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Wearable device helps speed up supply chain workers

A new smart wearable that helps supply chain workers complete their high volume tasks more efficiently and ergonomically has been announced by Honeywell.

The 8680i Wearable Mini-Mobile is a compact, high performance and hands-free cordless device that helps improve efficiency and productivity for scan-intensive tasks.

By eliminating the need to pick up a handheld scanner, scan the item and then set the scanner down.

The new wearable device helps improve workers’ scanning times by approximately five seconds per typical transaction.

“To keep up with increasing pressure for fast, accurate order fulfillment, distribution centers need to streamline high-volume workflows and provide their workers with ergonomic data-capture solutions,” said Stan Zywicki, General Manager of Scanning and Printing for Honeywell’s Productivity Products business.

“The 8680i is an always-on, connected mini-mobile device that allows for hands-free operation in areas where workers need to be able to complete tasks without having to hold a separate device.”

The lightweight, WiFi-enabled device is worn on one hand and provides workers with a two-button interface and a clear display of information such as battery status and scan results.

Through the API and WiFi connectivity, customizable workflow instructions are provided on the user-facing display.

This enables streamlined workflows with a single, ergonomic device to eliminate the need for both a scanner and mobile computer combination.

The 8680i helps warehouses and distribution centers increase speed and accuracy by streamlining high volume workflows such as picking, sorting, put-away and packing.

“Ergonomics and comfort are extremely important to distribution center workers,” said Zywicki.

“To keep workers safe and healthy, we designed this scanner to be up to 17% lighter than competing wearable solutions.”

Designed for a rugged industrial work environment, the 8680i can withstand 2,000 half-meter tumbles.

Customers can choose from two different wearable form factors: a two-finger ring or a cut-resistant glove.

A Bluetooth-only version of the device is also available for use as a simple ergonomic scanner, which pairs with another device to support more complex workflows.

Source Honeywell

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