When you’re handling a big slice of the world’s Dairy processing and exports in one of the world’s largest plants it’s vital that you know what’s happening whenever and wherever you are in the facility. And it’s critical to product quality and safety that all your systems are both bulletproof and able to be kept virtually germ free. That’s why Fonterra chose to use Toughbook CF-H1 Hand-held Tablets across their multiple business platforms.
“Fonterra currently use the Panasonic CF-H1 Toughbook to save our business time and money”
"The Panasonic CF-H1 hand-held tablet Toughbook is the ultimate
productivity tool for Fonterra" says Jason Burton, Automations
Project Manager for Milk Products at Fonterra. "We chose Toughbook
for the quality, durability and reliability, translating into
significant financial advantages".
Originally developed to serve the health industry, the Toughbook
CF-H1 is ruggedised to Military standard MIL STD-810G and, because
of its design and construction, is able to cope with chemical
"We have found that the Toughbook improve our business by
enabling our workforce to be more flexible and more importantly
more mobile" advises Burton. "Plus they're more secure - the MIL
drop rating which is the strength of product, the fact that they
are chemical resistant, and being IP65 rated for ingress protection
are key factors in why we chose the CF-H1 Toughbook".
The Fonterra Processing Plants are fully automated, highly
complex facilities that require constant management.
Fonterra currently use the CF-H1 in our manufacturing,
warehousing and laboratory environments and we certainly have the
intention of moving them into other business areas along the lines
of our effluent farms and so on to give the increased productivity
that we require in the areas" says Burton.
Key Product Advantages
The Toughbook CF-H1 has a number of features that can be of
benefit to any rugged environment. ·
The CF-H1 Touch Screen is dual-use, with a
digitizer pen for accurate data entry and software management.
"This is a huge benefit for us as far as our visualisation layout
goes. It gives us the accuracy of a mouse as opposed to the
previous 'inaccuracy' of the finger" says Burton.
The Sterilisation Capability The CF-H1 was
originally developed by Panasonic for Medical use, and as such has
a number of unique features adapted to a sterile or near-sterile
"The ability to clean with chemicals without affecting or
damaging the product is a huge advantage for us in the dairy
industry" states Burton.
The use of the Intel Atom processor means the unit has no
fan, and consequently no open fan port to carry airborne
contamination from one site to another. All external ports are
sealed, and both the body material and the reinforced Hi-Brightness
LCD touch screen are water and chemical resistant, allowing
Ruggedised Performance Initially developed for
military use in the field, all Panasonic fully-rugged Toughbook are
vibration, impact, dust and moisture resistant to US Military
standards. Panasonic develop and manufacture up to 80% of the
components of the Toughbook, each engineered to perform to the
Panasonic high quality expectations. All Toughbook hard drives are
contained in an independent shockproof case, and all can resist
extremes of temperature and environmental challenges that would
destroy most tablet or notebooks.
"The 2 metre military drop rating is very important for us"
Burton continued "Rather than having to replace a notebook per week
we're finding Toughbook last significantly longer due to their
Battery Life Burton is particularly
enthusiastic about the performance of the power system of the
"Getting 4 - 6 hours in the mobile environment considering the
functions it does is certainly a key feature for us' he states. The
battery pack is 'hot-swappable', able to be changed out without
turning the computer off. And there's an optional cradle with
built-in battery charger available for central office use.
According to Jason Burton it all adds up to the right business
decision for Fonterra.
"This hand-held tablet PC is the ultimate productivity tool for
Fonterra. We chose Toughbook for the quality, durability and
reliability, translating into significant financial advantages.
What Panasonic has achieved with the CF-H1 is to create a
ruggedised, mobile tablet solution that delivers continuity for
Fonterra and as a result we eliminate costly repairs or
replacements plus avoid wasting time to recover lost work typically
associated with standard notebooks. The bottom line results are
compelling - lower cost of ownership, and greater return on
investment over the computers life".