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7. Versatile and durable cordless connectivity
Mobility demands are mounting in today’s supply chain environments, driving greater demand for cordless barcode scanners. If you are one that needs this freedom, it could benefit you to consider a device that uses Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy) technologies. This technology helps to facilitate fast wireless communications with optimum energy efficiency. You may also want to consider a device that has a Wi-Fi Friendly Mode, as it will eliminate the wireless interference that Bluetooth devices may otherwise create in your Wi-Fi environment.
And don’t forget about Hazardous Locations (HazLoc). I’m talking environments where explosions are an occupational hazard, such as most oil and gas job sites. Though manufacturing and warehousing facilities that process hazardous materials – along with rail, road, air and maritime transporters – also have to consider worker safety and, thus, a HazLoc-certified scanner. A rugged scanner that is safe to use in potentially explosive environments helps to assure performance and protect workers. It’s like the ‘black box’ of scanners.
Something else to think about: The hazards outlined above are not exclusive to your traditional “rugged” industrial environments. How many times have your workers dropped an inventory scanner onto a concrete floor…at your point-of-sale location? Tossed the scanner in a shopping basket, and then tossed mounds of heavy returned items right on top? Spilled their drinks on the device? Or just otherwise handled it without a care?
The takeaway: Barcode scanners may be subject to rough handling and external hazards in every use case. Challenging their survival abilities in the face of both “normal” and extreme conditions can be critical. That’s why dropping, dunking and driving over scanners are a standard part of Zebra’s product user experience testing. Don’t be afraid to ask your sales representative to replicate such seemingly dramatic tests for you when shopping for scanners. As Zebra and its channel partners have done with the referenced videos, any scanner manufacturer should be willing to do as well.
Editor's Note: Think an ultra-rugged scanner is best for you? Or want to see what else these extremely durable barcode scanners offer inside and out? Take a closer look at these enhanced 2D Zebra scanners.
Editor’s Note: No Zebra scanners were harmed in the making of these videos.