Psion Handhelds An Overview

From manufacturing plants to outdoor yards, from the warehouse floor to field service applications
– you will find Psion computers being used to boost worker productivity and increase operational efficiencies. You may have seen many of these devices in use under the old Teklogix or Psion Teklogix brand names. In 2011 Psion, Plc (the parent company) dropped the Teklogix brand name and began operating under the name Psion. In June of 2012, Motorola announced the acquisition Psion Plc.  In October of 2014 Zebra Technologies completed the acquisition of Motorola Solutions.

Many companies that invested in Psion’s mobile computers experienced an overall lower cost of ownership due to the long useful life of the devices. Often times, with other mobile computer manufactures, products are built as a disposable device or the product is given an end of life date within only a couple of years. This tactic is often used to compel customers to upgrade to newer models. This is not the business model that Psion followed. In many cases Psion would keep a model active for several years and once a device reached it’s end of life (EOL) the company would usually end up supporting that device for more several years.

Businesses that choose cheaper devices, over a Psion product, would normally have to replace those devices much sooner than they had planned for. Replacement costs of the cheaper devices should be factored into the decision when considering which handheld computer to select.

Another overlooked cost, of cheaper handheld devices, is the costs incurred when a unit fails. This can have a huge impact on user productivity. When workers are not productive due to failing equipment this can have a dramatic effect on both operations and support resources. Any perceived cost savings by going with a cheaper unit can quickly vanish if employees can’t maintain productivity or if additional capital is required for replacement units.

To help customers achieve even a higher return on investment Psion had taken an innovative approach with some of their newer models. The WorkAbout Pro Series and to a greater extent with the Omnii platform, was designed to help reduce obsolescence. Both of these models are built with a modular design so that customers can easily add or replace various components such as radio types, scanner modules,RFID readers, different keypad layouts, etc. By allowing customers to easily customize or change the hardware configuration of the handheld, as technology or customer requirements change, they help to extend the life of the core device. Utilizing a handheld computer that incorporates both adaptability and longevity in its modular design helps to lower the total cost of ownership and increase the return on investment.

One of the nice features of the these handheld computers is all of the barcode scanner options available. You have a choice of laser or imager, 1D or 2D, as well as high performance standard range, long range or auto ranging (Lorax) scanners. Most customers that incorporate a barcode scanner with their handheld device usually opt for a pistol grip trigger for easy and rapid scanning. The advantage with the pistol grip is that it can easily be removed, by the end-user, with a simple screwdriver if needed. If the pistol grip breaks from a fall, the end-user doesn’t have to send the whole unit in for repair but instead simply replace the pistol grip by removing four screws. It is that easy and it saves on

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