In the market for truck mount terminals, flexible design, accessories and ergonomics can make all the difference.
The selection of the best-fit truckmount terminal for an operation involves different stakeholders, such as the operator, who needs a device that is easy to use and facilitates the execution of his daily tasks; the IT manager, who looks for easy deployment and standardisation of the terminal park; plus the Financial Director who looks for reduced cost of ownership.
According to Martin Schön, general manager of IND, Zetes’ division which specialises in the production of high quality truck-mount terminals, “it is not the technology that sets a terminal apart. The difference is made by the ability to combine the benefits of technology with enhanced ergonomics. We asked him which elements are important to consider when selecting the right terminal:
- Mounting brackets: The correct way of mounting the terminal is key. You have to make sure the terminal is at exactly the same height as the operator’s eyes, avoiding mirroring on the screen, for example. Make sure your provider offers a wide range of brackets to ensure mounting can be done according to your specific requirements.
- Screens: different applications may require different screen sizes, so size does matter. Select the screen that best fits your application and truck. Screens whose angle can be easily adapted to ensure optimal readability increase operator comfort and safety.
- Accessories: with hundreds of inputs a day, robust keyboards are a must. In case of limited room or budget, virtual keyboards may be a useful option. Easy integration with other Auto-ID devices, such as printers and scanners is indispensable.
- Standard elements: terminals that have a standard body yet flexible screens allow harmonisation of the management of your terminal park. This also reduces costs in case new screens (in different sizes) are needed to meet the requirements of new applications.
- Cabling: a DC-DC converter attached to the back of the terminal avoids complex montage and many cables and facilitates accessibility in case of maintenance
In September 2010, IND launched its next generation of forklift terminals.
Martin Schön: “We continue to make the difference by putting flexibility and ergonomics first. We listen to the customer and then bring all the necessary pieces together, if required, complete with Zetes’ software solutions."