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How the Barcode Simplified Life

Posted December 21, 2017

barcode-616035_1280In 1974 a pack of gum was purchased using the first ever barcode. Since then the use of barcodes has skyrocketed and has taken many forms of symbologies. The symbology of a barcode includes the encoding of the message in the bars and spaces, including any start and stop markers plus the size of the quiet zone (a blemish free space around the code to help readers locate it) that is required to be before and after the barcode. There are a few different types of barcode symbologies from the linear Code 128 and Code 39 to the newer 2D QR Codes, Data Matrix, and Micro PDF.

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What has the barcode done for this world? It’s made life easier. Its helped the retail industry keep check of the number of products they have in stock and a way to see what products sell at higher volumes. More importantly its helped consumers get in and out of stores quicker by dramatically improving the check out line. Imagine a world in which you would have to wait until the cashier looked up every single item you wanted to purchase? In that scenario the checkout lines would be ridiculous, luckily the barcode is here to save us from that nightmare.

Retail is just one of the many industries that barcodes has helped improve; another is the healthcare industry which has greatly benefited from the barcode. In the healthcare industry you’ll find barcodes on patient samples and the wristbands patients wear. There’s systems in place that would automatically generate a new barcode every time a patient has their blood drawn, making it so that the blood sample can be tracked from the hospital floor to the laboratory for testing. Human error of course is still possible, but with the use of barcodes those errors have been greatly minimized.

To learn more about barcodes visit our FAQ or read more about the rise and use of “The Ubiquitous Barcode

For any questions or a quote on barcode software or barcode labels please contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) Mandate

Posted October 2, 2017

healthcare-2dWhat you need to know?

On November 27, 2013, Congress enacted the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), which includes the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The DSCSA outlines steps to build an electronic system to identify, track and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed in the United States. This legislation was enacted in order to transform the pharmaceutical supply chain through serialization and improve patient safety.

Manufacturers, wholesalers, re-packagers and pharmacies have been required to implement lot-level management since 2015. Starting in November 2017, phase II of the DSCSA implementation requires manufacturers and re-packagers to serialize packages of drug products using a GS1 product identifier (either GTIN or NDC), serial number, lot number and expiration date, and embed this information into a 2D Datamatrix barcode. In November 2019, wholesalers must accept only serialized products and must verify unique product identifiers. By November 2020, pharmacists must meet the same requirements. Lastly, by November 2023, all information will be required to be made available that would allow supply chain partners to trace the ownership back to the initial manufacturer or re-packager.

What does a DSCSA solution do?

Our DSCSA hardware and software solution is focused on developing a traceability solution that incorporates transaction management, repository of historical snapshots of data for retrieval, and detects exceptions and provides easy to use visibility to traceability data in a matter of seconds.

What are the benefits of DSCSA?

Besides being in compliance, patients and supply chain companies are able to take advantage of the benefits of DSCSA, such as:

  • Improved patient safety and care
  • Compliance with serialization requirements helps move the industry ahead with better traceability and accountability for the origin, chain of custody, delivery, and availability of authentic, original prescription drugs
  • Improved accessibility to patients for the drugs they need and assurance that they are exactly the drugs prescribed by their physicians
  • Reduction of counterfeit drugs by having serialized identifiers
  • Maintaining profits for the industry providers against counterfeit products
  • Enables quick and accurate recalls of drugs, if needed
  • Increased efficiency throughout the supply chain by optimizing inventory tracking through serialization

What do I need to be in compliance?

Converting manufacturing lines from lot-based to unit-based serialization represents an investment in software and hardware. Barcode scanners and barcode label printers are a necessity to print and scan a GS1 2D Datamatrix barcode label. Wireless networking is an option for manufacturers looking to future-proof their operations. While all facilities present different challenges, service providers like Barcodes, Inc. can provide a consultation to ensure all the technology is identified and implemented in accordance to compliance regulations.

While the deadline remains the same, the FDA has issued a one year reprieve, meaning that the agency will not take action against manufacturers who do not affix or imprint the product identifier to their packages until after November 26, 2018.

To learn more about the DSCSA drug tracing mandate or to get a free consultation on a drug tracing hardware and software solution, reach out to one of our Barcodes, Inc. representatives.


Honeywell XL Thermal Transfer Labels

Posted August 2, 2017

labelsIf you don’t know what’s cool about the Honeywell XL Thermal Transfer Labels, please read below.

What is it?

  • 4” x 6” Thermal Transfer Label with a thinner liner.
  • 1,500 labels per roll vs standard 1,000
  • 3” core and 8” outer diameter.

Benefits:

  • Thinner liner = more labels & less weight per roll.
  • Less time changing rolls.
  • Less to order.
  • Saves on freight costs and storage space (6,000 rolls/case versus standard 4,000/case).
  • Environmentally friendly without a price premium.
  • Can be used with Zebra Thermal Transfer printers.

For a quote on the Honeywell XL Thermal Transfer Labels, contact one of our Barcodes, Inc. representatives.


What Are the Advantages of Thermal Transfer Printing?

Posted June 13, 2017

Choosing the right printing method for labels can always be confusing at first. With options for direct thermal and thermal transfer it really comes down to how long you want the label to last and in what kind of environment. Thermal transfer provides more options for longevity and durability but not without a cost.

Thermal Transfer – Advantages

  • Image durability. It’s the label type needed for harsh environments.
  • Superb resolution of bar codes, text and graphics.
  • Longer printhead life compared to direct thermal printers.
  • Can be color depending on color of label – black, blue, red, green, white.

Thermal Transfer – Disadvantages

  • Dual media needed – labels and ribbons. More to purchase and store.
  • Ribbons can be tricky to load.
  • Must match ribbon to facestock.
  • Single pass ribbon can be wasteful if little is printed on long labels.

Honeywell’s Duratherm Series: A Label for Every Application

Posted March 31, 2017

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 direct thermal printing the Duratherm series provides cost-effective printing with various levels of durability, from uncoated paper to top-coated synthetic labels.

Without the need for ribbon changeover, Duratherm products are easy to use and demand less operator intervention. Duratherm labels have been designed for use with both visible and infrared scanners in indoor applications with high humidity, high surface abrasion, at demanding fast print speeds.

In addition to being a high quality label, when you exclusively use Honeywell media with Honeywell printers, their Free Printhead Replacement Program offers significant cost savings.

  • Duratherm Receipt – 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 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 – 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.

Afinia Label’s L801 Color Label Printer

Posted January 3, 2017

Afinia Label L801The L801 Memjet label printer is an industrial web-fed inkjet solution, ideal for short- to medium-range print runs for inventory and product identification applications. It’s easy to use, has an integrated unwinder, works well with industry-standard label design software, and is available with an optional rewinder. The L801 is compatible with a wide range of paper, polyester, polypropylene, and vinyl label stocks from major vendors. With the correct label stock, the L801 can create GHS-compliant labels or any other high-quality label to improve brand recognition and allow your products to stand out from the competition.

High Quality & Resolution

Print at up to 1600 x 1600 dpi for vivid, eye-catching labels. By using CMYKK, the L801 offers exceptional color and rich blacks, giving you the ability to print with better contrast.

Low Cost of Ownership

Afinia Label Memjet label printers allow you to save on consumables. The L801 holds 1.25 liters of ink to support large runs, and offers an industry-leading low ink cost. You can visit our online ink cost calculator to determine the estimated cost of your labels based on label size and percent ink coverage, or see how the L801 has a great return on investment.


GLADGIRL.COM Values Flexibility of AirTrack IP-1

Posted December 28, 2016

AirTrack IP-1 PrinterGLADGIRL.COM is a cosmetic manufacturer and distributor of professional eyelash and eyebrow extensions, application tools, after-care and makeup products. They produce a large volume of labels in a variety of different sizes for products to be identified and sent to various locations. They were using a standard laser printer to print subpar quality barcode labels and their employees were having difficulty scanning the respective barcode. GLADGIRL.COM wanted an industrial-grade printer that can offer flexibility with respect to printing various sized barcode labels and interface connection.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack IP-1 to GLADGIRL.COM for their high quality, high volume printing application. The IP-1 is capable of printing at 14 inches per second, produces clean, high quality barcodes, and comes equipped standard with USB/Ethernet/Parallel/Serial interfaces for customers who require multiple interface compatibility. The IP-1 was capable of printing the small 1.0” x 0.5” labels that the customer required utilizing the Wasp WaspLabeler barcode software to design the labels the way they needed them. In the end, GLADGIRL.COM’s IT Manager was pleased with the flexibility and cost effectiveness that was provided by the AirTrack printer.

To learn more about AirTrack or our labeling solutions, contact one of our representatives.


AirTrack IP-1 Helps Tri-State Ice Management with People Tracking Solution

Posted December 21, 2016

AirTrack IP-1 PrinterTri-State Ice Management is a full-service consulting and management company that specializes in ice rink management, feasibility studies, construction management, and design consultation. They were looking for a better way to keep track of their customers as they use their various facilities. For example, they wanted the ability to use different colored barcode labels to allow access into the different facilities. Additionally, they wanted to allow the public to buy 2-hour passes and use different colored barcode labels to track individuals while on the ice rink.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack IP-1 for Tri-State Ice Management’s people tracking application. The IP-1 is engineered to print 14 inches per second for high volume printing. Its heavy duty die-cast aluminum design is suitable for harsh environments. Furthermore, the IP-1’s flexibility allows it to print high quality barcodes on various sizes and colors of barcode labels. The industrial grade printer is ideal for compliance labeling, work-in-process, order fulfillment, asset tracking, ticketing, and other applications. Since incorporating this solution Tri-State Ice Management has been able to capture more usable data on what facilities their customers are visiting, along with optimizing the management of their facilities via people tracking.

To learn more about AirTrack or our tracking solutions, contact one of our representatives.


Barthes Co Uses AirTrack DP-1 and KoamTac KDC to Manage Shipping and Sales

Posted November 17, 2016

AirTrack DP-1 PrinterBarthes Co is a technology company that focuses on repairs for various types of devices. Before reaching out to Barcodes, Inc. they printed thousands of shipping labels using an inkjet printer, but quickly realized that their printers were breaking down and simply not keeping up with the thousands of shipping labels that were required to be printed. Additionally, they wanted to automate a process that required each of their sales representatives to manually track their sales orders against sales goals.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack DP-1 desktop printer to manage the printing of their shipping labels, which was not only more cost effective, but also more reliable and faster than an inkjet printer. In addition to the barcode printer, Barcodes supplied Barthes Co with flood coated barcode labels, which helps simplify product identification while making picking and organization much easier. Finally, Barcodes, Inc. recommended the KoamTac KDC410, a sled for the Apple iPhone, which was compatible with the Barthes Co sales tracking software that was used internally. The KDC410 allowed sales representatives to scan the barcode on a purchase order, which in turn would update their sales progress and allow them to track everything from their iPhone no matter where they were located. Barthes Co saw an immediate boost in production and employee satisfaction.

To learn more about the AirTrack DP-1, KoamTac KDC410, or our barcode label selection, contact one of our representatives.


Customize Your Imager’s Scanning Using Honeywell’s Centering, Aimer Delay, and CodeGate Features

Posted October 17, 2016

With all imager based scanners, the default decode mode is the full area of the decode window, so it will decode whatever barcode it sees first. This makes it difficult sometimes to target a specific barcode when the barcodes are close together.  We can help using the below features:

  • Centering(AKA pick list mode or center decode): This feature narrows the scanner’s field of view to make sure the scanner reads only those barcodes intended by the operator.
  • Aimer Delay:  Turns on the aimer for a split second before the scanner scans. This allows time for the operator to position the scanner over the specific barcode before the barcode is scanned.
  • CodeGate:  Similar to Aimer Delay except the aiming beam is on all the time, but scanner won’t scan until scanner button is pressed or specific time passes.

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