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Honeywell Offers Shielded Illumination with Presentation Scanners

Posted May 4, 2016

Shielded Illumination. What is it? In short, it’s a Honeywell-designed feature that minimizes the light emitted from a scanner preventing operators and customers from getting their eyes zapped by the barcode scanner. It significantly reduces the intense illumination often associated with imaging-based scanners.

Is it important? Yes! It allows retailers to manage their point of sale operations quickly, efficiently, and without any customer complaints.


Improve Performance with Honeywell’s Flexible Scanner Power Management

Posted May 2, 2016

If your business is experiencing network performance issues and you suspect that the Bluetooth scanner is interfering with other devices, you can turn down the power output of the Bluetooth scanner by simply scanning a barcode.  There are four barcodes you can scan in the Xenon/Granit/Voyager 1452/1602g User’s Guides:

  • Low Power (1%)
  • Medium Low Power (5%)
  • Medium Power (35%)
  • Full Power (100%).

A by-product when you turn down the power output is reduced range between the scanner and its base/access point/host.  I get asked a lot about the Bluetooth ranges at those power levels – scanner to base station.  So I tested several scanners (because I am a scan-nerd), and here is what I found.  Measurements are approximation – RF isn’t exact.  Also – I stopped at 100 feet because that’s how big my yard is…and because I’ve never seen an application that requires the Xenon to scan that far from the base station.

Xenon 1902G Granit 1981i Voyager 1452g
Low Power (1%)

  • Line of sight between scanner and base
  • With my body between scanner and base
  • 35-40 Feet
  • 10 Feet
  • 35-40 Feet
  • 10 Feet
  • 20 Feet
  • 5 Feet
Medium Low Power (5%)

  • Line of sight between scanner and base
  • With my body between scanner and base
  • >100 Feet
  • 30 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • 30 Feet
  • 40 Feet
  • 28 Feet
Medium Power (35%)

  • Line of sight between scanner and base
  • With my body between scanner and base
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • 75 Feet
  • 50 Feet
Full Power (100%)

  • Line of sight between scanner and base
  • With my body between scanner and base
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet

Bottom line is that if you are really concerned about RF interference, don’t be afraid to turn down the power on the Xenon & Granit.  They’ll still have plenty of range. That being said, in the vast majority of cases, the interference has nothing to do with the Bluetooth scanner.


Datalogic Heron Scanners Deployment by Euro Garages

Posted April 28, 2016

Datalogic has announced that Euro Garages, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned forecourt operators, is the first in the UK to roll out the Heron HD3100 barcode scanners.

Euro Garages, which had acquired 195 Esso sites in the UK from a series of sales that started in 2012, needed a barcode scanning solution at the point-of-sale that would integrate seamlessly with its Verifone chip and pin system. “We looked at a number of options before choosing the Datalogic device,” comments Guy Bickerstaffe, Regional Manager at Euro Garages. “The Heron barcode scanner, which was the only device that was compatible with our Verifone chip and pin system, enables us to scan a customer’s loyalty card to award Tesco’s Clubcard points.”

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Zebra’s New Ultra-Rugged 3600 Series Barcode Scanners

Posted April 14, 2016

36x8Zebra has announced the release of their new 3600 Ultra-Rugged series of scanners. They are purpose-built to exceed industry standards for durability, scan performance and manageability in demanding industrial environments such as warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing shop floors and do-it-yourself (DIY) retail stores.

1D and 2D versions of the 3600 series are available with corded and cordless options for fast, accurate performance in picking, packing, shipping, receiving, work in progress (WIP), inventory tracking, track and trace, cross docking and point of sale (POS) applications. Built to perform in extreme conditions, the ultra-rugged scanner series offers the industry’s highest drop, tumble and sealing specifications in its class and is the industry’s first IP67-rated scanner capable of enduring complete water immersion for up to 30 minutes.

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White Paper: Bluetooth Barcode Scanners

Posted March 15, 2016

What are they?

Barcode scanners come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and connection types. In the past, most businesses would utilize a corded barcode scanner that would connect to a PC computer via a USB, Serial, or PS/2 Keyboard Wedge interface. Now, with the world migrating towards a mobile, or cordless, platform, Bluetooth is becoming more prevalent in the data capture industry. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless communication standard that interconnects electronic devices. Similarly, Bluetooth Barcode Scanners are offered in a handheld cordless form factor, and communicate to their respective base/cradle or directly to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, via Bluetooth. After a huge demand from small and medium-sized business owners to incorporate iPads, iPhones, Galaxy Tabs, and other smartphone or tablet devices into their workforce management workflow, Honeywell invested extensive time and resources into building barcode scanners that are equipped with Bluetooth technology in order to pair them with consumer mobile devices. Now, business owners have the ability to manage inventory or track assets at the tip of their hands by pairing a Bluetooth barcode scanner with their smartphone or tablet.

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Wasp’s New WSS150i Pocket Barcode Scanner

Posted February 24, 2016

Designed for mobility, the new Wasp WSS150i bluetooth barcode scanner gives you the flexibility to wirelessly transmit barcode data to your iOS, Windows, or Androi d smartphone or tablet device from up to 33 feet. It’s compact size make it the perfect solution for applications that require reliable mobile scanning while paired with another mobile device.

The WWS150i’s CCD scan engine uses dual-color light sources to scan traditional 1D barcodes from up to a foot away. Thanks to its wireless connectivity, you can scan a barcode and transmit your data in real-time but if you’re out of wireless range, the WWS150i stores up to 20,000 pieces of barcode data with 2MB of built-in memory. In addition to its memory and range capabilities,
the WWS150i can also easily read poorly printed or damaged barcodes with print contrast ratios (PCR) as low as 30%.

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Case Study Video: Copper Mountain Ski Resort Lifts Customer Experience with Superior Scanning from Honeywell

Posted February 3, 2016

Copper Mountain is a premier ski resort based in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. With more than 2,500 acres of ski terrain and around 10,000 skiers entering the ski lifts each day, Copper Mountain relies heavily on quick and efficient scanning operations.

When tasked with finding a mobile device to use in their lift lines, they wanted only the best. They needed reliable and cost effective solutions for various solutions for not only their lift lines, but their retail and rental locations as well. Ultimately, they selected a solution from Honeywell.


Datalogic Discontinues the QuickScan QD2110 and QD2130

Posted February 1, 2016

With the introduction of advanced technology in recent new QuickScan product launches, Datalogic has announced the obsolescence of their QuickScan QD2100 scanner series.

To replace this older model, Datalogic highly recommends migrating customers to the QuickScan QD2131 linear imagers. Datalogic will be able to deliver a better price performance product to meet customer needs with the newer QD2131 imager, just launched in September of last year.

The newer QuickScan QD2131 linear imager has improvements in the following features:

  • Longer Depth of Field (DOF)
  • Wider Field of View (FOV)
  • Longer, sharper and brighter scan line
  • Better look and feel (same as the QuickScan 2D QD2400)
  • Shared peripherals (accessories) with the QuickScan 2D QD2400 product family

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Night Time Modes: Ensuring Patient Comfort with the Honeywell Xenon 1902h

Posted January 26, 2016

Adaptability is a necessity in healthcare. Every clinician has a wide variety of daily tasks and responsibilities to ensure quality patient care. As such, data collection tools need to be just as adaptable as their users. With the Xenon 1902h, such adaptability is not only possible, it is also easy to implement and change to support varied clinician workflows.

A typical standard scanner provides a loud, audible “beep” to indicate a “good read.” While this kind of operator feedback is widely understood, it can be highly disruptive in certain environments; say, during night time operations in an inpatient recovery ward. In these environments, maintaining patient comfort while keeping clinicians productive can be a challenge. That is why our Enhanced Xenon 1902h includes a quick-toggle mode we call Patient Do-Not-Disturb. In this mode, audible feedback is disabled and replaced by additional visual display options that provide positive status indication to the clinician—without disturbing resting patients. Select from multiple silent status indication options, including pulsing of the scanning aimer/imager and/or activation of the back-mounted status LEDs.

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TTL and True RS-232 Serial – What’s the Difference?

Posted January 21, 2016

CELE038The differences between a TTL RS232 and a True RS232 interface purely have to do with data being sent, not with powering the barcode scanner. The data is being sent as an electrical block-signal representing a sequence of logical zero’s and ones.

  • For a TTL device a zero would ideally be 0 volt, and a 1 one would ideally be 5 volt. The receiving device therefore has to decide whether a the signal at a given time is meant to be 0 or 5 volt, in order to tell if it is looking at a binary zero or a binary one.
  • For a True RS232 device the zero is represented by ideally -12Volt and a one is represented by ideally + 12 Volt. Here the receiving device has it a bit easier because the difference between -12 and + 12 = 24 Volt. (specification allows -5 to -15V and +5 to +15V)

In practice we see that a signal gets weaker the longer it has to travel and can sometimes drop 1 volt a meter going via cable from device to host. With a True RS232 device both positive and negative signal can drop 10 volts and still have 4 volts difference in polarity left to tell zero’s from ones. The TTL interface has already less polarity difference if the signal drops just 2 volts.

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