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ELD Enforcement is Here

Posted April 30, 2018

The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate took effect on December 18, 2017. Since then drivers were given some leeway. If they were caught without the proper ELD equipment, documents, or training they were written up, but neither they nor the companies they drive for were penalized for it. That leeway officially ended on April 1st.

Under the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability program (CSA) any driver now caught without the proper ELD equipment will have CSA points levied against them and their companies. Furthermore, according to Kerri Wirachowsky, Director of the roadside inspection program at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, trucks will be put into the penalty box, in most cases for up to 10 hours.

With the ELD Mandate drivers must have and be able to do the following.

  1. Tell enforcement that there is an electronic user manual with instructions for using the device, on the device, in the form of help screens.
  2. Be able to produce recent data and transfer it to an inspector electronically.
  3. Instructions for reporting malfunctions and record-keeping procedures during malfunctions.
  4. Have at least an eight day supply of blank forms for recording a driver’s hours of service in the event the mobile device fails.

April 1st has come and gone, hence if drivers are not ELD compliant by now its important to do so. Mainly because just having an ELD does not mean the driver is in compliance. The driver must also be able to operate the ELD. Not being able to do so will be treated as if the driver didn’t have the proper equipment on board.

To comply with the ELD Mandate you’ll need a device, below are some of the newest mobile device options for ELD:

To learn more about the ELD Mandate or to get a free consultation on an ELD hardware and software solution, reach out to one of our Barcodes, Inc. representatives.


Workforce Mobility Revolution: Transform Your Organization

Posted April 26, 2018

Klaus Schwab founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum once said, “In the new world, it is not the big fish which eats the small fish, it’s the fast fish which eats the slow fish.” His words ring true, especially in today’s technology dependent world. Either move forward or get left behind.

Zebra Technologies does a great job explaining this revolution with, Transform Your Organization By Harnessing the Workforce Mobility Revolution. You’ll learn what this revolution looks like and the benefits it can provide to your organization. To fully realize the potential of workforce mobility your organization will need advanced mobile operating systems, mobile devices, and software solutions. Redefine how your organization gets things done by implementing faster and smarter processes that help propel your organization forward.

Gains to Expect:

  • Productivity: From the use of advanced operating systems, devices and purpose-built software applications that speed up workflows.
  • Efficiency: Via processes that eliminate waste or complexity.
  • Accuracy: With advanced data collection capabilities that reduce the soft and hard costs associated with errors.

To read the full white paper by Zebra Technologies, download your copy HERE!

To help improve your organizations Workforce Mobility please contact our dedicated account managers for mobile solutions!


Tech Tip Tuesday the End of Legacy OS Support: Are You Prepared?

Posted April 24, 2018

Charts_RKMMost ruggedized handheld devices are powered by legacy operating systems. The problem, the extended support for legacy OS is quickly approaching its end. For infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for mobile and endpoint strategies it’s recommended to stop buying equipment with legacy OSs and begin planning their migration strategies.

In Gartner’s report, Revisit Your Ruggedized Strategy Before You’re Hit by the End of OS Support,  industry analysts, Leif-Olof Wallin and Stephen Kleynhans go in depth on how to overcome key challenges and their recommendations for planning a strategic migration. Their research is based on a large number of inquiries with clients, as well as discussions with technology vendors.

Kleynhans’s and Wallin’s expert research:

  • Explains what to stop buying and where to focus planning.
  • Evaluates the business case for ruggedized equipment, based on actual requirements and a fully loaded total cost of ownership calculation.
  • Outlines when to standardize versus when to diversify the ruggedized device portfolio.
  • Describes how to protect current investments in software and systems with application virtualization technology.

To download and read the full Gartner report please click HERE.

Any questions concerning the end of legacy operating systems please contact our dedicated account managers.

 


Honeywell’s Consumables: An Option for Every Application

Posted April 20, 2018

spex-ilr00154There are a variety of options when it comes to consumables. Whether it be receipt paper, wristbands, labels, or tags each and everyone has their benefits when it comes to maintaining your printer. Printing supplies can impact everything from the printhead’s lifespan to the printer’s operational efficiency. It’s an important decision when it comes to maintaing the lifespan of your printer.

As a leading manufacturer of label printers and media, Honeywell provides a wide range of label materials to meet any need. When it comes to label printing the Duratherm series and Duratran Series provide cost-effective printing with various levels of durability, from un-coated paper to top-coated synthetic labels.

Duratherm and Duratran products are easy to use and demand less user intervention. There are no shortage of options to pick from and you can choose what best fits your application whether it be healthcare, shipping, inventory tracking, general purpose, or etc.

  • Duratherm Receipt Paper – A direct thermal paper that provides excellent print quality. Well-suited for most general receipt applications, most notably for use in portable thermal printers.
  • Duratherm Wristband –  The Duratherm wristbands are recommended for healthcare and provide the positive identification hospitals need for maximum patient safety. The full-coverage thermal print coating enables high quality printing on the entire length of the band, thus eliminating the need to reposition a sleeping patient just to scan their band.
  • Duratherm II Label – A general purpose direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality, cost-effective printing. Duratherm II is recommended for most general use applications where exposure to chemicals and moisture is not anticipated.
  • Duratherm III Label – A top-coated direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality printing and enhanced durability. Duratherm III is recommended for applications where high humidity, moisture contact and surface abrasion are concerns.
  • Duratherm NIR Label – A premium direct thermal paper label engineered to deliver high-contrast images and enhanced durability. Duratherm III NIR is targeted for use in applications with challenging barcode scanning requirements and is well-suited for high-speed sortation applications.
  • Duratherm II Tag – A general purpose paper tag providing high-quality, cost-effective printing. Duratherm II Tag is recommended for applications where labeling is not suitable. This product resists curling, even in high humidity environments.
  • Duratran II Label – A paper label coated thermal transfer label that exhibits excellent print quality. Offered with a variety of adhesive options, recommended for applications with moderate abrasion, heat, or sunlight is present.
  • Duratran II RFID Label – The flexible RFID smart labels provide a versatile architecture that can be used in open or closed loop environments. These labels can be deployed with confidence to meet a broad range of customer requirements including thermal transfer and direct thermal printing.

For any questions or a quote on any of your consumable needs, please contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Global Technology Systems Takes the Lead for Earth Day: A Free Recycling Program

Posted April 19, 2018

This Sunday, April 22, is Earth day and it’s time to return the love to the planet we all call home. Thanks to Global Technology Systems (GTS) they will be providing a Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling program.

You may be asking yourself why do I need to recycle my batteries? Well Lithium-Ion batteries consist primarily of chemicals and metals which in turn allow the battery to hold a long charge and remain light at the same time. These chemicals and metals consist of lithium, cobalt, and other materials that can be extremely harmful to the environment we live in. The improper disposal of these batteries as trash leads to water contamination, soil contamination, and among other things negative environmental/health outcomes.

The Recycling Process:

  • GTS will provide customers involved in the program with free battery recycling boxes at each enrolled facility.
  • Once the battery recycling box is filled, simply call the toll-free phone number on the box and it will be picked-up and properly disposed of by a GTS-certified recycling firm.
  • Once a recycling box has been provided to the recycling firm another recycling box will be provided to continue this free service.

Help make our Earth a better place to live, recycle the batteries that help power all of your mobile operations.

For more information on how to start recycling those Lithium-Ion Batteries please visit GTS!


Honeywell’s Mobile Computers: Purpose Built for the Task at Hand

Posted April 18, 2018

Combine the advantages of consumer PDAs with industrial mobile computers and you get Honeywell’s set of rugged mobile computers. Honeywell’s mobile computers include the latest Android or Windows operating system technology, their SmartSystems device management software, and superior industrial design and ruggedness. Whether you have a small business or an enterprise, Honeywell’s mobile computers are easy to deploy, easy to use, and easy to support.

The Dolphin CT60 is designed for enterprises that require anywhere, anytime connectivity, and fast data capture in a highly durable, long-lasting form factor that’s built for maximum up-time and productivity. Packed with features to keep users connected and productive throughout the work day. With an advanced network connectivity that facilitates large file transfers, video streaming, and quick remote access to business applications with enough battery power to last an entire shift. Has accurate 1D and 2D scanning and data capture is possible even on the most damaged barcodes.

ct60CT60 Features and Benefits:

  • Mobility Edge Hardware and Software Platform.
  • Industry-Leading Future Proof Protection.
  • Optimal Power and Connectivity.
  • Unparalleled Scanning Performance.
  • Rugged, Ergonomic Design – Built to Last: Fits easily in to a pocket, IP67 rating against dust and water spray, withstands multiple 1.5 meter drops to concrete and 1,000 1 meter tumbles.
  • Future Proof: Support for four Android generations starting with Android 7.1.1. As well as an easy Windows to Android migration without sacrificing reliability, performance, or management features.
  • Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.

Currently there is a transition from a keypad-centric mobile device to a full touchscreen device. The problem, keys are still essential in many logistics, warehouses, and field mobility organizations. In comes the ultra-rugged Dolphin CN80, a mobile computer that can help bridge that gap. A large 4.2 inch vivid color touchscreen and the option to choose between numeric or QWERTY keypads gives users the option to select which input method is best for their everyday environment. At the same time users will benefit from the use of the touchscreen for touch-centric applications in the future. With fast data processing, 1D/2D scanning, advanced network connectivity, and a battery life that lasts twice as long as previous generations; users will be connected and productive throughout multiple shifts.

CN80 Features and Benefits:

  • Mobility Edge Hardware and Software Platform: Common hardware and software platform delivers enhanced operational efficiency and reduced TCO. Deploy the same applications on multiple products across your enterprise.
  • Forward-Compatible, Future-Proof: Support for four Androd generations – N through Q. Customers using Windows based operating systems can migrate to Android without sacrificing reliability, performance, or management features.
  • Best of Both Worlds With Keys and Touchscreen: If you have high transaction rates, an environment where workers wear gloves, or applications or workers accustomed to working a certain way, keys are a necessity. The Dolphin CN80 offers productivity with a real numeric or QWERTY keypad for fast and easy data entry plus a full touchscreen for new or future application migration.
  • Unparalleled Scanning Performance: Enhanced 1D/2D scanning/data capture with read ranges of 0.15m to 15.2m (6in to 50ft) typically required in today’s warehouses. Optional scan handle for flexibility to switch between handheld and pistol grip operations.
  • Rugged, Ergonomic Design: Designed to withstand the harshest environments and the toughest users, the Dolphin CN80 minimizes downtime and lost productivity with extreme longevity. Withstands 2.4m (8ft) drops and 2,000 1.0m (3.3ft) tumbles. IP65/IP67 ratings against dust/water spray. Cold storage and non-incendive options available.
  • Long Battery Life Drives Productivity: Long shifts, extended talk-times, and heavy GPS usage are no match for the Dolphin CN80. Long battery minimizes workflow interruptions and drives efficiency.

To learn more about Honeywell’s Mobile Computers, contact our dedicated account managers.


Tech Tip Tuesday: Money Back, Money Back! Go Zebra Trade In Program

Posted April 17, 2018

Screenshot_2Did you know that Zebra have a program that can help you save up to $550 per printer when you trade up to the latest Zebra printer to keep your operation running smoothly and efficiently? Outdated printer hold back operations and cost you time and money, so when it’s time for an upgrade Zebra makes it easy.

Upgrade and Save in 4 easy Steps with Barcodes Inc Puzzle BiFold DRAFT (NEW):

1. Contact our Dedicated solution providers at Barcodes Inc

2. Purchase a Qualified Product

3.  Submit your Reclaim Form

4. Trade in Your Legacy Devices

After submitting the claim you can log on to Go Zebra to check on your claim status to when you will receive your rebate. It’s that simple! Any questions feel free to reach out to our dedicated solution providers at Barcodes Inc.

The table below shows examples of how much you can save with the Go Zebra Trade- in Program when you purchase a new Zebra printer.

Go Zebra

To learn more about our Zebra printers, visit us at: https://www.barcodesinc.com/zebra/zebra-barcode-printers.htm


Refresh Reminder! The Right Supplies and Honeywell’s Printhead Replacement Program

Posted April 16, 2018

5It’s that time of the month again for a consumables refresh, to make sure that you do not run out of consumables by the end of the month. If you need new labels, try to looking into our Honeywell genuine print media where you can be assured you’ll get high quality, durable media, with more efficiency, reduced cost, and Honeywell’s library of custom pre-print solutions.

Honeywell can supply a wide variety of label media to support different application needs and custom solutions are tailored to what you need in-house. If you have special requirements, or lack of access to on-demand printing capabilities in-house, then our team can help. For example:

  • Direct or Thermal Transfer Labels
  • Retro-reflective rack labels (upon request)
  • Labels for harsh or outdoor environments
  • Serialized product and asset id labels and tags
  • and many other options

Additionally, all Honeywell barcode printer and label users are in for a treat! With the new Honeywell printhead replacement program you can get a replacement printhead for FREE due to normal wear and tear. This program is valid as long as you exclusively use Honeywell media products.

Long Term Benefits:

  • More printer uptime with a lower total cost of ownership
  • Increased ROI based on extended printer life

To learn more about Honeywell media supplies, contact our dedicated account managers.


Last Day At MODEX! Come find us at Booth #C1338!

Posted April 12, 2018

Whether you are looking into automating your system or looking of ways to improve your daily operation, come join us at MODEX 2018.

We are excited to tell you that we will be in one of the largest supply chain expo in North and South America. Come visit our booth #C1338 to see how you can cut operation costs, maximize efficiencies, and reduce risk in your supply chain. We will also have demos of mobile computer, printers, and scanners for you to check out and our sales engineers who will be able to share their expertise on what kind of equipment is right for you.

Learn how to get a free assessment when you stop by our booth.

MODEX 2018
April 9-12, 10AM-5PM
Georgia World Congress Center
#C1338

Register below for a complimentary pass to MODEX 2018, see you there!

 

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ID Tech’s SREDKey: An Encrypting Key Pad and MagStripe Reader

Posted April 11, 2018

sredkey_detailThe SREDKey is an encrypted key pad with a two line by 20 character LCD backlit display and an encrypted MagStripe reader. Comes equipped with physical security protection and is PCI PTS certified. The Derived Unique Key Per Transaction (DUKPT) key management comes with either Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) or Triple Data Encryption Standard (TDES). The keys are a comfortable size with a good tactile feel making it easy to manually enter credit card information.

ID Tech’s SREDKey comes in two interfaces USB Keyboard or USB HID. It’s beneficial for Point of Sale systems, Data and Call Centers, Hotels, and Hospitals. The encrypted key pad can provide a secure and convenient solution for operators to manually enter credit card data in situations when the card is not present. The SREDKey is proven to be reliable with an operating life of at least 1,000,000 swipes and key entries.

Features and Benefits:

  • One of a kind device for the Card-not-present market.
  • Collaborate with gateways (ideal for P2PE).
  • Available in both USB-Keyboard and USB-HID interfaces for flexible installation options.
  • Ensures all data transactions are protected through secure point to point encryption reducing fraud and data compromises.
  • Data encryption prevents card holder information from being accessed when data is stored or in transit.
  • Allows customers the flexibility to choose a decryption party that is right for them.
  • 5V USB powered, no need for an external power supply.
  • Superior reading performance for encrypting magstripe data and keyed-in data reducing PCI DSS scope.

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