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Tech Tip Tuesday: Connectivity

Posted May 29, 2018

With all the different type of barcode scanners available, it is important to choose the right scanner with the right connection. Whether you are purchasing a new scanner or repurchasing a scanner that you have used before it is always important to check the barcode scanner cable to make sure it works with your system.

The most common connection is the USB, but if USB port is not available, that’s when you have to check what kind of connection you should use.

Below are a few of the common cables and their connection ports for scanners used with a PC.

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AirTrack S1  (1D)                                           Honeywell Granit 1980i (2D)                                        Xenon 1900 (2D) 

With all the options available for barcode scanners today, it is important to find the right device for your business needs. Knowing what type of connection you need saves you time on finding the scanner that you want. If you are having troubles or have additional questions, feel free to give our scanner experts a call. We will be happy to help!

 


Zebra’s LI36X8-ER: An Unstoppable Performer for Extended Range 1D Barcode Scanning

Posted May 11, 2018

li3608-2The latest models in Zebra’s 3600 Series Ultra-Rugged Scanners are here. The corded LI3608-ER and cordless LI3678-ER share the same characteristics that made the 3600 series so popular: an ultra-rugged design, superior performance, and unrivaled manageability. Designed for multiple environments including indoor, outdoor, and even freezer use.

The cordless LI3678-ER gives users the freedom to move around as needed. With Bluetooth 4.0, users will get maximum communication speeds with maximum energy.  Zebra’s Wi-Fi Friendly mode helps eliminate wireless interference in your Wi-Fi network. A charge gauge makes it easy for users to monitor the batteries power. The battery allows 100,000 scans per charge thanks to Zebra’s PowerPrecision+ which offers 50,000 more scans per charge than competitive models.

Zebra has gone above and beyond with these two rugged scanners; with a linear imager that delivers fast capture speeds of all 1D barcodes displayed on a screen or printed on a label. These two scanners are unique as the only models in its class that offers an 8 foot (2.4 meter) drop to concrete and a submersible IP67 sealing. The Extended Rage capability allows users to scan barcodes from as close as 2 inches (5.1 cm) to as far as 56 feet (17.1 meters) away.

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


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: Choosing the Right Scanner

Posted April 3, 2018

It might be kind of hard to choose the right scanner to use. So to make things easier below is a flow chart with recommended scanners to find out what kind of scanner will work best for your application. For corded scanners, the main questions are what type of barcode do you need to scan and what kind of environment will you use the scanner? Which, will ultimately determine if you need a rugged or a non-rugged scanner. If you are still unsure about what type of scanners you need feel free to contact our dedicated account manager and we will be happy to help.

                                                                 

   Intermec SR61                               Airtrack S1                                Zebra DS3608                                      Airtrack S2


Zebra’s DS2200, a Series of Handheld Imagers

Posted October 9, 2017

ds2200The DS200 Series are an affordable set of scanners that have an ease of use and management simplicity your business requires. The scanners come with default settings that are optimized for a majority of scanning applications allowing you to use the DS2200 scanners out of the box with no configuration needed.  Just plug the scanner into your Point of Sale and the auto-host detect cables will automatically identify the interface and connect the imager for a simple and reduced setup time.

The Zebra set of scanners can scan all 1D and 2D barcodes printed or displayed on a customers’ mobile device. The DS2200 series comes in two options, the corded DS2208 and the cordless DS2278. With omni-directional scanning users never have to line up the scanner with the barcode for it to scan. Lastly with Zebra’s PRZM Intelligent Imaging users can capture barcodes regardless of condition even if they are dirty, scratched, damaged, or poorly printed.

DS2200 Features:

  • Builds off the success of Zebra’s bestselling LS2208 1D scanner
  • Point and shoot simplicity
  • Adds 2D imaging at an outstanding value to any business
  • Instant decoding with PRZM Intelligent Imaging
  • Purpose-built to be easy to deploy,easy to use and easy to manage
  • Corded & cordless models available
  • Easy Integration with a Tablet-based POS
  • Guaranteed full shift battery power
  • Easiest pairing on the planet
  • Easily Customize Settings with 123Scan

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


1D vs 2D Barcodes Explained

Posted October 6, 2016

When it comes to tracking anything from basic inventory to patient data, choosing the right type of barcode can be the difference in how effective your system works. Everyone is familiar with the standard picket fence 1D linear barcodes but more and more applications are migrating to 2D barcodes. Both types of codes have their benefits and advantages and our specialists at Barcodes, Inc can help you determine which is the best fit for your needs.


Datalogic’s New QuickScan QD2131 Linear Imager

Posted September 24, 2015

qd2131Datalogic has announced their newest QuickScan product: the QD2131 1D linear imager. This is an entry level scanner with enhanced performance for general linear bar code scanning applications. When compared to the current QuickScan QD2130 imager, the new QD2131 imager brings to the table many enhancements in all aspects of scanning:

  • A longer reading range and depth of field (DOF)
  • A wider scan angle and field of view (FOV)
  • A brighter, crisper and longer scanning line
  • Snappier bar code reading
  • A more durable and sturdy look and feel

Additionally, the QuickScan QD2131 imager will have the updated QuickScan product family look and will be able to share the same stands and accessories as the QuickScan QD2400 imagers.

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The Most Common Causes of Unreadable Barcodes

Posted July 15, 2015

image012Item identification and data acquisition through barcodes is critical to the function of automated operations, from ensuring that the correct components are used in the assembly of a smart phone to recording accurate patient data for samples in a laboratory. When poorly-marked or damaged barcodes result in “no-reads” or failures, loss of data can have disastrous effects on product integrity and corporate reputation – not to mention potential legal implications and serious risks to consumer welfare. Understanding the root cause of unreadable barcodes and using technology appropriately to prepare for or resolve these issues is simple to do and it can mean the difference between success and failure in automation. This white paper describes potential solutions for the most common causes of unreadable barcodes, including:

  • Low Contrast
  • Quiet Zone Violations
  • Improper Reading Position
  • Print or Mark Inconsistency
  • Damage or Distortion

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Axicon Launches New 15000 Linear & 2D Barcode Verifier

Posted December 8, 2014

Axicon has announced the launch of a new 1D/2D barcode verifier. The 15000 verifier has been specifically designed to verify both linear and 2D barcodes.

The 15000 is a camera based verifier which is powered solely from a USB port. Its typical application includes retail point of sale barcodes like UPC/EAN and also 2D barcodes such as Datamatrix, QR etc. The 15000 verifier meets the applicable ISO/ANSI/GS1 verification standards.

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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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