- Hand Held Products
Hand Held Products is the world's largest manufacturer of linear and 2D handheld barcode scanners based on imaging technology. Its product range includes rugged mobile computers, image kiosks, and barcode verification devices. Its range of data collection and communication products are designed for mobile, on-site, and transaction processing applications.
The company was created in a merger between the former Welch Allyn Data Collection, Inc. and Hand Held Products, Inc. in late 1999.
Welch Allyn Data Collection was formed in 1972 as a subsidiary of
Welch Allyn, headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, New York, and by the 1990s was manufacturing a complete line of handheld bar codereaders.The original Hand Held Products company, established in 1983 in Charlotte, North Carolina, began life as a manufacturer of memory modules for Hewlett-Packardprogrammable calculators, but quickly came to the industry spotlight that same year, as a package delivery company by the name of Federal Expressselected their Micro-Wand portable data collection device to begin its first major proof of deliverysystem for package tracking.
In 1996, Hand Held Products launched the first mobile computer with 2D imaging technology, the Dolphin 7200. In 1997, the Hand Held Product's Dolphin portable computer was selected by the
United States Postal Serviceto be part of their own proof of delivery system, although a third party provided the manufacturing for this deal, which was the largest single order in the history of the industry - 300,000 units.
United States Postal Servicestarted replacing these portable computers with newly designed Motorola portable computers (370,000 units). The bar code reading hardware (2D imager) and decoding and image processing software in these new portable computers are designed and supplied by Hand Held Products.
In the UK, many companies including the courier
Amtrak, Christian Salvesenlogistics and retail outlet Snow & Rockuse various models of the handheld computers.
Since the merger in 1999, the company has maintained its company headquarters in NY.
Hand Held Products has a significant presence in Europe, with its EMEA headquarters in
Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where also its European repair center is based. It also has offices in the UK, Germany and France and sales representation and resellers in most countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Hand Held Products also has offices in Latin America and Asia.
January 1, 2005, the company dropped HHP as its brand name and returned to its full name Hand Held Products. (The legal company name has always been Hand Held Products, Inc.)
On October 15, 2007, Hand Held Products announced they had entered an agreement with
Honeywellto purchase the company for a reported $390 M usd. The final deal is subject to regulatory approval.
On December 20, 2007 Honeywell’s acquisition of Hand Held was approved, and Hand Held officially became a part of Honeywell. Hand Held will form a new line of business within the Honeywell Security Group, which is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions (ACS) business.
The line of business will be called
Honeywell Imaging and Mobility.
Honeywell is now moving all the manufacturing jobs out to China over the next 7 - 10 months.
* [http://honeywell.com/aidc Honeywell Imaging and Mobility]
* [http://www.gamutsystems.com GAMUT Systems]
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