The Importance of Rugged Tablets in the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Today, every manufacturing sector deals with an extremely broad supply chain that is often global and often deals with a lack of reliable, real-time data access in the field. This inherent lack of end-to-end integration can be partially bridged by technologies such as cloud-based software access, RFID, IoT and others. Having the ability to access the data from these technologies in real-time in the field requires a portable connected device such as a rugged tablet to deliver that reliable end-to-end integration under the most difficult conditions. The challenges don’t end there as supply chain mobile device longevity is a pressing...

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InHand Introduces Its Third Generation Rugged Tablet - The Hydra-Q6™

InHand Electronics proudly announces our third generation platform for custom tablet and display applications. The Hydra-Q6™ tablet incorporates the rugged features of our Hydra line of tablets with a flexible architecture for quickly prototyping and deploying your optimal tablet solution. InHand can provide customization to allow you to get to market with a branded/unique tablet incorporating your specific product requirements. The Hydra-Q6 is based on the proven NXP quad-core i.MX 6 ARM processor. Packaging for the Hydra-Q6 can customized for tablet, kiosk, display head, Human-Machine Interface (HMI), panel PC, or any type of portable devices. The rugged tablet features the i.MX 6...

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The Importance of an IP67 or IP68 Rating for Your Rugged Tablet

Whether it’s for manufacturing, field use or any other harsh environment, having the best rugged tablet available that can withstand dust, dirt, moisture and physical abuse is paramount. Since dust and moisture can wreak havoc with electronics, the IP Rating is an important consideration when choosing the right mobile computer. But what exactly is the IP rating and how does it affect ruggedness? Informally referred to as ‘ingress protection,’ the IP Code, or formally the International Protection marking is the performance and safety rating standard set by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for electronic devices. IP ratings play a key...

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How Efficient and Reliable is Your Medical Grade Tablet?

Mobile digital access via a medical grade tablet has become a high priority for healthcare organizations in 2018. This can be seen in the fact that 79.8 percent use tablets and 42.6 percent use smartphones to access the information needed to provide and coordinate care. This is according to a new HIMSS Analytics study of 129 C-suite executives, IT professionals, clinicians and department heads. A closer look at the needs of the healthcare continuum when it comes to digital mobility shows complex variable environment conditions and specialized use case needs of the healthcare environment. Often, mobile digital tools for medical...

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Industrial Tablets and Their Role in Automation Industry

Manufacturing 4.0 has ushered in levels of automation that require seamless management, monitoring and operation of machines (including machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and the industrial internet of things (IIoT)). Technology like automation and the IIoT are the foundation of smart factories. Industrial tablet technology is critical for production line workers, service technicians, quality engineers, and others in enabling real time, mobile-based operations. In highly regulated manufacturing industries, production machinery and systems need to be regularly calibrated to stay in compliance. Manufacturers are starting to use mobile-based sensors to capture this data and report it in real time. A rugged industrial tablet...

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Custom Made Tablets: Tough from the inside out!

Custom-made tablets have the advantage of being tough from the inside out because the designs and features will have been specially manufactured for particular users, some of which involve the most demanding needs in the harshest environments. Additionally, custom-made tablets – such as custom medical tablets – must meet both brand manufacturer and end-user standards. The qualities of tough, durable customizable tablets and custom rugged tablets will depend on the industry and the user. It is most likely that a primary feature such tablets will require will be a shock-proof housing that will keep the tablet functioning despite drops and...

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Lightweight and Portable, Custom Linux and Android Tablets can replace a laptop in many applications

The lightweight and portable nature of Linux and Android tablets make them ideal candidates to replace laptop computers in many mobile applications, particularly when the tablets can be customized to suit the needs of users. Android and Linux tablets are smaller and easy to carry and are perfect for cloud computing applications and Internet-based information sourcing and processing. In many instances, the benefits of using an Linux or Android tablet are clear– particularly if customized or custom-made – to replace your laptop. The reasons why Linux and Android tablets are so ideal for replacing laptops are numerous. To begin, tablets...

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Portable Device Design – Custom-made for Military Grade

The ruggedness of common tablets and smartphones, such as those manufactured by Samsung and Apple, has improved in recent years. The addition of rubber overmold accessories enhances drop survival and the use of connectors and sealing techniques enhance water resistance. However, these devices, even within rugged outer casings, cannot meet the more demanding set of standards required by tablets and other portable devices for the military. Military devices are used for a wide variety of applications. These include: UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), UGV (unmanned ground vehicle), and UUV (unmanned underwater vehicle)) deployment and control Real time personnel, vehicle, and equipment...

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Key Differences That Make Medical Grade Tablets Different From Consumer Tablets

Medical grade tablets have a number of unique features and use cases as compared with consumer grade tablets. This often requires a custom tablet design that tightly integrates these features and assures high reliability, security, and privacy. Consumer grade tablets usually cannot meet FDA, HIPAA, and other regulatory requirements simply through software changes and a more rugged outer package. When used for patient monitoring and care, medical tablets and other handheld medical devices must meet FDA-mandated requirements for safety, privacy, and reliability. This extra diligence ensures trust that the medical device will not harm the patient, securely stores data, and...

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Custom mobile devices for industrial vertical markets

In the construction, oil and gas, transportation, military, medical, farming, or manufacturing fields – or many others – you perform very unique tasks for your job. You often use a generic commercial phone or tablet, and find the device is inadequate. Commercial off the shelf devices with an app might seem less expensive, but are you really getting what you need or are you putting your phone or tablet in a position to fail, or to fail you? Many of these market verticals have common requirements for processing power, touch screen, Wi-Fi or other forms of wireless connectivity, storage space,...

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