We saw the conflict immediately. Zebra and Gamber Johnson team up to provide rugged forklift mounts for tablet computers. These include the ability to charge the tablet from the forklift, plus you can easily remove the tablet from the mount and swap it to another vehicle or just use it as a handheld terminal. We even wrote a customer solution back in June of 2016 saying so: Forklift Mounted Tablets – Can They Really Hold Up?
The immediate feedback from the rugged, forklift terminal manufacturers like Zebra, Honeywell and others was, there is no way that these tablets will be rugged enough to survive on a forklift. Flash forward 4 years and Zebra is announcing that they are slashing their dedicated forklift product portfolio down to one main device moving forward.
Cold warehouses, outdoor, very rough driving surfaces might still require a hardened forklift terminal, but for the most part, the tablets are less expensive, more flexible and the better way to go for forklift applications. As we said in 2016, do not try to use consumer grade tablets in this application, they are not rugged enough and the wireless radios are not made for the rapid Wi-Fi roaming of a forklift in the warehouse. But tablets on forklifts are here to stay!
Contact the EMP Tech Group today for more information on how tablet computers on your forklift fleet can improve your operations, making you more efficient, for less money!