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A Wearable Revolution In Distribution Centres

Wearable HoneywellThe Honeywell Wearable Solution begins with your choice of our Dolphin 70e or 75e mobile computers. Then we add the 8620 ring scanner for high-performance scanning of linear and 2D barcodes, plus a comfortable watchband-style armband. All components are breakaway for safety and easily swappable for left- or right-hand operation.

There are lots of opportunities throughout the enterprise to increase efficiency and reduce labour costs using a hands-free computing solution. For example:

  • Small parts picking
  • Large package handling
  • Sortation
  • Truck loading

… any time two hands are required.

In the past, that has required using a dedicated wearable device and redesigning the application and the process to utilise the limited user interface. Now there’s the Honeywell Wearable Solution.

Using the rugged enterprise class Dolphin 70e or Dolphin 75e mobile computer with purpose-built wearable accessories provides you with a new approach to enabling hands-free operations. The large display, flexible touchscreen keypads, and modern architecture allow you to easily deploy more user-friendly applications to quickly gain the productivity of hands-free operation.

The lightweight, wearable accessories provide increased comfort and improved hygiene over conventional wearables. And all components are breakaway for safety and easily swappable for left- or right-hand operation.

The system supports corded or Bluetooth®-connected ring scanners and provides a rugged audio interface to Honeywell headsets. All standard Dolphin 70e and 75e computer accessories, such as charging cradles and four-bay battery chargers, are available.

Download White Paper – Wearable revolution in distribution centres

Key Features:

Flexible – Take advantage of the flexible support and migration of Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld or Android 4.4 KitKat now; seamlessly upgrade later to Windows 10 or Android 6.0M as business needs grow.

General Purpose Device – Don’t get stuck with a dedicated device that only serves one purpose. Share the D70e and D75e on different tasks between shifts, or standardise on one general purpose device.

Large, Clear Display – The 10.9 cm (4.3 in) display with capacitive touchscreen provides outstanding readability and plenty of space for data and keypads. Clearly superior to conventional wearable displays.

High-Performance 1D/2D Barcode Scanning – Increase productivity and throughput with an ergonomic ring scanner based on an industry-grade imager that provides high-performance scanning of linear and 2D barcodes.

Watchband-Style Armband – Improves comfort and eliminates hygiene concerns. The rubber watchband straps are comfortable, reduce sliding or rotating on the arm, and don’t absorb perspiration. Easily cleaned.

Industry comment from Renovotec MD Richard Gilliard

Wearables technology such as the Honeywell ring scanner shown here are generally deployed when the user wants to ensure a hands-free environment for their operatives. Wearable devices reduce breakages and make sound health and safety sense given their hands and eye free environment. They can also boost productivity by increasing picking speeds by up to 25% with near 100% accuracy.

Wearables come into their own when picking and packing smaller items, if both hands are needed: for example packing a mixed case of wine, or holding a postal envelope or packet in one hand and putting a product for dispatch into it with the other. Traditional handheld scanners and other handheld devices have to be propped on a flat surface in these circumstances, or holstered – neither of which is user efficient.

For smaller companies with a more limited budget wearables are a productivity enhancing but also lower cost alternative to voice driven solutions (which can cost £5,000+ more per user). For that reason alone I anticipate continued growth in warehouse wearables from companies looking for better productivity at a more affordable price.

As with all warehouse technology, wearables will not meet all the needs of an operation: for example, they are not generally suitable for users receiving full pallets. As with all warehouse planning it is wise to invest in the right mix of devices, as no single type of product will meet all your needs.