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Star Micronics’ SM-S220i Pairs with Appetize Application

Posted April 4, 2013

Star SM-S220i Portable Barcode PrinterStar Micronics recently announced support of the SM-S220i Bluetooth by the Appetize app. Appetize is an iPhone and Android based mobile app that allows fans at entertainment venues to purchase food, drinks, and merchandise from the comfort of their seats.

Launched in 2012, Appetize has been in service in California and New York for major events including The Black Keys, Carrie Underwood, LMFAO, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kelly Clarkson and the Los Angeles Lakers. Fans can easily enter their order and pay from their mobile device, and the order will be delivered to their seats.

The Appetize app will pair with the SM-S220i to print receipts, which contain pertinent product delivery information such as seat number, order, total sale, price and contact information. The Bluetooth connection of the SM-S220i allows the Appetize system to print receipts at the venue’s refreshment or souvenir stands without putting greater burden on the already stressed mobile and WiFi networks in the venue. Equipped with a sleek, compact and lightweight design, it is compatible with all operating systems including iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod) and all Bluetooth devices.

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Technical Considerations for Controlling ESD in Electronics Manufacturing

Posted April 3, 2013

Microscan MINI Hawk ESD Safe Industrial Barcode ScannerMastering ESD control has always been critical to achieving high production yields, and it will become even more important in the next few years. While the industry has a solid understanding of ESD safety in manual operations involving personnel, there is room for improvement in automated applications. To be effective, ESD control programs must ensure that automated handling equipment is capable of handling tomorrow’s highly sensitive devices.

The Cost of ESD

ESD impacts productivity and product reliability in virtually every aspect of electronic environment. Despite the effort made over the past decade, ESD still costs the electronics industry billions of dollars every year. Industry experts attribute an estimated 8 to 33% of all product losses to be caused by ESD. The individual cost of these devices themselves range from a few cents for a simple diode to several hundred dollars for complex hybrids. However, ESD damage affects more than just the loss of devices. It affects production yields, manufacturing costs, product quality and reliability, customer relationships, and ultimately, profitability.

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MobileAsset Case Study: Arizona Cardinals

Posted April 2, 2013

Arizona Cardinals Score Big with Wasp Barcode Technologies

University of Phoenix Stadium is home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and also host to various conventions, trade shows, and concerts each year. The scoreboard production department is responsible for putting on not only the 10+ Cardinals football games each fall but they are also tasked with an additional 100-200 sports, entertainment and trade show events a year.

Nick Heller, scoreboard production assistant at the stadium, works with a crew to run the audio and video boards for all games, shows and events that take place at the stadium. To successfully run these events, Heller and the Scoreboard Production department work with large amounts of expensive production equipment, including television cameras, truss structures, speakers, and microphones.

The cost of the equipment needed to run the scoreboard show for the Arizona Cardinals football games or put on events such as the University of Phoenix graduation ceremony is extremely high. Any given day, $10,000 to $100,000 of equipment will be used depending on the event.

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Efficiency is the Key to Survival for Small and Medium Sized Businesses

Posted April 1, 2013

Warehouse operations can benefit from technology to reduce waste and maximize efficiency. Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) with handheld bar code scanners and mobile computers with wireless communications are the tools of a modern warehouse

As a business grows, its warehouse and inventory needs increase. Often, the tools originally put in place to manage them do not. Inefficiencies from legacy systems usually go undetected and add hidden operating costs to a business. This is particularly important for Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMB).  SMB’s have a smaller margin for error in managing their operational costs and need to make the most of every resource.

Warehouse operations can benefit from technology to reduce waste and maximize efficiency.  Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) with handheld bar code scanners and mobile computers with wireless communications are the tools of a modern warehouse.  This is true regardless of the size of the business. Today there are WMS systems to fit any sized enterprise – from an out of the box system for small to medium businesses, to a custom deployed system developed by a staff of programmers and IT professionals.  There are also cloud based systems that use the internet eliminating the need to purchase additional servers and software.

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Getting Started with the Star Wi-Fi Power Pack

Posted March 29, 2013

With everything becoming wireless and mobile, getting existing POS hardware, like receipt printers, onto your wireless network often means getting a new printer. Luckily, Star has their Wi-Fi Power Pack to turn any of the Star LAN based printers into fully wireless capable units. The Power Pack is easy to install and is a very cost effective option for businesses that already have Star printers in place and don’t want deal with long cable runs. This also enables the Star printer using the WiFi Power Pack to connect with tablets, smart phones and other portable electronic wireless devices.

This video is a great intro and how-to explanation of how to set-up the Wi-Fi Power Pack  in just a few simple steps.


The Datalogic Gryphon: The Ideal Scanner for Healthcare

Posted March 28, 2013

Datalogic Gryphon I GD4100-HC Barcode ScannerDatalogic’s Gryphon Healthcare (HC) product series is specifically developed for healthcare applications with Disinfectant-Ready enclosures treated with Anti-Microbial additives which are designed to withstand daily cleaning with harsh disinfectant solutions.  The new BPOC (Bedside Point-of-Care) models are specifically configured plug-and-play kits designed to interface with Cerner, Meditech, Epic, and McKesson applications. The Gryphon is the perfect solution for any Healthcare environment.

The Gryphon comes in 3 versions to fit any application need: corded(USB and Serial), Bluetooth, or Star Radio(910 Mhz) models.

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New Mini Hawk ESD Safe Fixed-Mount Imager from Microscan

Posted March 27, 2013

The MINI Hawk ESD Safe imager is the smallest complete solution for reading 1D/2D codes in static-sensitive and clean room environments. Aggressive X-Mode algorithms allow decoding of even the most difficult direct part marks (DPM) safely and at close proximity on static-sensitive electronics components and assemblies. The MINI Hawk’s unique nickel plating and ESD safe labels & cabling make it the only ESD safe solution certified for use in ISO Class 3 clean rooms.

Features:

  • ESD-safe nickel plating
  • ESD-safe labels and cabling
  • Certified for ISO Class 3 clean rooms
  • X-Mode decode algorithms
  • Ultra-compact and lightweight
  • Available in High-Resolution and High-Speed models
  • Close-range decoding (1.3 in / 33 mm)
  • Out-of-the-box calibration
  • Autofocus capability

For help finding the right scanner for your ESD sensitive environment, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Evolution of the Barcode

Posted March 26, 2013

Even though Barcodes are in use all around us everyday, do we really know how they work or came to be developed? Since they are such a valuable and essential technology, we often don’t think about them because they work so well! Manufacturers like Intermec, provide a wide range of scanning options from the basic handheld SG10T to rugged mobile computers like  the 70 Series. With the right scanner, any application can become more efficient and accurate.

This infographic is a simple and easy guide to the basic history and evolution of the mighty barcode.


Code Announces Fully Integrated Wi-Fi Imaged-Based Bar Code Reader

Posted March 25, 2013

Code announced plans to launch its newest offering; a fully integrated Wi-Fi image based bar code reader this spring. The technology will be added to the existing Code Reader 2600 (CR2600), which raised the industry bar for image based decoding and omnidirectional reading of both 1D and 2D bar codes when it launched in the fall of 2012. Garrett Russell, vice-president of marketing at Code stressed the clear benefits to users: “With the introduction of Code Wi-Fi readers, companies now have a long range option for added mobility, increased security and greater profitability”.

The Code Reader 2600 available in Bluetooth and now Wi-Fi versions give users the flexibility to select a mobile bar code reading solution that best fits their present and future needs. The Code Reader 2600 Wi-Fi version will allow businesses to increase coverage range that were once restricted to Bluetooth, enabling real-time communication over existing Wi-Fi networks.

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Intermec Announces Replacement of PM4i with the PM43

Posted March 22, 2013

The full-sized PM43 is the direct replacement for the PM4i, and the compact PM43c directly replaces the PF4i industrial printer.

Q: How is the PM43 printer positioned within the Intermec printer line?

A: The PM43 series is targeted at the high end of the industrial mid-range printer market segment. With the ability to run Fingerprint/DP, IPL, DSIM, and ZSIM all pre-loaded on the printer and with full backwards compatibility, the PM43 provides a “drop-in” replacement for most applications currently using 86XX, 4000, 4100, 3400, 401, F4i, PF4i and PM4i printers.

Q: What is the difference between the PM43 and the PM43c?

A: The PM43 and PM43c have the same electronics package and similar mechanical design. The user interface between the PM43 and PM43c differs slightly in the layout of the keypad. The taller PM43 accommodates a 212mm (8.375in) media roll, 450mm (18,000in) ribbon and optional full-batch rewinder. It features two available slots for optional interface cards and both front and rear USB host ports.

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