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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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Empowering Healthcare Providers with Honeywell’s 1900h Series Imagers

Posted January 12, 2016

With the ever changing healthcare landscape, hospitals are constantly under pressure to  consistently perform to always evolving regulations. Add to this that many hospitals are being forced to do more with less staff and you have a genuine need to improve the efficiency and accuracy of every process from identifying patients and accessing electronic medical record data to general bedside care.

Providing hospital staff with the right barcode scanner is a simple step to take to empower them to do more with less. Honeywell is leading the way with a line of scanners designed specifically to meet the needs for healthcare applications.

All of these scanners provide full decoding of any 1D, 2D, and Stacked barcodes and have disinfectant-ready housings that will handle daily cleaning without ever effecting performance.

Xenon 1900h Area-Imaging Scanner

  • Corded Scanner – USB, PS/2, RS232, and IBM 46xx options
  • Custom Sensor Optimized for barcode Scanning
  • Laser-Free Solution

Xenon 1902h Wireless Area-Imaging Scanner

  • Cordless Scanner
  • Long-Lasting Lithium-Ion Battery with Tool-Free Access
  • Flexible Radio Power Management
  • Vertical Base
  • Laser-Free Solution

Zebra’s CS4070: Designed for Smartphone and Tablet Mobility

Posted January 7, 2016

In today’s ever mobile work environments, many business are looking for ways to enable their workforce without hindering them with fixed stations or heavy, clunky mobile devices. A common trend today is using existing iOS or Android devices paired with rugged cases and for enhanced data capture capabilities, a cordless barcode scanner.

There are a wide range of cordless scanners to choose from but few have been designed with smartphone compatibility specifically in mind. Zebra’s CS4070 is the perfect solution for any application looking to add enterprise-level scanning to any smartphone or tablet.

The wireless Bluetooth CS4070 Companion Scanner provides the reliable scanning and  ergonomics that are missing in your tablets, laptops, smartphones and other devices that are not designed with intensive barcode scanning in mind. This affordable pocket-sized device offers advanced barcode scanning that’s able to capture virtually any barcode, in any condition, in the time it takes to press the trigger, even if it is damaged, dirty or scratched. And the natural feel delivers comfortable no-fatigue scanning, no matter how many times a day your workers need to scan.

Key Features:

  • Wireless scanning for iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices
  • PRZM Intelligent Imaging technology for next generation bar code scanning performance
  • Scan any 1D, 2D or PDF417 barcode on any medium
  • Superior ergonomics
  • Point-and-shoot scanning simplicity8
  • Full-shift power
  • Real-time and batch mode support

For assistance finding the right Zebra scanner for your specific needs, contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


MicroHAWK: Microscan’s Smallest Industrial Barcode Reader

Posted December 9, 2015

microhawkMini is now micro. Ease of use is now intuitive. Performance is now available in any configuration.

Microscan’s MicroHAWK industrial fixed barcode readers pack incredible decoding power inside a micro form factor. Despite unpredictable print issues, scratches, or obstructions, Microscan’s advanced X-Mode decoding algorithms render damaged symbols readable. MicroHAWK also utilizes the latest in processing technology to ensure that codes can be read at incredible speeds, so you can break records for operational efficiency and break away from the competition.

Built on the highest-performance imaging engine in its class, MicroHAWK offers an array of modular hardware options to take on any decoding task in three micro-form-factor readers. No software to install, no compatibility obstacles, no experience needed. Just plug in and open a browser.

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