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Modex: Zebra announces mobility solutions

by Pieter Werner

Zebra Technologies announced its new enterprise mobile computing and intelligent automation solutions at MODEX 2024. This announcement highlighted their focus on supporting connected workers and enhancing the efficiency of supply chains. These advancements are set against a backdrop of industries facing challenges such as increased demands for speedy and accurate service, labor shortages, and economic uncertainties.

According to the 2023 Global Warehouse Study conducted by Zebra, a large portion of decision-makers in supply chain management believe that failing to invest in technology could hinder their organizations from achieving their goals. Andre Luecht, Global Strategy Lead at Zebra Technologies, pointed out the complexities in supply chain management and the role technology plays in improving operations.

At MODEX 2024, Zebra showcased various products, including the RS2100, described as the industry’s smallest back-of-hand scanner, aimed at enhancing productivity and comfort for workers. Other introductions included the WT6400 and WT5400 wearable computers, designed for hands-free operations and improved worker comfort. These devices are intended to make tasks such as picking orders, sorting items, and managing inventory more efficient.

The company also unveiled the TC53e/TC58e/TC53e-RFID mobile computers, featuring advancements such as 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, integrated RFID, and enhanced security. These devices also incorporate 25% post-consumer recycled plastic, highlighting a move towards sustainability. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has expressed support for its collaboration with Zebra, citing the benefits of these intelligent computing devices for front-line workers.

In addition to wearable and mobile computing devices, Zebra introduced the MC9400 series, a set of ultra-rugged mobile computers designed to improve workflow efficiency and security in various industries. In terms of automation, Zebra revealed updates to the Fetch100 autonomous mobile robots (AMR), including a version that integrates worker-robot collaboration with conveyor delivery.

Furthermore, Zebra and its partners showcased machine vision-based solutions at MODEX. These solutions are designed for a range of applications from basic track-and-trace operations to complex inspections and deep-learning-based optical character reading (DL-OCR). These demonstrations highlight Zebra’s efforts in reducing operational errors and improving efficiency.

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