Now that we have some industrial scanners available to test, we’re trying to up our game. With the Honeywell Granit 1910i, we¬† froze it in a block of ice, threw it around, smashed it pretty solidly, and it held up to quite a bit of damage. Running it over with a pickup, then backing over it, did push it beyond its limits. But who drives over scanners anyway?

And something to keep in mind- Honeywell offers their Service Made Simple comprehensive coverage plans at a remarkably affordable price. So even if you don’t plan on driving over your Granit, it’s less than $100 to get 1-day turnaround and repair or replacement if your scanner happens to fail. Given the cost of an industrial 2D scanner, and the environments they tend to be in, Service Made Simple is a no brainer.

Here’s our video review, complete with frozen scanner and pickup testing.

We managed to get our hands on some Motorola LI4278 barcode scanners, and we decided the best plan was to break one on video. Somehow we failed. Aside from some superficial (and some less than superficial) damage, the scanner kept on scanning.

So after dropping it from about 80-feet to asphalt, kicking it down a road, spiking it off a wall, hitting it with a plank, standing on it, hosing it down, and driving over it a few times, we could only scuff up the housing and crack the head of the scanner. But it still runs like a champ.

Durability Tested LI4278

For a retail-priced scanner, we were amazed at the amount of abuse it survived. We really don’t recommend actually doing this to your scanner, but if you have remarkably clumsy employees or like to throw stuff to people, this is a great fit.

What happens when you run over an LI4278 with a car

Intermec CN3

April 8, 2008

This is why you have engineers make your videos but not your product spec.

The Intermec CN3 has an advertised IP54 seal spec, which means it can be splashed with rainwater and that’s about it. They also rate it at resistant to drops of 5′ to concrete. I know it’s good to exceed spec, but people really need to know how beefy equipment is before they make a purchase.

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