Companies that have embraced computer technology for many years will have programs that they have inherited from earlier platforms, utilizing technology that is “more primitive” than that currently available. These programs are known as legacy programs and can prove problematic for some companies. Legacy programs are found in all fields of work including transportation, logistics, manufacturing and retail. Since these programs are written for earlier operating systems, the challenge for these companies is to integrate them with current technologies, in particular handheld computer devices. Short of completely rewriting the program, terminal emulators are often used to enable access to these programs on all devices with minimal fuss.
Think of the daily wear and tear that you put your mobile phone through. Do you regularly drop your phone? Does it have a few scratches and dents that tell the story of a night out or a moment of clumsiness? Handheld devices such as barcode scanners are no different, they are put through consecutive hours of use and often subjected to a fall or an “on the job accident”. These accidents come part and parcel with the job, however can be dangerous in certain lines of work. Impacts can lead to leaky batteries and in severe cases, even explosions. There have been numerous documented cases of exploding phones, the same can occur for any handheld scanners. For companies, the damage done by this can be far more severe than simply replacing a unit - instead much collateral damage can be caused. For those who work in mines near explosives, in pharmaceutical companies near dangerous chemicals or in petroleum companies surrounded by gas and petrol as well as other dangerous environments, these handheld computers need to be built sturdy to prevent potentially catastrophic situations.
In nature, evolution is a process by which a species develops and diversifies over many generations through a selection of the most desirable traits for survival. The technological world functions much like this in that products are constantly modified and changed throughout the years in order to improve and select the features that are most appealing to the market. In recent times, we have seen the tablet undergo a major “evolution”, from humble beginnings to becoming the device of choice for many. This begs the question: Does the rise of the tablet pcs spell the end of the laptop? A device once thought revolutionary, the laptop has taken the backseat to the tablet, but when looking at the two, which one comes out on top?
Companies are constantly searching for ways to keep costs at a minimum and are finding that a major area of loss every year is the warehouse. Through simple errors such as short picks, over picks and mis-picks, companies squander hundreds of thousands of dollars every year through shoddy warehouse accuracy. The numbers may be insignificant when looked at individually, however the difference between 99.8% accuracy and 99.9%+ accuracy in the warehouse can result in substantial gains to the company.
Many organizations today deal with a large amount of merchandise that requires processing and transportation. Technology has come a long way in aiding these processes and vastly improving their accuracy whilst at the same time keeping the cost to the company at a minimum. The Intermec CK3X mobile computer is the latest innovation from Intermec. Through its adaptable and ergonomic design, the handheld computer can lead to increased productivity in the workplace whilst simultaneously being cost effective and simple to deploy.