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Posted July 10, 2012

People generally relate to industrial printers as they do to their desktop printers. It’s a “dumb” device that prints whatever a computer sends it. As long as it does that well and keeps working, people really don’t think too much about it.

Bar code printers have generally fallen into the same “dumb” and reliable category, but are also rugged and fast at producing labels.

However, there is a different type of industrial-strength printer that’s in a class by itself. It has the same characteristics as other bar code printers—rugged, fast, and reliable—but these printers are “smart.” Smart printers have built-in intelligence that enables them to perform a wide variety of operations that normal printers cannot.

First, smart printers do not require a computer to be able to produce labels. The immediate benefits are you save the cost of a computer dedicated to controlling the printer and you save space by reducing the number of devices needed to perform operations. Smart printers’ intelligence also allows them to actually run processes and devices. Smart printers can act as programmable logic controllers (PLC) to run other devices in production applications.

Smart printers are not new; they have been manufactured for over a decade. The latest generation delivers even more capability than before, adding advanced bar code printing capabilities, errorproofing, the ability to print directly from ERP systems via XML data, and RFID labeling and data management capabilities.

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Pioneer POS S-Line Now Certified by Biztracker POS

Posted July 9, 2012

Pioneer Stealth S-Line POS TerminalPioneer POS, announced that the Pioneer POS Stealth S-Line with built in Epson printer has been approved for use with Biztracker POS hospitality software.

Michael Flores, Business Development Director at Pioneer POS said that “Pioneer POS is excited to announce the certification of our S-Line all-in-one terminal with built in Epson printer for use with Biztracker POS software”. Michael also added that, “Both Biztracker and Pioneer POS offer state-of-the-art POS solutions. With a solid position in POS markets, our customers can trust they are getting quality from companies that have a solid track record with reliability.

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The Common Sense Case: Why Thermal Trumps Laser for Label Printing

Posted July 6, 2012

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished,” said Benjamin Franklin, a printer and purveyor of common sense. This paper, makes the common-sense case for using thermal printers in label applications. In fact, the advantages of thermal over laser are so compelling that the only reason to continue using laser printers for labeling must be habit. Before enumerating the advantages of thermal printing technology over laser, it will be useful to consider the use of laser printers for labeling.

Laser Printing Labeling: History and Concerns

Laser printers have long been used in label printing applications, chiefly because a base of laser printers are usually already installed—primarily for forms, letters, and other narrative communications and documentation. Their multi-function capability made it relatively easy to adopt the laser printer hardware for printing labels. Since adoption was easy, a thorough examination of the technology’s appropriateness was rarely undertaken. Parameters such as operating costs, total cost of ownership, materials and energy usage, ergonomics, and other relevant factors were simply not considered in the label printing context.

After laser label printing applications became the de facto standard, users began to see the shortcomings of using laser printers for this function. While many are now demanding better label printing solutions, they are challenged by inertia in the form of a huge installed base of laser printers.

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Honeywell Announces New Enterprise Scanner/MSR Sled for Apple iPod Touch

Posted July 5, 2012

Expand the capabilities of your Apple iPod Touch with Honeywell’s Captuvo SL22.

Honeywell has announced the launch of their new Captuvo SL22 enterprise sled for the Apple iPod Touch. Designed specifically for businesses seeking to improve their customers’ experience, the Captuvo SL22 transforms the popular and familiar Apple iPod touch into an enterprise-ready device that fosters a deeper level of customer interaction and engagement. Compatibility with the iPod touch provides workers with access to the over 650,000 apps. Additionally, with Honeywell’s Remote MasterMind 3.0 device management software, businesses can remotely manage the deployed iPod touches as well as any other devices running iOS, Google Android, or Microsoft Windows. In today’s market, organizations are facing increasing demand for faster and better service and the Captuvo SL22 is the right solution to help elevate their brand, empower employees, enhance the customer experience, and drive top-line growth and customer loyalty.

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Honeywell’s New Area-Imaging Scanner the Voyager 1400g

Posted July 3, 2012

Honeywell’s new upgrade-able imaging scanner provides the best of all worlds to businesses looking to implement 2D bar codes.

2D bar codes are becoming increasingly popular across a wide range of industries for a number of reasons. Some enterprises have a desire to capture large amounts of data, despite space constraints, while others are being required to read 2D bar codes due to government regulations or supplier mandates. Also, an even larger group of enterprises simply have the desire to leverage emerging trends, today or in the future, without purchasing additional scanning hardware. Built on the platform of Honeywell’s world-renowned Voyager series of linear scanners, the Voyager 1400g delivers omnidirectional linear bar code reading, plus the ability to affordably upgrade the device to enable 2D bar code scanning as scanning needs evolve.

The Voyager 1400g will soon be available and you can contact us for more details and ordering.


CipherLab 8700 Now Compatible With Nut Software

Posted July 2, 2012

CipherLab announces that the latest 8700 Series Industrial Mobile Computer has been evaluated and certified for Nut Software applications

CipherLab has annuonced that its newest rugged mobile computers, the 8700, is certified for implementation with Nut Software’s suite of applications.

Nut Software, Inc. is a leading provider of inventory tracking, barcode and data collection software designed to make asset tracking, inventory control, and processes more efficient for the tree nut industry.

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How e-Citation Systems Increase Productivity & Revenues While Improving Officer Safety

Posted June 29, 2012

Electronic citation (e-Citation) systems represent one of the most succcessful uses of mobile and wireless technology in public safety operations. Electronic citation systems have earned high user satisfaction ratings from state highway patrol agencies, police departments, parking authorities and campus security organizations across the country because of their well-proven ability to save time for officers, improve safety while issuing tickets, reduce errors and illegible tickets, and improve collection rates.

The only significant obstacles to more widespread use of electronic citation systems are insufficient awareness, understanding and budgets. This white paper will provide the background information needed to pursue an e-Citation initiative, plus benefit data and tips to help win funding for it.

e-Citations in Action

The Snohomish County (WA) Sheriff’s Office experience with electronic citation systems is typical. Deputies in the traffic unit each used to write about 12 to 15 paper citations a day. Each citation took four to five minutes to write, and a similar amount of time back at headquarters to enter into the computer system. With 20 traffic deputies working on a typical day, the sheriff’s office collectively spent between 43 and 47.5 hours daily writing and entering citations.

Snohomish County switched to creating citations on handheld computers, which produce a copy for the offender on a vehicle mounted printer and automatically download the citation information to the headquarters computer system without manual data entry. Productivity – and citation revenue – have since soared.

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Honeywell Announces New TotalFreedom Software Plug-ins EasyParse

Posted June 28, 2012

New TotalFreedom Software Plug-ins EasyParse for Motor Vehicle Documents (MVD) and EasyParse for GS1

Honeywell’s new EasyParse for Motor Vehicle Documents plug-in parses the bar code data on US government-issued non-identity documents and compliments the TotalFreedom plug-in for identity documents, EasyDL. Ideal for accelerating e-citation and/or vehicle inspection applications, EasyParse for Motor Vehicle Documents enables users to transmit data fields for vehicle titles and registrations used by police departments, motor vehicle agencies, vehicle service centers and other organizations, improving administrative efficiency and customer satisfaction by reducing wasted time associated with document renewal, inspection and verification.

Honeywell’s EasyParse for GS1 software plug-in parses application identifiers (AI) found in various bar code symbologies as outlined in the GS1 General Specifications, and delivers the selected data sets in the format supported by the host application. Organizations in many industries—including retail, healthcare, transportation and logistics, consumer electronics manufacturing and defense—have a need to achieve compliance with various GS1 Sunrise initiatives in order to maximize efficiency and maintain positive trade relationships. For example, retail customers with the Easy Parse for GS1 plug-in can more easily parse the longer 70 character coupon codes to extract only the promotional items that are of interest to their point-of-sale (POS) software. And, with this plug-in, retailers no longer need to invest in a costly and time intensive core POS software upgrade to be able to meet the GS1 General Specifications.

Feel free to contact us to obtain these new plug-ins for your Honeywell devices.


New Thermal Printers From Wasp – WPL25 and WHC25

Posted June 27, 2012

WPL25 Desktop Barcode Printer and the WHC25 Desktop Wristband Printer Provide the Latest in Quick and Durable Labeling

Wasp Barcode Technologies has announced the launch of the WPL25 Desktop Barcode Printer and the WHC25 Desktop Wristband Printer. Designed specifically for speed and durability, both products use direct thermal technology to provide accurate images and barcodes of the highest quality. The thermal printing technology used in both printers uses heat as opposed to ink, making the printed label or wristband smudge proof and durable.

Wasp’s WPL25 Desktop Barcode Printer features a high-quality clamshell design thatmakes the WPL25 ideal for printing high performance labels for healthcare, retail, shipping, and office environments. The WPL25 barcode printer uses a 200 MHz processor that prints labels at speeds up to 5 inches per second at 203 dpi print resolution. For easy integration into various business environments, the Wasp WPL25 comes standard with USB and serial interfaces. The WPL25 also comes with optional peeler, cutter, and stand-alone keyboard making it easy to create an all-in-one barcoding and scanning solution.

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Motorola ET1 Updates Designed for a Better Retail Shopping Experience

Posted June 26, 2012

Motorola Solutions delivers new accessories that will help retailers extend the functionality of the ET1 Tablet for improved sales support, mobile point of sale.

Motorola  announced the availability of a suite of accessories for the ET1 Tablet. Offering a consumer-class user experience on a true enterprise-class tablet, the ET1 helps retailers offer a better shopping experience by providing the tools store associates need to answer questions, provide feedback and close a sale without leaving the customer’s side. Motorola introduced its ET1 accessories along with its vision of the future retail shopping experience and the results of the 2012 Future of Retail study.

Motorola’s Future of Retail study found that 39 percent of shoppers  were least satisfied with the level of help or information that store associates were able to provide. The ET1 is a flexible and capable mobile device that can help enhance the shopping experience of both customers and sales associates.  With the ET1 scan module, store associates can provide an improved shopping experience by offering more product information and better sales support. The powerful imager enables the capture of multiple barcode symbologies, including the ability to read mobile barcodes from cell phones. The ET1 scanner/magnetic stripe reader (MSR) expansion module adds the ability to read credit, gift and loyalty cards to the functionality of the scan module and turns the tablet into a mobile point of sale (MPOS) device. Now, store associates can provide more information and assisted selling, plus the MSR’s encryption technology can help the associate securely complete the sale, eliminating long lines at the cash register.

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