New from Southampton-based data-entry specialist Kendata Peripherals Ltd is the Dolphin hand-held data-collection terminal, which offers an unrivalled combination of ruggedness, ergonomic design and value-for-money.
Manufactured in the USA by Hand Held Products, the DOS-based terminal incorporates a laser bar-code scanner, infra-red communications, an easy-to-read 8-line x 20-character LCD and a choice of two keypad layouts.
To ensure that the terminal could cope with the rigours of the industrial environment, it was designed and tested to withstand multiple 5ft drops on to concrete. This was achieved by shock mounting key internal components and by using a 'clamshell' shaped case fabricated from a special ABS plastics material that is resistant to crushing, cracking and UV-related deterioration.
The terminal also features wear-resistant epoxy-coated keys, and the whole unit is sealed to IP65 to prevent the ingress of dust and water.
Reliability is further enhanced by the fact that the terminal has no plug-and-socket connectors. Instead, non-wearing metal studs are used for the power interface on the Dolphin's Homebase recharger, while an industry-standard IrDA port provides wireless infra-red communication with the HomeBase or other IrDA devices such as printers.
As well as being one of the most robust data-collection terminals available, the Dolphin is also one of the most comfortable to use, having been developed after extensive research into the ergonomics of hand-held terminals. The uniquely shaped case is equally comfortable in the left or right hand and is designed for easy single-handed operation.
The keypad is available in either shifted numeric or alphanumeric versions, and the laser scanner supports all popular barcode formats, including EAN, Codabar, Code 128, Code 3 of 9, Interleaved 2 of 5, Plessey and UPC.
Supplied complete with a HomeBase desktop charging and communications cradle, the Dolphin terminal has a capacity of 16,000 scans from a single charge of the battery.
The unit can be programmed in either Microsoft or Borland C, and Kendata also offers a bespoke application software service, if required.
28th June 1999 Ref. KE126/2