CipherLab 8000 series helps automate clothing collection and recycling in 19 states

PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CipherLab (, a leading innovator in Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) for the retail, warehouse and distribution markets, today announced that international relief agency Planet Aid ( is using the CipherLab 8000 series mobile computer to streamline its clothing collection and recycling program across the United States. By incorporating the ruggedized handheld scanners into its clothing donation process, Planet Aid is able to more quickly and easily establish an efficient collection and recycling system for the items.


When a Planet Aid employee collects clothing from a drop-off spot, a barcode on the bin is scanned with the CipherLab 8000. The driver then estimates the amount of clothing in the bin and records it in the CipherLab 8000 series mobile computer. That data is uploaded to Planet Aid’s main database from the CipherLab scanner where site production and performance metrics can be analyzed instantly – helping Planet Aid create more efficient collection schedules based on the amount of clothing bins receive.

“Before we adopted CipherLab’s handheld scanners, it could take hours for the drivers’ data to be entered and then more time to finally analyze it,” said Jerry Maday, operations manager at Planet Aid headquarters. “With the CipherLab 8000 series mobile computers and our custom business applications, we are able to significantly reduce the amount of paperwork for our drivers and operations staff, dramatically streamlining our core operation at Planet Aid.”


Planet Aid is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in developing countries. Items donated to Planet Aid are resold and proceeds are used to support education, community development and HIV/AIDS programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

“The deployment at Planet Aid is of special interest to CipherLab, because the money we are saving the organization is going directly to a good cause,” said Al Crawford, CipherLab vice president of technology. “In this case, the 8000 series truly lives up to its goal of delivering anywhere mobility, because it is enabling the most mobile worker of all: the driver.”

The CipherLab 8000 mobile computer delivers anywhere mobility in a ruggedized, ergonomic design, offering speedy barcode scanning and data entry via multiple wireless communication options. With a pocket-size form factor that exceeds industry drop standards, the CipherLab 8000 offers more than 100 continuous hours of battery life, long range radio communication of up to 1,148 feet, and an easy-to-read backlit LCD screen for low-light areas and the lowest possible power consumption. Its easy-to-use interface minimizes training requirements and supports a variety of software solutions. All of these industry-leading features boost the efficiency of workers on the go in retail, healthcare and logistics settings.

About CipherLab

CipherLab is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture/Collection) products and systems. The company's award-winning mobile computers and scanners are integrated into the networks of some of the world's best known government and logistics, grocery, manufacturing, retail, distribution, agricultural and healthcare companies, helping them run more efficiently and effectively via "anywhere mobility," onsite and on the road. CipherLab Solutions Certified value-added resellers and integrators further extend the company's expertise, particularly within the small- to medium-size business market. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, with North American offices in Plano, TX, and operations in EMEA, the Americas, Asia Pacific and China, CipherLab is publicly traded on the Taiwan stock exchange (TWO:6160). More can be found on the web at

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