Looking at Scanning Challenges Utility Companies Face and How to Drive Down the Cost of Hardware Ownership With Opticon

The need to identify assets quickly and accurately

  • Field service engineers need to identify assets quickly and accurately
  • Barcode scanning with a rugged tablet is often expensive and may not be user friendly
  • Incorrect asset IDs listed against job records create reporting problems

Assets are numbered allowing a barcode scanner to quickly identify and validate that the Engineer is in the right place. A quick scan of the barcode can also serve as the start and end time of an inspection, repair or routine maintenance job.

 

OPN-2006 Companion Scanner

  • Lightweight, pocket-sized scanner
  • Captures all common 1D barcodes
  • Easy connection to a smart device via Bluetooth
  • Just 62mm long and weighs 29g
  • 24-month warranty

Difficulty identifying assets with a laser scanner

Laser scanners will not be suitable where a utility company has opted to use:

  • 2D barcodes to include more information in the barcode
  • 2D barcodes because they could not fit a 1D barcode on the asset tag
  • Weatherproof plastic asset tags which may be highly reflective

In all of these instances, the utility company can capture these barcodes with speed and accuracy by using the OPN-3002 CMOS imager companion scanner.

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OPN-3002N Companion Scanner

  • Lightweight, pocket-sized scanner
  • Captures all common 1D and 2D barcodes
  • Captures 1D barcodes where lasers may struggle
  • Easy connection to a smart device via Bluetooth
  • 24-month warranty

Built-in flood light, 1.5m drop spec and easy connection to any smart device make the OPN-3002 ideal for this purpose.

Challenges encountered during routine maintenance / reactive repair / meter-reading operations:

  • A wide range of different data must be collected, from barcodes to data entry and images
  • Assets must be identified and databases accessed in real-time with no Wi-Fi connection
  • Long work shifts and exposure to weather may cause device or battery failure

Where a range of information must be collected and live databases accessed, we recommend the H-33 4G Rugged Android device.

H-31 & H-33 Rugged Android PDA 

Used for a variety of field services and outdoor operations, the H-33 is suited to the challenges posed by UK weather and the risk of being dropped or knocked.

If you are interested in purchasing either of these products or want to find out about other Opticon products, please email us at info@expd.co.uk or give us a call on 01730 710100.