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          • Handheld Mobile ComputerBT-A700 series

            BT-A700 series - Handheld Mobile Computer

            Our new, full-range model of handheld mobile computers, the BT-A700 Series, is capable of reading codes from a minimum distance of 1 in. to a maximum distance of 30 ft. Its impressive reading range and speed enable users to read codes instantaneously in one hand not only while standing but also while seated in a forklift. This leads to impressive productivity improvements. The combination of the first-in-class full-range camera and ultra-high-speed decoding allows instantaneous reading of barcodes even from an angle. The ease of on-site use has also been greatly enhanced. The compact body with a largest-in-class 5-inch screen offers excellent grip to allow stable one-handed operation. Rugged design with a tempered glass screen withstands drops from heights of 2.5 m (8.5'). The device can also be used continuously for up to 32 hours.

          • Handheld Mobile ComputerBT-W100 series

            BT-W100 series - Handheld Mobile Computer

            The BT-W100 Series Handheld Mobile Computer is an information terminal type model offering both one-handed operation and high visibility with a large screen. Its 3.5-inch large VGA LCD can display more information at a time. A viewing angle of 260, twice that of conventional models, enables users to recognize images and data clearly even when viewing the screen from an angle. Despite the large screen, the lightweight 257g body has been designed to have an easy-to-grasp round shape and center-of-gravity that directs the weight of the device naturally into the users hand. This makes it natural and stable to hold and allows smooth operation, even for one-handed operation. The device also has a battery with high energy density and proprietary power-saving control enable continuous use for 22 hours.

            High Visibility 3.5" LCD Touch Display

            The larger 3.5" LCD screen allows operators to view more information which leads to less input errors and easier interface navigation.

            Natural Single-handed Design

            By positioning index finger support just above the center of gravity, the BT-W Series weight naturally directs itself into your hand to improve posture and reduce the risk of dropping.

          • Handheld Mobile ComputerBT-W80 series

            BT-W80 series - Handheld Mobile Computer

            The BT-W80 Series Handheld Mobile Computer offers long-term durability. The battery can be used for 23 hours and its body withstands drops from heights of 3 m (10.0') *. It can endure the harshest environments among the lineup to allow reliable use even in severe worksites. The decoding engine has been redesigned to provide greatly improved reading capabilities for difficult-to-read codes and resistance to hand movement. KEYENCE’s proprietary power-saving control and a battery offering high energy density ensure long-duration use. This model also offers high operability based on the easy-to-hold shape, balanced center of gravity, and key layout. This is a handheld mobile computer that resulted from a thorough pursuit of ease of use and reliability on worksites. * 2.5 m (8.5') for the BT-W85.

            Redefining Durability

            The 'block-floating' design combined with the optional 'rubber bumper' makes the BT-W80 series an industry leader in durability with resistance to significant impact(10 ft) and continual damage(20,000 tumbles).

            Long-term Battery Life

            In addition to a high energy density design, reducing degradation factors for a battery can increase its lifespan. An improved lifespan means less replacements are needed, which minimizes maintenance costs.

          • Handheld Mobile ComputerBT-W70 series

            BT-W70 series - Handheld Mobile Computer

            The BT-W70 Series Handheld Mobile Computer is an ultra-lightweight model with a slim design. It is best suited for long-term continuous use. It weighs only 130g, achieving a weight reduction of 30% when compared with conventional products. The compact body with overall length of just 156 mm (6.14") can be handled easily. This compactness and light weight allow significant reduction of loads over long periods of work. Of course, it has all the functionality required by professionals. The proprietary power-saving system has achieved continuous use for 26 hours with stable CPU operation. This allows even worksites using a two-shift system to save time and labor for charging or replacing battery packs. The robust design even withstands drops from heights of 1.5 m (5.0') as well as continuous impacts.

            Extended Use Compact Design

            With a small form factor and light weight in mind, the BT-W70 Series was designed for high usability during extended periods of use.

            Absolute Durability

            The 'hybrid-floating' design and 'hard-coated display panel' provide up to 5 ft drop resistance and repeated tumbles.

          What is a Handheld Mobile Computer?

          Handheld mobile computers are highly portable terminal devices used for reading and collecting data concerning items. In recent years, not only can they read barcodes and 2D codes but they are capable of optical character recognition (OCR) to read characters directly marked on products and parts, such as lot numbers and serial numbers, as well as expiration dates. Unlike handheld code readers used for reading codes only, handheld mobile computers have a CPU and LCD screen built into the body. They can be used for various applications through the use of business programs, as well as for information browsing and alert display. Typical applications are inventory, work-in-progress, and process management of parts, products, and raw materials. Handheld mobile computers must provide excellent operability, durability, waterproofing, and dustproofing to enable their use in various worksites in the manufacturing, logistics, retail, and wholesale fields.

          Benefits of Handheld Mobile Computer

          Benefit 1 of Handheld Mobile Computer

          Barcodes, 2D codes, and characters on product slips, instruction sheets, products, and parts can be instantaneously read, converted into data, and recorded.

          It is also possible to record additional information such as the time of reading, which greatly improves efficiency of warehousing and process management.
          Some types of handheld mobile computers can use optical character recognition (OCR) to acquire characters, such as serial numbers and lot numbers directly marked on products and parts, as well as expiration dates. This is effective for both reducing man-hours and preventing careless mistakes during the management of products and parts with no barcodes / 2D codes, which were impossible through visual check and manual entry.

          Benefit 2 of Handheld Mobile Computer

          After reading one code, a handheld mobile computer can read information linked with the code automatically, or can export information automatically to a specified row/column in Excel or other software.

          The data read with a handheld mobile computer is saved automatically. To make it easier to collect data from each transaction, the saving format can be determined in advance, which reduces the amount of work-hours spent on data management.
          Some operation-specific applications may require labor and cost for programming. Since handheld mobile computers allow setting of business applications without programming, they can save development costs and the time and labor required before the start of operation.

          Benefit 3 of Handheld Mobile Computer

          Handheld mobile computers capable of wireless connection allow readout data to be applied to the system in real time.

          With paper-based aggregation, the overall results can be checked only after operations such as inventory and warehousing are complete and the data is entered into a PC. On the other hand, with a wireless type handheld mobile computer, the results can be transmitted as the work is being performed, so the status can be checked in real time. This enables management with no time lag, which was impossible through paper-based aggregation. This prevents careless mistakes when data is created from paper or inventory is made by several workers. It also prevents mixed-up information in workplaces where the inventory changes frequently.

          Handheld Mobile Computer Case Studies


          Handheld mobile computers enhance efficiency of matching delivery statements and cargo during receiving inspection and recording the inspection results at warehouses and distribution centers. They can greatly improve various works for items with no barcodes, such as label issuance, accurate location management when packages are shelved, picking, and shipping. For package transportation, linking the information read with a handheld mobile computer to a cargo tracking database enables flexible and real-time management of the location and status of cargos.
          For handheld mobile computer application examples of each process, from receiving to shipping, in the logistics industry (warehouses, distribution centers, and cargo transportation), click the button below.

          Automotive/Transport Equipment

          A car consists of an enormous numbers and types of parts. On automotive manufacturing sites, traceability takes on great importance, so handheld mobile computers can significantly improve operating efficiency.
          They enable receiving inspection of parts, raw materials, and outsourced parts, allow picking during warehousing, improve efficiency of inventory management and matching work, and implement error-proofing. In machining and assembly processes, various operations can be done by just holding a handheld mobile computer over the target, including real-time progress management, management of fed parts and works in progress, prevention of different parts from being mixed, and recording of manufacturing processes and inspection results.
          For handheld mobile computer application examples in the automotive/transport equipment, such as error-proofing and inventory management, click the button below.

          Electrical/Electronic Devices and Semiconductors

          Installing a handheld mobile computer on manufacturing sites of electrical/electronic devices and semiconductors improves accuracy of receiving inspection, acceptance checking, and expiration date management and picking in raw material warehouses.
          In preprocessing, operation management, chemical check, insertion check, and recipe check can be performed in real time. In postprocessing, such as mounting and assembly, work procedures can be displayed on the screen of a handheld mobile computer and careless mistakes can be prevented during parts matching. Management accuracy and work efficiency can also be improved during shipping inspection and in finished product warehouses.
          For handheld mobile computer application examples in the electrical/electronic device and semiconductor industry, such as improvement of work accuracy and efficiency and traceability assurance, click the button below.

          Food, Pharmaceutical, and Cosmetics

          There are strict safety standards in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries. In the food industry, in particular, the introduction of HACCP has been made mandatory, resulting in a sharp increase in control items. Installing handheld mobile computers is effective for error-proofing order reception/placement and material insertion and for improving process management efficiency. Just scanning the target item completes operations such as warehousing management linked to the expiration date of raw materials, real-time operation management and recipe/insertion checks in each process, and recording of sterilization temperature and time. It is also possible to use optical character recognition (OCR) to read and record numerical display on meters or equipment.
          For handheld mobile computer application examples in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries, such as management efficiency improvement, error-proofing, and traceability assurance, click the button below.

          Frequently Asked Questions About Handheld Mobile Computer

          Handheld code readers are a type of barcode reader specialized just for reading (scanning) codes. The readout data should be processed with a connected PC, so handheld code readers cannot be used separately from a PC and carried around like handheld mobile computers.
          On the other hand, handheld mobile computers have an LCD screen, CPU, and memory built into the body. Programs can be embedded so that not only can they read data but they can also perform other required processing such as checking (displaying), matching, and saving data. Programs can be rewritten depending on the usage or purpose of the work. For example, you can set which of several information pieces obtained from one reading is to be entered automatically into which rows/columns in Excel.

          The installation requires a variety of equipment such as a PC or a server to communicate with during operation, a battery that supplies the power and its charger, and a printer used to output data (when required). It is also necessary to develop software to provide system functions and operability that match the usage environment and the purpose. Examples of issues handled by software include how to aggregate and process data or how to display the aggregated data on a PC screen.
          On the other hand, some handheld mobile computers are designed for simple operations by adopting a common platform, using dedicated software to create business programs quickly, and aggregating data as intended with Excel. Hence, it is important to consider the hardware, software, and other items suitable for the purpose, scale, and existing system, prior to installation.

          The different handheld mobile computer models have a wide variety of functions to match varying industries and applications. For example, to establish communication with a system within a large warehouse or store, select a type with a built-in wireless LAN interface. To perform work in a limited space, select a Bluetooth-equipped model.
          There are cases in which recent inexpensive smartphones are used instead. This, however, may lead to expensive application development costs. Handheld mobile computers are designed specifically for business purposes so that they can meet various needs on workplaces. Check the specifications such as the reading distance, speed, and accuracy for various codes and optical character recognition (OCR), as well as shock resistance, environmental resistance, and continuous usage time. It is also important to confirm the compatibility, availability, and whether technical support can be obtained or not.

          Knowledge About Handheld Mobile Computer

          This website describes basic knowledge about handheld mobile computers and how to use them for each industry and operation. It also introduces installation examples by industry and application. Useful for everyone, from beginners to those considering system improvements.

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