Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announces its latest innovations for the distribution centre, including a best-in-class industrial-grade full range laser barcode scanner and new Vocollect® voice technology solutions, at SITL Europe 2014 in Paris, France.
The Granit 1280iFR scanner joins Honeywell’s broad portfolio of scanning solutions for warehouse workers and offers the ability to easily read barcodes from short and long distances, improving worker productivity in the distribution center and cold storage environments. Additionally, Vocollect by Honeywell’s VoiceCatalyst® software provides a simple, easy path for all customers to take advantage of Vocollect’s latest Talkman® A700 solution innovations, and the Talkman A720 extends the portfolio for customers who require the use of wired peripherals.
“In a competitive marketplace, warehouse operators need solutions that can withstand harsh environments and provide supreme performance,” said Bruce Stubbs, director of industry marketing, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. “Honeywell has integrated multiple solutions and products from scanners, to vehicle mount computers, to voice devices, to software to help customers solve their most pressing business challenges in distribution centers.”
As the newest member of Honeywell’s industrial scanner portfolio, the Granit 1280iFR is designed to excel in the most demanding mission critical environments where accuracy and durability are imperative. To improve worker efficiency, the Granit 1280iFR features the ability to read 100 mil retro-reflective labels from as far away as 54 feet (16.5 m) and 7.5 mil codes as close as 3.5 inches (8.9 cm). Designed to survive the harshest environments, the scanner offers unparalleled durability by sustaining more than 5,000 1m tumbles and 50 drops from 2m to concrete. The Granit 1280iFR is designed for continuous operation at temperatures of -30 degrees C and with the new industrial cable that can survive more than 300,000 cable bends at a 90 degree angle at -30 degrees C, making it the industry’s best full-range scanner for cold storage environments.
The Granit 1280iFR works seamlessly with Honeywell’s latest expansion in Vehicle Mount products including the Thor VM2.
“With an increased demand to read barcodes that are located off the ground as well as medium density barcodes found on cartons and documentation, we needed an industrial solution with superior scanning capabilities,” said Rad DeRose, president, L-Tron Corporation. “Honeywell’s Granit 1280iFR meets and exceeds our customers’ expectations as a durable full-range scanner that survives tough conditions inside the four walls of the warehouse.”
In addition to releasing the Granit 1280iFR scanner, Honeywell released an upgrade to the VoiceCatalyst software which allows customers to seamlessly transition to the Talkman A700 device without having to change their current systems. VoiceCatalyst software enables unparalleled connectivity and provides the launching point for implementing voice-enabled operations to achieve the highest levels of productivity. With VoiceCatalyst 2.1, customers will have access to SoundSense™, which reduces speech recognition errors by 50 percent by eliminating unwanted environmental sounds from forklifts and conveyors to freezer fans. Additionally, shift start-up times are expedited by using Vocollect TouchConnect™ for immediate touch-pairing of a worker’s wireless SRX2 headset to the A700 solution. Leveraging Vocollect RapidStart™ to educate workers will minimize coaching time and provide a consistent education experience.
Further, Honeywell released Vocollect’s Talkman A720 device, the latest model, as part of the Talkman A700 Solution for customers. This new voice-centric mobile device has two Talkman Connectors, enabling customers to leverage investments made in wired peripherals. The Talkman A720 uses the same infrastructure of batteries and chargers as other Talkman A700 solution devices, including an extended-capacity battery estimated to endure 24 hours of use on a single charge. The Talkman A720 joins Talkman A710 and A730 in providing speech responses 19% faster (compared to the prior generation of Vocollect Talkman products) leading to better worker efficiency.
The Granit 1280iFR is expected to ship in April 2014. VoiceCatalyst 2.1 and Talkman A720 are expected to ship during second quarter 2014.