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Choosing a Scanner for UPC Barcode Reading

Posted September 22, 2016

UPC barcodes are one of the most commons codes that are being read daily around the world. If you’re not familiar with the UPC code you can find it on any commercial product from the grocery store to the everything on Amazon.

The UPC number itself is referred to as the GTIN (Global Trade Item Number). The GTIN is made up of two parts: The UPC Company Prefix and the number that you have assigned to that unique product. This information is how any business can recognize what each product is.

The UPC code is a standard 1D linear barcode so almost any device will be a suitable UPC barcode scanner. The primary concern when choosin g a scanner will be reading performance to keep up with your specific application.

Laser Scanners
By far the most common, laser scanners are more than capable of reading any UPC. These scanners often are the most cost effective solution but you will need to properly line up the red laser line with the UPC to get a good read. This usually isn’t a deal breaker but for higher volume applications you may want to look at other options. One of the most popular laser scanners today is the AirTrack S1.

Imagers
Imager-based scanners utilize a specialized camera to read a barcode as opposed to reflecting light like on a laser. This means you can capture barcodes without really aiming. Just get within the reading area of the imager and you can get a positive read. Upside down, sideways, it doesn’t matter. Imagers like the AirTrack S2 will improve scanning accuracy and speed for faster check-out lines and inventory check-ins.


Improve Warehouse Efficiency with Honeywell’s 8670 Wireless Ring Scanner

Posted September 21, 2016

The Honeywell 8670 Wireless Ring Scanner brings a lot of versatility to the mobile warehouse worker. It’s 1D and 2D scanning performance, fast decoding, and ability to read poor-quality or damaged barcodes make it the best in the industry. A few things to highlight a few things about the Honeywell 8670.

  • Lower profile ring scanner. The Honeywell 8670 ring scanner has a much lower profile than the Zebra RS507.  In other words, it sits lower on your finger.  This is important because with this device you’ll be doing lots of piece picks, case picks, etc.  With a lower profile ring scanner you are much less likely to hit the scanner on the bin/racking when reaching into a bin/racking to pick something. Rack hits = frustrated operator, progress disruption, damaged scanner.
  • No ring spin! The scanner button on the Honeywell 8670 does not sit below the finger.  So when you pick up a box the scanner stays put.   If the button sits below your finger the scanner will spin every time you pick up a box.  So you’ll have to readjust your scanner after every pick. Life with a scanner that does not take this into account turns a 2 step process into a 3 step process.
    • Step 1: Scan item.
    • Step 2: Pick up box.
    • Step 3: Re-adjust ring scanner.
  • Practice putting the ring scanner on until you’ve got it down to one smooth motion.  This also applies to the wearable computer.

First impressions go a long way, and if a your workers continue to fumble with the scanner trying to put it on…well….then it diminishes the productivity that you are trying to capture in your business.

 


Janam Launches XT2 with Microsoft Windows 10

Posted September 16, 2016

Janam has announced that Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise operating system is now available on its XT2 rugged touch computers. Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise provides maximum security, reliability and computing power and enables interoperability between the XT2 and IoT devices, independent of operating system protocols and platforms.

The recently launched XT2 is the lightest and most rugged device in its class – enabling mobile employees to work smarter and more efficiently. With both Android 5 Lollipop and Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise versions, XT2 customers now have access to two of the industry’s most powerful operating systems in the same sleek, rugged and lightweight form factor.

Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise provides an intuitive user experience, as well as native support for barcode scanning and other peripherals. With the new OS support the XT2 enables organizations to efficiently collect and manage data, monitor security and increase productivity for on-the-go employees.

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Infographic: Zebra’s True 802.11ac, Wave 2 Access Points

Posted September 15, 2016

At the end of the day, your business can only work as fast as your network can keep up. Ever increasing demand to support more mobile devices and applications, as well as customer engagement, redefines the network year after year. Get ahead of the curve with the Zebra AP 8533 and AP 8432.

Experience the amazing speed and capacity of both the AP 8533 and AP 8432 with true 802.11AC Wave 2 capabilities to expand your bandwidth and capabilities.


Empower your Mobile Workforce with Honeywell’s Dolphin CT50

Posted September 13, 2016

ct50Putting the most capable tools in the hands of your mobile workforce is one of the keys to maximal effectiveness and success. Being able to access information and staying connected are critical to ensure your workforce can meet the demands of any application on the go.

Honeywell’s compact Dolphin CT50 is the most advanced enterprise-ready mobile computer designed specifically for scan intensive, highly mobile environments. With 4G/LTE, Wi-FI, and Bluetooth connectivity, the Dolphin CT-50 will always keep your workforce connected to the resources the need. From on-demand delivery and field service to direct customer engagement, the Dolphin CT50 was designed for enterprise mobility.

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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.


Add Style and Speed with Citizen’s New CT-S251 Ultrafast POS printer

Posted September 8, 2016

Citizen’s new CT-S251 POS printer combines style with efficiency, providing flawless 2-inch wide prints at ultra-fast speed, from a compact model. Designed specially for high-end retail and hospitality businesses, with aesthetics and ease of use front of mind, the CT-S251 helps to ensure a seamless sales transaction and smooth customer experience.

Receipts, coupons, daily reports and more can be produced fast and error-free with the CT-S251, which prints at a phenomenal speed of up to 300mm per second, helping to reduce waiting times and queues. Business managers can also benefit from additional flexibility when choosing where to position points of sale (POS) or mobile points of sale (mPOS), thanks to the CT-S251’s extensive connectivity options. This includes the choice to connect via USB, Serial and Ethernet outputs as well as wireless ‘Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad (MFi) Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The printer also ensures easy integration with POS systems and is fully compatible with iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices.

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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.


Android Lollipop for the Zebra TC70/TC75

Posted September 5, 2016

Ever since the initial release, the Zebra TC75/TC70 Series has become one of the most popular mobile computers due to its convenient form factor and robust feature set. With over 200,000 unit deployed the TC75/TC70 are helping businesses of all types improve daily efficiencies and empower their workforce.

In order to better serve their customers Zebra has announced that Android v5.1 Lollipop will soon be available for the TC7x Series. The upgraded Android OS is expected to be available for download on Zebra’s Support site on approximately August 22, 2016 for TC70 and August 30, 2016 for TC75.

All future devices will have the newest Android OS installed but for customers preferring the older OS versions a simple ‘back-rev’ to their OS version will be available.

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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


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