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Build Your Own Portable Barcode Scanner in 10 Easy(?) Steps

Posted February 10, 2010

Portable CueCatIf you have a strong DIY streak, checkout these instructions for how to make a CueCat portable with an Arduino, SD card and a few other parts.

For the rest of you, check out our selection of portable barcode scanners

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Star TSP143U (USB) Printer Certified for SAP Point of Sale

Posted February 10, 2010

Star TSP100Star Micronics announced that its TSP143U (USB) printer has achieved SAP-certified integration with the SAP® Point-of-Sale (POS) application. Tier-one retail customers utilizing SAP POS can now add the TSP143U (USB) printer to their point-of-sale solutions.

The SAP Integration and Certification Center has certified that the TSP143U (USB) integrates with SAP POS via the point-of-sale hardware (POS-HW) 1.0 integration scenario.

“Star Micronics is honored to announce certification for the TSP143U from a business software leader like SAP AG,” said Michael Hanson, vice president, Star Micronics America, Inc. “The TSP143U is one of the most popular thermal POS printers on the market today, due to its futurePRNT capabilities, design and cost structure. The SAP certification further adds to the TSP143U attraction for retailers.”

The TSP143U (USB) is the POS industry’s first all-in-one receipt printer. All the parts and software are included in one box, including an internal power supply, interface cable, power cable, complete mounting kits and a paper roll. To bring end users the “future” of receipt printing now, Star also includes a full set of software utilities enabling users to redesign receipts without modifying existing applications.

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Intermec Mobile Computers Help Caritas Improve Healthcare and Cuts Costs

Posted February 10, 2010

Intermec healthcare

Caritas Home Care has found the formula for improving healthcare quality and cutting costs. By porting its legacy mobile medical software to new handheld computers with enhanced communication and data collection capabilities, the Boston-area home healthcare agency saved its care providers an average of more than a half hour per day, lowered its operating expenses, and positioned itself to deliver more services and improved care.

Caritas Home Care has 150 mobile clinicians who provide a variety of medical and social services in the patient’s home, including nursing, post-hospitalization follow ups, physical therapy, counseling, geriatric services, respiratory therapy and more. The agency was one of the first to use mobile medical software to record the care given and take notes during patient visits. As an early adopter, Caritas Home Care learned several hard lessons about the most efficient ways to use mobile computers in healthcare settings, and about the best devices for the job. When the time came for Caritas to refresh its mobile computers, it sought to leverage its investment in legacy software and improve its operations by taking advantage of technology advances that occurred since it first deployed consumer-style PDAs a few years earlier.

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Mobile Workstation Carts with Integrated Power Supply Improve Productivity

Posted February 9, 2010

Mobile powered cartsIdeal for warehouses, distribution centers, factories, laboratories, retail stores, and many other facilities, NB Series Mobile Powered Workstations from Newcastle Systems save labor and improve productivity. These patented, ergonomic carts can carry computers (desktops, towers, or laptops), label printers, scales, barcode scanners, and most other small electronic equipment to wherever they are needed. An on-board battery can power up to four devices simultaneously for 8-10 hours of normal use. Adjustable shelves can hold up to 75 pounds each.

NB Series workstations eliminate unnecessary foot travel and paperwork. Instead of walking back and forth from a deskbound computer to printers and other devices used in tasks such as inventory management, process control, on-demand label printing, product testing, order picking, cross-docking, weighing, scanning, etc., all necessary equipment can be brought to where the work is taking place. An operator can have real-time access to WMS, ERP, and automated data collection.

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SATO CG2 Label Printer Offers Unrivaled Value

Posted February 9, 2010

Sato CG2SATO, a leading provider of data collection and label printing solutions, announces the launch of a new thermal label printer, which prints 2-inch labels, receipts, wristbands and tags. Its ease-to-use, ultra-compact design, as well as its suitability for on-demand, low-volume label or wristband printing applications make the CG2 series one of the best feature to value desktop printers in its class.

The functional design of the CG2 allows for its operation as a standalone printing system when using the SATO keypad, thereby eliminating the need for a PC at the point of printing. The printer’s compact footprint is ideal for applications where counter space is limited or for shop floor or back office operations that require small space printing systems. The CG2 printer is available in 203 or 305 dpi print resolutions for the crisp imaging of text, linear and 2D barcode symbologies for application use on small labels commonly used for the electronics or pharmaceutical industries or specimen identification labeling in the healthcare sector. The printer’s anti-microbial casing is manufactured using an inorganic antimicrobial material making it suitable for use in environments where cleanliness and hygiene are paramount.

The CG2 printer is RFID-ready 1 and provides an affordable HF RFID printing solution for short-read range applications.

Its clamshell design and simple print mechanism makes the loading of media quick and easy. With its simplicity of design this enables easy operation and maintenance; print heads and platen rollers can be replaced without the need for any tools.

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Epson CaptureOne Check Scanners Selected by Bremer Bank

Posted February 9, 2010

Epson CaptureOneCaptureOne Delivers Outstanding Reliability, Flexibility and Workflow Efficiency for Remote Deposit Capture

Epson, a leading supplier of value-added banking and payment hardware solutions, today announced that Bremer Bank has selected Epson’s award-winning CaptureOne line of check scanners to complement its remote deposit capture (RDC) solutions. Available immediately to the bank’s corporate and commercial customers, Epson’s award-winning CaptureOne check scanner enables fast, two-sided check scanning with the highest MICR accuracy in its class and an industry-leading two-year warranty.

“When it came down to selecting scanners to fit with our RDC solution, we were looking for industry leadership to provide the reliability and service our customers could count on,” said Julie Berglund, Vice President of Payment Services for Bremer Bank. “With CaptureOne, customers have the flexibility of single-feed or batch options, above industry average two-year warranty, and a sleek, compact design. This was the right fit at the right time; we’re taking this solution to our customers, and the response is very positive. We are confident this new solution will speed up RDC adoption, due to the flexibility, reliability and overall ease of use.”

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Barcode printer ribbons: Coated side in vs. Coated side out

Posted February 8, 2010

The “ink” (wax, wax-resin, etc.) coating on the a thermal barcode printer ribbon can be manufactured to face in or out on the roll.

Ribbon coating

Most brands of barcode label printer work with only coated side in or coated side out. Some printers support both.

Coated side out:
Most Zebra, Datamax, Intermec, Printronix and TEC printers

Coated side in:
Sato

Either:
Printronix T4M and SL4M

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Star Micronics Announces 2010 Product Releases

Posted February 4, 2010

Star receipt printersStar Micronics just announced it will release multiple new printers in 2010, further extending its very diverse and highly acclaimed line of point of service printers. Throughout the first half of 2010, Star Micronics will introduce several printer solutions for the retail, hospitality, grocery, mobile and banking markets.

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Epson POS Printers Set the Standard in Energy Efficiency

Posted February 4, 2010

Epson TM-T88ivTM-T88IV and TM-H6000III Printers Use Significantly Less Energy than Competitive Models

Epson, a leading supplier of value-added point-of-service (POS) solutions, announced that two of its leading POS printers, the TM-T88IV and the TM-H6000III, ranked highest in energy efficiency, consuming significantly less energy than same-class competitive models. The results derive from stringent, side-by-side tests among twelve competitive products performed by Seiko Epson Corporation in 2009*.

TM-T88IV Thermal Printer

Epson’s TM-T88IV single-station thermal printer with USB interface was tested against nine same-class competitive models, including three Star, two Citizen, two Bixolon, one IBM and one Ithaca. Testing results indicate that the Epson TM-T88IV uses between 53% and 84% fewer kilowatt hours as compared to the next best performing and worst performing models tested. Results also showed that the Epson TM-T88IV, introduced in 2005, uses significantly less energy than some of the same-class printers introduced in 2009. With over five million units installed worldwide, Epson’s TM-T88-series is the best-selling thermal printer in the POS industry.

TM-H6000III Multifunction Printer

Epson’s TM-H6000III multifunction printer with USB interface was tested against three same-class competitive models, including two NCR and one IBM. Testing results indicate that the Epson TM-H6000III uses between 39% and 48% fewer kilowatt hours as compared to the next best performing and worst performing models tested. Results also showed that the Epson TM-H6000III, introduced in 2006, uses significantly less energy than newer competitors. The TM-H6000III delivers high-speed receipt and slip printing, endorsement, two-color graphics and features industry-leading MICR accuracy of over 99.9%.

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Rold Skov Sawmill Uses Motorola Wireless and Bar Code Scanners to Give Real-Time Traceability of Timber Stock

Posted February 3, 2010

Overview

In recent years Rold Skov Sawmill has grown significantly and extended its wood processing capacity. Although this has led to an increase in revenue, the previous system for tracking inventory and controlling stock could no longer cope, so the IT team began to look for a new solution which could automate the process. The Rold Skov sawmills team chose to use Motorola barcode scanners in conjunction with a Motorola wireless network to record details of the timber stock.

“Going from using clipboards and paper to a computer-based solution has considerably improved our stock visibility and traceability. This has minimised the misplacement of products and the time spent trying to see the wood for the trees, and has really improved the relationship between what we produce and what we sell. Whatever the time of day or night, we can see precisely what we have produced and where it is.”

– Søren Krogstrup, acting production manager at Rold Skov Sawmill

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