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Bartender 2016 Editions Explained

Posted August 5, 2016

The industry leading label design software, BarTender, is available in several version to meet the needs of your business. From a single desktop license to powering your whole enterprise, there’s a BarTender version to fit the bill.

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Case Study: Automotive Manufacturing with Honeywell Solutions

Posted August 4, 2016

hnoneywekllExecutive Summary

A global automotive parts manufacturer whom specializes in parts and accessories for the productions of cars. With a keen focus on just-in-time inventory, they focus on building customer relationships by setting the right expectations and aiming to over-deliver. Delivering a great customer experience hinges on the companies flawlessly tracking of products from production, finished good delivery and ensuring that their customers inventory levels are optimized. By utilizing Honeywell printers, scanners and mobile computing products, our customer has been able to increase their service level commitments and gain trust from automotive manufacturers around the globe.

The Business Challenge

The Company was expanding and needed a data capture solution that enabled its workforce to optimize their productivity, mobility and product traceability. With operations heavily dependent on product traceability and product movement, they needed hardware that would offer a wide variety of traceability features. With many customers relying on quick turnaround, just-in-time shipping, and accuracy, the Company needed to find a way to operate lean and agile.

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Datalogic’s New Joya Touch Multi-Purpose Device for Retail

Posted August 3, 2016

Joya Touch is a multi-purpose retail mobile device that is ideal for various applications such as Self-Shopping, Price Checking, Markdowns, Shelf Replenishment, Inventory, Access Control and more.

The Joya Touch device comes in two form factors: a handheld version resembling a smartphone and a pistol-grip version with a comfortable trigger. Retailers can change from one form to the other with ease, adapting to applications and user preferences. Joya Touch is charged using the industry’s first wireless charging technology (Qi compliant) that eliminates the need for maintenance and cleaning of contacts on the device and cradles. This radically reduces support costs and increases the devices’ life span.

The Joya Touch device requires only 2.5 hours to fully recharge the battery and the ‘Boost Recharge’ feature ensures the battery is charged for 80 minutes of use after only 15 minutes of charging!

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Bixolon’s SPP-R310 Compact and Ergonomic 3″ Mobile Printer

Posted August 1, 2016

Bixolon has recently launched their new SPP-R310 super compact, ergonomic three-inch receipt, ticket and label printer with Bluetooth, WiFi, USB and Serial connectivity options.

Supporting Easy Bluetooth Pairing via embedded NFC tag enabling auto pairing with Android, iOS & Windows devices, alongside additional Apple MFi iAP2 certification. Featuring an Auto-Switch function which provides simple automatic switching between iOS mode and standard Bluetooth modes.

Ideal for all retailers from micro merchants to global brands, field service, logistics and more, the SPP-R310 is designed for multi-purpose 80mm receipt, ticket, label and linerless label printing. Producing 203dpi high resolution fonts, graphics, and logos on a 72mm wide media at speeds up to 100mm/sec receipting (80mm/sec linerless).

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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.


Sato’s CLNX Series: Beyond Speeds & Feeds

Posted July 28, 2016

While many companies focus on criteria such as throughput and print resolution when selecting a thermal printer, factors like how quickly/easily a printer can be integrated, how rapidly media can be loaded, and how easily the printer can be serviced have an even greater impact on operational costs. Even small improvements in operational efficiency can positively affect a facility’s equipment up-time or ontime labeling performance. The SATO CLNX Series industrial thermal printer, available in a 4” (CL4NX) or 6” (CL6NX) model, was engineered with problem solving features in mind.

SATO’s goal was to engineer a thermal printer that is easier to integrate, operate, and maintain. If a printer requires a lot of configuration, jams frequently, produces poor quality labels, or is difficult for operators to quickly change out labels, ribbons, print heads or platen rollers, the downtime can be costly in terms of both productivity and expense.

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Honeywell ESD

Posted July 25, 2016

Honeywell Granit 1910i ScannerYou often hear manufacturers reference ESD when discussing scanners.  In fact, on the Honeywell Granit datasheet you’ll see under the “Environmental” section on the back:  ESD.  ±20Kv air discharge, ±8KV contact discharge

What does it mean and why is it important?

  • ESD – electrostatic discharge – is the sudden flow of electricity between two objects resulting from two conditions:
    • Air Discharge.  A high electrostatic field between two objects when they are in close proximity.
    • Contact Discharge.  Direct contact transfer of electricity between two objects at different potentials.  This is similar to the above except you are injecting the shock directly into the computer. A typical example of this would be 20KV Air Discharge into a scanner vehicle mount.  The mount in turn passes an 8KV shock to the scanner.
  • Kv is a kilovolt – or 1,000 Volts. And a volt is…um…a unit of measurement to define voltage.  Think of voltage, using a plumbing analogy, as water pressure.

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Deliver an Exciting, New Customer Experience with Datalogic’s Joya X1

Posted July 22, 2016

Datalogic’s Joya X1 self-shopping solution is now available to US customers. Joya is a purpose-built device for shoppers that is tailored to provide the best self-shopping experience.  It offers cutting-edge technology and advanced performance in an ergonomic form factor that is easy to use. Using Joya instead of a smartphone allows shoppers to:

  • Scan coupon barcodes on their smartphone screen
  • Shop faster using optimized barcode technology instead of the smartphone camera
  • Send and receive calls and texts while shopping
  • Conserve phone battery power
  • Prevent phone damage from accidental drops while shopping

For retailers, Joya is a multi-purpose tool that can be used to enhance the shopping experience and increase operational efficiency. Retailers can use Joya to:

  • Implement fast and efficient Queue-busting during peak times
  • Execute retail inventory functions such as:
    • Price checks
    • Stock checks
    • Restocking
    • Markdowns

Three Key Concern 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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Zebra Launches New AP 8533 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point

Posted July 19, 2016

Ever increasing demand to support more mobile devices and applications, as well as customer engagement, redefines the network year after year. Jump to the front of the line with the new Zebra AP 8533. This innovative access point features true 802.11ac Wave 2 capabilities and Zebra Triple Sensor technology to support your growing business and customer needs. Personalize the shopping experience with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, secure the network from existing and new threat vectors, and deepen network visibility of applications running over your wireless LAN. With AP 8533’s advanced capabilities, you can prevent “upgrade fatigue”.

HIGH-DENSITY NETWORK

Zebra’s true 802.11ac Wave 2 access point, along with the high-density optimization in WiNG 5, maximize the value of MU-MIMO for high-density networks. The AP 8533 supports hundreds of wireless clients and concurrent transmissions critical for any enterprise.

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