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From Windows to Android: Time for a New Game Plan

Posted July 31, 2018

The well-traveled path is coming to an end and how is your business preparing for it?

Since 2010, enterprises have bought more than 15 million mobile units and 99 percent is with a Windows-Embedded OS. Microsoft has announced the dissolution of Windows Mobile OS Development and support will be coming to an end. Check out the table below for the Microsoft end of support timeline.

Enterprise customers are taking this opportunity to re-architect and modernize their mobile applications and solutions. Now is the time to take action! Overall, migrating from Windows to Android can improve user experience, applications, management, security, cross-platforms, and the incorporation of business analytics.

If you have any of the current devices below, follow the recommended transition to the new Android Platform and see how your modernized workforce provides better efficiency, productivity, and security.

TC56 is the next evolution in enterprise touch computing with the ultimate scanning performance has:

  • Maximum 5 in. display size
  • Ultimate scanning performance 1D & 2D codes
  • Automatically capture and process documents
  • Rugged and ready for business
  • Power Precision+ Battery for power and manageability

 

 

 

 

TC75x Maximum data entry with a more robust enterprise OS which also includes:

  • SimulScan Document Capture allowing easy capture for barcodes, images, and signatures
  • Superior audio quality and functionality
  • Robust and rugged for all day use
  • Lightning fast capture of 1D & 2D barcodes
  • Best in field service

 


Maintain Your Printer with Honeywell’s Wide Variety of Consumables

Posted July 20, 2018

There are a variety of options when it comes to consumables. Whether it be wristbandslabels, RFID labels, tags, ribbons, or printheads each and everyone has their benefits when it comes to maintaining your printer. Printing supplies can impact everything from the printhead’s lifespan to the printer’s operational efficiency. When it comes to maintaining the lifespan of your printer choosing the right media is an important decision.

As a leading manufacturer of label printers and media, Honeywell provides a wide range of label materials to meet any need. When it comes to label printing the Duratherm series and Duratran Series provide cost-effective printing with various levels of durability, from un-coated paper to top-coated synthetic labels.

Barcode Labels: Honeywell stocks a wide variety of labels with their Duratherm and Duratran labels. This series of labels are easy to use and demand less user intervention. There is a label for every application whether it be healthcare, shipping, inventory tracking, general purpose, or etc.

  • Duratherm II Label – A general purpose direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality, cost-effective printing. Duratherm II is recommended for most general use applications where exposure to chemicals and moisture is not anticipated.
  • Duratherm III Label – A top-coated direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality printing and enhanced durability.Duratherm III is recommended for applications where high humidity, moisture contact and surface abrasion are concerns.
  • Duratherm Linerless Label – The Linerless labels are a self wound adhesive label that provides excellent print quality and durability without the need for a liner. Without the liner, there’s no need to go through the trouble of disposing the liner and more importantly the roll capacity increases. Are available with both permanent or removable adhesive.
  • Duratherm NIR – A premium direct thermal paper label engineered to deliver high-contrast images and enhanced durability. Duratherm III NIR is targeted for use in applications with challenging barcode scanning requirements and is well-suited for high-speed sortation applications.
  • Duratran II Label – A paper label coated thermal transfer label that exhibits excellent print quality. Offered with a variety of adhesive options, recommended for applications with moderate abrasion, heat, or sunlight is present.

Barcode Tags: Honeywell provides durable, high-performance tags to support the most challenging tracking applications. Delivers excellent print quality on either direct thermal or thermal transfer printers.

  • Duratherm II Tag – A general purpose paper tag providing high-quality, cost-effective printing. Duratherm II Tag is recommended for applications where labeling is not suitable. This product resists curling, even in high humidity environments. Durable, high-quality, and unlimited flexibility.

Wristbands: Honeywell wristbands help provide the positive patient identification that hospitals require in order to reduce errors. Has superb resistance to soaps, hand sanitizers, moisture, and other common exposures to ensure there is an accurate scan.

  • Duratherm Wristband – The Duratherm wristbands are recommended for healthcare and provide the positive identification hospitals need for maximum patient safety. The full-coverage thermal print coating enables high quality printing on the entire length of the band, thus eliminating the need to reposition a sleeping patient just to scan their band.

Ribbons: Honeywell ribbons help produce sharp text and barcodes on a broad range of materials, both paper and films, all the while keeping excellent durability. Their ribbons are engineered to provide optimum performance.

  • Honeywell Ribbons – When paired with compatible labels and tags honeywell’s ribbons produce sharp text and barcodes.

RFID Labels: Honeywell’s flexible RFID smart labels provide versatile architecture that can be used in open or closed environments. They combine the most current UHF inlays with a variety of thermal printable materials to offer a broad selection of products for a wide range of applications.

  • Duratran II RFID Label – The flexible RFID smart labels provide a versatile architecture that can be used in open or closed loop environments. These labels can be deployed with confidence to meet a broad range of customer requirements including thermal transfer and direct thermal printing.

Printheads: Honeywell has a variety of replacement printheads to fit your printer needs. Printheads are crucial to get the excellent quality printing that you require when printing your labels, tags and wristbands. Further Honeywell provides a Printhead Replacement Program for users who exclusively use Honeywell media products.

  • Honeywell Printheads – Honeywell carries a replacement printhead for all of their printers. Important to remember to keep your printhead fresh to continue printing excellent quality media.

For any questions or a quote on any of your consumable needs, please contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Impinj’s Luggage Tracking Solution with Monza Tag Chips

Posted July 19, 2018

With major airlines using Impinj Monza tag chips to help track luggage, it’s exciting to see this technology grow. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) voted to approve a mandate requiring member airlines to implement RFID baggage tracking. The implementation is set with the goal of rolling out the technology globally by 2020. According to IATA, member airlines represent 83% of the global air traffic, with the tracking solution in place consumers can track the movement of their luggage from their phone.

Airlines and airports are no stranger to RAIN RFID, London Heathrow and Las Vegas’s McCarran Airport already use the tracking solution from finding a trolley to sorting and tracking luggage. These types of baggage tracking solutions, among others, have helped the industry drop their lost luggage rate by 70% over the last decade.

Monza tag chips features:

  • High performance to achieve excellent read and write sensitivity
  • Interference Rejection to yield outstanding reads
  • Omnidirectional Performance in every direction

 

This is great example of how technology impacts our everyday lives, whether its down on the ground or 40,000 feet above!

Talk to our dedicated account managers to see how we can help you with tracking solutions in your business today!


A Warehouse Robotics Company Implements iPad Mini & Powerful Barcode Scanning Solution

Posted July 6, 2018

warehouse-robotsExecutive Summary
A warehouse robotics manufacturing company was in search of a user interface to complete and enhance their robots. A powerful barcode scanning solution with a strong and durable scan engine was required to improve processes. Additionally, it needed to be compatible with the iPad Mini due to their workers familiarity with the product and integration with their existing enterprise software.

Barcodes identified an optimal barcode scanning solution that not only streamlined processes but also increased the revenue stream for a robotics company’s clients.

The Business Challenge
The robots created by the robotics company are used at their customer’s facilities. A technologically advanced solution was required to allow warehouse associates the ability to interact directly with the robots for order picking, inventory control, and efficiency measures. They need a simple and lightweight solution to implement various warehouse management applications.

Solution
Barcodes recommended the Infinite Peripherals Infinea Tab™ M and case (CS-TAL) with 1D/2D barcode scanner, along with the Apple iPad Mini. This allowed mobile employees to convert the Apple iPad Mini into a powerful warehouse management and scanning solution to fulfill their operational needs. The Infinea Tab™ M has a 2D imager scan engine which reads the most widely used 1D and 2D barcodes that has made it the ideal solution for order picking and inventory control.

Benefits
Having implemented the solution, the warehouse robotics company has seen the benefits of using an iPad mini and powerful scanning solution in one. The intuitive user interface on the Infinea Tab™ M has led to increased productivity by the end users, which has allowed more orders to ship; thus, revenue to increase for their customers.

The warehouse robotics company has scaled widely once their robots were delivered and implemented at each of their customer’s site. Not only through word of mouth, but through various trade shows, the interest in the robots and the technology used within the robots has set the company on a path for tremendous growth with the help of Barcodes.


U.S. Pet Food Manufacturer Implements Barcode Scanning & Mobile Computing Solution that Increases Productivity & Efficiency by 25%

Posted July 5, 2018

dog-waiting-eatExecutive Summary
A large pet food manufacturer was in search for a warehouse management solution (WMS) to keep track of their product across their three US facilities and increase visibility into their inventory and process control. They were looking for a solution that could connect their existing lot tracking, process control, and shipping software together under one warehouse management umbrella. Barcodes identified an optimal barcode scanning and mobile computing solution that provided increased visibility into their inventory and process control, enhanced employee productivity and had the aptitude to run their proprietary WMS on an Android operating system. This allowed the pet food manufacturer to streamline their processes and add a layer of accountability to their methods.

The Business Challenge
Warehouse employees need access to secure information right away. The current method of relying on their memory to keep track of the products’ physical location in the warehouse was not working. It was taking workers too long to access the data they needed to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. There were also issues with the human memory error that slowed down processes. To address these concerns, the pet food manufacturer would need to invest in a barcode scanning and mobile computing solution capable of providing workers with inventory and product information in real time. They needed a solution that can scan pallets stored on top level racks, accept both touchscreen data and keyed data, as well as have an open operating system to future proof their business. Investing in this solution would allow the manufacturer employees to work more efficiently and eliminate the human error associated with memorizing product and inventory information.

Solution
Barcodes recommended the Janam XG3 Rugged Mobile Computer. The Janam XG3 provides a warehouse ready rugged mobile scanner, with a scan range of 15 inches to 50 feet, touchscreen and 57-key keypad for data entry. In addition, the XG3 has the ability to run their proprietary WMS on an Android operating system. This allowed the pet food manufacturer to manage and track all items in an effective and efficient manner and add a new layer of accountability to their process.

Benefits
Barcodes deployed forty-five Janam XG3s in three US facilities in a short amount of time. The pet food manufacturer’s business expectations continue to be met and exceeded. Not only do employees know where all their inventory is, from receiving raw goods to shipping finished product, but they have seen an increase in productivity and efficiency by 25%. In addition, they have eliminated the human error associated with memorizing inventory information.


Zebra’s ET50/ET55: An Enterprise Tablet Built for Business

Posted July 5, 2018

Combine the best of consumer-styling with all the enterprise-class features needed to increase workforce productivity and you get the ET50/ET55. The rugged tablet is designed to last for years and can be used both indoors and outdoors even in rain, snow, or dusty areas. Built with exceptional battery power, users have the option to add a hot-swappable backup battery to provide additional power and charge the tablet’s main battery giving the tablet more than enough power to last an entire shift.

With first-time every time rapid data capture users will be able to scan 1D and 2D barcodes in virtually any condition and on practically any surface. Available in two display sizes 8.3 or 10.1″ giving you the option to select the right display size for any business application. The operating system is an important feature in mobile computers, and Zebra designed the ET50/ET55 to support either Windows 10 or Android 6.0 Marshmallow allowing you to select the best operating system that best fits your technology strategy.

Whether you select the ET50 or ET55 you’ll be getting a consumer styled tablet on the outside, all business on the inside. For more information on the ET50/ET55 click here.

Give our dedicated account managers a call if you have any questions or would like a quote on any of your mobile computing needs.


Dolphin 75e Wearable: Honeywell’s Hands-Free Solution

Posted June 27, 2018

75e-wearableHoneywell survey stated that on average companies lose over $400,000 every year in picking errors. In order to combat these errors and help improve accuracy and efficiency companies are looking more towards wearable technology.

Select warehouses and distribution centers are the perfect example to look at as they are seeing wearable mobile computers revolutionize the industry. Providing increased flexibility, operational improvement, improved productivity, and significant cost savings. With wearable computers users will be free from the constraints of using one hand to carry a scanner or mobile computer; instead users will have the flexibility to work hands-free while still accessing the data they need to complete the tasks at hand. A hands-free user will be able to accelerate picking, packing, and shipping operations.

Honeywell’s rugged Dolphin 75e Wearable has a large display with flexible touchscreen keypads. The accessories provide increased comfort and improved hygiene over conventional wearables. Combine it with the 8620 Ring scanner to get a truly hands-free experience that is guaranteed to help improve productivity in the workplace. With these lightweight and compact computers, users will have a wide range of motion. This allows users to complete tasks in less time without losing the valuable accuracy that is needed.

Dolphin 75e Wearable Features:

  • Multi OS: Flexible support and migration of Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld or Android 4.4 KitKat, seamlessly upgrade later as business needs grow to Windows 10 or Android 5.0L
  • 4.3 in large clear display with capacitive touchscreen provides outstanding readability and plenty of space for data and keypads.
  • Increase productivity and throughput with an ergonomic ring scanner based on an industry-grade imager that provides high-performance scanning of linear and 2D barcodes.
  • The watchband style armband improves comfort and eliminates hygiene concerns.
  • The rubber watchband straps are comfortable, reduce sliding or rotating on the arm and don’t absorb perspiration.

Feel free to contact our dedicated account managers for any questions or a quote on your mobile computing needs.


Honeywell’s PM43 Industrial Printer Improves Warehouse Printing and Productivity

Posted June 22, 2018

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Honeywell’s Intermec PM43 improves warehouse printing and productivity by offering you reliable performance for uptime assurance, quick deployment, and fast integration.

Features & Benefits

  • Large color, multilingual, tamper-proof touchscreen or icon user interface
  • Fast printing speed of up to 12 inches per second
  • Strong rugged metal construction
  • Precision Print to print the smallest barcodes and images
  • Run apps inside the printer, eliminate the need for connected to a PC
  • Simple remote device management
  • Available in RFID enabled configurations capable of encoding and printing frequency- agile RFID tags
  • Ideal for distribution centers, warehouses, manufacturing operations, and transportation centers

The PM43 industrial printer deliver proven reliability, fast drop- in deployment, and advanced connectivity to maximize your uptime. It also minimize your workforce training and device support needs with a vibrant touchscreen user interface available. Notifications are displayed right on the screen and the interface can be locked down to eliminate tampering.

Click here to see the recommended labels for the printer along with ribbons and printheads that you will need with the PM43.

Additionally, don’t forget to get the service contracts which will protect your printer and keep your printer in tip top shape to maximize uptime.

Verified Buyer Reviews
stars-1” We use the label printer everyday in our production line and with a great printer such as the PM 43. With a good quality printer that prints out clear label it make our production line flow a lot faster.”

stars-2“Printing bar-codes is very important to our company, essentially if any of our bar-code machine goes down we will be in trouble, the PM43 was fast to implement and transition to. Meanwhile it produce high quality bar-codes with very fast speed.”


LTE Accomplishes More – It’s All in the Stats!

Posted June 4, 2018


6 in 10

workers now work outside the office at least part of the time.
Are yours as agile, secure, efficient, productive, and accurate as they should be?

72%

increase in growth of number of devices between 2014-2015. (72% in one year)

8 out of 10

handheld devices now use Android.

You’re asking more from your mobile workforce. So, give them the network and devices that do more!

Watch the video below and see how you can get more from your mobility.

  • Prepare for the phasing out of the 2G/3G
  • Take advantage of the power of LTE’s lighting fast speeds, wider coverage, and greater realiability
  • See how Barcodes and Zebra can help you blaze through work, with friendlier, smarter, capabilities.

 

Contact us at ltemigration@barcodesinc.com or call us at 866-349-5964, if you have any questions or need any additional information on how you can improve your mobility workforce. We will help you with the best solution for your workforce.

 

1. Getting It Right Means Everything, Migrating Legacy Enterprise Mobile Applications, VDC Research 2015 | Enterprise Mobility & Connected Devices 2.Employees Use Multiple Gadgets For Work — And Choose Much Of The Tech Themselves, Frank Gillett, 02.22.201 (http://blogs.forrester.com/frank_gillett/12-02-22-employees_use_multiple_gadgets_for_work_and_choose_much_of_the_tech_themselves) 3 & 4. Feb 2015 Citrix Mobile Analytics Report (https://www.citrix.com/articles-and-insights/workforce-mobility/jun-2015/7-enterprise-mobility-statistics-you-should-know.html)

Don’t Delay, Migrate Today! Why Migrating Sooner Pays

Posted June 4, 2018

There are four big reasons why leading carriers are upgrading their networks to LTE and why you should to- Faster speeds, wider coverage, greater compability, and better reliability. Already, Verizon has started diminishing its 2G/3G service and will begin to decommission its legacy network on Jan 1, 2020. Other carriers are expected to follow.

Investigate why companies are upgrading to LTE, analyze why migrating sooner pays, and explore the strategies that can help ease the transition.

Find out what all this means for you. Watch the video below to find out!

 See why it’s better     Analyze how it fits  Map out strategies

Contact us at ltemigration@barcodesinc.com or call us at 866-349-5964, if you have any questions or need any additional information on how you can upgrade to the new network with ease.


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