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Pharmacy Pill Bottle Labeling

Posted April 26, 2012

Industry Need

Advancements in pharmaceutical science enable improved health, better management of medical conditions, and even extended life spans for many. However, realization of these benefits relies on accurate identification of medicines and dosing instructions; mistakes can have severe health repercussions. Specialized pill bottle labels fulfill this critical identification and information role.

Pharmaceutical labeling has a unique set of product requirements. Durability is key. Frequent handling, contact abrasion (such as jostling with purse contents), or storage in warm, moist environments must not degrade the printed image or adhesion. Many common label materials are quickly degraded by contact with hand lotions or other environmental exposures.

Pharmaceuticals are typically fulfilled through two channels, each of which contributes additional unique requirements.

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IntelliTrack Deploys Android OS Mobile Computer Client

Posted April 24, 2012

IntelliTrack announced its bold move to support and add the Android Operating System (OS) into its mobile computing platform. Freed from the usual proprietary OS restrictions, Android OS can support applications that are simple, intuitive, and designed to meet the specific needs of the small to medium sized business served by IntelliTrack. Over the last 18 years, the company has served businesses well through proprietary OS and languages such as UPG, MS-DOS, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile and Windows CE. But, as soon as Android OS evolved into an enterprise product, IntelliTrack incorporated it into a state of the art computing client for its scanning and tracking inventory applications.

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Wasp Barcode Technologies Launches Inventory Counting Software

Posted April 23, 2012

Wasp CountIt leverages barcode technology to quickly and accurately verify inventory counts.

Wasp Barcode Technologies, a leading provider of small business productivity solutions, announced the launch of Wasp CountIt, new inventory counting software for QuickBooks. Used in conjunction with any Wasp mobile computer, CountIt is a convenient and efficient tool for SMBs to eliminate the inefficiencies of a paper-based inventory system.

Wasp CountIt uses barcode technology to expedite the inventory counting process while also increasing accuracy. The software then automatically syncs with QuickBooks or Microsoft Excel and sends existing data to any Wasp mobile computer. The Wasp mobile computer is used to quickly scan barcodes to count inventory items. Once the inventory is counted, CountIt transfers the new inventory data back to a PC, updating the existing inventory file and creating a variation report if needed. The CountIt solution can be used with physical counts, cycle counts and monthly or year-end inventory counts.

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Scanning at the Point-of-Sale: Keys to Improving the Customer Experience

Posted April 20, 2012

Industry Need

What can customers get in your stores that they can’t get online?

Retailers who cannot easily answer this question risk losing business to e-commerce competitors – more than 3,100 U.S. retail stores closed in 2011 and more than 5,000 more are projected to close in 2012, according to published industry reports. Retailers who are answering the question successfully are focusing on creating an excellent customer experience. They are creating and enhancing customer loyalty programs, offering new services, seamlessly merging sales channels and providing exceptional customer service.

Creating a positive customer experience also requires satisfying the desire for immediacy. Successful retailers have products available for customers to touch, try and take home right away, without having to wait for shipment.

To create this experience, retailers need to keep their products on the shelves and their staff on the floor. It requires a workforce that is knowledgeable, flexible and highly responsive. Retailers should demand the same from their equipment.

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Motorola MC2100 Now RedBeam Compatible

Posted April 18, 2012

RedBeam, Inc. announced that its fixed asset tracking software has successfully achieved Motorola Compatibility status on the MC2100 mobile device. Compatibility is a program designed to verify application behavior on Motorola Solutions, Inc. devices to ensure hardware-software interoperability.

“We are excited to support the Motorola MC2100 Series Mobile Computer. It’s value priced and has many features usually found in more expensive devices” said Steve Bissonnette, President of RedBeam. “The Motorola Compatiblity status will help to assure partners and their customers of fixed asset tracking system interoperability between the MC2100 and RedBeam software.”

Recommended Configuration:

MC2180-MS01E0A – Motorola, MC2180, 1D Laser, Color Touch QVGA Screen, 128/256MB, 27 Key, CE 6.0

Note: Touch Screen Required for Use With RedBeam Applications


Intermec Introduces Industry’s Smallest, Lightest Mobile Receipt Printers

Posted April 16, 2012

New PR2 and PR3 printers provide mobile workforces with all day comfort for significant productivity advantages

Intermec, announces the new PR2 and PR3 mobile receipt printers — the smallest, lightest and most durable receipt printers in their class. Designed for all day comfort for mobile field professionals in direct store delivery (DSD) route accounting, field service, mobile point of sale and electronic citation, the two-inch PR2 and three-inch PR3 mobile printers provide the ideal companion to Intermec’s broad portfolio of mobile computers with shared charging, docking, accessories and remote management capabilities for a lower total cost of ownership and increased efficiencies.

Enterprises are able to tailor the printers to their unique business environments with a complete line of modular accessories, while also delivering competitive advantage with invoice printing and secure payment capture capabilities. Additionally, the printers are fast, with the fastest time to first receipt in their class. They are also built for all day comfort and reliability — easily worn all day using the included belt clip, optional belt loop or shoulder strap for additional ease.

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Scannable Barcode Portraits

Posted April 11, 2012

Artist Scott Blake has a series of portraits completely made from scannable barcodes.  The images are of various cultural icons and are not just a simple print.
If you scan the codes in the portraits with a scanner or smartphone you can watch videos, listen to audio clips, and read up on the subjects in the image.

“I have made more than 30 large-scale digital portraits of cultural icons using actual barcodes connected to some aspect of their lives. My Barcode Elvis portrait is made with barcodes from his music CDs. Barcode Bruce Lee and Barcode Marilyn Monroe are comprised of barcodes from their movie DVDs. Barcode Oprah is made with the ISBN barcodes from her book club. Interact with my art. Move beyond form to function. Scan the barcodes with your smartphone. Hear, watch and read as my subjects tell their stories.” – Scott Blake

      

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Wasp Introduces the New WWS550i for iPad, iPhone, or Android Mobile Devices

Posted April 10, 2012

Introducing the new cordless barcode scanner for iPad, iPhone, or Android mobile devices, the WWS550i Freedom Cordless Barcode Scanner. Easily integrate this cordless barcode scanner with your iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device and instantly gain access anywhere. Simply sync the barcode scanner with your mobile device and start working right out of the box.

Use the built-in, rechargeable battery to scan over 3,960 continuous scans on a single charge. The WWS550i cordless barcode scanner includes an out of range indicator and a low battery warning that automatically alerts you when your device is operating in less than optimal conditions.

Its cordless functionality eliminates cumbersome cables, creating a more efficient working environment in your small business. Whether you use the WWS550i as a cordless inventory scanner, as a retail wireless barcode scanner, or for any barcode scanning needs, the WWS550i cordless barcode scanner will improve the speed of your operations.


CipherLab’s New Antimicrobial Protection Series Brings More Efficiency to Healthcare Providers

Posted April 10, 2012

Fulfilling not only the needs for a sanitary environment, the 8200H also offers long lasting performance and ergonomic comfort.

CipherLab, a well-known manufacturer in the field of Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC), announced today a new addition to its antimicrobial protection series – the 8200H mobile computer. It comes with a built-in antimicrobial treatment to meet the standard requirements of healthcare providers, and offers various reader options including 2D imager in response to the growing adoption of 2D barcodes on the medicine packaging and patient’s wristband.

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Labeling Solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries

Posted April 9, 2012

Industry Need

The Health Industry Business Communications Council and the American National Standards Institute have developed the ANSI/HIBC standards for packed and item level bar coding for the health care industry. Bar code technology is a proven valuable tool for reducing labor costs, human error and automating data to improve the quality of patient care. Standards for proper identification can be found at http://www.hibcc.org.  Analytical diagnosis begins with specimen analysis in laboratories that submit samples to extreme conditions such as centrifugal separation, cryogenic freezing or autoclave sterilization.

Extreme applications have been at the core of Intermec’s business since the development of the bar code, with solutions ranging from pharmaceutical clean rooms designed for temporary ID to durable military code applications for transcontinental deployment.

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