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SATO Launches Best-in-Class WS4 Compact Desktop Label Printer

Posted January 23, 2017

SATO WS4 PrinterSATO has just launched their new WS4 compact desktop label printer line worldwide. The WS4 is designed for applications in retail, healthcare, logistics, and manufacturing workplaces.

The all-in-one WS4 was developed jointly with Argox, a SATO Group manufacturer of entry level compact printers for emerging and industrial markets. Combining this expertise with SATO’s software and interface know-how, the WS4 delivers affordability with best-in-class performance for a compact printer that integrates smoothly into existing worksites.

Flexible media capability lowers overall cost of ownership by accommodating large capacity ribbons (*1) to reduce running costs up to 20 percent (*2). High speed throughput makes the WS4 an optimal label printer for mid-volume printing needs.

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Introducing the Scepter – AML’s Most Versatile Mobile Computer

Posted January 23, 2017

The Scepter is AML’s most capable mobile computer offering to date. Designed specifically for rugged environments, the Scepter boasts the largest display available on a pistol-grip handle device, sizing up at 5”. Powered by Android running on a Quad Core 1GHz processor, the Scepter has no shortage of power, performance or resources. The dual band 802.11abgn WLAN radio and BT BLE 4.0 radio provide wireless connectivity for inside-the-four-walls environments. A wide variety of barcode scan engines are available along with an optional 5MP camera.

The Scepter brings together proven technology with contemporary innovation – an enterprise-grade mobile computer that will excel in virtually any task, delivering the performance and reliability demanded by today’s industrial user.

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (AOSP)
  • Rugged 5″ LCD with Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Multiple Barcode Scan Engine Options
  • 47-key Backlit Alphanumeric Keypad
  • Dual-band Wi-fi and BT BLE 4.0
  • Integrated Flashlight
  • Optional 5MP Camera

Zebra’s New DS8100 and DS2200 2D Imagers Designed for Retail

Posted January 18, 2017

Zebra has just announced the release of the DS8100 and DS2200 series handheld 2D scanners at NRF 2017 while showcasing additional solutions that help retailers improve productivity and enhance the customer experience. These new 2D scanners enable retailers to quickly and easily scan virtually any barcode on merchandise, coupons and loyalty cards to provide a faster, more personalized checkout experience.

The high-performance DS8100 instantly captures the most problematic barcodes including dense, poorly printed, dirty or damaged, as well as electronic barcodes on dimly lit displays. The DS8100’s superior scanning range enables cashiers to easily scan items in customers’ shopping carts without leaving the register. Detailed DS8100 scanning performance and battery health metrics simplify spotting and correcting issues before they impact employee productivity and customer service.

The cost-effective DS2200 series enables small- and medium-sized businesses to upgrade to the latest 2D technology at a price comparable to 1D scanners. Ready to use out of the box, the DS2200 series is easy to deploy, use and manage.

“In retail, the physical and digital worlds are colliding. To be truly omnichannel, retailers require actionable data at their fingertips. Today’s retail customers expect the same level of detail on products when shopping in-store or online. Zebra’s products and solutions provide retailers new levels of visibility and functionality to provide exceptional customer experiences.” – Pat Glennon, Vice President, North America Retail and Hospitality, Zebra


Barcodes, Inc. Optimizes Valcom, Inc.’s Manufacturing Facility with AirTrack S1

Posted January 16, 2017

Valcom, Inc. is a manufacturer of IP and analog voice paging systems, IP centric multimodal systems and telecommunications enhancements. They are focused on manufacturing the best products available in their 120,000 square foot facility and quickly getting the product out to their respective distributors across the world. Valcom, Inc. was looking for a way to print barcode labels for their products and then use a barcode scanner for data entry and barcode verification.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S1 for Valcom, Inc.’s scanning needs. The S1 is a linear imager barcode scanner that offers 400 reads per second which is ideal for fast scanning and reading poor barcode labels. Additionally, the S1 is able to withstand repeated drops from 5 feet to concrete. AirTrack devices are commonly used in manufacturing, logistics, warehouse, and retail environments. Since implementing their scanning solution, Valcom, Inc. has been able to better organize their inventory and ensure products are being delivered to the right distributors. Furthermore, they were able to gain peace of mind by purchasing an AirTrack comprehensive service contract, which covers them against defects, normal wear and tear, and factory upgrades.

To learn more about Barcodes, Inc.’s solutions and services or AirTrack, contact one of our representatives.


Zebra’s New TC51/TC56 Sleek, Smart Mobile Computers with Enterprise Durability

Posted January 14, 2017

Zebra TC56 Mobile ComputerZebra’s newest evolution in enterprise mobile computing: the TC51 and TC56 touch mobile computers. Developed for retail and field mobility applications, the TC51 and TC56 have been designed to satisfy the durability, power and security needs of business users while offering an intuitive consumer design to meet the expectations of end users.

The TC5 Series is as modern and easy to use as consumer smartphones so there is no need to compromise device design for enterprise functionality. Built to last for years and designed to withstand accidental drops into water or onto concrete and used in dusty areas, the provide true enterprise-class durability.

The TC5 series also provides the operational ease of support for a better total cost of ownership (TCO) as well as the fastest, most dependable wireless connections inside and outside with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/d/h/i/r Wi-Fi connectivity for superior roaming capability, and 4G LTE WWAN. The TC51 and TC56 feature innovative productivity design features to help improve user satisfaction including an easily removable and replaceable battery pack, a large 5-inch display and customizable Active Edge Touch Zones for one-touch access to the most frequently used device features and apps.

Key features

  • The fastest, most dependable wireless connections inside and outside the four walls
  • Unmatched processing power to do it all with power efficiencies
  • Maximum display size with advanced technology for graphics-intensive intuitive applications
  • Ultimate scanning performance of 1D / 2D barcodes – even if they are damaged, dirty and poorly printed
  • 13MP camera for ultra-high resolution photos
  • Unsurpassed security with Zebra’s Mobility Extensions (Mx)
  • Mobility DNA, a suite of mobility enabling applications, development tools and utilities

Digimarc: The Future of Retail Barcoding

Posted January 13, 2017

what-you-see-vs-scannerThere’s a lot of buzz going around about the new Digimarc barcode that will change retail barcoding as we know it. So what exactly is so different about the Digimarc code?

The Digimarc code is based on imperceptible patterns that can be applied to marketing materials, including packaging, displays, ads in magazines, circulars, radio and television. This essentially makes the code invisible to everyone except digimarc enabled scanners and mobile devices. The code still contains the same type of data like a traditional UPC/EAN barcode but since it is imperceptibly repeated multiple times over an entire product package it’s faster, more reliable, more versatile, and more secure than traditional UPC/EAN symbols and occupies zero space on the package.

With the Digimarc barcode, checkout clerks, as well as shoppers using self-checkout, can easily and quickly scan items without having to hunt for the barcode. Plus, packaging carrying Digimarc Barcodes can connect mobile-enabled shoppers with additional product information, special offers, recommendations, reviews, social networks, and more with a simple scan. The benefits also extend to shoppers using self-checkout, providing a faster, more enjoyable, and efficient experience.

The face of barcoding is constantly evolving and Barcodes Inc will always be your reliable partner. For more information about Digimarc codes and how to implement them in your business, contact one of Auto-ID specialists.

 


Datalogic’s New PowerScan 9500-RT High-End Retail Scanning Solution

Posted January 10, 2017

Datalogic PowerScan PM9500-RT ScannerDatalogic has announced the release of the PowerScan 9500 Retail series (PD9500-RT, PM9500-RT, PBT9500-RT) based on the industry-leading PowerScan family. These new scanner series brings unique features to the Retail industry.

The rugged mechanics of the PowerScan Retail Series delivers reliable long-term operation in retail applications. Repeated shocks at the POS checkout do not affect the scanner’s performance or reliability, protecting the retailer’s investment.

The PowerScan Retail 9500 imager is the first handheld scanner capable of reading digital watermarks including the Digimarc Barcode, significantly reducing time at the checkout. Cashiers can scan items quicker without having to hunt for the bar code or lift bulky items from the trolley. Continue reading »


Barcodes, Inc. Recommends AirTrack S1 for Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports’s Point of Sale and Ski Lift

Posted January 9, 2017

imageFour Lakes Alpine Snowsports is a recreational facility that specializes in offering skiing and snowboarding to riders of all levels. They were looking for a point of sale solution that was capable of handling credit card sales receipts and gift cards. Additionally, they wanted the capability to print and scan lift tickets for customers to carry and for employees to scan at the point of sale and various lift locations. Finally, Four Lakes saw a value in being able to offer gift cards to their customer base since snow sport facilities were scarce in and around the Chicago-land area.

Barcodes, Inc. put together a 1) Point of Sale, 2) Scan and Print, and 3) Gift Card solution for Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports. Barcodes recommended the AirTrack S1 barcode scanner, MMF Heritage 240 cash drawer, and Epson TM-T88V receipt printer for the point of sale application. The S1 and TM-T88V are ideal general purpose devices that are built to last, while the Heritage 240 is a unitized steel cash drawer that is an ideal solution for non-cash transactions. Barcodes recommended the AirTrack S1 barcode scanner and CognitiveTPG DLXi barcode printer for Four Lakes’s scan and print application. The DLXi is a reliable barcode printer with a metal frame that is designed to operate in challenging environments, while the S1 is capable of reading 1D barcode labels. Since implementing these solutions, Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports has become more efficient and uncovered a way to increase their revenue stream.

To learn more about the solutions that Barcodes, Inc. has to offer, contact one of our representatives.


How to Update the Firmware on your Honeywell Scanner

Posted January 6, 2017

Honeywell is constantly updating their scanners’ firmware to improve scanning performance so you want to make sure your scanner performs at its best.  Updating firmware is simple.

How to update Honeywell scanner firmware.

  1. Go get the latest firmware from the Honeywell website.  For the Xenon 1900 go here: http://aidc.honeywell.com/en-US/Pages/Product.aspx?category=hand-held-barcode-scanner&cat=HSM&pid=1900
  2. Click on the “Software” tab and scroll down to “Firmware”.
  3. Save the .MOC file to your hard drive so that you can grab it later. For Bluetooth scanners (Xenon 1902g, Granit 1981i), you will need to update firmware for both the scanner and the charge/communication base.  Always remember – update scanner firmware first!
  4. Download EZConfig (our free scanner configuration tool) or log into the web version.  Both can be found here: http://country.honeywellaidc.com/en-AP/Pages/Product.aspx?category=device-management-software&cat=HSM&pid=ezconfig
  5. Connect your scanner to your computer via USB.
  6. Open EZConfig.
  7. Click “Connected Device”.  See below.  EZConfig will find your scanner.

firm1

  1. Check to see what the latest firmware version you have on your scanner (see below).  Don’t trust EZConfig if it tells you that your “Firmware is up to date.”  Check the Honeywell website – it gets updated first.
  2. Select “Update Firmware” if you need to update your firmware.  See below.

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  1. Click “Choose File”.

firm3

  1. Select the .MOC file you saved earlier.

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  1. Select “Update Firmware” and you are done.

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FOR BLUETOOTH SCANNERS – Very important!

Update the scanner’s firmware first then the base firmware.  Also note that the EZConfig will say that the connected device is a “Xenon Charge and Communication Base”.  The system knows that you are upgrading scanner firmware (when you are updating the scanner’s firmware) and will update the scanner through the charge/communications base automatically.

 


Afinia Label’s L801 Color Label Printer

Posted January 3, 2017

Afinia Label L801The L801 Memjet label printer is an industrial web-fed inkjet solution, ideal for short- to medium-range print runs for inventory and product identification applications. It’s easy to use, has an integrated unwinder, works well with industry-standard label design software, and is available with an optional rewinder. The L801 is compatible with a wide range of paper, polyester, polypropylene, and vinyl label stocks from major vendors. With the correct label stock, the L801 can create GHS-compliant labels or any other high-quality label to improve brand recognition and allow your products to stand out from the competition.

High Quality & Resolution

Print at up to 1600 x 1600 dpi for vivid, eye-catching labels. By using CMYKK, the L801 offers exceptional color and rich blacks, giving you the ability to print with better contrast.

Low Cost of Ownership

Afinia Label Memjet label printers allow you to save on consumables. The L801 holds 1.25 liters of ink to support large runs, and offers an industry-leading low ink cost. You can visit our online ink cost calculator to determine the estimated cost of your labels based on label size and percent ink coverage, or see how the L801 has a great return on investment.


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