Our range of Panasonic Toughbook laptops are not only engineered
to take the knocks, they also help ensure businesses are productive
in even the most demanding environments.
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
How Fonterra use Panasonic Toughbooks to help business.
"The Panasonic CF-H1 hand-held tablet Toughbook is
the ultimate productivity tool for Fonterra. We chose
Toughbook for the quality, durability and reliability,
translating into significant financial advantages".
Jason Burton, Automations Project Manager for Milk
Products @ Fonterra.
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 cleaning.
"We have found that the Toughbook improve
our business by enabling our workforce to be
more flexible and more importantly more mobile. 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".
Jason Burton, Automations Project Manager for Milk Products @
Toughbook CF-H1 Key Product Advantages
The CF-H1 has a number of features that can be of benefit to
any rugged environment.
The 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"
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 work environment."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 ruggedised nature".
Battery Life Burton is
particularly enthusiastic about the performance of
the power system of the CF-H1."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
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".
To find out more
To find out how a Toughbook could help your business, you can
contact Panasonic for a free ROI evaluation. Take a look at Toughbook laptops
online for more.