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Barcodes, Inc. Optimizes Valcom, Inc.’s Manufacturing Facility with AirTrack S1

Posted January 16, 2017

Valcom, Inc. is a manufacturer of IP and analog voice paging systems, IP centric multimodal systems and telecommunications enhancements. They are focused on manufacturing the best products available in their 120,000 square foot facility and quickly getting the product out to their respective distributors across the world. Valcom, Inc. was looking for a way to print barcode labels for their products and then use a barcode scanner for data entry and barcode verification.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S1 for Valcom, Inc.’s scanning needs. The S1 is a linear imager barcode scanner that offers 400 reads per second which is ideal for fast scanning and reading poor barcode labels. Additionally, the S1 is able to withstand repeated drops from 5 feet to concrete. AirTrack devices are commonly used in manufacturing, logistics, warehouse, and retail environments. Since implementing their scanning solution, Valcom, Inc. has been able to better organize their inventory and ensure products are being delivered to the right distributors. Furthermore, they were able to gain peace of mind by purchasing an AirTrack comprehensive service contract, which covers them against defects, normal wear and tear, and factory upgrades.

To learn more about Barcodes, Inc.’s solutions and services or AirTrack, contact one of our representatives.


Digimarc: The Future of Retail Barcoding

Posted January 13, 2017

what-you-see-vs-scannerThere’s a lot of buzz going around about the new Digimarc barcode that will change retail barcoding as we know it. So what exactly is so different about the Digimarc code?

The Digimarc code is based on imperceptible patterns that can be applied to marketing materials, including packaging, displays, ads in magazines, circulars, radio and television. This essentially makes the code invisible to everyone except digimarc enabled scanners and mobile devices. The code still contains the same type of data like a traditional UPC/EAN barcode but since it is imperceptibly repeated multiple times over an entire product package it’s faster, more reliable, more versatile, and more secure than traditional UPC/EAN symbols and occupies zero space on the package.

With the Digimarc barcode, checkout clerks, as well as shoppers using self-checkout, can easily and quickly scan items without having to hunt for the barcode. Plus, packaging carrying Digimarc Barcodes can connect mobile-enabled shoppers with additional product information, special offers, recommendations, reviews, social networks, and more with a simple scan. The benefits also extend to shoppers using self-checkout, providing a faster, more enjoyable, and efficient experience.

The face of barcoding is constantly evolving and Barcodes Inc will always be your reliable partner. For more information about Digimarc codes and how to implement them in your business, contact one of Auto-ID specialists.

 


Datalogic’s New PowerScan 9500-RT High-End Retail Scanning Solution

Posted January 10, 2017

Datalogic PowerScan PM9500-RT ScannerDatalogic has announced the release of the PowerScan 9500 Retail series (PD9500-RT, PM9500-RT, PBT9500-RT) based on the industry-leading PowerScan family. These new scanner series brings unique features to the Retail industry.

The rugged mechanics of the PowerScan Retail Series delivers reliable long-term operation in retail applications. Repeated shocks at the POS checkout do not affect the scanner’s performance or reliability, protecting the retailer’s investment.

The PowerScan Retail 9500 imager is the first handheld scanner capable of reading digital watermarks including the Digimarc Barcode, significantly reducing time at the checkout. Cashiers can scan items quicker without having to hunt for the bar code or lift bulky items from the trolley. Continue reading »


Barcodes, Inc. Recommends AirTrack S1 for Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports’s Point of Sale and Ski Lift

Posted January 9, 2017

imageFour Lakes Alpine Snowsports is a recreational facility that specializes in offering skiing and snowboarding to riders of all levels. They were looking for a point of sale solution that was capable of handling credit card sales receipts and gift cards. Additionally, they wanted the capability to print and scan lift tickets for customers to carry and for employees to scan at the point of sale and various lift locations. Finally, Four Lakes saw a value in being able to offer gift cards to their customer base since snow sport facilities were scarce in and around the Chicago-land area.

Barcodes, Inc. put together a 1) Point of Sale, 2) Scan and Print, and 3) Gift Card solution for Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports. Barcodes recommended the AirTrack S1 barcode scanner, MMF Heritage 240 cash drawer, and Epson TM-T88V receipt printer for the point of sale application. The S1 and TM-T88V are ideal general purpose devices that are built to last, while the Heritage 240 is a unitized steel cash drawer that is an ideal solution for non-cash transactions. Barcodes recommended the AirTrack S1 barcode scanner and CognitiveTPG DLXi barcode printer for Four Lakes’s scan and print application. The DLXi is a reliable barcode printer with a metal frame that is designed to operate in challenging environments, while the S1 is capable of reading 1D barcode labels. Since implementing these solutions, Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports has become more efficient and uncovered a way to increase their revenue stream.

To learn more about the solutions that Barcodes, Inc. has to offer, contact one of our representatives.


How to Update the Firmware on your Honeywell Scanner

Posted January 6, 2017

Honeywell is constantly updating their scanners’ firmware to improve scanning performance so you want to make sure your scanner performs at its best.  Updating firmware is simple.

How to update Honeywell scanner firmware.

  1. Go get the latest firmware from the Honeywell website.  For the Xenon 1900 go here: http://aidc.honeywell.com/en-US/Pages/Product.aspx?category=hand-held-barcode-scanner&cat=HSM&pid=1900
  2. Click on the “Software” tab and scroll down to “Firmware”.
  3. Save the .MOC file to your hard drive so that you can grab it later. For Bluetooth scanners (Xenon 1902g, Granit 1981i), you will need to update firmware for both the scanner and the charge/communication base.  Always remember – update scanner firmware first!
  4. Download EZConfig (our free scanner configuration tool) or log into the web version.  Both can be found here: http://country.honeywellaidc.com/en-AP/Pages/Product.aspx?category=device-management-software&cat=HSM&pid=ezconfig
  5. Connect your scanner to your computer via USB.
  6. Open EZConfig.
  7. Click “Connected Device”.  See below.  EZConfig will find your scanner.

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  1. Check to see what the latest firmware version you have on your scanner (see below).  Don’t trust EZConfig if it tells you that your “Firmware is up to date.”  Check the Honeywell website – it gets updated first.
  2. Select “Update Firmware” if you need to update your firmware.  See below.

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  1. Click “Choose File”.

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  1. Select the .MOC file you saved earlier.

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  1. Select “Update Firmware” and you are done.

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FOR BLUETOOTH SCANNERS – Very important!

Update the scanner’s firmware first then the base firmware.  Also note that the EZConfig will say that the connected device is a “Xenon Charge and Communication Base”.  The system knows that you are upgrading scanner firmware (when you are updating the scanner’s firmware) and will update the scanner through the charge/communications base automatically.

 


Afinia Label’s L801 Color Label Printer

Posted January 3, 2017

Afinia Label L801The L801 Memjet label printer is an industrial web-fed inkjet solution, ideal for short- to medium-range print runs for inventory and product identification applications. It’s easy to use, has an integrated unwinder, works well with industry-standard label design software, and is available with an optional rewinder. The L801 is compatible with a wide range of paper, polyester, polypropylene, and vinyl label stocks from major vendors. With the correct label stock, the L801 can create GHS-compliant labels or any other high-quality label to improve brand recognition and allow your products to stand out from the competition.

High Quality & Resolution

Print at up to 1600 x 1600 dpi for vivid, eye-catching labels. By using CMYKK, the L801 offers exceptional color and rich blacks, giving you the ability to print with better contrast.

Low Cost of Ownership

Afinia Label Memjet label printers allow you to save on consumables. The L801 holds 1.25 liters of ink to support large runs, and offers an industry-leading low ink cost. You can visit our online ink cost calculator to determine the estimated cost of your labels based on label size and percent ink coverage, or see how the L801 has a great return on investment.


GLADGIRL.COM Values Flexibility of AirTrack IP-1

Posted December 28, 2016

AirTrack IP-1 PrinterGLADGIRL.COM is a cosmetic manufacturer and distributor of professional eyelash and eyebrow extensions, application tools, after-care and makeup products. They produce a large volume of labels in a variety of different sizes for products to be identified and sent to various locations. They were using a standard laser printer to print subpar quality barcode labels and their employees were having difficulty scanning the respective barcode. GLADGIRL.COM wanted an industrial-grade printer that can offer flexibility with respect to printing various sized barcode labels and interface connection.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack IP-1 to GLADGIRL.COM for their high quality, high volume printing application. The IP-1 is capable of printing at 14 inches per second, produces clean, high quality barcodes, and comes equipped standard with USB/Ethernet/Parallel/Serial interfaces for customers who require multiple interface compatibility. The IP-1 was capable of printing the small 1.0” x 0.5” labels that the customer required utilizing the Wasp WaspLabeler barcode software to design the labels the way they needed them. In the end, GLADGIRL.COM’s IT Manager was pleased with the flexibility and cost effectiveness that was provided by the AirTrack printer.

To learn more about AirTrack or our labeling solutions, contact one of our representatives.


Datalogic’s New PowerScan 9300 Industrial Barcode Scanners

Posted December 23, 2016

Datalogic has announced the release of the new PowerScan 9300 laser scanner series. This family of scanners further extends the industry’s leading rugged and industrial PowerScan 9000 series by combining the unique features and reliability of the PowerScan 9000 series together with laser reading performance to produce a bright and well-defined reading line together with extra-long range reading capabilities.

In the Manufacturing sector as wells as in T&L applications, laser technology still represents the most popular scanning option in 1D reading. In particular, when attempting to read out-of-range bar codes, laser scanning is still the most intuitive solution in distances up to 41.0 ft.

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AirTrack IP-1 Helps Tri-State Ice Management with People Tracking Solution

Posted December 21, 2016

AirTrack IP-1 PrinterTri-State Ice Management is a full-service consulting and management company that specializes in ice rink management, feasibility studies, construction management, and design consultation. They were looking for a better way to keep track of their customers as they use their various facilities. For example, they wanted the ability to use different colored barcode labels to allow access into the different facilities. Additionally, they wanted to allow the public to buy 2-hour passes and use different colored barcode labels to track individuals while on the ice rink.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack IP-1 for Tri-State Ice Management’s people tracking application. The IP-1 is engineered to print 14 inches per second for high volume printing. Its heavy duty die-cast aluminum design is suitable for harsh environments. Furthermore, the IP-1’s flexibility allows it to print high quality barcodes on various sizes and colors of barcode labels. The industrial grade printer is ideal for compliance labeling, work-in-process, order fulfillment, asset tracking, ticketing, and other applications. Since incorporating this solution Tri-State Ice Management has been able to capture more usable data on what facilities their customers are visiting, along with optimizing the management of their facilities via people tracking.

To learn more about AirTrack or our tracking solutions, contact one of our representatives.


Field Fastening Utilizes Datamax-O-Neil by Honeywell Printers to Streamline Vendor Managed Inventory Solutions

Posted December 20, 2016

fieldField Fastening is a supplier and solution provider of fasteners and other highly volume Class “C” items. As a solution provider, Field offers a robust vendor managed inventory(VIM) programs to keep their customers operations running smoothly. Field utilizes a data-driven approach to saving their customers time, money and inventory space by maintaining 99.98% on time delivery. To maintain high standards, Field has found that the Datamax-O-Neil by Honeywell Printers helps them and their customers keep track of complex inventory levels. Field relies on the Datamax-O’neil E-4205 printer to create readable and consistent labels for inventory locations from bins to totes.

Field came to Barcodes, Inc. to find a technologically efficient way to update, track and maintain inventory levels at their customer’s locations. Barcodes, Inc. recommended a complete barcoding solution with the combination of Datamax-O’neil printers and labels. This combination allows for the user to quickly load labels into the printer and for the printer to easily connect to scanners or laptops for efficient printing. Field Fastening continues to outfit their VMI locations with Datamax-O’neil printers and labels from Barcodes, Inc.

To learn more about Datamax-O’neil by Honeywell Printers call one of our knowledgeable representatives.


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