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How Companies are Automating the Warehouse with Industrial Tablets

Now that eCommerce has blossomed into the giant industry it is today, online retailers find automation is a more pressing need. Supply Chain Brief reports that Amazon hired over 120,000 workers one holiday season just to fulfill the influx of online orders—not a light expense! Automating the warehouse is no easy feat, since some operations in the supply chain management field are currently better handled by humans than robots. A fully-automated warehouse would be a supply chain dream, but we haven’t reached that point yet unfortunately. However, companies have made improvements in other areas which have streamlined processes. Automating the warehouse is an easier task with use of an industrial grade tablet, and here’s a few reasons why.

On-Demand Warehouse Feedback with Industrial Tablets

One obvious problem with automation is “the machine” can—and will—fail from time to time. Even Tesla’s self-driving automobiles have a track record of failing when on self-driving mode, a record recently improved through functionality implementation. The same can happen in an automated warehouse—the incorrect product is picked by a machine, a scanner can malfunction, or a conveyor belt can break down, essentially bringing production to a halt. The best way to avoid cascading problems is to have the right individuals notified of a problem immediately. If a conveyor belt breaks, managers with industrial tablets can receive instant feedback of what has malfunctioned and where—or perhaps even control automation systems remotely. Keeping information transfer as quickly as possible allows people to make the right decisions in an event of automation failure. If warehouse managers don’t have that immediate access to information via an industrial tablet, automation failure can be costly—it’s clear a battery-powered, tough tablet is the solution to keep automation problems addressed.

Traceability by RFID Technology

Since the consumer purchase process has turned highly automated in the past 15 years, the needs for the supplying warehouse must meet those demands. Traceability is necessary in an automated warehouse, and so all products need to be marked with RFID tags to track where they move. Without immediate and constant access to tracking any one item in an automated warehouse, companies are at the whim of human mistakes, automation errors, mechanical failures, and other factors. That’s why it’s important for warehouse managers to have battery-powered industrial tablets—lightweight, rugged computers that provide necessary tracking information through RFID. That’s just one method how companies are automating the warehouse to keep efficiency high.

Industrial Tablets Must be Made Industrial-Strength

Warehouse managers won’t be looking for the best rugged tablet crafted out of Fabergé eggs. Similarly, they won’t want a tablet rivaling the size and heft of a tank. Tablets must be lightweight to reduce fatigue and rugged enough to withstand several drops onto a warehouse floor. Managers also need a tough tablet with protection from hazardous materials—water and tablets don’t mix. Tablet users need to be free of tethers and safety hazards, so a battery-powered solution is a must. Plus, barcode scanners are crucial to warehouse operations in order to identify and count product.

The Cybernet Industrial Tablets Solution—the Rugged Windows Tablet X10

Cybernet has our best rugged tablet to assist with automating the warehouse—the X10 industrial grade tablet! It’s capable of withstanding constant shock damage, sand and dust exposure, temperature extremes, prolonged exposure to humidity, and random vibration with it’s MIL-STD-810G design standard, a standard maintained by a partnership between the US Navy, US Army, and the US Air Force. The tablet can also resist water splashes and sprays to it’s front bezel with it’s IP65 rating. This tough tablet is portable around an automated warehouse with hot-swappable batteries that can keep it running all day. Plus, the tablet weighs 2.2 pounds with the batteries installed! Automating the warehouse may not be a fully-realized vision, but industrial tablets like the rugged X10 are helping supply chain professionals ensure current systems in place are running smoothly and mishaps can be addressed with minimal downtime.

5 Ways Tablets Can Revolutionize the Way You Do Business

Time is of the essence is in the world of business. Regardless of the size of your company, it’s important to have the skills, staff, resources and technology at your disposal that will allow you to conduct business more quickly and efficiently. Tablets are quickly becoming a must-have in small business circles.  With almost the same characteristics and technological capabilities as traditional laptops possess, business tablets are especially helpful due to their increased mobility and user-friendliness.

Here are 5 ways you can use a tablet to make both yours and your workers’ professional life simpler and easier.

Create and Edit Documents

Running a business involves a lot of paperwork and having a tool that allows you to create documents at an increased pace and edit them right on the spot without having to go back to the office can come in extremely handy. Often times, when communicating with a potential customer, you agree to terms that weren’t what you originally had planned for. In such situations, you can use a tablet to edit the contract document on-the-fly.  Afterwards, you can easily share it with the other party simply by sending it to their email address.

In today’s world, access to the internet via Wi-Fi for free is much more common than it used to be, therefore, even if you are in a café or a restaurant with your client, you can take advantage of this possibility to not only send files to that person while you’re sitting with them, but to promptly respond to incoming email, which is expected as a representative of a reputable company.

Issue Invoices and Estimates

Even a small business can receive a substantial number of orders every day. For this reason, it’s best to handle the orders efficiently as they come in. If you or your employees happen to travel a lot, not being able to check your email or Skype account regularly can have negative consequences, as some customers don’t like to wait and if they do have to wait, they might become disinterested in your offering. With the help of a business tablet, you will no longer need to carry a heavy laptop with you for every journey you embark on.  Instead, you’ll be able to use a lighter device that will allow you to handle incoming orders as they hit your inbox.  What’s more, depending on how things are set up, you could very well be able to take care of invoicing, too.

Simplify Accounting

Accounting is a necessary evil in the business world. Most small businesses hire professional accountants to handle this rather tedious and time-consuming task. There are, however, apps you can download to your tablet, which simplify accounting significantly, In most cases, you simply input values and the program will provide the financial statements you are obligated to prepare.

Deliver Powerful Presentations

Attending a meeting where you need to present yourself and your company in a good light?  Use a tablet for the presentation. If you own MS Ofice, you can use Powerpoint to create your presentations. The possibilities certainly do not end there though. There are a variety of industry-specific apps and programs that can help you present your carefully crafted materials to colleagues, business associates or prospects in a professional – and most important – meaningful manner.  Also, if your audience requests images, documents or materials complementary to the presentation, you no longer need to rush back to the office in order to meet their requirements. You can handle this task right then and there using your tablet.

Record Speeches and Conversations

In many cases, there is a necessity to take note of the speeches and/or conversations pronounced during a business meeting or conference. A tablet can perfectly serve this purpose. Not only can you record your and other people’s voices but there are also other ways you can put the awesome technological capabilities of modern tablets into practice. For example, when having a conversation with foreigners, there are applications you can use, which will automatically transcribe and translate what you are saying into their own language. Not every word is, of course, transcribed correctly but usually it does not pose a significant communication barrier. Alternatively, you can simply use the transcription app of the tablet to come up with a text version of what was said during the meeting.

Conclusion

Even though they are still often under-estimated, tablets are powerful pieces of technology that a majority of small businesses can use to simplify operations.  Not only are tablets a good friend when communicating with prospects, business associates and customers, but they can make other aspects of running a business easier, too.

5 Benefits of Using a Tablet with an Integrated Barcode Scanner for Inventory Management

Let’s be honest, inventory control and management is not a glamorous part of the business, but it is the most important factor when it comes to maximizing your company’s profitability. When sales drop and the budget gets tight, businesses begin to desperately seek out ways to cut costs and the options are not always attractive. Cutting employees is usually the first line of fire, but actually there is a less painful, more beneficial way to maintain control of the budget…with inventory.

Considering how much money your business can tied up in inventory, if there isn’t accurate inventory management, it can have a significant impact on the budget. Fortunately, Cybernet has a developed a tablet with an integrated barcode scanner that is the solution for maintaining an accurate inventory management system.

Here are 5 ways your business can benefit from using a tablet with a barcode scanner for inventory management:

Save Time

It only takes a few minutes to scan each barcode, so time spent doing inventory checks are minimized. Using a barcode scanner for your inventory will make the inventory process more efficient by eliminating the need to physically hand enter every item in your inventory.

Decrease Labor Costs

Training employees to manually input inventory data can take weeks, even months, but with a barcode scanner, it usually only takes a few minutes for employees to learn how to use it. This allows your employees to focus their energy on more critical tasks, so it improves productivity, saving your company time and money.

Reduce Errors

Using a barcode scanner significantly reduces the rate of human error. When employees are manually entering data, the possibility of errors is to be expected. When a barcode scanner is used for inventory management, it is not uncommon to notice a significant increase in the accuracy of your inventory.

Better Control Your Inventory

Once a barcode is scanned and added to a specific database, you will have valuable insight into the correct status of your inventory, including quantity, shipping and receiving. This will help you reduce inventory carrying cost by knowing which stock is not moving, and eliminating unused stock will free up space for more desirable stock.

Improve Customer Service

A barcode scanner allows you to know exactly what stock you have available, so you can immediately provide your customers with the items they want as well as let them know ahead of time that an item is out-of-stock. Your employees will no longer have to rely on memory to know where an item is located, what the cost is or how many of the items you have in stock.

Inventory management is good practice for any business. If you do not have a watchful eye on your inventory, you are setting yourself and your business up for potential inventory errors and challenges. The appropriate inventory management can really make or break your business. The use of barcode scanners for inventory management can help to drastically improve the efficiency and productivity of your business.

What You REALLY Need to Know about Choosing a Business Tablet

What You REALLY Need to Know about Choosing a Business Tablet

Sometimes, when we are trying to manage all of our everyday tasks, we simply feel like we need something that will help us do it better, which is why using a business tablet has become such a practical solution. Business tablets can be used for presentations, reading and sending emails, accessing the web and many other business related tasks. What’s more, using a tablet for business is much better – and easier – than using a smartphone, since they often have smaller screens, and laptops, which are often times cumbersome to lug around.

When you’re shopping for a new business tablet, here are some important things you’ll want to keep in mind.

The Operating System

The main thing to consider when purchasing a tablet for your business is the operating system. There are several options, including iOS, Android and Windows based operating platforms. iOS has a large selection of applications, has great security because you can only install applications from the App Store and most come with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, giving only you the ability to unlock it. The issue is that many of the most popular business programs haven’t been designed to be compatible with iOS.

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The Android operating system is an open platform, so many manufacturers put their own spin on various products, which allows for a high degree of flexibility. Again, however, many business programs won’t run on this type of operating system, which can severely limit productivity.

If you decide on using a tablet with a Windows operating system, your biggest advantage will be the ability to sync your existing IT infrastructure with your new business tablet. The only real caveat is that Windows is less secure than iOS and Android, so if you decide on a Windows based tablet, installing a good antivirus program is a must.

Size

If you want your tablet to fit into your pocket or a smaller bag, then a 7-inch tablet is a good choice. But sometimes, that size simply isn’t going to be big enough. Our tablets fall into the larger category, but give you enough room to work on. While larger tablets are heavier, their bigger screens give you a better balance of productivity and portability. If you need serious productivity from your tablet, then a larger tablet is a must.

Specs

If you want your business tablet to be fast and perform at an optimal level, you’ll want a tablet with a good processor. The type of processor will likely depend on what operating system your new business tablet will use, as well as how much you can afford to pay.

Also keep in mind:

  1. RAM is responsible for how fast your apps will load, so the higher the number, the better off you’ll be.
  1. Storage should be one of the most important things to consider when buying a business We recommend choosing a tablet with large storage capacity so that you don’t have to worry about running out of space in 6 or 12 months. It’s also important to remember that the majority of tablets have internal memory, so it’s very difficult to upgrade without buying a new tablet. Some offer slots for memory cards, but it’s not an equal replacement for internal memory.
  1. Battery life matters. If you want your battery to last throughout the entire work day, make sure that you choose a business tablet that is backed by serious battery power. Also some tablets don’t allow access to replace a battery.

Connectivity

The key distinction between a regular tablet and a business tablet lies in the fact that the latter has to be performance intensive for a wide variety of professional tasks. The connectivity features of a business tablet are a big measure of its ability to deliver.

Gauge your new business tablet while considering the following physical and wireless connectivity parameters:

  1. Physical Connectivity

The most basic of connectors for any computing device, a USB post becomes especially important for a business tablet. This is because while on the move, you wouldn’t want work to suffer for lack of a robust medium through which to store and transfer data. USB ports also make your tablet compatible with a number of peripherals – keyboards, mice, etc. Ensure that your tablet has at least one USB 3.0 port; these offer speeds of up to 640MBps – over ten times more than the older USB 2.0 ports.

A business tablet should be capable of going online as and when needed, and as such, NIC (Ethernet) ports are an essential feature. Wireless internet may be the norm today, but backward compatibility (with older connectivity setups) is just as important for a versatile business tablet as state-of-the-art features.

Business tablets see a lot of presentation time, and as such, need to be compatible with standard screens and video channels. Look for an HDMI port as this is the most popular and versatile audio/video interface in use today. A tablet with an HDMI port can easily connect to a monitor, projector or digital television. Incidentally, the newly developed HDMI 1.4 port combines a data channel with the audio/video connection, enabling the connected devices to share content.

  1. Wireless Connectivity

Virtually all tablets have some wireless capability, the problem is there are two versions of WI-FI. Older tablets only support the 802.11b/g version. This specification can have performance issues when downloading large files or streaming HD video. It’s recommended to buy a tablet that is compatible with the 0802.11n specification. This supports both 2.4 GHz and 5GHz radio bands speeds which offer the strongest WI-FI connectivity possible.

Bluetooth is another essential tool required for connecting other peripheral devices. It’s also a quick way to connect with other tablets in the vicinity to transfer files.

Security and Accessibility

The concepts of security and ease of access are intertwined for business tablets. On the one hand, a business tablet needs to be able to offer watertight security, but on the other, very complex barriers tend to interfere with the usability of the device. A simple interface that leaves protection to the technology and efficiency to the user is always preferable. Some business tablets come with built-in CAC readers, which enable employees to insert their ID cards into the tablets for quick recognition and authentication to use the device. Other helpful tools are built-in RFID scanners, which are ideal for scanning and managing inventory items.

It’s important to note that new and improved organizational security solutions for business tablets are constantly being developed. A great example is Imprivata Single Sign On (SSO) technology, which is perfect for the healthcare industry. Imprivata SSO enables all participants of a medical organization to access multiple sections of the organizational database, minimizing the need to memorize too many passwords, which in turn increases efficiency.

Camera

With the ability to Skype and video message clients from around the world, it makes sense to have the best camera quality possible on the front and back of the tablet. Sending pixelated video or low quality pictures to your clients can instill the wrong message. Your company may be perceived as outdated compared to your competition.

Keyboard, Mouse and Stylus

Using your hands with a tablet is fundamental. It’s an essential part of the interaction. Sometimes, touching the screen can’t give you the articulation of a stylus or the speed from a solid keyboard. A keyboard, mouse and stylus are important tools to provide you quick ways to solve problems, especially when you’re not in an office.

Whether you’re in the market for a business tablet today or sometime in the future, we hope you find this guide useful in the research process.  Cybernet’s high performance business tablets are designed to serve as ideal partners for successful businesses. Robust and reliable, our extremely durable tablets come with the assurance of superior quality components that are meticulously packaged and optimized to ensure high MTBF scores.

Linux Tablets

Government entities at various levels, be it state, federal or international, may opt to run Linux-based industrial computer systems for numerous reasons. Technological reasons include the open-source benefits of the Linux OS, while financial reasons may include the fact that Linux is notably less expensive than purchasing a Windows license.

Educational institutions and industrial businesses alike are choosing to deploy Linux-based desktop computers and tablet pcs for both their cost and open-source benefits. Among these institutions are public, private and charter schools, from elementary level thru high school, and colleges, universities and post-graduate schools as well. Industrial businesses such as warehouse companies and manufacturing plants are also reaping the benefits of tablet PCs running Linux-based Operating Systems.

OEM hardware manufacturers and medical device manufacturers are also beginning to realize the numerous benefits that Linux and open-source software have to offer. Since cost is one of the most important factors when it comes to company decision-making, these businesses have a huge incentive to put them to use in their processes.