Barcodes, Inc has recently been recognized by CIOReview for our in-depth expertise in delivering Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solutions that help businesses overcome common challenges in a constantly evolving technology landscape. Selected as one of the 20 most promising solution providers, we continue our focus on providing comprehensive solutions from consultation, hardware/software deployment and ongoing support.
Fixed or mobile, no matter the scale or size, one of our Asset Management Specialists can tailor an ideal tracking solution for your specific business needs.
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Barcodes, Inc. was talking to a customer about the Honeywell Xenon 1900’s blistering scanning speed. We hooked up the scanner and put it in its stand which automatically puts the scanner in presentation mode (scanner scans without a trigger pull). The customer did what customers do all the time – started passing the same barcode underneath the scanner over and over. He was not impressed. The scanner seemed sluggish.
Here is why – Honeywell programs its scanners to pause for 750 ms (this is the default) before the scanner can reread the same barcode. 750 ms – if my math is correct – is ¾ of a second. This protects against accidental rereads of the same barcode. It can also be used to keep the scanner from reading codes to fast into an application.
Barcodes, Inc. explained this to the customer and told them to turn off Reread Delay if they really wanted to see the scanner fly. We explained that the best way to test scanning speed is to put the scanner into a real life environment or scan different barcodes vs the same one over and over.
In the user guides are barcodes that set the reread delay to 500 ms, 750 ms, 1,000 ms and 2,000 ms. There is even a barcode that allows the user to set their own time.
So why is understanding this so important? It allows your scanner to optimize its scanning speed.
Impinj has introduced the xSpan RAIN RFID gateway to improve item visibility throughout your facility or across your global supply chain. Elegant enough for retail stores, yet rugged enough for warehouses, the Impinj xSpan gateway helps businesses reduce costs and increase sales by providing item monitoring and transition detection in real-time. When combined with the Impinj platform, the xSpan delivers always-on, hands-free Item Intelligence to provide each item’s identity and location along a path, making it ideal for facility entrances and exits, doorways, hallways, and similar spaces.
xSpan’s Features Combine Real-time Monitoring and Transition Detection in a Simple-to-Deploy Package
- Real-time Monitoring: A single xSpan provides continuous item visibility in a coverage area up to 1,000 square feet. Multiple xSpans combined with other Impinj connectivity devices can cover larger areas.
- Transition Detection: Able to track items as they move along a path, xSpan can help companies understand when items are entering or exiting areas, or transitioning between zones.
- Simple Deployment: xSpan is power-over-Ethernet (PoE), low-profile and lightweight, making it versatile and easy to install on both ceilings and walls. xSpan maintains peak performance with Impinj’s patented Autopilot technology, which automatically optimizes xSpan’s settings based on its environment.
UPC barcodes are one of the most commons codes that are being read daily around the world. If you’re not familiar with the UPC code you can find it on any commercial product from the grocery store to the everything on Amazon.
The UPC number itself is referred to as the GTIN (Global Trade Item Number). The GTIN is made up of two parts: The UPC Company Prefix and the number that you have assigned to that unique product. This information is how any business can recognize what each product is.
The UPC code is a standard 1D linear barcode so almost any device will be a suitable UPC barcode scanner. The primary concern when choosin g a scanner will be reading performance to keep up with your specific application.
By far the most common, laser scanners are more than capable of reading any UPC. These scanners often are the most cost effective solution but you will need to properly line up the red laser line with the UPC to get a good read. This usually isn’t a deal breaker but for higher volume applications you may want to look at other options. One of the most popular laser scanners today is the AirTrack S1.
Imager-based scanners utilize a specialized camera to read a barcode as opposed to reflecting light like on a laser. This means you can capture barcodes without really aiming. Just get within the reading area of the imager and you can get a positive read. Upside down, sideways, it doesn’t matter. Imagers like the AirTrack S2 will improve scanning accuracy and speed for faster check-out lines and inventory check-ins.
The Honeywell 8670 Wireless Ring Scanner brings a lot of versatility to the mobile warehouse worker. It’s 1D and 2D scanning performance, fast decoding, and ability to read poor-quality or damaged barcodes make it the best in the industry. A few things to highlight a few things about the Honeywell 8670.
- Lower profile ring scanner. The Honeywell 8670 ring scanner has a much lower profile than the Zebra RS507. In other words, it sits lower on your finger. This is important because with this device you’ll be doing lots of piece picks, case picks, etc. With a lower profile ring scanner you are much less likely to hit the scanner on the bin/racking when reaching into a bin/racking to pick something. Rack hits = frustrated operator, progress disruption, damaged scanner.
- No ring spin! The scanner button on the Honeywell 8670 does not sit below the finger. So when you pick up a box the scanner stays put. If the button sits below your finger the scanner will spin every time you pick up a box. So you’ll have to readjust your scanner after every pick. Life with a scanner that does not take this into account turns a 2 step process into a 3 step process.
- Step 1: Scan item.
- Step 2: Pick up box.
- Step 3: Re-adjust ring scanner.
- Practice putting the ring scanner on until you’ve got it down to one smooth motion. This also applies to the wearable computer.
First impressions go a long way, and if a your workers continue to fumble with the scanner trying to put it on…well….then it diminishes the productivity that you are trying to capture in your business.
Janam has announced that Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise operating system is now available on its XT2 rugged touch computers. Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise provides maximum security, reliability and computing power and enables interoperability between the XT2 and IoT devices, independent of operating system protocols and platforms.
The recently launched XT2 is the lightest and most rugged device in its class – enabling mobile employees to work smarter and more efficiently. With both Android 5 Lollipop and Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise versions, XT2 customers now have access to two of the industry’s most powerful operating systems in the same sleek, rugged and lightweight form factor.
Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise provides an intuitive user experience, as well as native support for barcode scanning and other peripherals. With the new OS support the XT2 enables organizations to efficiently collect and manage data, monitor security and increase productivity for on-the-go employees.
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At the end of the day, your business can only work as fast as your network can keep up. Ever increasing demand to support more mobile devices and applications, as well as customer engagement, redefines the network year after year. Get ahead of the curve with the Zebra AP 8533 and AP 8432.
Experience the amazing speed and capacity of both the AP 8533 and AP 8432 with true 802.11AC Wave 2 capabilities to expand your bandwidth and capabilities.
Never has a single device been so capable of endless automation possibilities like the Microscan MicroHAWK series. Built on the highest-performance imaging engine in its class, MicroHAWK barcode readers offer an array of modular hardware options to take on any decoding task in three micro-form-factors (ID-20, ID-30, and ID-40). No software to install, no compatibility obstacles, no experience needed. Just plug in and open a browser.
Designed with the flexibility to meet the needs of any automation environment, MicroHAWK scanners are the ideal imager solution.
- Power any automated task from the world’s smallest and most versatile smart camera platform
- Allow you to choose your integrated hardware: lens, lighting, sensor, speed, focus, and more
- Read any barcode printed or marked; perform complex inspection or vision-based automation
- Allow you to choose your software capability: web-based barcode reading, Auto ID+, or complete vision
The MicroHAWK series is the only imager that does it all, outperforming all other specialized imagers. Read codes, track parts, control quality, enable guidance from the world’s smallest smart cameras.
Citizen’s new CT-S251 POS printer combines style with efficiency, providing flawless 2-inch wide prints at ultra-fast speed, from a compact model. Designed specially for high-end retail and hospitality businesses, with aesthetics and ease of use front of mind, the CT-S251 helps to ensure a seamless sales transaction and smooth customer experience.
Receipts, coupons, daily reports and more can be produced fast and error-free with the CT-S251, which prints at a phenomenal speed of up to 300mm per second, helping to reduce waiting times and queues. Business managers can also benefit from additional flexibility when choosing where to position points of sale (POS) or mobile points of sale (mPOS), thanks to the CT-S251’s extensive connectivity options. This includes the choice to connect via USB, Serial and Ethernet outputs as well as wireless ‘Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad (MFi) Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The printer also ensures easy integration with POS systems and is fully compatible with iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices.
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AirTrack printers, DP-1 and IP-1, have just been certified by Seagull Scientific for fully integrated use with their BarTender label design software.
True Windows printer Drivers by Seagull can be used with any true Windows program, including BarTender software for label design, label printing, barcode printing, RFID encoding and card printing. However, although BarTender will work with any properly written Windows driver, using Drivers by Seagull and BarTender together offers a variety of special performance advantages.
You can download the current driver here.