This section provides an overview for handheld terminals as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 12 handheld terminal manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked handheld terminal companies as of December, 2023: 1.CAEN RFID srl, 2.Datalogic S.p.A., 3.Zebra Technologies Corp..
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A handheld terminal is a portable terminal that can easily collect data recorded in barcodes and 2D codes.
Some models can use a character recognition function to read characters in addition to barcodes and 2D codes. Functions other than data collection include data transmission/reception, data storage, key input, and screen display.
There are also a variety of types available, such as medical types that can be disinfected with chemicals, explosion-proof types specialized for explosion-proof areas, and refrigeration types for frozen warehouses, depending on the environment of the site where they will be used.
Handheld terminals are used in a variety of business applications as portable terminals that can easily collect data, such as:
The functions and specifications required for handheld terminals vary greatly depending on the application and scene of use, but they are mainly composed of data reading, screen display and operation, and communication functions, and the following principles are utilized.
The data reading function uses lasers or LEDs to read barcodes, QR codes, and other two-dimensional codes attached to products, as well as characters, and converts them into numbers, letters, and symbols according to certain rules.
LCDs are mainly used for screen displays, which display characters, graphs, images, etc. under the control of the CPU.
Operation functions are performed via a keyboard or numeric keypad for inputting quantities, etc., or via a touch panel integrated with the screen. Input information is decoded by the CPU and recognized as letters, numbers, and symbols.
Communication functions are mainly performed via wireless LAN or Bluetooth. The terminal is connected to a host computer or other terminals via the Internet or an internal network, and the date, time, and product data read are stored in the terminal before being sent and received in real time to the host computer or other terminals.
Handheld terminals are available in a variety of models. In order to select an appropriate product from among the many models available, choose one based on the nature of your business, the environment in which it will be used, and the cost.
The applications required will differ depending on the nature of the business. Many handheld terminals are equipped with an Android OS, but the applications that can be used vary depending on the OS version. Check to see if the necessary apps are provided.
We also consider special requirements, such as the need for a PTT button specialized for RFID readers and intercoms.
Depending on the environment of the site where the product will be used, a model that satisfies special environmental conditions such as medical type, explosion-proof type, or refrigeration type may be required.
Cost, calculated based on budget and cost effectiveness, is another important consideration. Not only the purchase cost of handheld terminal but also the maintenance cost should be taken into account.
Handheld terminals are more sophisticated than handy scanners. Handheld terminals are more versatile and have a wide range of applications, while handheld scanners are used for reading merchandise POS data, reading library checkout data, etc., due to their single function but lower price.
*Including some distributors, etc.
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Zebra is committed to empowering teams with the mobility and insight to deliver at the cutting edge of excellence. More than just providing intelligent hardware, they offer solutions that give organizations complete visibility to make smart, nimble decisions about what action to take now and how to plan for tomorrow. With 52 years of innovation covering ten industries, such as retail, healthcare, and banking, Zebra takes pride in creating a culture of respect, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation that gives organizations a competitive edge. Using decades of innovation, they design scanners, mobile computers, tablets, and printers with features and form factors made for you.
DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED was established in 1976 in Aichi, Japan provides industrial solutions through its manufacturing technology by developing and producing automatic identification equipment, industrial robots, controllers, and system solutions. The company is known for creating QR codes and cloud services, which are registered trademarks of DENSO WAVE Inc. These codes and services are used for anti-forgery measures and in business cards or catalogs. Their AUTO-ID products include terminals, scanners, RFIDs, and software that enables various operations. These products are supported by customized system solutions such as QR code solutions and IoT solutions (Internet of Things).
Datalogic was founded in 1972 along the outskirts of Bologna, Italy. The company is a manufacturer of scanning and optical devices for industries such as retail, manufacturing, transportation & logistics, and healthcare. The company’s product lines include fixed and handheld scanners for retail and industrial purposes, vehicle-mounted computers and handheld computers, laser marking systems, and other industrial scanners and data-sensing machines. The company offers aftercare services including ease of care service.
Newland AIDC, founded in 1999 as a subsidiary of Newland Digital Technology in New Zealand, is a manufacturer of data acquisition device components and electronic components. The company offers numerous products, including barcode scanners, auto identification, and RFID scanners used in its handheld scanners, desktop scanners, and embedded 2D barcode, barcode, and QR code scanners used for mobile payments, data capture, and identification by the retail, logistics, warehousing, and healthcare markets, as well as many OEM, ODM, and JDM manufacturers. Newland AIDC also offers a repair service for Newland-branded products that are under warranty.
CipherLab, established in 2000, is a Plano, Texas-based designer, manufacturer, and distributor of automatic identification and data capture & collection products and systems. The company’s production line is segmented into mobile computers, barcode scanners, and RFID readers used in warehousing, retail, manufacturing, and transportation & logistics applications. The barcode scanners are available as general-purpose, business, and pocket-sized scanners with the choice of linear imager, laser, and 2D imager. The CipherLab Application Development software, including terminal emulators, scanner software, programming tools, deployment tools, and device management tools, are used to customize the devices to workflows and enable web-based processes.
Unitech Electronics Co., Ltd., established in 2008 in Taiwan, is a manufacturer of electronic components and data acquisition devices and a distributor of software and hardware information for barcode printing, scanning, reading, and data collection-related equipment. The company offers over 1,200 products across three main categories that include rugged PDAs, barcode scanners, and RFID readers used by the medical, public institutions, postal services, and military markets, including use by police units. Unitech Electronics Co., Ltd. offers customized production as well as full distribution, retail, logistics, and warehousing services.
Ma Stoken Solution, established in 1998 and based in Tokyo, Japan, is a manufacturer and supplier of automatic identification systems. The company's product portfolio includes handheld barcode scanners, barcode verification machines, RFID printers, image processing systems, and other related systems. These products are used in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, transport, construction, distribution, retail, and more. The company holds the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certifications, and also provides services such as design, operation, sale, and maintenance.
CAEN RFID is a leading company in AutoID and it has focused its activities on RAIN RFID technology. CAEN RFID developed its easy2read© and easy2log© product lines according to the RAIN RFID standards. Our engineers design state-of-the-art devices and provide continuous support and feedback to customers. The quality of our products, the consultancy service at the time of purchase and the after-sales support are among our top priority objectives. CAEN RFID is the ideal contact point to plan and develop outstanding and performing RAIN RFID solutions.
Casio Europe GmbH, established in 1972 in Germany and a subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., is a manufacturer and supplier of cutting-edge electronic products and solutions across various markets. The company’s diverse product portfolio encompasses calculators, watches, digital pianos, projectors, and electronic cash registers, catering to segments such as education, entertainment, business, and more. Casio Europe's devotion to quality and creativity is evident in its advanced technological offerings that enhance user experiences. With a rich history of delivering convenient and lasting electronics, the company serves a wide range of industries, fostering efficiency and creativity.
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