Leading manufacturer of handheld barcode readers CipherLab came to DNgroup for assistance on the development of their new 9400 rugged PDA barcode reader. The unit combines all today’s standards in one compact, wireless connected unit. The PDA has been designed for rough use in most fields, with a high resistance to bump, humidity, temperatures. Meanwhile with great ergonomics the all-day manipulation is made possible.
CipherLab and DNgroup decided on a more intelligent than rugged look for the PDA. An extensive amount of rubber padding is needed to take the 1.5m drop tests, so integrating this into the design was quite a challenge. The solution was a sandwich build with big rubber bumpers on either side of the screen, adding both to the protection and grip of the delicate hardware.