Workers using a ET6x tablet.

Whether your workers are in warehouses, manufacturing plants, ports, yards, or out in the field, chances are your operations rely heavily on mobile computers to ensure smooth operations.

Traditionally, businesses were forced to purchase single-purpose devices for each use case. This meant having a range of different devices for use in the office, in vehicles, and out in the field and numerous platforms to purchase, manage and support these devices – a clunky workflow to say the least.

Thankfully, those days are gone, and it is now entirely possible to have one device that does it all thanks to the growth of enterprise Android tablets. Zebra’s recently released ET6x range of tablets is at the top of its class and a worthwhile investment for any business looking to maximise productivity and business efficiency. 

The ET6x Series is made up of two similar models with distinct use cases: the ET60 is made for the most challenging indoor environments, while the ET65 is built to cover both indoor and outdoor environments with round-the-clock exposure to the elements.

So how do they work?

The ET6x series tablets empower workers by maximising their productivity and streamlining their operations. Zebra’s first IP66-rated tablets – real-world tested and approved more than any other tablet in their class – are designed to handle practically anything without compromising on style and sophistication. 

The ET6x tablets have established themselves as a pinnacle of power and performance in their class. They boast the Qualcomm® 6490 octa-core 2.7 GHz platform, supporting the fastest networks and allowing for artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities. By harnessing the most advanced applications and technologies, workers can enhance their efficiency and accomplish tasks with ease. 

Wireless connectivity is a crucial aspect of collaborative modern work environments, and the ET6x tablets offer a comprehensive range of connectivity and data transfer options, including Wi-Fi 6E, 5G, and global private 5G. 

As the batteries are removable, tablets never go out of service for charging. 

Advanced security features, timely OS patches, and security updates through Zebra’s LifeGuard™ for Android™ ensure robust device protection. 

Barcode capture is also effortless, thanks to the integrated camera or the optional SE55 1D/2D Advanced Range scan engine, capable of reading barcodes in various conditions.

The tablets are drop-tested to concrete, resistant to the elements, and capable of withstanding extreme temperatures as the first freezer-rated tablet on the market. They are also corrosion-proof and tested for vibration, thermal shock and solar radiation.

In addition to a robust build, the tablets excel in outdoor visibility. A bright 1000nt display means operators can confidently rely on clear and crisp visuals, avoiding inconvenience and strain caused by glare or inadequate screen brightness, contributing to improved accuracy and efficiency in daily operations. 

The tablet design also ensures a prolonged lifespan with a standard 3 years manufacturer defect warranty, with an option to increase its coverage through Zebra OneCare.

The ET6x series also offers flexibility – you get so much more than material-handling vehicles, prioritising worker satisfaction and operational efficiency. The tablet’s display and optional scanner exit windows are shatter and scratch-resistant, ensuring long-lasting durability and simplifying maintenance, as the screen can be easily cleaned. Even in the face of accidental impacts or rough handling, the tablet remains resilient and ready to perform, providing a hassle-free worker experience. 

The friction hinge keyboard accessory can be easily attached to transform these tablets into a laptop to make heavy data entry easy. 

All Zebra devices also come with Mobility DNA, which helps drive workforce productivity and device value to new levels. Mobility DNA makes your tablets easier to use and maintain – devices can stage themselves right out of the box, no hands-on required, integrating barcode data into your apps without writing code, managing Bluetooth accessories, restricting apps to keep workers focused on the job, capturing all barcodes required with one press of the scan button, and more. 

Three key use cases

In the fast-paced world of utility operations, frontline workers face unique challenges that demand reliable and efficient tools. Zebra’s ET6x series offers a solution in three key use cases for utility front-liners: meter reading, inspections and compliance, and emergency repair.

Gone are the days of manual data collection. With the ET6x tablets, meter reading becomes a breeze. Equipped with an integrated camera or the optional SE55 1D/2D Advanced Range scan engine, the tablets effortlessly capture barcodes in various conditions, ensuring accurate and efficient data collection. Workers can swiftly scan meters and instantly transmit readings, eliminating the need for error-prone manual entry and reducing billing delays. 

Maintaining compliance with safety regulations and conducting inspections are critical for utility front-liners. The ET6x series empowers workers to perform inspections with ease. The tablets’ advanced connectivity options, including Wi-Fi 6E, 5G, and global private 5G, enable seamless data transfer for real-time reporting and analysis. Front-liners can access and update inspection checklists, capture visual evidence with the high-resolution camera, and ensure compliance at every step.

When emergencies strike, utility front-liners need tools they can rely on. The ET6x tablets excel in emergency repair situations. Their industry-leading durability, drop-tested and freezer-rated, ensures uninterrupted performance when time is of the essence. The tablets’ shatter and scratch-resistant display, along with the optional friction hinge keyboard accessory, make heavy data entry effortless. Front-liners can quickly access repair manuals, update work orders, and communicate with colleagues, enhancing response times and minimising downtime.

The takeaway

The ET6x series from Zebra delivers quality performance for frontline workers, allowing them to increase productivity and efficiency with unmatched durability, advanced security, and seamless data capture. Overall, they are an invaluable asset for workers in today’s competitive business landscape. By investing in quality tools like the ET6x and prioritising worker satisfaction, businesses can optimise performance, streamline operations, and help to deliver exceptional customer experiences. 

Find out more about Zebra’s ET6x series here.

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