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EMS Technologies announce launch of Tecton handheld computer for supply chain applications

LXE, a division of EMS Technologies, announced today the launch of the Tecton rugged handheld computer, targeting supply chain applications. The successor to LXE’s highly successful MX7, the IP-65 rated Tecton accelerates real-time data capture with an industry-leading PXA 320 806 MHz processor running Windows® Mobile 6.5 or Windows CE 6.0.

"There are some so-called warehouse handhelds that were not specifically designed for warehouse applications, and others that compromise in terms of ergonomics or processing power," said Ian Davies, country manager, LXE UK. "The Tecton is the first device in the category to address all the challenges of maximising supply chain productivity – it’s purpose-built for the warehouse."

Lightweight, extremely well-balanced in the user’s hand, and with sleek design for an industrial tool, the Tecton delivers its enhanced performance across a wide array of supply chain tasks. The unit´s multi-range scanning capabilities enable bar code reads from four inches to 40 feet, so operators can perform warehouse moves ranging from receiving to full pallet put-aways with the same version of the computer. Scan-intensive picking can be enabled with the Tecton’s available easy-grip removable handle with two-finger trigger, and every Tecton comes with LXE’s ToughTalk technology for voice-driven processes. Tecton™ also features a scan vibration signal that can be used to verify successful scans, and multiple built-in data-entry options.

The Tecton’s performance and versatility come with the field-proven ruggedness and customisations for the most demanding environments. Keypads are protected against airborne and spilled chemical agents, and electrical components are secured to circuit boards to better withstand drops and shocks. An available cold-storage configuration includes programmable touchscreen and scan window defrosters, and a cold-tolerant backup power source that holds a charge longer in environments as low as -30˚C.

The Tecton makes its public debut Tuesday, 8 February, in Hall 5, Booth 641 at the LogiMAT supply chain trade show in Stuttgart, Germany. LXE begins shipments of the Tecton and TectonCS cold storage configuration on 14 March 2011.

"Tecton performs well in so many tasks because it’s light enough for scan-intensive picking, yet able to take a beating," said Davies. "We purpose-built this computer for the supply chain with the right combination of ergonomics, ruggedness, and computing power."

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