Mobile Honeywell Solutions for Supply Chain Efficiency

By Eric-Jan Vermeeren
Honeywell CT47 is an ultra-rugged handheld mobile computer that meets the diverse needs of supply chain organisations in a wide variety of use cases

Organisations across the supply chain are embracing digital transformation for productivity and efficiency gains, and mobile computing is a vital element.

Companies deploy mobile technology in supply chain applications to provide real-time information for inventory control and parcel tracking, among other benefits. 

However, productivity gains from mobile solutions can be offset by poor device reliability, frequent upgrading of devices, and the harsh environmental conditions.

Mobile device failure during a shift immediately impacts worker productivity. According to VDC research, workers lose an average of 74 minutes of productivity for each device issue. 

Over 50% of the research respondents cited dropping devices as a top cause of device problems, with cracked screens highlighted by 46% as the foremost symptom. 

Battery failure is another issue for always-on devices as workers lose productive time whenever they leave their tasks to change a device battery.

Companies must prolong their device life to maximise the ROI. They must do this despite the rapid pace of change in technology development. Operating systems, like Google’s Android, update frequently, and older versions no longer receive security updates. This could leave some mobile devices unsupported. 

On the other hand, mobile devices must also be able to take advantage of new technology as it emerges. 

Connectivity solutions, such as Private Cellular Networks and Wi-Fi 6E, offer high-speed data transfer that can benefit mobile solutions for the supply chain.

Manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and transport environments expose mobile devices to harsh conditions. These devices must work and thrive in various environments – indoors and outdoors, in artificial lighting and in bright sunlight. Likewise, scanners must operate at close range and long distances.

Honeywell CT47 mobile device meets supply chain needs

The Honeywell CT47 is an ultra-rugged handheld mobile computer that meets the diverse needs of supply chain organisations in a wide variety of use cases. 

The CT47 emulates the ergonomics of consumer devices workers use in their everyday lives. Its design makes it easy for users to embrace the technology while employing the enhanced ruggedness and technical features needed for enterprise mobile solutions.

Honeywell’s CT47 is designed to withstand multiple 3.0m (10 ft.) drops to concrete and over 3,500 tumbles at 0.5m (1.64 ft.), and can be fitted with a protective boot accessory for extra protection. 

It comes with a long-lasting 4,775-mAh battery designed to last an entire shift, and extended batteries of 7,692-mAh are available.

Honeywell ensures backwards compatibility for the CT47 device by providing crucial security updates for Android Operating Systems up to five years after Google ends its support. 

As a result, this device is compatible with Android OS from versions 12 to 16.

The CT47 is also future-proof, as it comes with the latest cellular and Wi-Fi technology to enable connectivity using 5G, private cellular networks, and Wi-Fi 6E.

Bright screen displays are essential for user interaction in outdoor conditions. The CT47 has a full high definition (FHD), 5.5-inch screen. It has a Gorilla Glass 5 covering for protection and offers glove, stylus, and rain modes to facilitate ease of use in any environment. 

The latest FlexRange XLR scan engine provides high-powered scanning performance up to 80 feet with a bright aimer for challenging conditions or a standard range aimer for general applications.

Supply chain mobile solutions vital for productivity

Companies throughout the supply chain, from manufacturing, to warehousing and distribution, to transport and logistics are all employing mobile solutions for improved productivity. 

While each step in the supply chain has its own unique challenges, the CT47 is a multi-use device that can span the applications across each step and reduce the need for disparate systems.

Honeywell’s CT47 device meets the needs of all use cases in a single, rugged, handheld device. 

Using a single mobile solution allows supply chain companies to make material and product data visible across the entire organisation. This data enables effective work process optimisation, quality control, and inventory management.

Eric-Jan Vermeeren is Director Sales for the Strategic T&L Accounts at Honeywell.

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