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Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

  • 1.  Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Dec 18, 2019 10:30 AM
    Hi Everyone-

    I am looking for people who are using computers on their forklifts.

    We are looking to replace our current forklift Honeywell Thor VM2 Forklift PC with 16 GB of storage with W7 Embedded OS.We are currently running out of disk space.I have did a little research on Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Tablet and Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1 tablet. They both have 128 GB of storage. Which would solve our disk space problem. We use a custom app to interface our inventory to NAV 2015.

    Here are my questions:

    1. What brand/model of computers are you using on your forklift trucks?
    2. Are they easily detachable, in case a forklift is down?
    3. Are they rugged?
    4. What OS is it using?
    5. What kind of bar code scanner are you using? Corded or Wireless?


    In advance, thanks for all responses. Please feel free to ask any questions about this :)






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    Randy Duly
    Bulldog Battery Corporation
    Wabash IN
    NAV 2015
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


  • 2.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Dec 20, 2019 04:14 PM
    Does anyone have any experience in this area. I am looking for additional information. Thank you.

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    Randy Duly
    Bulldog Battery Corporation
    Wabash IN
    NAV 2015
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


  • 3.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 07, 2020 03:28 PM
    Since the holidays are over now, I thought I would ask about this one more time.

    I am looking for people who are using computers on their forklifts.

    We are looking to replace our current forklift Honeywell Thor VM2 Forklift PC with 16 GB of storage with W7 Embedded OS.We are currently running out of disk space.I have did a little research on Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Tablet and Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1 tablet. They both have 128 GB of storage. Which would solve our disk space problem. We use a custom app to interface our inventory to NAV 2015.

    Anyone has any experience with computers on forklifts? Thanks!

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    Randy Duly
    Bulldog Battery Corporation
    Wabash IN
    NAV 2015
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


  • 4.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 08, 2020 01:40 PM
    Here, we use Zebra Mobile computer scanner guns that run un Android and use a casing to attach it to the forklift.
    Not sure if that helps, but that's all I have on my side.

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    Samuel Champoux
    IT Director
    Drummondville QC Canada
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  • 5.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 08, 2020 02:31 PM
    Thank you Samuel for replying. Are you using an Android computer then? What kind?

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    Randy Duly
    Bulldog Battery Corporation
    Wabash IN
    NAV 2015
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


  • 6.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 09, 2020 07:59 AM
    ​They are Zebra MC3300 series, we have a simple web app to do the scanning and WMS transactions.

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    Samuel Champoux
    IT Director
    Drummondville QC Canada
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  • 7.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    Posted Jan 09, 2020 03:39 AM

    Hi Randy,

    we are using from 4logistic the MS812 N MK2 Forklift Terminal.
    It comes with a 64 GB SSD, 4GB RAM. You can pick different OS Version from WIN 7 to WIN 10 Prof.
    We are using NAV in a RDP Session on the Terminals.
    They also have a built in Barcode Reader.

    There are also other Terminals available from this company.

    Hope that helps :-)

    Regards.


    ...Manni



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    Manfred Ingerl
    IT-Manager
    Simon H. Steiner, Hopfen, GmbH
    Mainburg
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  • 8.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 09, 2020 08:34 AM

    We are testing just basic dell laptops mounted with Ram mounts and we have 3 different models of symbol cordless scanners this week.    The dell laptops are 1/3 the cost of the "rugged" tablets.  They are mounted to the forklift so dropping hopefully won't be an issue, and they have SSD drives so no real moving parts to worry about.  

    Will update later when I have more time



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    John Gaither
    American Art Clay Co
    Indianapolis IN
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  • 9.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 09, 2020 09:07 AM
    John-

    Thank you for responding. I would be curious to hear your feedback on mounting and operation of laptops on a forklift. The pros and cons.

    Have a good day!

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    Randy Duly
    Bulldog Battery Corporation
    Wabash IN
    NAV 2015
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


  • 10.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 09, 2020 12:00 PM
    You may not actually need a rugged tablet/laptop device if the device is almost always affixed to the forklift. If you can use a corded scanner the Symbol LS2208 works great. You probably want Bluetooth. In any event - you can find the corded and cordless Symbol/Zebra or Wasp barcode scanners on eBay all day long - at a good savings. I have used a lot of these and virtually no problems with these purchases.

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    Neil Cates
    Beckwith & Kuffel
    Seattle WA
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  • 11.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 09, 2020 04:22 PM
    We have been using Honeywell CN51 hand helds. They have worked OK, but not great. As an experiment, we just bought A Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged tablet. We also bought a Havis Mounting kit from Dell for our Fork Trucks, but it is not here yet. Finally, we bought a Zebra DS3678 Standard 1D/2D cordless bluetooth imager (very rugged, and yes we use 2D barcodes on our racks). We have played around with the tablet and scanner. The current feedback is very positive. I am waiting to see how things go once the tablet is mounted on the Fork Truck. We did not buy a keyboard. We barcode most things and our scales are networked so we can read them wirelessly into our WMS software. I am waiting to see how well we can live with only the on screen keyboard.

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    Gregory Alford
    Director of Technical Resources
    Tri Star Metals LLC
    Carol Stream IL
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  • 12.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 17, 2020 10:12 AM
    Good morning Mr. Alford,

    After doing a bunch of research, we may be leaning toward the Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Tablet. When you get more feedback, especially after it is mounted in a forklift with the Havis Mounting. I would be very interested in hearing back from you. Thank you sir and have a good weekend!

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    Randy Duly
    Bulldog Battery Corporation
    Wabash IN
    NAV 2015
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


  • 13.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 20, 2020 12:35 PM
    So far we like the tablet. There was a slight challenge setting up the Zebra DS3678, but scanning the included barcodes did the job. The bluetooth connection seems to be working well. We just received the Havis mount and we are waiting on the maintenance department to mount it on a fork truck. I will keep you posted.

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    Gregory Alford
    Director of Technical Resources
    Tri Star Metals LLC
    Carol Stream IL
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


  • 14.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 20, 2020 02:20 PM
    Thank you. I will be looking forward to your feedback.

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    Randy Duly
    Bulldog Battery Corporation
    Wabash IN
    NAV 2015
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


  • 15.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 23 days ago
    I was in Freeport yesterday and have an update on the Dell Lattitude 7220. It works well, but we are now testing it against the Surface Go 2. Personally, I like the Surface Go 2 with a protective case. What makes the Surface Go so nice is the pen. Both are working well, but we just put the Surface Go 2 into play. We did go with the M3 processor and we bought from Microsoft so that it came preloaded with Window 10 Pro. The Surface Go is significantly less expensive, but will be more fragile than the Dell Lattitude. We are going to wait and see how it holds up over time before we buy the next tablet. It is also significantly lighter.

    We did not like the Havis Mount. We are now using an Arkon mount we found on Amazon.

    The Zebra DS3678-SR Ultra-Rugged Cordless 2D/1D Barcode Scanner is awesome, but you have to load software on the tablet to display a barcode. Once you scan it, a Blue Tooth connection is established. After that it works great and it works with 2D barcodes.



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    Gregory Alford
    Director of Technical Resources
    Tri Star Metals LLC
    Aurora IL
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


  • 16.  RE: Forklift Computers - A little off-topic

    Posted Jan 21, 2020 07:59 PM
    Hi Randy,
    we are using android phones with custom app that interacts directly with SQL server over WiFi in warehouse. Also we use bluetooth barcode scanners Zebra DS3678-ER with long range (connected to Android phone), we're able to scan pallets in and out from rack using QR codes on pallets (generated from Nav) and QR code stikers on rack position. We are able to locate pallets from the android app or Nav.

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    Gabriel Kertesz
    International Wholesale
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    Academy - Online Interactive Learning from Experts


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