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Microscan Announces AutoVISION 2.0 – Simplified Machine Vision Software

Posted February 15, 2013

Microscan announced the availability of AutoVISION 2.0, its latest generation of machine vision software for their Vision Mini and Vision Hawk products. AutoVISION 2.0 combines a simplified user interface with a powerful toolset for inspection, error proofing, and identification applications.

AutoVISION 2.0 maintains the same intuitive interface as the initial AutoVISION release, but provides additional capabilities, including Verification and OCV (Optical Character Verification) Tools to validate print quality, a Logic Tool for building pass/fail criteria, and support for automated job changeover. AutoVISION 2.0 also features Microscan LINK for easy connectivity to PLCs and other industrial control systems.


New Zebra iMZ Mobile Printers Connect to Apple Devices

Posted February 14, 2013

The iMZ220 and iMZ320 mobile printers build on the current MZ series with the addition of Bluetooth connectivity to Apple iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry platforms. Supporting smart phone and tablet technologies, as well as mobile computer technology, the iMZ series gives users a real choice of mobile platforms to suit their business requirements. Compact and lightweight, these easy-to-operate mobile receipt printers are a great entry-level model for printing simple 2-inch and 3-inch receipts.

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Intermec’s Workflow Solutions Reduce Costs and Increase Efficiencies

Posted February 13, 2013

Mis-Picks Cost Businesses Nearly $390,000 Per Year According to Intermec Study

According to a study recently conducted by Intermecdistribution centers are losing an average of nearly $390,000 per year due to mis-picks. With a new year bringing renewed pressure to boost efficiencies and drive costs down, the demands for faultless distribution processes have never been higher. Achieving productivity and accuracy goals is fundamental to improving profit margins, which is why more than half (59%) of managers are now turning to ‘The Perfect Order’ metric to identify areas for improvement.

The study, which surveyed 250 supply chain and distribution managers across the US, UK, France and Germany, found the average mis-pick costs approximately $22, with more than half (52%) of companies reporting a pick rate of less than 97%. A further 19 percent do not even measure the costs of mis-picks in any form, suggesting that the accumulated losses to the supply chain may be even higher.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, companies that have recently conducted a workflow process review found picking (47%) a key area where cost savings could most easily be achieved. For those using ‘The Perfect Order’ metric, opportunities for increased savings were clear, with complete shipments (43%) seen as the most profitable to the bottom line.

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BarTender Named Best Professional Barcode Software by TopTenREVIEWS

Posted February 12, 2013

Seagull BarTender 10.0 Barcode SoftwareSeagull Scientific’s Bartender label software has been  awarded the prestigious Gold Award as the Best Professional Barcode Software from TopTenREVIEWS.

TopTenREVIEWS is a prominent web site dedicated to independent product reviews and delivered its endorsement after installing 10 competing barcode software packages and analyzing 43 different features and capabilities.

BarTender is available in four flavors to suite any business need: BasicProfessionalAutomation and Enterprise Automation. The variety of editions makes BarTender well suited to a wide range of applications, from small, stand-alone printing environments at SMBs to large, automated printing infrastructures at the largest enterprises.

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Datamax Offers Up To $150 Trade-In Value Towards A New I-Class Mark II

Posted February 11, 2013

Datamax-O'Neil I-4310 Barcode PrinterIt’s time to make your older label printer make money for you!  Trade in your older printer and replace it with a new I-Class Mark II printer for up to a $150 savings.

A brand new I-Class Mark II printer will save you a ton of money! Not only will you earn up to $150 per printer when you trade-in yours old qualifying printer, but your printing operations will quickly become more productive and efficient.  This will translate into huge savings of time and money.

Just follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Confirm you have a qualifying printer and fill out this form – Trade-In Details
  2. Purchase a new I-4212E, I-4310E, or I-4606e from January to the end of March 2013 from an authorized Datamax dealer like BarcodesInc.
  3. Submit a photo of the serial number tag removed from the trade-in printer.
Your rebate will be mailed to you from there!

For more details or help finding the right Datamax printer, contact us at BarcodesInc.


How to Pair a Socket CHS Bluetooth Barcode Scanner with an iPad

Posted February 8, 2013

Mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, have become a cost effective option for a variety of data collection applications today. One of the main challenges faced with consumer devices however is the need to scan barcodes. While you can  use the built-in camera as a basic scanner, applications that require consistent scanning throughout the day find that the app/camera option is not fast or accurate enough. Luckily there are plenty of cordless scanners from Socket you can easily pair with any mobile device. The Socket CHS series offers options for 1D and 2D scanning as well as more rugged housings including Healthcare antimicrobial devices. Pairing the scanners to your iPad only takes a few simple steps. Follow this video to add scanning to any iPad-based data collection application.


Sato’s 802.11g Wireless Interface Update

Posted February 7, 2013

SATO CL408e Barcode PrinterSATO continues to update the 802.11g wireless interface to support the latest WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) standards. This enhancement is available for both existing and new 802.11g WLAN plug-in interface option for SATO “e” series tabletop and print engine models, as well as the SATO CT4i and MBi series WLAN printer models.

SATO’s 802.11g WLAN interface provides enhanced security for those who need to ensure their wireless infrastructure and security protocols are able to integrate seamlessly with SATO printers. The SATO 802.11g WLAN option enables SATO printers to support the same speed and security that companies invested in when selecting 802.11g equipment for their networks. The SATO 802.11g interface supports WEP, and WPA/WPA2-Enterprise standards to ensure maximum data security.  Such enterprise-level security platforms enable SATO 802.11g wireless radio to support a variety of mobile applications, including point of sale, price markdowns, warehouse/logistics labeling, and more.

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How to Use Square Up with Star Ethernet Printers

Posted February 6, 2013

Star TSP100LAN futurePRNT Receipt PrinterWith the popularity of tablets today many businesses are finding more ways to integrate them into everyday operations.  One of the most common applications today is turning your iPad into a Point of Sale terminal with easy to use applications like Square Register.

While processing a payment and transaction is easily handled by the iPad and Square, there is still the challenge of providing a printed receipt to your customers. Fortunately, Star is leading the way with a variety of receipt printers that will easily work with your Square system.

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BarcodesInc and Smartware Group Partnership Provides Complete Maintenance Solutions

Posted February 5, 2013

Smartware Group, developers of Bigfoot CMMS, and BarcodesInc have teamed up to provide robust, scalable, and affordable solutions for maintenance tracking and management.

Bigfoot is one of the easiest to use yet feature-rich CMMS platforms available today with their Quick to Learn for Quick Results approach to interface and usability. Every aspect of your maintenance management from preventive maintenance, maintenance requests, work orders, predictive maintenance, inventory, and tool crib management are all covered. With Bigfoot you can increase efficiency by greatly reducing downtime while maximizing equipment reliability and longevity. Gain greater control over your asset base to spend more time working instead of maintaining.

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Motorola Announces The New MC45 Mobile Computer

Posted February 4, 2013

Motorola has  announced the new MC45 mobile computer – its first WAN-based solution in a new category of mobile computers that address the needs of field-based mobile workers in cost-sensitive enterprises. The cost- and size-optimized MC45 is targeted at applications such as customer relationship management (CRM), sales order entry, inventory management, proof of delivery, direct store delivery (DSD) and route accounting, while expanding the range of solutions available for small- and medium-sized businesses and fast-growing emerging markets.

Designed to help value-conscious enterprises affordably automate business processes in field mobility applications, the MC45 is ideal for field service/sales opportunities as well as the transportation and logistics industry. The rugged and ergonomic MC45 offers wireless LAN (802.11 a/b/g) and WAN (3.5G HSDPA voice/data) connectivity along with a large outdoor viewable 3.2″ display, numeric keypad and a full-shift battery with power management capabilities.

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