Group Mobile to Attend the Alabama Automotive Conference — Rugged Mobile Technology for the Manufacturing Floor

Rugged mobile devices implemented into the manufacturing floor room will increase quality control, keep suppliers accountable for compliance issues, provide workers with real-time information allowing for timely and well-informed decisions, plus add a layer of protection and safety to your customers.

Do you want to boost productivity and quality control in your manufacturing facility? Rugged mobile devices implemented into the manufacturing floor room will increase quality control, keep suppliers accountable for compliance issues, provide workers with real-time information allowing for timely and well-informed decisions, plus add a layer of protection and safety to your customers.

Rugged Computers for Manufacturing

Whether your work takes place in an indoor factory handling assembly, repair, and maintenance, or an outdoor site, your computing needs go beyond normal. Manufacturing floors require resiliency, mobility, and the ruggedness to withstand the demands of a manufacturing environment.

The average laptop, desktop, or mobile PC cannot handle the environmental hazards of a manufacturing workplace or the vibrations generated by manufacturing equipment–forklifts, heavy machinery, and power tools. In addition, a manufacturing environment isn’t always the most convenient location for the IT department, so you better have something that won’t stop working.

Why a Rugged Computer for Manufacturing?

In a manufacturing environment, being careful with the equipment just isn’t good enough. Exposure to dusty air, extreme temperature fluctuations, powerful vibrations, chemicals, drops, and the many other things that afflict the average computer in a manufacturing job site plague even the most careful equipment handlers. Certain hazards are simply unavoidable.

But avoiding hazards is only part of the solution for providing durable computers in a rugged environment. You also need your computers to have constant access to real-time data and the capacity to integrate with applications and networks, so you can identify and communicate with automated manufacturing stations within the manufacturing network.

USB connectors, RFID readers, and bar code scanners need to function seamlessly with rugged computing devices so you can manage parts installation and inspection, collect data for compliance reporting, track inventory and assets, and mobilize workflow.

Rugged Mobile Computing for the Aerospace and Aviation Industry

All manufacturing facilities carry a certain amount of pressure. Companies that manufacture defective merchandise soon go out of business and often find themselves in court fending off lawsuits.

Lack of manufacturing precision in the aerospace and aviation industry produces disastrous results. Aviation and aerospace manufacturers deliver the most sophisticated and automated aircraft ever. And those life or death designs and calculations often depend on the dependability of your computing devices. In short, you don’t manufacture advanced airplanes and components without using the most advanced equipment.

With the right rugged device you can increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness with highly flexible mobile workflows powered by technology. From initial testing to takeoff, manufacturers of all sizes involve themselves with design implementation, maintenance and repair, frame inspections, electrical systems testing, communications testing, safety compliance, and myriad other operations that those outside of manufacturing do not understand.

Having the right people on the right device to manage and coordinate workflow is necessary.

Rugged Mobile Computing for Auto Manufacturers

Consumers demand more reliability and safety with their automobiles. Other than driver competence, nothing contributes more to the safety of automobiles than automobile manufacturers. Manufacturers, therefore, require technology that helps provide the reliability consumers demand.

In addition, automobile manufacturers must provide fuel-efficient, technologically advanced vehicles in order to compete. Regardless of your role in the automotive manufacturing and supply chain, you’re under a lot of pressure.

Plant production managers, assembly line operators, and auto manufacturing inspectors require and demand unlimited access to data at all hours. They require data from electronic user manuals, work orders, repair tickets, and shipping labels. Paperless rugged mobile computing devices and networks are the best way to deliver real-time data, schedule parts delivery, and track quality.

Rugged Computing Benefits

Regardless of what you manufacture, maintain, or repair, the right rugged computing devices provide numerous benefits. These benefits include the following:

  • Durability and Dependability
  • Streamlined Manufacturing Floor Processes
  • Paperless Factories
  • Accelerated Delivery of Information
  • Refined Maintenance Planning
  • Improved Workforce Scheduling
  • Improved Incident Management
  • Greater Access to User Manuals
  • Longer Battery Life
  • Better Documentation
  • Greater Mobility
  • Quicker Documentation

When it comes to mobile computing in manufacturing, you need devices as rugged as the people who make a living doing rugged things.

Group Mobile specializes in providing a perfectly customized mobile solution for every customer. Contact a sales professional today for more information.

 

Group Mobile will be attending the Southern Automotive Conference. This event brings together more than 1,000 influential industry leaders from across the United States and internationally. An unforgettable lineup of speakers, networking events, food, drink and music for an ultimate experience in Birmingham next week! Visit us at Booth #628!

Location: BJCC Exhibition Hall • 1962 9th Ave N • Birmingham AL

5 Reasons You Need a Rugged Mobile Printer

If you frequently find yourself needing to transfer documentation from your mobile device to paper, however, there’s one more piece of equipment you need: a rugged mobile printer.

If you take your business on the go with you, you may already have experienced many of the benefits of rugged mobile devices. A rugged computer that’s tough enough to handle being bounced around in your truck all day, a rugged tablet that you can safely use in the rain, or a rugged handheld that doesn’t quit just because it bounced out of your hand and landed face-down on the sidewalk are incredibly useful. If you frequently find yourself needing to transfer documentation from your mobile device to paper, however, there’s one more piece of equipment you need: a rugged mobile printer.

Rugged Printers Make Creating Paperwork Easy

There are rugged mobile printers that are designed to handle all of your needs, whatever they may be. Whether you’re printing out a work order for a client to sign before you leave a work site or you need a printer that can print a receipt or tickets, there’s a rugged printer designed with your needs in mind. Many things have gone digital, but there’s still paperwork involved in your business. Rugged printers make creating that paperwork easy!

Speed and Quality are Increasing

Just a few years ago, a printer rugged enough to be used in the field meant a slow, clunky printer that offered poor quality at best. Today’s rugged printers, however, are rapidly increasing in quality. Now, you can expect to create everything from neat documents that print at a perfectly reasonable speed to full-color printouts that allow everyone to see every detail of the page.

Small Size Allows for More Equipment

You don’t need yet another clunky piece of equipment taking up vitally necessary space in your vehicle. Thankfully, today’s mobile printers are designed to be compact. They’ll fit neatly in the center console of your vehicle or tuck in with the rest of your equipment, allowing you to carry your rugged printer without having to sacrifice other necessary equipment.

Set Up and Use Your Printer Fast

The convenience of a printer that can go wherever you can is quickly outweighed if it takes an hour to get it set up. Thankfully, as more rugged printers hit the market, it’s becoming easier than ever to set up and use your printer. Within a matter of minutes, you can have your printer connected to your rugged mobile device and ready to use. It’s a simple process that will have you handing over important paper documentation to your clients, your coworkers, and anyone else who needs that critical information in a quick, timely manner.

Enjoy the Confidence that Your Printer Will Last

Portable printers shouldn’t be a regular line item in your budget. Instead, choose a portable printer that’s designed to be rugged–that is, a printer that is as tough as the rest of your devices and able to withstand all the conditions you face every day. From weather protection that will keep your printer functioning in spite of the fact that you’re using it outside to drop protection and more, rugged printers are designed to be used as hard as the rest of your equipment, making them a critical addition to your kit. Don’t settle for a printer that has to be replaced constantly because it’s not tough enough to handle it. Instead, choose a rugged printer that’s up to handling all your needs.

Your job demands rugged equipment, and we’re here to make sure that you have exactly the printers, scanners, and mobile devices you need in order to get your job done every day. Contact us today to learn more about the devices we carry and how they can transform your work day, your efficiency, and your budget.

 

Mobile Computing Solution Bundles

Group Mobile has created mobile computing product bundles to provide an easy and affordable way for our customers to get all of the mobile computing products they need without any guesswork. These rugged computing solutions have many of the essential upgrades and accessories needed to help make mobile workers more efficient and productive at a reduced price. Please check our website frequently for more bundle options, or call us at 1-866-784-4338 to build a custom mobile computing solution. Learn more…

Group Mobile and Emergency Response Maps Partnership

Group Mobile and Emergency Response Maps (ERM) announced a strategic partnership that will provide a turnkey mapping and mobile response solutions to first responders. The relationship will combine ERM’s RUNBOOK® (http://www.groupmobile.com/product.asp/sku=6006) and eFirstView® (http://www.groupmobile.com/product.asp/sku=6005) software with rugged laptops and tablet computers supplied by Group Mobile to provide EMS and other public safety professionals a complete mobile computing solution to enhance first responder safety, while improving response times and operational capabilities. Today, EMS and other public safety professionals are in need of automated systems that comply with strict local, state and federal requirements. There is also an increasing need for tools to make firefighting and other first responder efforts more effective to improve their safety and the safety of the citizens they protect. All of this information needs to be accessible on a computer system that is rugged enough to withstand the tough environments EMS and public safety professionals encounter throughout their daily routines. With ERM and Group Mobile, first responders and public safety professionals are delivered a comprehensive solution that provides timely access to mobile mapping, GPS routing, incident management, and hazardous materials solutions. Together, ERM and Group Mobile supply the required rugged computer hardware and software including installation, configuration, and training at an affordable price. Read more…

For more information regarding rugged mobile computing visit www.groupmobile.com or call us at 1-866-RUGGED-8. 

Learn About the Latest Toughbook Products

Panasonic Toughbook H2
New fully rugged tablet 

The new rugged Panasonic Toughbook® H2 rugged tablet is an ideal productivity tool for mobile workers. The Toughbook H2 weighs only 3.5 pounds and is designed to protect against environmental conditions and accidental situations, such as bumps, drops, or exposure to wind, heat, and rain. The Toughbook H2 is powered by an Intel® Core™ i5-2557M vPro™ processor, 4GB SDRAM, and a 320GB 7200rpm shock-mounted, flex-connect hard drive for amazing speed and performance. It offers a complete range of embedded wireless options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, and optional 4G LTE or Gobi™2000 3G mobile broadband to help users stay connected while in the field. Read More…

For a limited time Group Mobile will throw in a free screen protector with the purchase of the Toughbook H2. Simply mention this blog post or enter promo code CFH211 when you place an order on our website. Discount will be taken when order is processed. Offer ends September 30, 2011. Shop now!   

Panasonic Toughbook S10
New Business Rugged Notebook  
With a Magnesium alloy case, spill-resistant keyboard, and the ability to handle up to a 30″ drop, the new Toughbook S10 is truly built to survive the bangs and bumps of a hectic day. It pairs an Intel Core i5-2520M 2.50GHz processor with Windows 7 for an incredible computing experience. It has a 12.1″ sunlight-readable display for easy viewing in any lighting condition. The Toughbook S10 is also well equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a Gobi 3G (WWAN) upgrade that connects just about anywhere your cell phone can. With 4GB RAM, a 320GB shock-mounted hard drive, and an impressive 12.5 hours of battery life, this rugged notebook lets you accomplish more than you ever expected while on the go. Read More…    

For a limited time Group Mobile will throw in a free mobile mouse with the purchase of the Toughbook S10. Simply mention this blog post or enter promo code CFS1011 when you place an order on our website. Discount will be taken when order is processed. Offer ends September 30, 2011. Shop now! 

Best Bargain in a Fully Rugged UMPC

The Toughbook U1 from Panasonic is an incredible UMPC (Ultra Mobile Personal Computer) at an incredible price. The U1 is quite versatile for such a small computer. It comes standard with sunlight viewable display, anti-reflective screen treatment, LED backlighting, touchscreen LCD, SD card slot, USB port and Bluetooth. Some popular upgrade options are integrated mobile broadband wireless for use with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T, integrated GPS, 2 megapixel camera, barcode scanner and expansion module.

The Toughbook U1 is also the most rugged computer that Panasonic makes. Rated IP 54 and MIL-STD-810F the Toughbook U1 can take a 4-foot drop, has a magnesium alloy cage chassis, a removable solid state hard drive and a sealed all-weather design that protects the UMPC from rain, spills, dust and vibration.

Click here to learn more about the U1’s features and available options.

For more information regarding rugged mobile computing visit http://www.groupmobile.com/ or call us at 1-866-RUGGED-8.

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Motorola MC70 Rugged Handheld Mobile Computer

Put the power of a cell phone, PDA, computer, scanner and imager in the hands of your mobile workers with the first rugged enterprise digital assistant. Designed to withstand all-day everyday use in nearly any environment, this rugged Motorola MC70 handheld mobile computer delivers true anywhere, anytime wireless WAN/LAN/PAN voice and data communications, including superior voice functionality, data capture and the power to run nearly any application. This device provides everything your mobile task workers need to achieve a new level of enterprise productivity — whether they are in the warehouse, on the delivery route, on the retail floor taking inventory, or in a hospital.

The 3.5″ color touchscreen display with LED backlighting makes for easy viewing in any lighting. The Intel XScale PXA270 624MHz processor it has offers desktop-like multimedia performance, but with a lower power requirements. End users can automate and error proof data collections, allowing for increased productivity, with use of the MC70’s 1D and 2D bar code scanners which can scan from near contact to 55in. Users have the option of a 26-Key Numeric or 44-Key QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola MC70 offers support for standard and extended cards for expandable functionality. For the operating system the end user has a choice of Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium or Phone Edition. The MC70 is lightweight, yet rugged and built for year-round use in nearly any environment. The Motorola MC70 stood up to industry-leading double impact teting (drop and tumble) earning itself an IP54 rating.

Click here for more information on the Motorola MC70.