, or last year. But you can deploy a solution today that will be ready for whatever may come tomorrow.
How to Assemble a Future-Proof Mobile Solution for Your Manufacturing Environment.
Like three-quarters of your peers, you’re probably using, or plan to use, mobile technology to boost the performance of your manufacturing and supply chain processes. Join Xplore and Barcoding, Inc. for an in-depth conversation with Industrial Distribution Editor Mike Hockett about the challenges of assembling a workable mobility solution that meets “best-in-class” standards. You’ll walk away knowing how to select devices and software that are compatible with your back-office IT architecture, your shop floor machines and your budget.
If you are in an industry where the hazards exceed the level of durability of your tablet, then in the long term, you will end up paying more. In these cases, a rugged computer is the better choice because it is designed specifically to withstand harsh challenging conditions. These are ultra-mobile, tough, and customer-engineered devices, specifically designed for use in mission-critical applications.
Survey Says: Intel® -Powered Rugged Tablets Still the Mobile PC of Choice, Despite Feature Expansions in Other Rugged Form Factors & an Increase in Business-Grade Tablet Competition
Xplore and Intel recently asked hundreds of mobile workers and mobile computer resellers worldwide: “Which Computer is Right for You (or Your Customers)?"
The results clearly show that 10-12” rugged tablets are still the best-suited PC form factor for mobile workers and preferred more by global companies than notebooks or handhelds. However, investments in rugged tablet solutions are no longer motivated solely by the 3-5 year reliability of their internal and external components.
Ferrovalle is a railroad and intermodal operator that receives and delivers an average of 20,000 trains and more than 1,000,000 railcars per year. Services include switching, terminal switching, origin switching, intermodal operations and other services within 200 hectares (494.2 acres) in operative yards for Mexico’s three line-haul carriers.
They selected the Motion F5 by Xplore rugged tablet for many reasons. The F5 rugged tablet features a touchenabled View Anywhere® Display, a removable battery, and rugged pens for data capture while walking and working. Plus, the F5 can be easily carried throughout Ferrovalle’s terminal and intermodal facilities using the molded handle, shoulder strap or tablet back hand strap. It can also be securely mounted in the locomotives and cranes for around-the-clock access while workers are on the move. The F5 provides a truly mobile, and full computing, solution for every member of Ferrovalle’s workforce.
Have you ever felt like Goldilocks? Searching for the perfect mobile computer that is just the "right size" and built to work "just right" for you? Or that satisfies all of your workers' "tastes," supports your numerous workflows, integrates with your legacy business systems, and aligns with your future goals? Join us for a discussion with Intel's Alan Rose and Bob Ashenbrenner, President of Durable Mobility Technologies, LLC.
It’s nearly impossible for your mobile workforce to “get the job done” with piecemeal technologies. That’s why you can’t focus on buying the best products. Rather, you need to create the best (budget-friendly, scalable, future-proof) solution that won’t fail when IoT, Industry 4.0, or other emerging tech redefines your operating environment. And that’s just one reason why you need to work with a mobile “solution provider”.
Poundland is Europe’s largest single price discount retailer and winner of the 2013 Grocer Gold’s Discount Retailer of the Year Awards. It has 485 branches nationwide and serves 4.5 million customers every week.
In order to boost productivity and realize substantial cost savings, Poundland turned to Xplore partner Box Technologies to replace their legacy system with a mobile technology solution built around the Motion F5 by Xplore Tablet PC.
With an integrated camera, digitizer pen and barcode scanner, the Motion F5 by Xplore now does the job of the previous four separate pieces of hardware. Improved battery life has led to an increase in productivity as warehouse personnel use the tablet’s hot-swap battery feature to easily replace an existing battery with a charged battery. This all occurs on the warehouse floor while the Tablet is operating, with no need to shut down or standby.