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Why Use RFID Technology for Baggage Handling?

Posted November 21, 2012

Most airlines struggle day to day with a variety of issues related to survival—issues such as unpredictable fuel costs, uncertain global economies, and tight finances. To combat these challenges, airlines continuously seek to better their operations, and RFID technology is at the forefront of process improvement.

RFID technology can aid and assist in multiple areas to reduce costs and increase operating revenue through improved asset visibility, consumable inventory management, food and beverage delivery management, retail item inventory, sales management, and baggage handling efficiency. This white paper addresses baggage handling specificaly.

Estimates by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) put mishandled baggage costs at approximately $US 2.5 billion for 2009 alone-equivalent to the cost of nearly 50 Boeing 737-600s. This industry problem spans cities, regions and continents. While many assume full participation by all parties is necessary to completely rectify the problem, RFID-enabled baggage tagging efforts already in place show that local or regional implementation of RFID on baggage can have significant benefit, resulting in improved service, substantial cost reductions or savings, and increased customer satisfaction.

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Intermec Launcher Now Available for the CV61

Posted November 20, 2012

Intermec CV61 TerminalIntermec has announced the availability of their Launcher application  for all versions of the Intermec CV61 fixed vehicle-mount computer. Intermec Launcher provides enterprises with the ability to manage their operators’ access to the underlying operating system and all of the functionality that it provides. Intermec Launcher is ideal for enterprises that have a few line-of-business applications which operators need to access, but who do not want to allow potentially distracting applications to be run on their mobile computers.

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The Star SM-S220i – New Portable Bluetooth Printer Compatible with iOS Devices

Posted November 19, 2012

Star Micronics has announced the latest advancement in its portable printer line, the SM-S220i Bluetooth printer compatible with the Apple iOS devices.

The SM-S220i portable receipt printer is Star’s first printer approved by Apple, Inc. The SM-S220i printer, unlike most printers, can pair via Bluetooth with the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. The SM-S220i printer has made it easier than ever to print from the Apple iOS devices that have become ubiquitous in the Point of Sale and Payment industries.

Not only can Star’s SM-S220i printer pair with iOS devices but it also supports the Bluetooth SPP protocol, meaning it can pair with devices running most other common operating systems as well. As one of the first printers available with both of these Bluetooth technologies in one device, the SM-S220i will make it easier for resellers to offer a simple hardware solution to merchants that is compatible with all of the popular mobile platforms.

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Gammatech T7Q Tablet – Designed for the Most Demanding Applications

Posted November 16, 2012

As tablets become one of the most common computing devices today along with smartphones, many businesses are finding that the consumer grade products are not capable of handling the rigors of real life applications.

While you iPad works well at home and the office, it was never made to handle the rough use outdoors or on the production floor. This is where the new Gammatech T7Q comes to rescue.

A small and lightweight rugged Tablet PC designed to meet the demands of fleet industry professionals. The T7Q has a 7” TFT LCD display with resistive touch screen panel and LED backlighting, an m-SATA SSD  drive and Intel Atom Processor, as well as numerous I/O port options including USB, RS-232, and RJ-45 ports and an integrated 5.0 Megapixel camera at the back of the unit. It is a convenient ultra-portable Tablet PC for use on the move or in an office, and the best choice for special applications such as the fleet management market.

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Optimize Your Wireless Facility

Posted November 15, 2012

The top 3 reasons to implement mobile workstations

Thanks to wireless technology, mobile powered workstations (MPWs) are opening up new frontiers of efficiency and productivity. These workstations with integrated power supplies can maneuver computers, printers, scales, barcode scanners, etc., to wherever they are needed. For some facilities, multiple MPWs can bring about a “system solution” — a whole new way of doing business. Capitalizing on the benefits of auto-ID technologies, they integrate the facility’s software with devices on the workstations to establish mobile on-demand label printing stations, mobile shipping/receiving stations, and so on.

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Zebra Achieves Oracle Validated Integration With Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1

Posted November 14, 2012

Zebra, a recognized global leader in technologies that extend real-time visibility into business operations, and a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration between its thermal barcode and RFID printer product line and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1.

Zebra printers communicate with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne via the Zebra barcode printing solution, providing direct capabilities to seamlessly receive and process XML output from JD Edwards EnterpriseOne more quickly. By eliminating printing delays, customers save valuable time and money, and improve operational efficiencies.

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The Updated NiceLabel v6 Is Now Available

Posted November 12, 2012

Niceware has announced the release of the new version 6 range of their label and form designers.

Choose among variety of new products and explore functionalities and features we have added in NiceLabel Desktop Products V6. NiceLabel Designer Pro is now available with EasyForms. We have added automatically generated forms, new designer product and printing application designer!

  • Designer Express V6 – Basic labeling for small business with a modernized user interface and Excel support.
  • Designer Standard V6  – A new edition of NiceLabel that makes industrial labeling more affordable. The perfect upgrade for Express users.
  • Designer Pro V6 – Introducing new EasyForms for error free manual label printing. This is a must-see!
  • PowerForms Desktop – Rapidly build custom labeling and barcode applications without programming.

Use NiceLabel Designers to design and print your labels in minutes.

For more information on the updated NiceLabel products, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Cortec Group Announces the Acquisition of BarcodesInc

Posted November 9, 2012

Cortec Group, a New York based private equity firm which invests in middle-market distribution, healthcare, consumer, and specialty products and service businesses, announced that on November 2, 2012 its affiliate, Cortec Group Fund V, L.P. , acquired BarcodesInc in partnership with management. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Barcodes is a leading distributor of automatic identification capture (“AIDC”) products, selling primarily to small and medium-sized businesses and select Fortune 500 customers. The Company’s AIDC products, which include barcode scanners, mobile computers, label printers, point-of-sale systems, identification cards, RFID equipment, and other related consumable products, allow customers to improve productivity and profitability in their businesses. Barcodes maintains strong relationships with many of the premier manufacturers in the industry, and effectively couples a strong web-site presence with technical sales capabilities to serve its customers.

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Barcodes Installation Unveiled at the Spokane Street Viaduct

Posted November 9, 2012

Barcodes are a common part of your everyday shopping experience or maybe even on your ID card to the gym, but they also can be found in public artworks.

SODO, created by California-based Merge Conceptual Design artists’ Claudia Reisenberger and Franka Diehnelt, is a visual narrative that catalogues more than 200 years of SoDo’s history. Created in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, the artwork consists more than 500 painted columns as part of the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening Project.

Large stenciled and barcode designs adorn the concrete columns that hold up the existing and new portions of the Spokane Street Viaduct between Sixth Avenue South and East Marginal Way South. To distinguish and identify each theme within the artwork, the artists created their own unique barcodes encrypted with the name of each field for the project.

Contact us at BarcodesInc to find all the ways you can put barcodes to use.

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The New Motorola MC9190-Z RFID Brings Long-Range RFID and Barcode Reading to Industrial Environments

Posted November 8, 2012

Photo of Motorola MC9190-ZMotorola announced their new  high-performance MC9190-Z RFID mobile computer, designed for demanding medium- to long-range applications in industrial environments. Ideal for manufacturingwarehouse, and transportation and logistics applications that require reading tags that are often out of sight or more than 10 feet away, the MC9190-Z is one of the longest-range RFID handhelds in its class available on the market.

The MC9190-Z handheld RFID reader leverages Motorola’s unique long-range linear antenna that enables more accurate data capture. The ergonomic features of the MC9190-Z also allow more frequent and accurate inventory-counts to better manage on-the-floor, back-room, warehouse and distribution inventory – reducing out-of-stock and excess inventory carrying costs.

With a rugged design to handle indoor or outdoor environments and offering multi-modal data capture that combines integrated RFID, direct part marking (DPM) and barcode reading, the MC9190-Z provides enterprise customers with a lower total cost of ownership.

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