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AirTrack’s S1 and S2: High Performance, Affordable Barcode Scanning

Posted August 26, 2016

airscann2AirTrack has entered the barcode scanner market with the S1 1D linear scanner and a full 2D area imager with the S2. Designed with a focus on high performance at an affordable cost, the S1 and S2 are the perfect solutions for retail, manufacturing, and logistic applications. Both scanners are corded models and are available as complete USB kits with stand and cable.

AirTrack S1
Multi-Purpose 1D Linear imager

  • Reads linear or most 1D barcodes
  • Wide angle scanning
  • Laser-like thin, extended scan line
  • Green Spot technology for good-read feedback
  • Reduced operator stress with LED-based aiming system
  • IP42 water and particulate sealing rating
  • Withstands repeated drops from 5 feet onto a concrete surface

AirTrack S2
High Performance 2D Are Imager

  • Reads linear or 2D barcodes off of smartphones and loyalty cards
  • Omnidirectional reading
  • Green Spot technology for good-read feedback
  • Reduced operator stress with LED-based aiming system
  • IP42 water and particulate sealing rating
  • Withstands repeated drops from 5 feet onto a concrete surface
  • Advanced motion tolerance optics

Honeywell Reread Delay and Superior Scanning Speed

Posted August 22, 2016

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.


Available Now! BarTender 2016 R3 Update

Posted August 19, 2016

Seagull BarTender Professional Barcode SoftwareSeagull Scientific’s BarTender software is the industry leading label deign application due to how easy it is to use and it’s ever evolving feature set. As customer requirements change, BarTender is constantly improving to fulfill these needs.

The most recent update to BarTender 2016 includes these new additions and improvements:

  • New database support for Firebird, MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • Ability to add metadata to BarTender documents, viewable in both BarTender and Windows Explorer
  • New “duplicate” options allow easy copy/pasting of selected objects
  • New scaling options allow easy bulk modification of selected objects
  • Better print performance when using Rich Text objects — up to 20x faster rendering
  • Support for selecting the encoding for IDoc files
  • User interface language can now be set per user
  • More options added for label and image export, such as quick export and the ability to set default export options
  • New Integration Builder advancements, including new actions, new cloud storage support for Amazon S3 and Microsoft OneDrive, as well as the ability to add attachments using the Send Email action
  • Medical device compliance tools: HIBC 2D barcode and UDI sample label

You can download R3 immediately from www.DownloadBarTender.com


Selecting a WebScan Verifier Calibration Card

Posted August 17, 2016

Accurate barcode verification is key to avoiding issues with large customers like Walmart and the DoD as well as the costly fines involved with non-compliance. In addition to having the right verifier, regular calibration of your verifier is essential to consistent performance.

All of the verifiers from Webscan are easily maintained with their various calibration cards but for many people the cards are somewhat of a mystery. In the following some of the key questions that come up with verifier calibration are covered to get you started on your way.

Why do I need to calibrate?

Calibration is the process of the adjusting Reflectance levels. Checking these levels routinely will ensure that you’re getting the most accurate results.

Do I need to calibrate more than once?

Every company has their own policy on how often you should calibrate, at Webscan we recommend you do it every 30 days.

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Android Lollipop for the Zebra TC70/TC75

Posted August 16, 2016

Ever since the initial release, the Zebra TC75/TC70 Series has become one of the most popular mobile computers due to its convenient form factor and robust feature set. With over 200,000 unit deployed the TC75/TC70 are helping businesses of all types improve daily efficiencies and empower their workforce.

In order to better serve their customers Zebra has announced that Android v5.1 Lollipop will soon be available for the TC7x Series. The upgraded Android OS is expected to be available for download on Zebra’s Support site on approximately August 22, 2016 for TC70 and August 30, 2016 for TC75.

All future devices will have the newest Android OS installed but for customers preferring the older OS versions a simple ‘back-rev’ to their OS version will be available.

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Infographic: Datalogic Industrial Scanners

Posted August 10, 2016

When you need a scanner that can handle the rigors of a warehouse, manufacturing floor, or even outdoors, the standard handheld unit will never last very long. Datalogic’s PowerScan line of industrial scanners have been designed to take on ever drop, tumble, and environmental exposure. Whatever you put them through, the PowerScan series will keep on scanning..


NiceLabel Launches New Software Platform and Product Line

Posted August 8, 2016

NICELABEL-logo-RGB-1NiceLabel has released a groundbreaking new software platform “NiceLabel 2017″ and introduced a completely new product line that extends from label designers to enterprise label management solutions. The new software has capabilities that allow businesses to achieve maximum print productivity.

It’s with 25 years of industry experience and several years of development that NiceLabel introduces its next generation future-proof technology platform that is better by design and provides unique business benefits that embody the principle Do more. Faster. With less.

NiceLabel now offers 3 core product line to allow scalability for any business

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Infographic: Bartender 2016 Editions Explained

Posted August 5, 2016

The industry leading label design software, BarTender, is available in several version to meet the needs of your business. From a single desktop license to powering your whole enterprise, there’s a BarTender version to fit the bill.

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Case Study: Automotive Manufacturing with Honeywell Solutions

Posted August 4, 2016

hnoneywekllExecutive Summary

A global automotive parts manufacturer whom specializes in parts and accessories for the productions of cars. With a keen focus on just-in-time inventory, they focus on building customer relationships by setting the right expectations and aiming to over-deliver. Delivering a great customer experience hinges on the companies flawlessly tracking of products from production, finished good delivery and ensuring that their customers inventory levels are optimized. By utilizing Honeywell printers, scanners and mobile computing products, our customer has been able to increase their service level commitments and gain trust from automotive manufacturers around the globe.

The Business Challenge

The Company was expanding and needed a data capture solution that enabled its workforce to optimize their productivity, mobility and product traceability. With operations heavily dependent on product traceability and product movement, they needed hardware that would offer a wide variety of traceability features. With many customers relying on quick turnaround, just-in-time shipping, and accuracy, the Company needed to find a way to operate lean and agile.

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Datalogic’s New Joya Touch Multi-Purpose Device for Retail

Posted August 3, 2016

Joya Touch is a multi-purpose retail mobile device that is ideal for various applications such as Self-Shopping, Price Checking, Markdowns, Shelf Replenishment, Inventory, Access Control and more.

The Joya Touch device comes in two form factors: a handheld version resembling a smartphone and a pistol-grip version with a comfortable trigger. Retailers can change from one form to the other with ease, adapting to applications and user preferences. Joya Touch is charged using the industry’s first wireless charging technology (Qi compliant) that eliminates the need for maintenance and cleaning of contacts on the device and cradles. This radically reduces support costs and increases the devices’ life span.

The Joya Touch device requires only 2.5 hours to fully recharge the battery and the ‘Boost Recharge’ feature ensures the battery is charged for 80 minutes of use after only 15 minutes of charging!

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