Tread Again Tires
Maricel Del Pilar, Staff Writer - OCR
"Tread Again Tires Masters Efficiency With The Aid Of OCR's Barcode Readers."
Established since 1953, Tread Again Tires is based on the fundamental
belief of superior service backed by top quality products, at competitive
Tread Again Tires is Canada's largest retreader of truck tires, using nothing but the
best brand of tires and superior trained technicians , with the ultimate goal of
winning customer trust. Over the years, they have developed an extensive network
of 50 associate dealers. Their aim now is to develop a software and choose a
mobile device which will contribute in the success of running their
They have been evaluating with hand held scanners manufactured by Intermec
and Psion Technologies; they asked OCR to evaluate their products choices and
propose their solutions. OCR then presented a family of Symbol units to them and
conducted a study at the same time to better understand Tread Again Tires's company
operation. A series of Symbol MC9000 is what Tread Again Tires believed best suited their
- Deliver Superior Data Capture & Exchange
- Offers Flexibility To Meet Specific Application Requirements
- Variable Range Allows Users To Scan Barcodes Up To 40 feet (12.2m) Away
- Durable & Capable Of On-going Operation in Harsh Conditions
- Multiple Connectivity Options Allows Users To Capture Real Time At The Exact Location, & Stores Data For Batch Processing When Offsite Cutting The Cost Of WWAN
- Ergonomic Forward-Scanning Pistol Grip Enables Users To Scan Over Long Periods With Less Fatigue
The chart below demonstrates how MC9060 can help alleviate a few of Tread
Again Tires's business challenges.
Workers are preoccupied doing manual orders and causing decreases in customer
MC9060 solution improves productivity by enabling hands free warehouse picking
allowing workers to accurately pick and locate the products in no time.
Want to gain more efficiency within the warehouse by automating tasks such as
inventory control, shipping, and receiving.
The one-dimensional scanner with 43 keypad options, clear display and touch
screen feature enables capturing, entering and viewing data all in one solution
making it cost effective.
Accidental drops and unpredictable warehouse work environments can be a big
issue with mobile devices any damage can cause worker's productivity from
The rugged design and a rating of IP64 decrease the volume of down time due to
accidental drops and exposure to harsh environmental elements such as windblown
rain and dust.
Tread Again Tires chose the MC9060 for various reasons, some stated above. This mobile
device features a pocket PC 2003 operating system which gives their workers
audio capabilities, allowing the use of voice communications.
They also wanted to create a warehouse management system that would allow
them to control their inventory and pick orders. The MC9060 is compatible with
the management software from Wavelink called Avalanche and also MSP from
Choosing the right software can be very confounding. The Avalanche and MSP
are both reputable but they do have their differences. For instance, Avalanche
is proven software for centralized management mobile devices. It performs rapid,
hands-off updates of wireless devices located anywhere in the warehouse. It
increases the security of wireless networks by enabling quick easy updates such
as WEP and EAP. When using this software in conjunction with Wavelink Mobile
Manager, capabilities such as automatic WEP key rotation and AP detection will
protect your network from any unauthorized equipment and malicious
Avalanche automatically downloads new information directly to each device via
the wireless LAN. This initial process requires a cradle to operate and if a
mobile device fails, Avalanche will minimize downtime by quickly configuring and
deploying a replacement right at the mobile site. Another advantage of this
software is that it can be downloaded from any PC, making it inexpensive and it
can be easily integrated with other hand held devices.
The MSP on the other hand is more expensive; it supports all symbol wireless
infrastructure and mobile devices as well as Windows CE and pocket pc-based
mobile devices. This software can deploy thousands of devices in minutes, a lot
faster than the Avalanche could. This reduces the time and cost associated with
the initial and ongoing device deployment.
MSP delivers the power to remotely and automatically manage applications and
operating systems on the company's devices. This service provides a single point
of control for the entire wireless LAN infrastructure, whether in one location
or more. It has instant notification of network issues which allows timely
resolution before the performance is impacted. If your decision is going to be
based on what is nominal for your company, Avalanche is definitely the software
to buy. But if you are looking for more profound software, then the MSP would be
the best choice.
The following chart demonstrates why Tread Again Tires chose the Symbol MC9060 over
the Psion Teklogix WORKABOUT PRO.
Short Keyboard configuration 24 key|
Long keyboard 53 key
Offers 28/43/53 key terminal emulations
Embedded with CE & Windows ï¿½ VGA, daylight readable touch screen display
Embedded with CE & Windows 3.8 in. ï¿½ VGA with the option of either mono or color
Optional 3.7 volt 1700 mAh standard Li Ion battery
Rechargeable 7.4 volt 2200 mAh Li Ion battery
Windows CE. NET 4.2|
Windows Mobile 2003
MS Windows Embedded|
Windows Mobile 2003
14 F to 122 F|
(-10 C to +50 C)
-4 C to 122 F|
(-20 C to 50 C )
64MB Flash/128 MB RAM|
SD/MMC memory expansion slots w/usb
Embedded CE 64/64MB|
Optional 2D imager expansion module|
Optional 1D SE 1223
1D scan engine|
Omni directional 1D & 2D
4ft / 1.1m drops to concrete
Multiple Drops to concrete|
6 ft -10 C to 50 C
5 ft -25 C to -10 C
dust hazard environment
dust hazard environment
Basic Cost $2270.00
This company is expanding to build more distribution centre and stores.
Until then we are here to further assist them by guiding them in the right
direction to SUCCESS.
The name Tread Again Tires is used to protect the interests of the