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Add Barcode Scanning to Your Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod with Socket

Posted October 25, 2012

Smartphones and tablets have become commonplace in all business types. They offer advanced computing and wireless connectivity on the go whenever and wherever its needed. While they offer a lot of functionality to the average consumer, these devices can also be used in more professional settings to manage inventory, conduct sales, or track a customer base. Adding the ability to read barcodes to your iPad or iPhone can quickly turn it into a data collecting tool you can use for  a wide range of applications.

While there are many apps out there that turn the camera on your device into a barcode scanner, most users find that these apps are not able to keep up with consistent and volume of scanning an enterprise application requires. This is where the Socket line of cordless scanners are the perfect solution for any iOS device.

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Datalogic is Now 40 Years Old!

Posted October 24, 2012

Datalogic is celebrating its 40th birthday. Thanks to Romano Volta’s vision and initiative, this small Auto-ID company that started out in a church rectory on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy, in 1972, is now a colossus with over 2,400 employees in 30 countries, more than 1,000 patents and a partner network that reaches every corner of the world.

This milestone was reached thanks to Datalogic’s constant commitment to delivering world-class, reliable and innovative solutions, which – over the past four decades – has led the company to the status it enjoys today as a global expert in Automatic Identification technology. “The key to our overall success and optimum sales growth year-on-year has first and foremost been our reputation for knowing our customers and understanding their needs,” stated Mauro Sacchetto, Datalogic Group’s CEO.

With a wide range of products from handheld scannersmobile computers, and fixed readers, Datalogic has devices for any application.

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Datamax Apex 3 Now Available with USB

Posted October 23, 2012

The Apex 3 line of printers is one of the most popular mobile printers on the market today due to its fast, reliable printing at a great price. Designed specifically for your mobile workforce, it  can meet your mobile printing  needs without sacrificing on quality and performance. The Apex 3 is an affordable way to meet the constantly changing requirements connected to field service, transportation, retail and law enforcement applications.

Historically this printer has been only available with an RS232 connection, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.  With the added USB support to the line you can be sure that this printer will be a great fit for any application.

For more details and pricing on the new USB models, contact us at BarcodesInc.


DENSO BHT-900 Handheld Barcode Terminals Now Certified for CAP Retail POS Software

Posted October 22, 2012

Denso BHT-900 Series Mobile ComputerDenso, inventor of the QR Code, announced that it has collaborated with CAP Software to make its  BHT-900 Series handheld barcode terminals compatible with CAP’s SellWise Pro 8 and Cash ‘n Carry Point of Sale retail POS software.

“Our BHT-900 Series handheld barcode terminals offer advanced-technology features at an affordable price,” said Fran Labun, vice president, Sales Groups. “Now CAP Software customers will be able to use BHT-900 terminals with no modifications or additions necessary. It’s a seamless fit.”

Will Atkinson, president of CAP Software, added, “The Denso BHT-900 terminals are great data-collection devices for our market. They are compact, lightweight, easy to use and affordable, all of which goes along perfectly with the way we design our own POS products.”

For more information on the BHT-900, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Start a Mobile POS With Citizen and Socket

Posted October 19, 2012

Citizen & Socket: A Mobility Match

With the growing popularity of Android, iOS, and Blackberry devices there are more and more ways you can put theses devices to use.  One of the most common, is bringing the point of sale outside the 4 walls.  Mobile POS software is available for almost any mobile device but one of the biggest challenges is incorporating barcode scanning and receipt printing. You could always email a receipt or use the camera on your device as a scanner but many customer will want a physical receipt copy and your camera is a poor substitute for a proper scanner.

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DTC1000 – The perfect replacement for Fargo Persona C30e

Posted October 18, 2012

Fargo DTC1000 ID Card PrinterReliable and durable ID card printers tend to be around so long, they almost become part of your family.  The difficult part is trying to find a replacement when the printer has finally run its course. For those of you who are finally parting with your Fargo Persona C30e, we have a suggestion for you.

The PersonaC30e was a simple, reliable and affordable ID card printing designed for everyone who wants to make great-looking plastic ID cards on a budget. Fargo can now offer an updated model DTC1000, which still offers great quality at a low price.  The model offers single-side or dual-side printing, USB or Ethernet connectivity, and a variety of encoding options including magnetic stripe.

Shop our huge inventory to find the right printer for you. For more information about ID card systems, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Epson C3400 and Bartender Make the Perfect Match for Color Label Printing

Posted October 18, 2012

Most label printing is with just a single color and most of the time  just black. While this is a very cost efficient and easy means to create labels, some applications really need full color options.

One option is to go with pre-printed labels that have the color elements completed already so you then could just print in a single color.  This is not the easiest option to manage and all the color printed areas are static with each label.

Luckily there is the Epson C3400 printer and Seagull Scientific Bartender software.  This combo allows you to create fully customizable full color labels on-demand.  Print color labels quickly and easily, without sacrificing the power and flexibility you expect from a high-end solution. Print labels with full color photos, logos, almost any font and just about any barcode.

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Lamination Without the Extra Cost

Posted October 17, 2012

Are you looking to secure your ID card but don’t have the budget for a printer with lamination capabilities? Well, BarcodesInc and Zebra have the solution for you!

Zebra’s “Genuine Secure” hologram overlaminate patch is hand-applied with its peel-n-stick feature, so a lamination ID card printer isn’t needed. Just simply, peel and apply up to 500 patches per roll. The overlaminate patch features a “Secure” text hologram that serves as an anti-counterfeiting measure and makes the ID card difficult to replicate. The hologram overlaminate patch can be used with all manufacturers’ cards, including Fargo, Datacard, and Evolis.

For more information about ID card systems, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Happy Birthday! The Barcode Turns 60!

Posted October 16, 2012

Now a common place tool used at almost all levels of business, the barcode is now celebrating 60 years of use!

The now-ubiquitous patch was first patented in 1952. The first design, invented by Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver, resembled a circular bullseye. Originally created to help speed up the check out lines at a grocery store, they are now use to track almost anything.  Asset management, inventory, POS, and ID issuance are just some examples of processes that would be much more difficult with out the help of barcodes.

Today, 60 years after the barcode was first patented, there are more than 5 million individual barcodes in use around the world.  Oddly enough, one of the first retail products to use a barcode was Wrigley’g gum!  Through the years, many different types of codes have been developed, but none as popular and well-known as the UPC barcode, used on retail items, and the quickly advancing QR code you can scan with your smartphone.

Wherever you look you can find the barcode hard at work.  With advancements in scanner technology and more flexible barcode development, we’ll hopefully see another 60 years of barcodes!


Encoding Magnetic Stripe Cards

Posted October 15, 2012

Encoding a magnetic stripe on your card is a quick and easy way to increase the security of your card, track individuals entry or exit, or serve as an avenue to track usage of products or services. With the advancement in technology, printing cards with magnetic stripes can be done with the use of the right card printer and magnetic stripe ID cards.

In order to encode the magnetic stripe on the card, your printer has to be equipped with a magnetic stripe encoder. Most card printer models provide the option to purchase the printer with the magnetic stripe encoding enabled. For example, Datacard’s SD260, Fargo’s DTC4000 and Zebra’s ZXP Series 3 printers all come with a variety of part numbers which have the ability to encode the cards. Other factors such as volume and interface would help narrow your options to find the right printer for the job.

Finding a printer with the correct encoding technology is one step, the second is having the proper cards. Blank ID cards with magnetic stripes are very common with all manufacturers. The only variable you will have to determine is whether a high coercivity (HiCo) or low coercivity (LoCo) card is right for the solution.

  •  High-coercivity magstripes are harder to erase, and therefore are appropriate for cards that are frequently used or that need to have a long life. High coercivity stripes are typically black and resistant to damage from most magnets likely to be owned by consumers
  •  Low-coercivity magstripes require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record. Low coercivity stripes are easily damaged by even a brief contact with a magnetic purse strap or fastener.

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