Mobile Computing for Warehousing

Rugged tablet computers have become indispensable tools for efficient warehousing. Rugged tablets can be mounted on forklifts, carts and truck dashboards or carried across warehouse floors without fear of damage from strong vibrations, rough handling and drops. Tablet computers and rugged handhelds can be used in many applications as part of a warehouse management system (WMS).

A complete warehouse management solution is generally made up of rugged mobile technology equipped with barcode and RFID reading capabilities, wireless label printers, and voice-directed hands-free technology. These tools allow warehouse workers to fulfill orders accurately and efficiently, including receiving, picking, shipping and inventory. These systems can also communicate seamlessly with back-office WMS, accounting and business software.

Using an all-in-one Windows tablet eliminates the need for multiple specialty devices, and allows workers to operate warehouse management software written for a standard Windows IT environment in order to easily track inventory, assets and projects.

Inventory management. Thanks to wireless communication options and accessories, tablets with barcode and RFID scanners can provide visibility of a company’s complete inventory database. Cycle counts and other inventory audits can be performed quickly and easily via scanning and image capture tools built into or attached to Handheld’s Algiz tablets. The Algiz RT7 with barcode scanner makes inventory auditing procedures fast and simple for warehouse supervisors walking the floor while scanning or taking pictures of noncompliant items.

Shipping and receiving. With a combination of rugged portability and large screen size, the ALGIZ 10X is well suited for shipping and receiving tasks as a fixed-mount device, often on a cart. Smart terminals at entrance and exit points can automatically scan stock codes, sending information to the rugged tablet for immediate storage in the WMS. Streamlining shipping and receiving processes with rugged tablets helps companies reduce errors, improve speed and efficiency, and save money.

Picking and labeling. A WMS with rugged tablet technology provides real-time inventory data to workers as they complete order-picking tasks. Employees can monitor their own progress and workflow, deviate from a prescribed list in order to maximize efficiency and asset use, and improve inventory management with easy wireless labeling tools.

Put-away. Task lists and instructions are displayed directly on employees’ warehousing tablets, either in hand or docked on a cart or vehicle, removing guesswork and making sure items arrive at their correct locations.

Rugged mobile computers improve the efficiency of workers in many fields. Warehousing is another example how workers can get more done in less time when they have the best tools.