In today’s mobile computing market, it can be difficult to understand what the term “rugged” really means. It is reasonable for a buyer to expect that a device marketed as rugged is at least a little more durable than a standard off-the-shelf consumer product, but how durable and in what ways? How can buyers of laptops or tablets be assured the devices they are investing in will be reliable when it counts the most? This may seem like a matter of semantics, but questions about ruggedization can have real consequences for end users. Due to our growing dependence on mobile technology there are few instances where computer downtime does not have a major impact on productivity.
The simple fact is, any device can be labeled “rugged.” Customers must be armed with the right information to ensure they get the ruggedized mobile computer or tablet that meets their needs and offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). Therefore it is important to remember;
• Consumer grade devices disguised as “rugged” do not offer the same level of durability or security as mobile computers that are built from the ground up for enterprise-grade applications and to perform reliably in the harshest environments.
• Customers evaluating rugged devices need information that helps them understand what MIL-STD-810G tests mean, which tests really matter, and what questions they should ask to ensure the device will be the right technology for their needs.
• Tight budgets require mobile computing technology to last longer than ever. Customers should evaluate TCO based on the cost of owning the technology over the full lifespan of the product, not just the initial investment.
Whether you are looking for mobile computers or tablets, it is essential to understand how and where the devices may be used to ensure you get what you expect and select the right technology that can provide a durable and reliable solution for years to come.rugged_tablet_whitepaper
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Based in Olathe, Kansas, Phenix Label is a successful company with 100-plus years of history in label printing and packaging design. But with more than 1,500 different label SKUs, inventory management and order fulfillment is a constant challenge for the company.
Before implementing solutions developed by DCT Mobile Solutions, Phenix employees would manually look up individual item numbers from printed orders, find the location, and retrieve products from warehouse shelves. The process was time-consuming and prone to error given many product rolls appear similar.
Read our case study to find out how implementing Zebra’s TC8000 helped Phenix Label boost their accuracy to 99.8%!DCT-Phenix-Label2