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Citizen’s CL-S400DT Ticket and Barcode Printer

Posted March 20, 2019

The Citizen’s CL-S400DT  is high quality and low cost ticket printer that can handle high volume print tasks and capable to work with a large range of media. Whether you need to print admission tickets, tags, labels, or boarding passes, the Citizen’s CL-S400DT is the right printer for you.

Give it a whirl, step up and press play to watch how the Citizen CL-S400DT ticket and barcode printer can be the solution you need in your facility.

Top 5 Benefits of a Pocket Barcode Scanner

Posted March 19, 2019

Delivery man holding cardboard box and unloading parcel for delivery. Top view of courier unloading parcels from van.

Simplify business processes while improving accuracy and efficiency with the freedom of mobility. A pocket barcode scanner is ideal for flexible inventory control, asset management, and point of sale applications.
Drop the cords and find out the benefits of a pocket barcode scanner.

Benefits of a Pocket Barcode Scanner:

  1. Compact in size and easy to carry around
  2. Mobility without the tangle of cords
  3. Avoid costly mobile computer costs
  4. Reliable data collection in wireless or in offline batch mode
  5. Fits comfortably in the palm of workers hand for all day use

Airtrack’s line of pocket barcode scanner can help capture the data you need to provide visibility in your inventory, assets, and transactions. It enables users to make barcode data collection easy and efficient. These flexible portable scanners have the option to scan 1D or 2D barcodes independently store in memory in batch mode or connect wirelessly to your smartphone and tablet for immediate data access. The Airtrack pocket barcode scanners delivers fast and accurate scanning performance and incorporates a rugged design against moisture and dust with an IP 42 enviornmental sealing withstanding 5-foot drops to concrete.

Airtrack SP1-C Pocket 1D linear imager

Airtrack's SP1-C pocket wireless 1D mobile barcode scanner.

Features:

  • 1D barcode scanning capability
  • 1 inch OLED screen 128×64
  • 2MB of memory, stores about 20,000 barcode scans
  • Lightweight at 1oz
  • Bluetooth range of 33ft (capable of pairing with Windows and iOS devices)
  • Scan up to 5,000 scans per charge

Airtrack’s SP1 Pocket 1D Laser Scanner

Airtrack's SP1 Pocket 1D laser barcode scanner.

Features:

  • 1D laser scan engine
  • Easy Pairing
  • 2MB of memory, stores about 20,000 scans
  • Lightweight at 2 oz
  • Bluetooth range of 30ft (capable of pairing with Windows and iOS devices)
  • Battery to last up to a full shift of 8 hours

Airtrack’s SP2 Pocket 2D Imager Scanner

Airtrack's SP2 Pocket 2D imager barcode scanner

Features:

  • 1D and 2D scanning capabilities
  • 1 inch OLED screen 128×64
  • Storage for 10,000 scans
  • Easy Pairing
  • Lightweight at 2oz
  • Bluetooth range at 30 ft (capable of pairing with Windows and iOS devices)
  • Battery to last up to a full shift of 8 hours

Discover how you can increase speed and accuracy in data collection. Contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to learn how Airtrack’s pocket barcode scanners can help improve productivity and efficiency in your daily tasks.

What do Workers Want From Their Mobile Printers?

Posted March 14, 2019

Shelving bins on a shelf at a warehouse

Mobile technology is increasing prevalence in the manufacturing industry. When it comes to working in your product line, mobile printers can help your enterprise achieve new levels of productivity, efficiency, profitability, and customer satisfaction. In order to implement new mobile printers to your team you need to find out what do the workers want from their mobile printers. A good quality mobile printer should have the following:Brother RJ4250WBL Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Label and Receipt Printer

  1. Flexibility– workers can work with both hands while the mobile printer is hooked on a belt or mounted in a vehicle.
  2. Reliability– need a purposely built rugged device for everyday use on the go.
  3. Compatibility– must work well with other devices that workers are using.
  4. Simple– ease of use and non-complicated controls.
  5. Fast– no time for delays with an uncooperative printer.
  6. Easy to Carry– can be worn on belts or shoulder straps for easy accessibility.

The Brother Rugged Jet RJ4250WBL mobile printer can provide the solution to meet your needs. In manufacturing and warehouse environments, with the RJ4250WBL mobile printer clipped to a belt or mounted on a forklift, workers can print high quality labels for finished goods, bins, shelves, shipping, work in progress tickets, and more. It can easily and wirelessly print the media that you may need on the manufacturing floor from PCs, handhelds, tablets, and smartphones.

Brother RJ4250WBL Mobile Label and Receipt PrinterFeatures:

  • Compact, light and easy to carry
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC connectivity
  • Ultra-rugged with IP 54 rating
  • Prints up to 5 inches per second
  • Easy to use, with one touch pairing
  • Windows, iOS, and Android compatibility
  • Smart Li-ion Battery to last a full day shift
  • Versatile to print receipt and labels from 2″ to 4″ wide

With Mobile Deploy, the mobile device management app by Brother, you can now maintain and update your entire fleet of mobile printers remotely. Long gone are slow and manual updates. With Mobile Deploy App you can save time by allowing your administrator the ability to post updates to the cloud. From there your employees can download the update and apply it directly to the printer, saving hours of manual and instructional calls to get their printers up and running. Capable of updating firmware, fonts, and templates at once, you can keep all your mobile printers up to date all the time.

When you’re on the manufacturing floor, there’s no room for downtime. Reduce labeling errors at end of a line and label your items on the spot. Give the workers what they need to work efficiently and maximize your profitability in your business. Contact us and discover the solution to increase productivity and efficiency with the Brother RJ4250 mobile printer.

Zebra Android Devices Accelerates E-commerce Fulfillment

Posted March 13, 2019

The warehouse industry is changing, can your operations keep pace? To compete in a new warehouse environment in which e-commerce has raised delivery speed expectations, workers needs to fill orders more efficiently. Outdated Windows devices running green screen applications aren’t designed to match the speed and volume of today’s demand economy. Zebra Android touch-screen devices are designed for faster, more flexible operation that improves warehouse performance in four areas:

Greater order-fulfillment speed. The intuitive Android user interface and modern touch-screen technology combine to yield 40% faster data entry.

Higher fulfillment accuracy. Empowered with the flexibility to easily add soft buttons, on-screen keypads and photos of products to Android’s larger touch displays, workers can reliably capture barcode data faster, from near and far distances.

Faster onboarding. Zebra Android’s familiar, intuitive touch-screen interface cuts training time for both permanent and temporary workers, giving them the confidence to work fast.

Continuous uptime. Fast charging, hot-swap batteries and more reliable Wi-Fi connectivity keep your workers productive. PowerPrecision+ analytics indicate when batteries need recharging or replacement. Mobility Extensions provide an extra layer of enterprise security and LifeGuard for Android extends security support for up to seven years.

Contact us today for more insight into how Zebra’s modern Android mobile devices and tablets can meet the needs of today’s on-demand economy.

Why Zebra Android Devices are replacing legacy mobile devices

Living on the Edge: Barcodes 2nd Annual Sales Kick off

Posted March 10, 2019

Summing up our 2nd Annual Sales Kickoff, from March 4-6th, 2019 was a big success! This year our theme was Living on the Edge,  this event provided an interactive and engaging opportunity for all our partners and attendees.

Our manufacturer partners came into Barcodes Headquarters and hosted unique workshops to share their latest mobility solutions for distribution, warehouse, supply chains, retail, and channel management. As well as, putting on a grand showcase of all their products for our attendees to test it in action.

Barcodes would like to thank to our manufacturers and sponsors at Honeywell, Zebra, Epson, Citizen, Janam, Gigatrak, Elo, SOTI, Impinj, Sato, Datalogic, and Panasonic for sponsoring our event!

Thanks to all our manufacturer partners who helped us create this engaging environment and networking opportunity to learn all about the latest products and mobility solutions.

Barcodes Sales Kickoff Living on the edge during the grand showcase where partners are showcasing their products in warehousing and latest mobility solution and a list of all our sponsors

Barcodes Sales Kickoff Living on the edge during the grand showcase where partners are showcasing their products in warehousing and mobility solutions

Our platinum sponsors from Zebra and their booth from our sales kickoff showcase.

Our platinum sponsor and partners from Honeywell showcasing their latest mobility solutions at Barcodes HQ

At one of our Zebra workshops learning about new warehouse and mobility solutions, and the latest trends.

Barcodes Celebrates International Women’s Day

Posted March 8, 2019

Friday March 8th is International Women’s Day. The campaign theme for this year is #BalanceForBetter. Barcodes HQ is showing support by wearing purple today.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women- while also making a call to action for accelerating gender balance.

So Barcodes is striking a pose to motivate others and amplifying via social media to support this positive influence for women everywhere! The future is exciting, let’s build a gender- balanced world!

Barcodes dress up in purple to celebrate International Women's Day

Tech Tip Tuesday: Free Barcode Scanning App on iPhone and iPad

Posted March 5, 2019

Scan to spreadsheet screen shots of a free barcode scanning app on iPhone and iPad

Here is one of the paid iPhone and iPad app of the day that you can download for free on March 5, 2019. Originally, $5.99, “Scan to Spreadsheet” app allows users to scan barcodes into spreadsheets with their apple devices. This simple barcode scanning app allows users to do basic inventory, asset tracking, and attendance, on any spreadsheet using the barcode scanner on your phone. Use this for inventory, cycle count, marketing event scanning, attendance, or other times where scanning to make a list is necessary.

Spreadsheet barcode scanning.

1. Scan.
2. Email.
3. Inventory, Attendance, or any Spreadsheet Done!

A great option for bring your own device (BYOD) barcode scanning and/or inventory. Email CSV or MS Excel XML formats from your phone, iPad, or iPod, then share to Google Drive and open with Google sheets.

Records GPS coordinates of each scan.

Separates the barcode into different columns using the Parse / Delimiter feature. For example, create a barcode with information separated by a comma. When scanned, the information will go do different columns; like First Name, Last Name and Email.

The date and time is recorded for each scan.

Use the validation feature to catch duplicate scan, limit scans to only values in a lookup table, or fill the spreadsheet with information from the lookup table when a matching scan is found.

Iphone XR Front View Color BlackBarcode symbology supported;

  • QR Code
  • Data Matrix
  • EAN / UPC
  • PDF417 (drivers license)

– Code 3 of 9 (*10 to 15 characters max)

– Code 128 (*20 characters max)

Download Scan to Spreadsheet here.

Contact us if you need a more advanced barcode scanning system and want to learn how it can help you enhance your daily operations.

OCR Canada Ltd. Acquires QSG

Posted March 5, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

March 5, 2019

OCR Canada Ltd. and QSG Inc.  have approved a definitive agreement in which OCR Canada will acquire QSG effective March 5th, 2019.

Under the Barcodes Group, OCR Canada has seen incredible growth, continuing to be Canada’s leading value-added reseller.  Executive management is confident that this acquisition will allow OCR Canada to best serve the Canadian Market in its entirety, providing the best solutions and service available.

Dan Nettesheim, President & CEO of Barcodes Group, the parent company of OCR Canada, stated, “We are excited to add the talented individuals of QSG to the OCR Canada team. Together, we will serve the customers of QSG and bring forward the resources of a global company to meet their needs. This merger makes OCR Canada the leading solution provider of data capture and wireless technologies and services in Canada.”

Gilles Guadreault, CEO and Owner of QSG Canada, added, “We felt our customers would be best cared for by Barcodes Group’s OCR Canada team going forward. OCR Canada has an excellent reputation for putting the customer first, shipping on time, having deep technical resources and providing superb value-added services. I trust in Dan’s leadership to take the QSG business forward to reach its full potential.”

QSG:  
QSG is a Canadian specialty systems integrator focused on field and supply chain mobility.  A reseller of thermal printers and recognized as a Tier 1 provider in enterprise mobility solutions, specializing in complex projects and companies with a wide network of manufacturing plants and distribution centers. They were founded in 1995 under the name, Viascan and over the years we have merged with several companies including Étiquettes Uno, Lazertherm, Qdata and QSG. In 2016, by repurchasing their Canadian assets they became QSG Inc.

Barcodes Group:
Barcodes group, parent company of Barcodes, Inc. and OCR Canada, Ltd., headquartered in Chicago, IL and with corporate offices across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, is a leading information technology solution provider with more than a 25-year history of providing products and services to automate businesses. The Company’s data capture products, which include barcoding, RFID, mobile, people identification, and wireless networking devices, and integration and managed services enable customers to improve productivity and profitability in their businesses. Barcodes has partnered with Odyssey Investment Partners to leverage their private equity capital and experience to drive strategic growth.

For more information contact:

USA:

Lorna Maljia, Marketing Manager
lmalja@barcodesinc.com
Phone: 1-312-582-4893

OCR Canada:

Toll free: 1-800-853-7226 Phone: 1-905-475-5505
Fax: 1-905-475-0566 Email: info@ocr.ca
Address: 25 Royal Crest Court, Suite 100 Markham, Ontario, L3R 9X4, Canada
Eastern CanadaToll free: 1-877-853-7226 Hull, Québec, Canada; Montréal, Québec, Canada; Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Western CanadaToll free: 1-888-853-7226 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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New Honeywell Thor VM1A Vehicle- Mounted Computer

Posted February 28, 2019

Worker using the Honeywell VM1A vehicle mounted computer for inventory check on a forklift

Honeywell's New VM1A vehicle mounted mobile computer for forklifts

In modern warehouses, manufacturing and freight facilities, there’s no room for any downtime in your operations. You need to keep products and materials moving. Honeywell’s new Thor VM1A vehicle mounted computer can help keep forklift operators locate and move products quickly and efficiently throughout your facility.

Built on Honeywell’s Mobility Edge platform, the Android based Thor VM1A is designed to have an extended product lifecycle, minimizes downtime, and deliver a lower total cost of ownership. Engineered with many of the same easy to use and maintain features of the popular Thor VM1 and CV41 models of vehicle mobile computers, the new VM1A drives an integrated approach to assist with deployment, performance, and the life cycle of your device.

The Smart Dock feature enables users to quickly shift vehicle- mounted computers between vehicles without touching of the cabling, to maximize efficiency and uptime. Built for challenging environments, the field replaceable front panel allows staff by quickly swap out to fix any touchscreen or keyboard failures instead of swapping out the whole device. It saves valuable time and maintenance costs by leveraging in- house staff to service touchscreen or keyboard failures. The Thor VM1A is also forward compatible with support from Android O to Android R,and features extended security update support for up to two years to future proof and maximize investment.

Honeywell's New VM1A vehicle mounted mobile computer for forklifts

Features:

  • Processor: 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core
  • Operating System: Android 8 (Oreo), upgradable through Android R
  • 8 inch display with full 64-key QWERTY keyboard with number pad
  • WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity
  • IP 66 seals out moisture and particle intrusion
  • Smart Dock enables mounting and removal in seconds
  • Field replaceable front panel to quicken repair turn around
  • Ignition control feature that helps manage power, saving start up time and extend vehicle battery life.
  • Optional screen defroster for cold storage option and freezer environment

With the mobile solutions ever changing, the Honeywell VM1A vehicle mounted mobile computer delivers advancements in managing operations in the most demanding environments. Get your supply chain up to speed, improve productivity, decrease downtime, and maximize your return on investment. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn how the VM1A can help you enhance your daily operations.

The Epson Colorworks C831 Color Label Printer

Posted February 28, 2019
ColorWorks C831 in use at a factory

The ColorWorks C831 label printer combines all the benefits of an industrial-strength inkjet printer with the accuracy of an 8-pin tractor feeder. This was Epson’s first inkjet solution, with their durable inks, to be BS5609 certified. Developed for the commercial environment in mind, the ColorWorks C831 is built to last with dust and water resistance. Virtually maintenance free and can withstand weights up to 44 pounds on top of it. Built with a permanent printhead inside to help improve reliability and avoid the need for frequent printhead replacements.

The Epson printer features easy access to all functions including ink replacement, an intuitive control panel, and auto-paper loading. Paper jams are handled in no time with the automatic paper release; all features help keep productivity up and reduce downtime. Epson’s durable pigment-based inks firmly bind to media fibers to deliver stability and resistance to chemicals, water, fading and smudges. The ColorWorks C831 is GHS (Global Harmonized Systems) compliant to help reduce risk to workers and improve efficiency in a workflow.

ColorWorks C831:

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  • Ideal for GHS large format drum and chemical labeling.
  • Industrial-strength MicroPiezo inkjet printer with tractor feeder.
  • First inkjet solution that has been BS5609 certified.
  • Printable are up to 8″ x 22″.
  • Low TCO vs. Color Lasers.
  • Fast print speeds of up to 16.5 pages per minute.
  • Ink Type: Pigment Ink, Individual CMYK cartridges.
  • Whats in the Box: ColorWorks C831 Printer, AC Cord, Ink Cartridge set (CMYK), Quick Setup sheet, Utilities/manuals CD, Power Switch cover.

The ColorWorks C831 wide color label printer delivers the quality and reliability that Epson printers are renowned for. Contact us to learn more about the C831 and how it can help you in your daily operations.

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