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The Mobile Warehouse: Cross Docking

Posted October 19, 2009

Cross Docking

Never Lose Visibility of Your Shipment

In theory, cross-docking is simple: materials move from receiving to an outbound container or directly to shipping without making a stop at storage. But in reality, the process can become a logistical and procedural nightmare if every step isn’t carefully orchestrated.

But there is a better way. In a mobile warehouse, cross-docking is quick and efficient. And you never lose visibility of your shipment.
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The Mobile Warehouse: Case Picking

Posted October 19, 2009

Case Picking

Avoid Delivery Delays

Even in the most modern distribution facility, case picking can be an error-prone and inefficient process.

And when picking becomes a drain on productivity, a host of problems can arise —from poor accuracy to delivery delays.

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Top 5 Tips for Choosing Mobile Computers

Posted September 17, 2009

Intermec CN50

Sorting through the smart phones, PDAs and ruggedized computers available for business use is no easy task. Dozens of manufacturers offer hundreds of devices in thousands of configurations, but only one may be best suited for your particular environment and workforce. Rather than trying to stay on top of all the products that are being introduced and discontinued, the technologies and features being added, plus available peripherals and software, enterprises can quickly cut down to a few viable options by following five basic tips:

  1. Consider the environment and the user
  2. Stick to industry standards & certifications
  3. Simplify support
  4. Require flexibility
  5. Pay attention to power

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Enable Increased Productivity and Efficiency With GPS Capability in Industrial Mobile Computing Solutions

Posted September 1, 2009

Chances are, you’re familiar with consumer GPS navigation systems built into many new vehicles at the factory—and widely available in the aftermarket. Such systems offer capabilities beyond basic navigation, which often include points of interest, real-time traffic reports, and speed-limit notification—just what you might want for a business trip or a family vacation. However, when GPS technology is built into mobile computers, it can offer the same familiar navigation, configured to meet business requirements—plus support additional productivity-enhancing applications.

What you’ll learn

  • How GPS works.
  • Specific uses for GPS to enhance transportation, logistics and field service operations.
  • How GPS can operate in synergy with other technologies to enhance productivity and efficiency for mobile operations.
  • Industrial mobile computer attributes critical to matching the requirements of GPS applications.

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The Patient Wristbands That Make the Most Cents—also Help Nurses

Posted August 20, 2009

ZebraAre you a hospital debating between laser and thermal printing for your wristbands? Read Zebra’s white paper, Calculating Total Cost of Ownership for Patient Identification Wristbands. It compares laser and thermal print technologies for ease of use, print quality, durability, and upkeep costs. The results might surprise you!

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Intermec CK3 Mobile Handheld Computer: Do More. Carry Less.

Posted July 30, 2009

Intermec CK3The Intermec CK3 combines the features of multiple devices into a single, powerful mobile computer. High performance, omni-directional near far scanning from 6 inches to 50 feet, built-in image capture, voice/speech capability for hands-free picking, RFID and wireless printing compatibility enables you to do more. Faster.

Snap-on adapters reduce procurement costs enabling you to buy what you need today and add key functionality as your needs evolve.
The CK3 is built to last, with industry-leading ruggedness and an ergonomic multi-function design that minimizes training time, reduces maintenance costs, enables inventory and asset tracking and maximizes uptime—adding value that’s evident day by day and year after year.

White Paper: Future Proofing Mobile Computers (PDF)

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Laser Scanning or Digital Imaging: Which Barcode Scanning Technology Is Right for Your Application?

Posted July 23, 2009

Barcode scanners laser imagerDeciding which barcode scanning technology — laser scanning or digital imaging — is right for your application can be a difficult task. The purpose of this paper is to help in your decision-making process by providing technology overviews, advantages and application uses for each of these options.


Over the past few decades, barcode scanning has become the data capture technology of choice, enhancing processes in virtually every industry and market. Low-cost scanning solutions improve performance and reliability in a wide range of enterprise activities, and reap tremendous business benefits, including increased worker productivity, improved task efficiency, and reduced operational costs.

As scanning technology evolves and new barcode symbologies appear, industries have more choices in data capture solutions. This paper discusses two competing, and sometimes complementary, data capture devices: the laser scanner and the digital imager. We will provide an overview of the technology behind each device, list advantages for each, and discuss markets and applications in which they are used.

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Datalogic Heron and Gryphon Barcode Scanners Provide Data Security in Medical Laboratories

Posted June 26, 2009

With its five laboratories, MEDILYS provides all locations of the Asklepios clinics in Hamburg and other hospitals with a broad spectrum of medical laboratory services. Approximately 7.5 million tests in the field of clinical chemistry and approximately 220,000 bacteriological submissions are processed each year.

The Challenge

Institutions of public health are subject to strict requirements due to numerous new regulations. The new guidelines of the Federal Medical Association for the quality assurance of medical laboratorial examinations became effective on April 1, 2008. each person or institution undertaking such laboratory examinations must meet the new requirements for pre- and post-analysis in particular and introduce a quality management system.

Identification and Documentation
of Laboratory samples
Datalogic Scanning Product
Heron and Gryphon Handheld readers

The Solution

Thirty to forty Datalogic barcode readers are delivered to the MEDILYS laboratories each year. Seven complete workplaces for the analysis of samples have been installed in the laboratory of the clinic in Wandsbek alone.

The central laboratory provides various machine-readable request forms, with sample labels on which the patient and sender data are printed. Examination requirements and other information are marked in the corresponding spaces. The labels of the request form with the ordering number of the form as well as the patient data are attached to sample vessels according to the request. The correctly labeled sample is then definitively classed with the request.

The sample is registered in the laboratory by the barcode reader. The laboratory information system assigns the sample to the order from the request without a voucher. There are workplaces specially configured for the various examinations.

The sample is stored in the archive following the analysis. After the examination is completed, the sample is again scanned by the analysis device and receives an archive number. There is always recourse to the sample when it is requested or designated again.

“Rapid and flawless registration of all arriving samples cannot be achieved without the use of the Datalogic barcode readers. The reading devices support us in undergoing a large number of analyses. ” Ulrike Teege, executive assistant medical technician, MEDILYS Institute, clinical center Wandsbek, Hamburg.

Barcode labels ensure a certain identification of the sample.

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Maximize the success of your restaurant with mobility

Posted June 22, 2009

Mobile credit card reader
Whether your restaurant is large or small, or offers fine, casual or quickserve dining, your servers and managers will have the tools they need to capture, transmit and access information as needed, wherever they happen to be. As a result, overall operational efficiency is maximized. Productivity is improved through process automation, improving staff utilization. Servers and managers are more effective, able to take the right action at the right time to deliver a level of service that will not only set you apart from your competition — but will keep your guests coming back. And the ability to increase sales and the number of guests while substantially improving service enables restaurants all over the world to achieve a new level of success…and profitability.

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How Mobile Printers Drive Efficiency Throughout the Supply Chain

Posted June 19, 2009

Today’s Reality—Closing the Productivity Gap

With an increasing emphasis on cost reduction, global enterprises are looking for ways to improve efficiency and accuracy in their supply and distribution chains. To remain competitive, distribution centers, manufacturers, and short-haul and long-haul carriers must change the way they label and track goods. Success depends on maximizing efficiency throughout all supply chain operations—front to back. Exploiting mobile labeling technology is fundamental to achieving optimal efficiency.

The most effective way to improve efficiency and keep labor costs under control is to minimize the amount of time required to label materials, work in process, finished products, boxes, and pallets. Centralized labeling solutions significantly reduces productivity and injects inaccuracies; thus, even the slightest improvement to the handling process will yield significant cost savings.

Barcode and RFID labels are by far the fastest and most accurate method to identify and track materials and products throughout the supply chain, and within warehouses and distribution centers. Used in multiple industries, centralized printing stations affix barcodes and RFID to the materials, finished goods, and packages. When integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, these systems are a proven solution for significantly boosting operational efficiencies and reducing costs. However, tightening the supply chain even further calls for mobile printing solutions that equip workers with seamless mobility throughout the warehouse—wherever and whenever they need it.

“By using mobile wireless printers at the receiving dock to issue goods receipts, Driscoll Strawberry Associates reduced the time to process receiving transactions by 25 percent.1

1. Zebra Case Study, “Driscoll Picks Perfect Mobile Solution for Distribution Account Reconciliation”

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