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Revolutionizing Warehouse Efficiency: Faster Picking Through Wearable Scanners

In today’s fast-paced distribution centers, every second counts. To optimize productivity and accuracy in picking applications, the use of wearable barcode scanners is gaining momentum. By replacing traditional handheld scanners, these innovative devices enable workers to streamline their workflow, eliminate unnecessary steps, and boost overall efficiency. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of wearable scanners and discuss how they are transforming the supply chain industry. We will also take a closer look at Honeywell’s advanced wearable scanner, the 8680i Mobile Mini Wearable Computer, and how it is driving significant improvements in warehouse operations.

Improving Efficiency with Wearable Scanners:

In a typical picking application using handheld barcode scanners, workers often struggle with managing the device while picking items. This additional step can result in a loss of 3-5 seconds per pick, translating to significant time wasted over a shift. However, with wireless wearable barcode scanners, operators can achieve seamless scanning without the need to juggle devices. By wearing the scanner on their hand or finger, workers can instantly scan location codes and items, freeing up both hands for picking tasks. This streamlined approach eliminates unnecessary movements and accelerates the entire picking process, leading to substantial time savings and increased productivity.

Real-World Success:

By adopting a combination of Honeywell’s voice and hands-free scanner solutions, including the 8670 Bluetooth Ring Scanner, a clothing retailer experienced a remarkable 30% increase in productivity. Their pickers can now handle up to 24 orders at once, compared to just 6 with the previous paper-based system. This significant improvement in warehouse efficiency allowed them to allocate resources to other critical areas of their business, underscoring the transformative potential of wearable scanners.

Types of Wearable Scanners for Different Needs:

Warehouses and distribution centers can choose from three types of wireless wearable scanning devices based on their specific requirements:

One-piece ring scanner: This compact solution integrates the scanner, Bluetooth radio, and battery into a single module. Operators wear it as a two-finger ring, eliminating the need for extra parts.

Two-piece ring scanner: This ring scanner is worn on the index finger and is tethered to a module containing the battery and Bluetooth radio, positioned behind the hand. The weight distribution provides comfort during extended use.

Hybrid solution: Combining the advantages of both one- and two-piece solutions, this wearable scanner integrates all components into a single module, which is worn on the back of the hand, attached to a glove. It offers a simple design with optimal weight distribution.


Enhancing Ergonomics and Safety:

Ergonomics play a crucial role in wearable devices. Wearable barcode scanners must strike a balance between being unobtrusive and durable enough to withstand the demanding conditions of a distribution center. Moreover, by using wearable scanners, workers can ensure their safety as both hands remain available to handle heavier items during the picking process. These devices significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries caused by the limitations of traditional handheld scanners, providing a safer and more efficient working environment.

Honeywell’s Advanced Wearable Scanner: 8680i Mobile Mini Wearable Computer:

Honeywell’s 8680i Mobile Mini Wearable Computer is a cutting-edge solution that combines the functionalities of a scanner and a mobile computer in a single device. With a customizable user-facing display and a two-button interface, this wearable device streamlines workflows and enhances user productivity.

  • The 8680i wearable mini mobile is designed to speed frequent scanning tasks, leaving hands free to do the job needed.
  • Engineered for 2,000 0.5-meter (1.6-feet) tumbles, the 8680i wearable mini mobile is built to endure rugged work environments.
  • Honeywell Operational Intelligence workflow analytics to manage battery population lifecycle, ensuring uninterrupted full-shift operation, simple deployment of setting and firmware updates.
  • Advanced version offers customizable line-of-sight screen, Wi-Fi, and SDK for application development, enabling the 8680i device to support streamlined work flows as a standalone device, replacing scanner + mobile computer alternatives.
  • Field-reconfigurable accessories to the device module enable ring or glove form factor: extended or slim batteries tailor size/weight to duty cycle needs: Standard or Advanced versions to fit work flow needs.

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