Avoiding inefficient and unsafe working practices in potentially
2014 Nov. 12 + + + How the recent introduction of the innovative EX25 2D Multi Range
Barcode Imager for ecom’s i.roc® Ci70 -Ex handheld computer (PDA) enables
new levels of efficiency and safety for companies and onsite personnel in
potentially hazardous locations.
Entrenched working practices can
be hard to change, but when it comes to improving safety and efficiency
the rewards are usually worth the effort, protecting your people and
assets, and improving your bottom line results.
The increasing use
of 1D/2D barcodes in the workplace to identify items, pallets, containers,
storage locations and even yard locations brings the opportunity to
improve safety by reducing the time the people are in a hazardous area,
and improving efficiency due to the speed and accuracy of item/location
identification and data capture.
However, with some barcode
solutions, the operator still has to descend from the forklift to scan the
pallet barcode, or has difficulty reading the barcode from a distance for
the pallet stacked on the top shelf of the warehouse rack. Similarly,
reading the barcodes on containers located in the laydown area may require
the deckhand to be close to the container – adding to the potential risk
if the crane is operating at the time.
Damaged barcodes, or those
barcodes which are printed on reflective material or indented into metal
items, can also cause user frustration when they can’t be scanned –
reducing the user experience and leading to manual keying in of the item
identifier, resulting in potential human error and lost time.
Likewise, when tracking radioactive sources and explosives, the operator
often needs to be close to these items to scan the item barcode,
increasing their exposure and personal risk. And, an intrinsically safe
camera may be needed to take a picture of any damage found on these
received items – however the user must remember to manually save these
pictures against the correct incoming material and shipment, which can be
an onerous task.
With the recent introduction of the EX25 2D Multi
Range Barcode Imager for ecom’s i.roc® Ci70 -Ex, these concerns can be
relegated to the past. The ability to quickly and accurately read a wide
range of 1D and 2D barcode types - even hard to read barcodes – from any
angle up close and from a distance allows you to avoid these issues when
you need to identify and track items. With the protection to operate
safely in hazardous areas and offering the flexibility to scan barcodes
(and even take a photo) in both poorly lit areas as well as bright
sunlight means you can use it without restriction.
Connected to the
i.roc® Ci70 -Ex PDA as an integrated head module, the EX25 head retains
the same streamlined and well-balanced features of the i.roc® Ci70 -Ex,
avoiding protruding “add-on” modules which can be difficult to use and can
snag on ladders and other infrastructure - potentially causing a safety
User-friendly ‘Aim and Scan’ capabilities further improve
the user experience due to the speed and ease of use when scanning
barcodes, from any angle and orientation. Setup of new devices is also
equally fast and simple using the automated ‘Scan N Go’ capability.
Typical applications for this device include item lifetime track &
trace, tool management, temporary equipment control, warehouse inventory
management, supply chain logistics, and inspection/maintenance/repair.
Further benefits for the workforce include: reduced user fatigue and
improved user experience; improved real-time visibility and control of
containers, materials, equipment and inventory; improved accuracy of the
item’s cradle-to-grave history; improved decision making and
accountability; and higher profitability.
ECOM - Christian Uhl, www.ecom-ex.com
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