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Cognex Dataman 300 Selected by Leading Warehouse Automation Company

Posted April 21, 2014

Cognex announced that it has received purchase orders totaling more than $3 million from a U.S. based designer of logistics automation systems. The customer will integrate Cognex DataMan(R) 300 barcode readers into numerous shipping and distribution centers for a major retailer.

The DataMan 300 with Hotbars image analysis technology offers reliable reading of 1-D barcodes that lasers cannot read, including damaged, distorted, blurred, scratched, low height and low contrast codes. It also reads codes presented in any orientation, multiple codes within the same image, and 2-D codes such as Data Matrix and QR codes. With no moving parts to wear out, the DataMan 300 also offers exceptional reliability, lower maintenance and longer product life. DataMan’s real-time performance feedback also provides customers with the ability to make immediate adjustments for process improvements.

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Bixolon’s New Desktop Label Printer – SLP-TX420

Posted April 18, 2014

product_img_slp-tx420_main_m_20140408165349Samsung-Bixolon has announced its new thermal transfer/ direct thermal desktop label printer, the SLP-TX430.

The Energy Star certified SLP-TX420 features a 74m printing ribbon and print speeds of up to 7ips (178mm/sec), 17% faster than comparable models found in the market. The increased speed is a key factor to increase effectiveness in the work place.

The SLP-TX420 is compatible with Mac-based PCs, Android-based tablet PCs, Windows, or LINUX. This model also supports USB dongle-typed WLAN wireless communication as well as basic wired communication. With the recent surge of smart devices in the printing industry, Bixolon’s versatile SLP-TX420 is certain to please its users. The overall design and use of the printer is made with convenience and ease for users at the forefront. Operators can easily remove and replace consumables, as well as easily adjust the label guide to accommodate different label sizes.

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Motorola Enterprise Kiosks – Infographic

Posted April 17, 2014

Kiosks historically have been custom solutions only available for special applications but with Motorola’s line of enterprise kiosks now any business can put them to use. By providing your customers and employees with immediate access to timely information, kiosks from Motorola can help you enhance customer satisfaction while reducing operational costs.

This infographic is a a great primer to get an overview of the Motorola kiosk offering (MK4000, MK3100, CC5000, and MK500) and how they can benefit your business. For more assistance finding the right kiosk, contact us at BarcodesInc.

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Zebra Acquires Motorola’s Enterprise Business for $3.45 Billion

Posted April 16, 2014

2014-04-16_0925Zebra and Motorola have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which Zebra will acquire Motorola’s Enterprise business for $3.45 billion in an all-cash transaction. The acquisition will be funded through a combination of cash on hand and new debt. The transaction, which was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

With 2013 pro-forma sales of approximately $2.5 billion (excluding sales of its iDEN products), Motorola’s Enterprise business is an industry leader in mobile computing and advanced data capture communications technologies and services. Through this transaction, Zebra will enter the segment where Motorola’s Enterprise business competes and strengthen its position in key industries including Retail, Transportation & Logistics, and Manufacturing and serve approximately 95 percent of the Fortune 500.

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What to do when you outgrow Excel for Inventory Management

Posted April 15, 2014

WarehouseThere comes a time when virtually any business will find itself outgrowing the functionality provided by Excel. While often useful for minor administrative purposes, spreadsheets are extremely limited in their options and have significant downsides when used for inventory management.

The Problem: Why Excel Is Not Ideal for Inventory Management

Inventory management is an area that is extremely important for cataloging and analyzing your data. You need the ability to run complex reports regarding past inventory needs in order to predict consumer buying patterns. Purchasing appropriate inventory amounts – the goal of all businesses large and small – keeps the probability of future write-offs or write-downs at a minimum. It’s very difficult to cull that information from data sets in Excel due to the way Excel gathers information. An inventory management program, however, makes this data analysis much easier.

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Frick Introduces Two New SmartMark RFID Tags with Exceptional Read Ranges

Posted April 14, 2014

smartmark-longrangeFrick expands its SmartMark product line with the addition of two new innovative RFID tag solutions. These economical passive UHF RFID tags offer exceptional read ranges for use in a variety of applications. Use with a standard RFID reader-no special equipment or battery-powered tags required.

The High-Performance Metal Mount RFID tag reads directly on metal surfaces from up to 20 feet away—great for tracking metal assets such as fleet trucks, forklifts and tractors, as well as IT equipment.

The Ultra Long Range RFID tag reads from a whopping 65 feet away, making it the ideal solution for tagging overhead assets such as pole-mounted transformers or cables.

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Motorola’s TC55 Mobile Computer Wins 2014 Red Dot Product Design Award

Posted April 11, 2014

Motorola has been honored with the Red Dot Product Design Award 2014 for the TC55 touch computer. International experts evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries and selected the top designs that represent quality and innovative strength. The TC55 will be presented at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, in a special exhibition from July 8 – Aug. 3, 2014.

Designed for the field service, merchandising, and direct store delivery (DSD) markets, the TC55 is a complete business solution, featuring a thin design without compromising the capabilities or durability expected from an enterprise mobile device. The TC55 merges the features of a traditional enterprise-class mobile computer with the form factor and functionality of a smartphone running the Jelly Bean version of the Android operating system (OS).

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Star’s New TSP100 and TSP650 Series in White

Posted April 10, 2014

2014-04-10_0906No detail goes unnoticed when it comes to image and brand. Many stores go to great pains to create a specific aesthetic with their layout or design to convey the mood of the store. Whether a store is quirky, rustic or artsy; shoppers will identify the look of the store and associate it with their brand.

To help retailers make a lasting impression, Star is excited to announce the release of its new white color option on select printers. With clean lines and smooth white tone, Star’s white printers emulate the look of tablets and other mobile devices commonly used by retailers operating in a mobile point of sale environment. With a sleek streamlined look, Star’s white printers can be displayed prominently on a counter without creating disconnect from the store’s brand and visual identity.

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Alien Introduces Two New UHF Passive Inlays – Wonder Dog ALN-9768 and SIT H4

Posted April 9, 2014

Alien has introduced two new UHF passive RFID inlays. The Wonder Dog ALN-9768 is a high-performance, no compromise inlay where size (3.3 x 0.9” / 86 x 23mm) is less of an issue than the desire for optimal read sensitivity with high levels of backscatter. At the other extreme, Alien also announced a Higgs4 IC near-field inlay(0.47 x 0.35” / 12 x 9mm) that targets applications requiring short read distances and where space is constrained.

The Wonder Dog is truly a general purpose, high-performance inlay. While this inlay can be used on most surfaces, the inlay provides unusually good read and write performance for a standard thickness inlay when mounted close to radio frequency (RF) reflective surfaces such as metals.

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The New Enhanced QuickScan QW2100 Linear Imager

Posted April 8, 2014

The QuickScan Lite QW2100 linear imager has been very well received by the market since it was first introduced in early 2012 with features such as a wide scanning angle, a long and high visible scanning line, snappy performance and the benefits of Datalogic’s ‘Green Spot’ technology. Because of the success of the QW2100 linear imager, Datalogic started offering this imager in the mature markets of EMEA and the U.S. in October of 2013.

With the QW2100 imager continuing to perform well and grow in popularity, Datalogic continues to enhance its’ products in order to bring additional value to the customer. With this in mind, Datalogic is releasing an ‘enhanced version’ of the QW2100 imager which will be available on a global basis.

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