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Top Intermec Barcode Scanners

Posted April 16, 2013

Intermec has been a leader in data capture technology for over 40 years now and provides scanning solutions for every business size and type. From batch collectors to 2D Imagers, they have a scanner to fit any application requirement. With a focus on reliability and high performance, you can always count on Intermec scanners.

This infographic is a great overview of the current line of Intermec scanners and will help clarify the functionality and best use cases for each.


5 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your POS System

Posted April 15, 2013

POS systems – or point-of-sale systems – are the hardware and software systems that a business uses to process sales and collect payment from customers. POS systems have evolved greatly since  basic register-style units.  Modern systems include many additional features that allow you to input orders, manage inventory, track staff attendance, print invoices, and process reports.

If you’ve been in business for some time  or are still using an old fashioned cash register – you may want to look at updating  your POS and payment processing system. How do you know it’s time for an upgrade? Here are five tell-tale signs: Continue reading »


Go Zebra Gets Even Better with Service Agreement Bonus

Posted April 12, 2013

You already know the benefits of upgrading to Zebra’s latest technology through GO Zebra, but now the benefits are even better!

Beginning  in April, GO Zebra will include a service agreement bonus. When you add a 3-year ZebraCare service agreement to your tabletop or mobile printer purchase, you’ll receive an additional rebate—$25 for mobile printers and $50 for tabletop printers.

This service agreement bonus applies to purchases made between April 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013. Details will be available on the GO Zebra page of the Zebra Information Network (IN) beginning April 1.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at BarcodesInc.



The New Zebra QLn420 Mobile Printer

Posted April 11, 2013

Zebra has announced the availability of their new QLn420 mobile label printer.

The QLn420 extends the functionality already established in the QL series of direct thermal mobile label printers by providing higher performance and greater ease of use. With improved manageability and enhanced wireless LAN options, the QLn420 is ideally suited for 4-inch-wide label printing applications in tough environments such as warehouses and distribution centers. This release is in addition to the already launched QLn220 and QLn320 models and completes our QLn family of products.

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Sinai Hospital Implements Datalogic Gryphon Scanners at the Point-of-Care

Posted April 10, 2013

Finding the right scanner for such demanding environments like hospitals can be a real challenge.  Healthcare applications require a durable device that can handle daily cleaning with bleach and other disinfectants while improving the quality of patient care with accurate/reliable scanning.

This video highlights how the Datalogic Gryphon-HC scanner was the perfect fit for Sinai Hospital with it’s disinfectant-ready housing  treated with antimicrobial additives. Along with it’s aggressive 2D scanning capabilities, the Gryphon-HC easily fulfilled all the hospital’s requirements at the point-of-care.


Simplify Integration, Printer Management and Maintenance with LINK-OS

Posted April 9, 2013

Link-OS is an innovative new operating system that pairs a powerful software development kit (SDK) and software applications with smart Zebra devices, making them easy to integrate, manage and maintain from any location. At the heart of Link-OS is a new device operating system and robust SDK.

Link-OS: Device OS

Zebra’s iMZ, ZT200, QLn and ZXP Series 7 printers feature the new Link-OS device OS that enables:

  • Advanced device management using standard tools
  • Direct, secure Web connectivity
  • On-printer solutions
  • Settings alerts

These features enable solution creators to save significant time and focus on creating impactful applications. Only Zebra delivers an ecosystem capable of making solution creation simple and straightforward.

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GS1 US Celebrates 40 Years of the Barcode

Posted April 8, 2013

This year marks the 40th anniversary that organizations united to adopt a universal way to conduct business using GS1 Standards. Beginning with a UPC (Universal Product Code) barcode, the GS1 System of Standards has set the foundation for a technological revolution that has changed the way companies, from manufacturers to retailers, conduct business around the world. Now, more than five billion GS1 barcodes are scanned every day.

In the 40 years since their adoption, GS1 Standards have grown into a global system, used by more than two million companies doing business in 150 countries across 25 industries, including apparel and general merchandise, fresh foods, consumer packaged goods, grocery, foodservice, healthcare, and defense

Introduced to speed the supermarket checkout process, the grocery retail industry was the first champion of standards in 1973. Today, supply chains representing nearly every sector in the world rely on GS1 Standards for identifying, capturing, and sharing information about goods, services, locations, and more in real-time. Barcodes and Electronic Product Code (EPC) enabled radio frequency identification (RFID) have evolved to capture a broad range of information to drive supply chain visibility.

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Zebra S4M Official Discontinuance Notice

Posted April 5, 2013

Zebra S4M Barcode PrinterZebra has announced the discontinuance of the S4M series stationary printer line. The most suitable replacement for this product line is Zebra’s ZT200 series  printer.

The S4M will continue to be available through Zebra distributors until July 31, 2013, or possibly longer subject to distributor’s available inventory.

Service, parts and support will continue to be available for approximately three years from the last date of shipment—approximately until October 31, 2016, based upon parts availability.

Please note, EPL firmware for the ZT200 200 dpi platform will be released on June 30, 2013. This firmware will be available for download on the Support and Downloads page of the Zebra Web site.

If you need to obtain a remaining S4M or migrate to the newer ZT200 series, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Star Micronics’ SM-S220i Pairs with Appetize Application

Posted April 4, 2013

Star SM-S220i Portable Barcode PrinterStar Micronics recently announced support of the SM-S220i Bluetooth by the Appetize app. Appetize is an iPhone and Android based mobile app that allows fans at entertainment venues to purchase food, drinks, and merchandise from the comfort of their seats.

Launched in 2012, Appetize has been in service in California and New York for major events including The Black Keys, Carrie Underwood, LMFAO, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kelly Clarkson and the Los Angeles Lakers. Fans can easily enter their order and pay from their mobile device, and the order will be delivered to their seats.

The Appetize app will pair with the SM-S220i to print receipts, which contain pertinent product delivery information such as seat number, order, total sale, price and contact information. The Bluetooth connection of the SM-S220i allows the Appetize system to print receipts at the venue’s refreshment or souvenir stands without putting greater burden on the already stressed mobile and WiFi networks in the venue. Equipped with a sleek, compact and lightweight design, it is compatible with all operating systems including iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod) and all Bluetooth devices.

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Technical Considerations for Controlling ESD in Electronics Manufacturing

Posted April 3, 2013

Microscan MINI Hawk ESD Safe Industrial Barcode ScannerMastering ESD control has always been critical to achieving high production yields, and it will become even more important in the next few years. While the industry has a solid understanding of ESD safety in manual operations involving personnel, there is room for improvement in automated applications. To be effective, ESD control programs must ensure that automated handling equipment is capable of handling tomorrow’s highly sensitive devices.

The Cost of ESD

ESD impacts productivity and product reliability in virtually every aspect of electronic environment. Despite the effort made over the past decade, ESD still costs the electronics industry billions of dollars every year. Industry experts attribute an estimated 8 to 33% of all product losses to be caused by ESD. The individual cost of these devices themselves range from a few cents for a simple diode to several hundred dollars for complex hybrids. However, ESD damage affects more than just the loss of devices. It affects production yields, manufacturing costs, product quality and reliability, customer relationships, and ultimately, profitability.

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