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Datalogic Introduces the Cobalto CO5300 Presentation Barcode Scanner

Posted October 15, 2014

cobaltoDatalogic is proud to announce the addition of the Cobalto CO5300 omnidirectional high performance laser scanner to their portfolio of presentation scanners.

The Cobalto scanner is enclosed in a stylish, compact and ergonomic housing. The scanner’s reading window is encircled by a striking blue ‘Ring of Light’, which turns green to visually confirm a good read. Additionally, a high quality polyphonic speaker can be configured to provide a ‘jingle’ or specific sound providing audio confirmation for a good read of a bar code.

An ergonomic top ‘SCAN’ capacitive button activates the single line which, combined with rubber side grips, and a 30° adjustable scan head, allows the scanner to be comfortably used as a handheld reader for scanning larger or bulky items.

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Finding the Right Barcode Scanner – What Makes Them Different?

Posted October 15, 2014

Photo of Motorola DS4208Selecting a barcode scanner may seem like a simple enough task at first glance but given the range of barcodes and how they are used today, it can quickly become a challenge to find the right one.  Most scanners today are more than capable of reading well printed barcodes on a typical paper label. That said, uses for barcodes have expanded well beyond basic labels and many specialized scanners are available to meet the needs of specific applications. In the following we’ll cover some key features to consider when trying to select the best fit scanner for your needs.

1D or 2D – Printed or Electronic

Probably the most crucial first step in selecting a scanner is determining what kind of barcodes you will be reading. The traditional picket fence style 1D barcodes are still the most commonly used and are often printed on a label but you will find the use of 2D matrix style codes much more common today. Likewise, you may not just be reading barcodes on a printed label as more applications are embracing scanning off of smartphone screens or from codes directly etched/molded into a product.  In the case of simple 1D barcodes on a label, your standard laser of linear imager will readily meet your needs. For 2D barcodes or applications reading from not printed surfaces, a full 2D imager will be needed to properly scan the code. 2D imagers are more costly but their main advantage is that they can essentially omnidirectionally read any barcode from almost any surface.

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3 Tips for Storing Thermal Receipt Paper and Labels

Posted October 14, 2014

receipt_rollsRegardless of the application, having enough printing supplies on hand is essential to avoid any hold ups in daily operations. Keeping enough thermal receipt paper on hand also means making sure its stored properly so you don’t end up wasting money and more time. With the following 3 rules you’ll keep your thermal paper safe and ready for action when you need it.

Keep away from heat

Excessive heat will cause your thermal paper receipt to turn gray at best or turn completely black and illegible at worst. You should always store your thermal paper receipts away from heat sources. Sunlight will also fade your receipts faster than the normal rate. As a general rule it is best to store your paper in a cool, dark, and dry location to ensure the longest use from it.

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Star’s New TSP800II WebPRNT Thermal Receipt Printer

Posted October 13, 2014

The increased need for web-based receipt printing has been driving demand for Star’s WebPRNT products. To better serve the needs of our user community, Star is pleased to announce the addition of its TSP800II WebPRNT.

Star’s TSP800II is the only printer on the market that provides printing on 3” to 4.4” wide paper at an amazing speed. It is the perfect printer for applications that need to print a large amount of information on a receipt.

WebPRNT technology allows users to print from their application to any Star WebPRNT enabled printer from any device (Mac, PC, tablet, smartphone, etc.) regardless of its operating platform (Windows, iOS, Android, etc.). With WebPRNT support, the TSP800II WebPRNT allows the retailer or hospitality provider to print high-quality POS receipts with professional and crisp graphics from web-based applications.

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Newcastle’s Portable Printer Carts for the High Volume Warehouse

Posted October 10, 2014

heavydutylabelprintingstationAn expansive facility dedicated to shipping and receiving, warehousing, or order fulfillment and distribution continuously looks for ways to improve efficiency and productivity.  Positive improvements in these areas can start small and expand outward like ripples in a pond.

For companies with warehouse operations at the core, dramatic improvements to efficiency and productivity of the workforce happen by adding portable printer carts.  When the carts include portable power supplies, the staff celebrates and productivity can improve 50%.

Rather than having lists, labels, order picks, and inventory data produced at a stationary printing location, the staff works while on the move which reduces unnecessary downtime eliminating wasted steps.

Portable printer carts can be completely customized.  Whether you have a high volume operation or you only handle a few printing tasks a day, carts can be designed to fit your existing equipment and easily integrate into your current operation.  You won’t have to deal with potential delays or downtime as a new process is put in place.  Training is based on common sense and no special skills are required when turning a stationary printer into a mobile one.

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Case Study: Miller’s Corner Café on Cloud 9 with Pioneer and POS on Cloud

Posted October 9, 2014

1457720_584867594893835_1660187542_nIn eastern Kentucky near the Cumberland Plateau in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, there is a small town called Jackson that over 2,200 people call home. Jackson is the proud home of Tim Miller, Founder of Miller’s Corner Café that recently opened just west of the central business district. Miller’s Corner Café is unique in that it is a café that serves coffee, and baked goods, but also serves as a deli. From reading the restaurant reviews, Miller’s lattes, breads, baked goods, are just as famous as their pulled pork and rueben sandwiches that seem to be some of the best in all of Kentucky. After just a few months of their opening this past summer, they already have over 1,200 likes on Facebook; all they need is a 1,000 more and sounds like the entirety of Breathitt County will be fans of Miller’s!

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Flir Announces AX8 Thermal Imager for Industrial Automation

Posted October 8, 2014

ax8Flir has announced the launch of its new AX8 fixed-mount thermal imager. Combining thermal and visible cameras along with FLIR’s proprietary MSX technology in a small, affordable package, the AX8 is easy to install in space-constrained areas for automated and uninterrupted condition monitoring of critical electrical and mechanical equipment.

Enabled by FLIR’s ground-breaking Lepton micro thermal imaging camera core, the AX8 provides early detection of temperature-related issues in electrical and mechanical equipment, guarding against unplanned outages, service interruptions, equipment failure, and fire. The AX8 is the ideal sensing solution for continuous condition monitoring and early fire detection without the need for periodic manual scans.

The AX8 thermal imager has 4,800 active temperature points per image, provides streaming temperature data over industry-standard interfaces (Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP) for easy analysis, has a built-in web interface, and includes a full suite of Analysis and Alarm functions that automatically send alerts when the AX8 detects elevated temperatures.

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Denso Introduces SE1-QB Bluetooth Cordless 2D Barcode Scanner

Posted October 7, 2014

se1-qbDenso has recently unveiled their new SE1-QB Bluetooth wireless 2-D barcode scanner. The easy to use and capable companion scanner for any smartphone or tablet.

The lightweight yet durably built SE1-QB measures only 3.9 inches long, 1.6 inches wide, and 1.1 inches thick, and weighs only 2.1 ounces. The device is designed to serve as the front end of a mobile data capture system consisting of a bluetooth barcode scanner and host smartphone or tablet.

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Seagull Updates their Printer Drivers to Version 7.3.6

Posted October 6, 2014

Seagull BarTender Professional 10.1 Barcode SoftwareSeagull Scientific not only makes the most capable and easy to use label design software, they even create a host of printer drivers for a wide range of manufactures. These drivers often outperform the original drivers especially when using Bartender software.

The latest version of Seagull’s true Windows printer drivers adds support for more than 65 printers from 17 manufacturers, including Zebra’s ZT400 series, SATO’s CL4NX, Markem-Imaje’s 5200/5400, and a range of Xprinter printers. This release also includes minor features and fixes.

Version 7.3.6 is available from the driver download page on the Seagull Scientific website.

Datamax-O’Neil’s S-Class Ticket Printer Discontinuance

Posted October 3, 2014

Datamax-O'Neil ST-3306 PrinterAfter a long run as the industry leading ticket printing solution, the Datamax-O’Neil ST and SV series are coming to an end. These industrial printers set the standard for high quality, reliable ticket printing for any type of application.

Datamax-O’Neil plans to EOL its S-Class Ticketing Printer is coming over the next couple months.

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