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Datalogic’s New Joya Touch Multi-Purpose Device for Retail

Posted August 3, 2016

Joya Touch is a multi-purpose retail mobile device that is ideal for various applications such as Self-Shopping, Price Checking, Markdowns, Shelf Replenishment, Inventory, Access Control and more.

The Joya Touch device comes in two form factors: a handheld version resembling a smartphone and a pistol-grip version with a comfortable trigger. Retailers can change from one form to the other with ease, adapting to applications and user preferences. Joya Touch is charged using the industry’s first wireless charging technology (Qi compliant) that eliminates the need for maintenance and cleaning of contacts on the device and cradles. This radically reduces support costs and increases the devices’ life span.

The Joya Touch device requires only 2.5 hours to fully recharge the battery and the ‘Boost Recharge’ feature ensures the battery is charged for 80 minutes of use after only 15 minutes of charging!

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Bixolon’s SPP-R310 Compact and Ergonomic 3″ Mobile Printer

Posted August 1, 2016

Bixolon has recently launched their new SPP-R310 super compact, ergonomic three-inch receipt, ticket and label printer with Bluetooth, WiFi, USB and Serial connectivity options.

Supporting Easy Bluetooth Pairing via embedded NFC tag enabling auto pairing with Android, iOS & Windows devices, alongside additional Apple MFi iAP2 certification. Featuring an Auto-Switch function which provides simple automatic switching between iOS mode and standard Bluetooth modes.

Ideal for all retailers from micro merchants to global brands, field service, logistics and more, the SPP-R310 is designed for multi-purpose 80mm receipt, ticket, label and linerless label printing. Producing 203dpi high resolution fonts, graphics, and logos on a 72mm wide media at speeds up to 100mm/sec receipting (80mm/sec linerless).

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Full Color Label Printing with Epson’s ColorWorks TM-C3500

Posted July 29, 2016

Historically, color label printing has been either too cost prohibitive to do oneself or the quality was lacking to make it worth doing. With the Epson ColorWorks TM-C3500 both of these challenges are resolved.

With the ColorWorks C3500, you can easily customise and print your own colour labels. Whether it’s printing packaging labels with colourful logos and pictures or tickets and ID cards with important barcodes and product information, this printer ensures you can print it all from one machine. It also helps you conform with GHS international chemical labelling guidelines, as labels can be printed on-demand without using pre-printed templates.


Sato’s CLNX Series: Beyond Speeds & Feeds

Posted July 28, 2016

While many companies focus on criteria such as throughput and print resolution when selecting a thermal printer, factors like how quickly/easily a printer can be integrated, how rapidly media can be loaded, and how easily the printer can be serviced have an even greater impact on operational costs. Even small improvements in operational efficiency can positively affect a facility’s equipment up-time or ontime labeling performance. The SATO CLNX Series industrial thermal printer, available in a 4” (CL4NX) or 6” (CL6NX) model, was engineered with problem solving features in mind.

SATO’s goal was to engineer a thermal printer that is easier to integrate, operate, and maintain. If a printer requires a lot of configuration, jams frequently, produces poor quality labels, or is difficult for operators to quickly change out labels, ribbons, print heads or platen rollers, the downtime can be costly in terms of both productivity and expense.

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Honeywell ESD

Posted July 25, 2016

Honeywell Granit 1910i ScannerYou often hear manufacturers reference ESD when discussing scanners.  In fact, on the Honeywell Granit datasheet you’ll see under the “Environmental” section on the back:  ESD.  ±20Kv air discharge, ±8KV contact discharge

What does it mean and why is it important?

  • ESD – electrostatic discharge – is the sudden flow of electricity between two objects resulting from two conditions:
    • Air Discharge.  A high electrostatic field between two objects when they are in close proximity.
    • Contact Discharge.  Direct contact transfer of electricity between two objects at different potentials.  This is similar to the above except you are injecting the shock directly into the computer. A typical example of this would be 20KV Air Discharge into a scanner vehicle mount.  The mount in turn passes an 8KV shock to the scanner.
  • Kv is a kilovolt – or 1,000 Volts. And a volt is…um…a unit of measurement to define voltage.  Think of voltage, using a plumbing analogy, as water pressure.

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Deliver an Exciting, New Customer Experience with Datalogic’s Joya X1

Posted July 22, 2016

Datalogic’s Joya X1 self-shopping solution is now available to US customers. Joya is a purpose-built device for shoppers that is tailored to provide the best self-shopping experience.  It offers cutting-edge technology and advanced performance in an ergonomic form factor that is easy to use. Using Joya instead of a smartphone allows shoppers to:

  • Scan coupon barcodes on their smartphone screen
  • Shop faster using optimized barcode technology instead of the smartphone camera
  • Send and receive calls and texts while shopping
  • Conserve phone battery power
  • Prevent phone damage from accidental drops while shopping

For retailers, Joya is a multi-purpose tool that can be used to enhance the shopping experience and increase operational efficiency. Retailers can use Joya to:

  • Implement fast and efficient Queue-busting during peak times
  • Execute retail inventory functions such as:
    • Price checks
    • Stock checks
    • Restocking
    • Markdowns

Three Key Concern for Barcode Verification

Posted July 20, 2016

When you hear the term verification in regards to printing barcodes we are referring to much more than just making a readable barcode. Verification is a much more specific requirement for the quality of a 1D barcode or 2D symbol according to an agreed-upon quality standard. Not meeting these standards with your customers, be it Walmart or the DoD, will end up costing you in fines and time lost.

Lucky for all of us we have manufactures like Microscan who make verification easy so you can catch the barcodes that don’t meet the mark before they ever leave your facility. There are essentially 3 main things that can go wrong when printing a barcode that will lead to failing verification.

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Zebra Launches New AP 8533 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point

Posted July 19, 2016

Ever increasing demand to support more mobile devices and applications, as well as customer engagement, redefines the network year after year. Jump to the front of the line with the new Zebra AP 8533. This innovative access point features true 802.11ac Wave 2 capabilities and Zebra Triple Sensor technology to support your growing business and customer needs. Personalize the shopping experience with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, secure the network from existing and new threat vectors, and deepen network visibility of applications running over your wireless LAN. With AP 8533’s advanced capabilities, you can prevent “upgrade fatigue”.

HIGH-DENSITY NETWORK

Zebra’s true 802.11ac Wave 2 access point, along with the high-density optimization in WiNG 5, maximize the value of MU-MIMO for high-density networks. The AP 8533 supports hundreds of wireless clients and concurrent transmissions critical for any enterprise.

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Star’s New TSP100III, the Faster, Better, and Easier POS Receipt Printer

Posted July 15, 2016

Continuing its philosophy of ‘Always Leading – Always Innovating,’ Star has improved on the TSP 100 Series with the TSP100III, the faster, better, and easier POS printing solution. Already a leading player in the mPOS market, the TSP100III is now offered with WLAN connectivity, supporting 802.11b/g/n with 2.4GHz, for an easy-to-use and ready-to-go installation. The “Push ‘n’ Connect” WPS easy connection makes the wireless set-up the simplest in the industry.

With included internal power supply, power cables, complete mounting kits, and paper roll, the TSP100III is the perfect printer for any mPOS bundle. Star has also added an additional USB type A connector to power your tablet or mobile device. The TSP100III offers a small form factor for any sized counter-space and prints up to twice the speed of its previous model at 43 receipts per minute. The high-speed, thermal printer also includes a guillotine auto-cutter and “drop-in & print” paper loading for even the busiest of retail and restaurant environments.

Combined with its powerful futurePRNT Windows software, users can enhance their printer receipts to add graphics (logos and coupons), multiple copies, or use the text processing function to replace printed information or trigger a coupon, and much, much more. The TSP100III can also be seamlessly integrated with Star Micronics AllReceipts digital receipt application, allowing customers to manage their receipts digitally, and retailers to receive instant feedback on customer satisfaction.


Microscan Announces the Release of WebLink 1.1 and New Features for MicroHAWK Barcode Readers

Posted July 13, 2016

Microscan has announced the release of WebLink 1.1 – the latest version of the world’s first web-based barcode reader setup and control interface – supporting several new feature upgrades for the company’s MicroHAWK Barcode Reader platform.

Part of the revolutionary MicroHAWK platform launched in September 2015, Microscan introduced WebLink as the first ever web-based barcode reader interface. WebLink software is stored on the MicroHAWK barcode reader, rather than external equipment. The WebLink interface is accessed through a web browser by navigating to the barcode reader’s IP address using any web-enabled device on the local area network (LAN). WebLink’s open protocol framework eliminates integration hassle and device incompatibility across factory networks, IT equipment, and control systems. Since no software is installed on equipment used to control MicroHAWK readers, WebLink does not require the intervention of IT to facilitate installation or upgrades. In addition, custom reader settings can be saved as WebLink job files to the MicroHAWK reader’s internal memory or to external devices and are completely portable to new integration environments and equipment.

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