Advantages of Using an Industrial Touch Computer: Zebra’s TC56

Zebra TC56 Mobile Computer

Since the advent of industrial mobile computing, companies have traditionally used rugged, handheld mobile computers with built-in keypads. But the smartphone revolution has led to new industrial touch screen computers with smartphone-style form factors that enable greater mobile productivity. In this article, we take a look at one of the latest industrial touch mobile computers from Zebra Technologies, and the advantages this type of device can bring to the improvement of enterprise workflows.

Compact, Lightweight, and Smartphone-Style Design

When you first hold an industrial touch computer like Zebra’s TC56 in your hand, you’ll immediately notice a smartphone look and feel, and thin, lightweight design. The device looks very similar to Android™ and Apple iOS smartphone devices; moreover, weighing just 8.8 ounces, the Zebra TC56 is 50% lighter than the lightest industrial handheld computers. At just 6.1 inches long, 2.9 inches wide, and only 0.73 inches deep, it’s also a much smaller and thinner form factor than industrial handhelds.

It can easily fit into the palm of your hand and in your pocket for easier mobility, but the TC56 also offers more screen space. It has a 5-inch color display that’s readable in sunlight and offers one to two more inches of display area than traditional industrial handhelds.

User-Friendly Design

One of the biggest advantages of touch computers is that touchscreen technology empowers workers to complete tasks faster by capitalizing on the simplicity of pointing and touching. Touch operating systems are also extremely simple to use and easy to learn, especially for workers who already use smartphone-style devices at home.

Rugged Durability

When you think of smartphone-style devices, you might assume they’re not designed for industrial environments; however, Zebra’s industrial touch computers are built with specialized materials designed to survive drops to concrete and hundreds of tumbles. Zebra’s TC56 includes a Corning® Gorilla® Glass touch panel for scratch and shatter resistance, as well as a rating of IP65 against water, dust, and dirt. You can also add a military-grade, rugged boot accessory for extra protection against concrete drops.

Unmatched Processing Power and Battery Life

To run today’s graphics-intensive business apps and maximize worker productivity, it’s critical to have plenty of processing power. Zebra’s TC56 industrial touch computer enables major improvements in workflow speed and efficiency with a 64-bit hex-core 1.8 GHz processer that provides the power to run multiple apps simultaneously. The hex-core processor is super-efficient and uses 15% less power while allowing apps to run up to 5 times faster.

Advanced Barcode Scanning

You don’t have to sacrifice barcode scanning capabilities when switching to a smartphone-style device. Zebra’s TC56 features advanced scanning engines for seamless and reliable capture of 1D and 2D barcodes, even if they’re damaged, dirty or poorly printed. You can even configure a dedicated scanning button for maximum efficiency. There’s also a 13-megapixel camera for ultra-high-resolution photos and videos.

Flexible Connectivity

Industrial touch computers also come with 4G/LTE cellular connectivity and Wi-Fi capabilities, so you can connect to virtually any wireless network—inside and outside the four walls. With Zebra’s TC56, you also get Bluetooth connectivity for easy pairing with a wireless headset, ring scanner, or other companion device.

Voice, Audio, and GPS

A smartphone-style industrial touch computer also gives you HD-quality voice and audio, as well as GPS. Zebra’s TC56 includes two microphones with noise cancellation, plus support for headsets and push-to-talk. It also includes integrated GPS for locationing.

Amazingly enough, these are only some of the great advantages you can get by switching to an industrial touch computer. To learn more about the possibilities and explore Zebra’s TC56 for your business, contact us today.

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