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MIT Researchers Develop RFly, an Inventory Management Drone

Posted August 25, 2017

MIT researchers have developed a system that will allow small drones to read RFID tags from up to ten meters away, as well as identify the tags locations with an average error of about 19 centimeters. These researchers believe that this system could be used in large scale warehouses for both monitoring, to help prevent inventory mismatches, and to find the location of items to make it easier for employees to quickly meet customer requests. Safety won’t be an issue as these drones will be small and lightweight equipped with plastic rotors.

This will help many businesses as each year billions of dollars are lost all because of mismatches in inventory. Even the U.S. Army has had the problem of losing track of supplies.

“Between 2003 and 2011, the U.S. Army lost track of $5.8 billion of supplies among its warehouses,” says Fadel Adib, the Sony Corporation Career Development Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, whose group at the MIT Media Lab developed the new system. “In 2016, the U.S. National Retail Federation reported that shrinkage – loss of items in retail stores – averaged around $45.2 billion annually. By enabling drones to find and localize items and equipment, this research will provide a fundamental technological advancement for solving these problems.”

Watch how the system would work below.

 

Interested in learning more? Read the full article here news.mit.edu.


Zebra’s WT6000 a Next Generation Wearable Computer

Posted August 21, 2017

wt6000-2The WT6000 wearable computer gives workers the hands-free mobility needed to boost productivity to the next level. Workers won’t find this wearable computer uncomfortable as it’s smaller and lighter than other wearable computers on the market. The WT6000 has a new mounting system that will fit comfortably on any size arm.

With a larger touchscreen it provides more real estate to display intuitive graphical Android applications. Integrated Near Field Communication allows workers to instantly tap-to-pair with Zebra’s Bluetooth ring scanner, Bluetooth headset, and Bluetooth printers at the start of every shift. The industrial rugged design delivers maximum uptime in even the most demanding environments.

WT6000 Features:

  • Compact size that’s 27% lighter and 36% less volume
  • Rugged and ready for your toughest environments
  • Larger display with multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
  • Programmable soft-keys simplify your most complex operations
  • Increase worker productivity by 15% with Zebra’s total wearable solutions
  • Groundbreaking new mounting system for superior comfort, hygiene and safety

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


Upgrading Firmware on the Honeywell 8670 Bluetooth Ring Scanner

Posted August 18, 2017

To upgrade firmware on a Honeywell 8670 Wireless Ring Scanner, the scanner must be connected to either of the below:

  • Honeywell Access Point (HAP) – AP-010BT-07N /  AP-100BT-07N
  • Honeywell Charge and Communication Base (CCB) – CCB01

 

Once connected, fire up EZConfig – a free Honeywell barcode scanner configuration utility.  The Honeywell 8670 will not be listed as a connected device in EZConfig but the base/access point will. If it’s connected to the CCB/Access Point the firmware will find its way to the scanner.

  • Make sure the configuration is set to Bluetooth Serial Profile (PAPSPP).
  • Select “Update Firmware”
  • Select “Choose File” then pick your firmware file that you saved previously on your hard drive.  You can get the latest firmware files from the Honeywell website.
  • Select “Update Device”

Easy!

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Honeywell’s 1980i and 1981i are a Rugged Set of Scanners

Posted August 15, 2017

1980i-1981iThe Granit 1980i (wired) and the 1981i (wireless) are area-imaging scanners capable of reading 1D and 2D barcodes from as close as 6 inches (15 cm) up to 50 feet away(15m). As a member of the Granit Series of scanners, the 1980i and the 1981i are built to withstand the varied demands of harsh distribution centers and warehouse environments. With an unmatched range and the option of wireless freedom, these rugged Honeywell scanners will maximize operator productivity. Fork truck operators equipped with vehicle-mounted mobile computers, such as the Honeywell Thor series, will appreciate how the full range scanning capability allows them to remain seated, and thus more productive, while scanning barcodes at extended ranges. The integrated Bluetooth technology will allow the operators complete freedom of movement up 328 feet (100m) from the base station.

1980i/1981i Features

  • Full-Range Area-Imaging Performance: Scan virtually all 1D and 2D barcodes from 6 in (15 cm) to over 50 ft (15 m) away.
  • Built Granit Tough: Tested to withstand the toughest environments, the 1980i and 1981i are rated IP65 and can withstand 5,000 tumbles from 3.2 ft (1 m) and 50 drops to concrete from 6.5 ft (2 m).
  • Easy to Use: A laser-spot aimer, omni-directional scanning, and features such as center-decode take the guesswork out of scanning at extended ranges.
  • Single Scanning Solution: Can replace and consolidate multiple purpose-built scanners in typical distribution center and warehouse environments.

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


Zebra’s Companion Scanners the CS3000 Series

Posted August 11, 2017

cs3000-zebraThe CS3000 series are an affordable, small, and easy to use set of barcode scanners. These Zebra scanners have two operational modes, Batch and Real Time. The CS3000’s Batch mode allows you to scan barcodes and upload the time and date stamped data at the end of a shift to document the accurate completion of activities. The CS3070 comes with the Batch mode as well as a Real-Time mode; with this Bluetooth enabled scanner you can be paired virtually with any existing smartphone, allowing you to easily scan items for a variety of applications like deliveries or in a retail establishment.

With the integrated SE955 scan engine, the CS3000 Series scanners continues to deliver Zebra’s world-renowned scanning quality and reliability. The wide working range provides extraordinary application flexibility, allowing you to capture barcodes from near contact to as far as 45 inches (114.3 cm) away. An aggressive performance enables the capture of even damaged and poor quality barcodes. A large memory capacity allows you to capture over a million barcodes giving you ample support for even the largest batch operations.

Features:

  • Flexible mobile 1-D laser scanner: A mobile bar code scanner with two modes of operation: batch for uploading data to a host at a later time or real-time capture and transmission to a host application via a wireless Bluetooth connection to smartphones, PDAs and laptops
  • Long battery life: A 24-hour batch/12-hour Bluetooth mode battery life insures well over single shift scanning performance on a charge
  • Simple two button design: Easy to hold and use; almost no training required
  • Small and lightweight: Fits in a pocket or on a neck lanyard and weighs only 2.45 oz./70 gm
  • Easy to integrate with a host device: Batch USB connectivity or wireless Bluetooth enables compatibility with virtually any host device
  • 512 MB non-volatile memory: Provides the capacity to store over a million scans and ensures the data is retained — ideal for virtually any batch operation
  • Superior scanning performance: Easy and intuitive to use – just point, click and scan; enables easy capture of even dirty, damaged and poor quality bar codes

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


Honeywell’s PD43 and PD43c Industrial Printers

Posted August 9, 2017

pd43 The PD43 and PD43c industrial printers come in two sizes. The standard PD43 (18.5” x 8.3” x 9.8”) and the super-compact PD43c (9.3” x 8.3” x 8.1”). These printers are ideal for compact tabletops and pull-out cabinets and were designed to deliver no-compromise printing in the smallest possible footprint. With a rugged metal chassis and a strong cast-aluminum print mechanism it is the perfect fit for light-to-medium industrial printing applications. Comes with a tool-free printhead and roller replacement that helps minimize downtime and maintenance.

These Honeywell printers are suited for distribution centers, warehouses, and airline passenger services. Has an intuitive 10-language color display simplifying the setup and making any maintenance needs a breeze. Supports multiple printer command languages out of the box including ESim, ZSim, DSim, IPL, and Direct Protocol. These printers allow you to eliminate the need for an attached PC and run apps right inside the printer using either C# (C Sharp) for Printer or Fingerprint.

  • Max Media Outside Diameter: Standard PD43 8.375” (213 mm), PD43c 8.0” (203 mm)
  • Max Media Core Inner Diameter: 3” (76.2 mm)
  • Max Media Width: 4.65” (118 mm)
  • Max Print Width: 4.1” (104 mm)
  • Print Resolution: 203 dpi (8.0 dpmm), 300 dpi (11.8 dpmm)
  • Max Print Speed: 8.0 ips at 203 dpi (203mm/s at 8.0 dpmm), 6.0 ips at 300 dpi (152mm/s at 11.8dpmm)
  • Standard Interfaces: USB Device, USB Host

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


Zebra’s 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study

Posted August 8, 2017

zebra-studyZebra Technologies commission a global study to analyze trends and challenges that impact manufacturing companies. The survey asked 1,100 executives from automotive, high tech, food, beverage, tobacco, and pharmaceutical companies for their insights on adopting technology on the plant floor to increase their competitive position. The study includes the benefits of having IIoT, RFID, and Asset Management on a plant floor.  To read more about the results of the study click the link below.

 

2017 Vision Study

 

For further information visit www.zebra.com/manufacturing


Honeywell XL Thermal Transfer Labels

Posted August 2, 2017

labelsIf you don’t know what’s cool about the Honeywell XL Thermal Transfer Labels, please read below.

What is it?

  • 4” x 6” Thermal Transfer Label with a thinner liner.
  • 1,500 labels per roll vs standard 1,000
  • 3” core and 8” outer diameter.

Benefits:

  • Thinner liner = more labels & less weight per roll.
  • Less time changing rolls.
  • Less to order.
  • Saves on freight costs and storage space (6,000 rolls/case versus standard 4,000/case).
  • Environmentally friendly without a price premium.
  • Can be used with Zebra Thermal Transfer printers.

For a quote on the Honeywell XL Thermal Transfer Labels, contact one of our Barcodes, Inc. representatives.


Trigger Mode on Honeywell Barcode Scanners

Posted July 31, 2017

Trigger Toggle mode is a newer feature that lets you quickly hit the trigger on your Honeywell Xenon 1900/1902 two or three times to temporarily put the scanner into either imaging mode, cell phone read mode, or centering mode. Here is where you’d use this feature.

Example 1:  If your application occasionally involves scanning digital barcodes.  Cell phone read mode can slow down your scanner a little when scanning non-digital barcodes. “Click, click” and you’ve temporarily turned on cell phone read mode to quickly read that digital barcode.

Example 2:  Or maybe you love the broad view of your Honeywell Xenon, but you have one barcode that you have to scan that’s bunched together with other barcodes that you don’t want to scan.  “Click, click” (activate centering mode) and you’ve temporarily narrowed your scanner’s field of view to hit that one barcode you need in the bunch.

Here is how it works.

1. Scan the barcode of the desired toggle mode:
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2. Set the number of triggers required to activate the Trigger Toggle Mode:

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If you’d prefer, you can then set the trigger timing (how fast you need to hit the trigger) if the default of 400ms doesn’t work for you.  See User’s Guide for Trigger Timing barcode and instructions. And you can set the Trigger Toggle Timeout (time period before reverting back to regular scan mode) if the default of five seconds doesn’t work for you.  See User’s Guide for details.

For assistance with setting this up, contact your Barcodes, Inc. Account Manager or reach out to our Professional Services Team.


Honeywell’s CK75: An Ultra-Rugged Mobile Computer

Posted July 27, 2017

ck75-2Honeywell’s new ultra-rugged mobile computer is built from premium, industrial materials giving it a balance of ruggedness and duty cycle. The CK75 is a perfect fit for any warehouse or distribution environment with features that focus on enabling flexibility and agility. With workload demands always shifting unexpectedly the CK75 gives workers the flexibility to quickly transition to tasks that require near or far scanning, speech, voice, and image capture; this saves valuable time from workers having to find and reorient themselves on unfamiliar devices.

CK75 Features:

  • Supports Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating systems for flexible application support and migration.
  • Withstands 2.4 m (8 ft) drops to concrete, 2,000 1 m (3.3 ft) tumbles and has an IP67 seal rating against water and dust.
  • Industry’s fastest and farthest imaging engine delivers superior motion tolerance and barcode read performance.
  • Optional Cold Storage version includes touch screen and scan window heaters to support use for extended periods in freezers as well as transitions into and out of freezer areas

Call one of our representatives for a quote on the CK75.


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