Choosing the right barcode reading technology is fundamental to achieving optimal performance from a data collection solution. As new symbologies and technologies are developed, the choices are more varied than ever. There has been much debate on the merits of laser-based and camera-based barcode readers, and in fact, some have asserted that only image-based readers should be considered for new automation applications.
Should laser barcode scanners be considered “obsolete” technology and are imagers (camera-based readers) the only viable technology for today’s applications? While imagers have seen increased use due to the growing adoption of 2D symbols such as Data Matrix, laser scanners still set the standard for accurate, high speed barcode reading in many applications. The optimal barcode reading solution will be dictated by the specific requirements of an application.
With a wide selection of products it can be a challenge to sort out the differences between them all. This infographic is a great overview of the Motorola handheld scanner line and covers general use, healthcare, and industrial application models. For additional assistance finding the right Motorola scanner for your application, contact us at BarcodesInc,
Star has been a leader in the receipt printer industry due to their efficient designs and ability to keep up with current technology trends all the while making products that are easy to use.
The POS world has seen a big shift towards using iPads and other tablets instead of a traditional desktop and with this comes the challenge of printing receipts easily. Lucky for us, Star is well prepared to support iOS and Android devices with any of their Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or mobile printers. This video is a great step-by-step explanation of how to pair and print with your iPad to any Star printer.
Zebra has announced the discontinuance of their 105SL stationary printer line. The 105SL was one of the most reliable models for industrial applications with its rugged design and ability to handle heavier print volumes. Luckily for us, Zebra has an equally capable replacement with the new 105SLPlus printers.
The 105SL will continue to be available through Zebra’s distributors until June 28, 2013, or possibly longer, subject to distributor’s available inventory.
Service, parts and support will continue to be available on the 105SL until September 30, 2018.
For assistance finding the right replacement for your 105SL, contact us at BarcodesInc.
Star’s new TSP650II BTi Desktop Bluetooth printer compatible with Apple iOS devices.
Star Micronics expands its “i” Series of printers with the launch of its first desktop Bluetooth printer. Apple MFi certified, the TSP650II BTi receipt printer is approved for use with the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. With operating system support for iOS, Android and Windows, the TSP650II BTi features the best of both worlds by coupling the comfort of legacy products with the speed and connection options demanded today in fast-paced point of sales environments.
The TSP650II BTi’s “JustWorks” SSP profile makes the pairing process very simple to use. It allows for a quick connection without the hassle of a passkey or having to choose between iOS and Android modes. Quick and ready to use, no user interaction is needed to pair the TSP650II BTi.
Square has become a leading provider in mobile payment from the convenience of your iPhone or iPad. What started as a simple payment processing app is now a full functioning mobile POS software with Square Register.
The recent update to version 3.0 opens up a range a new features including support for barcode scanners that communicate via Bluetooth. With the right scanner paired to your iOS device, you can quickly and accurately scan product codes into Square for an even better customer experience.
Currently, the supported bluetooth scanner that works with Square is from the Socket CHS series:
Socket Mobile has announced the upcoming availability of a spring color collection of the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) 7Ci, a small and sleek wireless barcode scanner for the Apple iPad , iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch. The vibrant new barcode scanners — available in red, yellow and blue — enable businesses to enhance corporate branding in retail point-of-sale (POS), field sales and service, and other customer facing applications.
Chosen by global POS leaders and independent developers alike for their mobile POS solutions, the Socket CHS 7Ci is Socket Mobile’s most popular and lowest-cost barcode scanner. Besides enhancing retail branding, the new colors make the scanners easy to find in store aisles or other busy work environments, enable developers to bundle a cohesive hardware and software solution, and allow personalization of devices among users. The scanners also support Android, BlackBerry and Windows devices.
While barcodes are a crucial tool for trade and commerce, they have also sneaked their way into cultural norms as well. From being used as props in sci-fi films to barcode tattoos, the humble barcode has become such a commonplace item that it is only natural it has become an object of popular culture.
Probably one of the funniest uses of the term barcode comes from Japan. “Barcode hair” is a commonly used term to describe a balding gentleman that comes over his hair. As you can see in the image, barcode is the first thing to come to mind. Not the most endearing term but definitely descriptive.
The National Blood Service in Russia assures the supply of high quality blood to medical institutions. This public entity coordinates blood centers all over Russia, making sure the blood donation process, including transportation and storage, is performed correctly. In addition, it assures the proper use of blood components and preparations.
One important part of the blood donation process is collecting data about the donor. The medical assistant must enter pertinent information about the donor and the quantity and quality of the blood collected in an electronic database. In the past, each region of Russia handled its territory’s database separately from the others. However, to assure quality control throughout the country, the National Blood Service determined that these records should be available to all regions. An automated system needed to be created in order to allow the entire work cycle to be kept under control.