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Let Microscan’s MicroHAWK Guide Each Step of Your Precision Assembly

Posted September 12, 2016

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.

AirTrack Printers Printer Drivers Certified with Seagull Scientific

Posted September 7, 2016

pintersAirTrack 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.

Zebra’s Complete Data Collection Portfolio

Posted September 2, 2016

Zebra has been a leader in the Auto-ID industry for decades now and continues to expand their product offering for complete end-to-end solutions. Zebra has every type of data collection covered from any barcode symbology to RFID. With multiple fixed, handheld, or mobile device solutions, Zebra has a device designed specifically for your application needs

Why Automate Your Picking Solution?

Posted August 30, 2016

Being right 99% of the time seems like a quality percentage – until you calculate what that 1% actually costs an organization.

  • Babies born annually in the United States = 3,932,181
    • At 99% accuracy 39,322 babies are sent home to the wrong parents
  • Prescriptions filled annually in the United States = 4.27 billion
    • At 99% accuracy 42.7 million Rx are filled incorrectly
  • Distribution Centers pick 250 million units annually
    • At 99% accuracy 2.5 million units are picked incorrectly
      • That’s almost 7,000 units picked incorrectly every day if working 365 days/year

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Desktop Printing Made Easy with Honeywell’s PC42t

Posted August 22, 2016

With over 4 decades of barcode printer design behind it, Honeywell’s PC42t is the easiest to use and most affordable printer on the market today. With a 4.3″ print width and its compact size, the PC42t is the most reliable solution for a small or medium business looking to improve productivity in label making operations. It is also the easiest printer for those looking to deploy thermal label printing for the first time, or for those transitioning away from more expensive inkjet- or laser-based label printing methods.

Easy to install and ready to print quickly, the PC42t supports a wide range of media and features a quick-opening design for easy media replenishment. The PC42t also offers industry-standard connectivity with USB, Ethernet, parallel and serial interface options.

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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Zebra’s Quick-Load ZD420 Label Printer

Posted August 9, 2016

Always leading the way in label printer innovations, Zebra has made desktop printing even easier with their time-saving ribbon cartridge based ZD420 line of printers.

The ZD420 thermal printers are loaded with features for easy use. They are the only thermal printers to offer a ribbon cartridge for fool-proof and split-second installation. The ZD420 also lets you know when the ribbon needs replacing. And, five intuitive status icons make it easy for your workers to see, at a glance, what is needed to keep your printer up, running and available.

Features & Benefits:

  • One-of-a-kind ribbon cartridge – The only printer in its class to offer a ribbon cartridge for fast and easy loading with the smarts to let you know when the ribbon is running low.
  • Updated user interface – Makes it easier to use and troubleshoot.
  • More media flexibility – Standard movable media sensor accommodates off-center black marks, die-cut notches and more.
  • Best-in-class print quality – The 300 dpi option is ideal for small labels such as jewelry in retail, specimen collection containers in healthcare and more.
  • Easy to deploy-  With more connectivity options — just about every modern connectivity option you can imagine for easy installation, including 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.
  • Easy to manage – Integrate, manage and maintain your printers from any location with Link-OS, only from Zebra.

Full Color Label Printing with Epson’s ColorWorks TM-C3500

Posted July 29, 2016

Historically, color label printing has been either too cost prohibitive to do oneself or the quality was lacking to make it worth doing. With the Epson ColorWorks TM-C3500 both of these challenges are resolved.

With the ColorWorks C3500, you can easily customise and print your own colour labels. Whether it’s printing packaging labels with colourful logos and pictures or tickets and ID cards with important barcodes and product information, this printer ensures you can print it all from one machine. It also helps you conform with GHS international chemical labelling guidelines, as labels can be printed on-demand without using pre-printed templates.

Three Key Concerns for Barcode Verification

Posted July 20, 2016

When you hear the term verification in regards to printing barcodes we are referring to much more than just making a readable barcode. Verification is a much more specific requirement for the quality of a 1D barcode or 2D symbol according to an agreed-upon quality standard. Not meeting these standards with your customers, be it Walmart or the DoD, will end up costing you in fines and time lost.

Lucky for all of us we have manufactures like Microscan who make verification easy so you can catch the barcodes that don’t meet the mark before they ever leave your facility. There are essentially 3 main things that can go wrong when printing a barcode that will lead to failing verification.

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Honeywell’s Presentation Mode for Scanners

Posted July 11, 2016

Presentation mode gives customers the ability to scan barcodes without having to squeeze any triggers.  You “present” the barcode to the scanner and it scans.  Presentation mode uses ambient light and scanner illumination to detect barcodes.

There are two types of Presentation Modes:

  1. Presentation Mode.  In this mode the scanner’s LEDs remain dim until a bar code is presented to the scanner.  When a barcode is presented & detected the LEDs turn up, the aimer turns on, and the scanner scans the bar code.   This mode tends to do a better job with bad barcodes.
  2. Streaming Presentation Mode:  The scanner’s LEDs remain fully on and the scanner is always scanning.  When a barcode is presented the aimer turns on and the barcode is “scanned”.  This mode tends to scan good barcodes faster.  In Streaming Presentation Mode there is even a Normal flavor and an Enhanced flavor.
    • Normal = Good scan speed and the longest working ranges.
    • Enhanced = Fastest scan speed but less range.

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