LXE Innovates the Warehouse Handheld with Tecton Rugged Mobile Computer

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LXE, a division of EMS Technologies, announced the launch of the Tecton rugged HandHeld computer, targeting supply chain applications. The successor to LXEs highly successful MX7 HandHeld, the IP-65 rated Tecton HandHeld computer accelerates real-time data capture with an industry-leading PXA 320 806 MHz processor running Windows Mobile 6.5 or Windows CE 6.0.

There are some so-called warehouse handhelds that were not specifically designed for warehouse applications, and others that compromise in terms of ergonomics or processing power, said Steve Newell, LXE vice president and general manager. The Tecton Handheld computer is the first device in the category to address all the challenges of maximising supply chain productivity its purpose-built for the warehouse. 

Lightweight and extremely well-balanced in the users hand, and with sleek design for an industrial tool, the Tecton HandHeld delivers its enhanced performance across a wide array of supply chain tasks. The units multi-range scanning capabilities enable barcode reads from four inches to 40 feet, so operators can perform warehouse moves ranging from receiving to full pallet put-aways with the same version of the computer. Scan-intensive picking can be enabled with the Tecton  computers available easy-grip removable handle with two-finger trigger, and every Tecton computer comes with LXEs ToughTalk technology for voice-driven processes. The device also features a scan vibration signal that can be used to verify successful scans in loud warehouses, and multiple built-in data-entry options.

Performance and versatility come with field-proven ruggedness and customisations for the most demanding environments. Keypads protect against airborne and spilled chemical agents, and electrical components are secured to circuit boards to better withstand drops and shocks. An available cold-storage configuration includes programmable touchscreen and scan window defrosters, and a cold-tolerant backup power source that holds a charge longer in environments as low as -30C.

The Tecton HandHeld computer made its public debut Tuesday, 8 February at the LogiMat supply chain trade show in Stuttgart, Germany. LXE begins shipments of the Tecton HandHeld computer and Tecton CS cold storage configuration on 14 March 2011.

The Tecton HandHeld performs well in so many tasks because its light enough for scan-intensive picking, yet able to take a beating, said Newell.  We purpose-built this computer for the supply chain with the right combination of ergonomics, ruggedness, and computing power.

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