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Microscan’s Vision MINI Smart Camera a “Perfect Fit” for Clinical Instrument Manufacturers

Posted July 8, 2011

As the world’s smallest fully-integrated vision system, Microscan’s ultra-compact Vision MINI is designed for reliable vision performance in embedded clinical and lab automation applications.

Microscan announces the new Vision MINI smart camera. As the world’s smallest fully-integrated vision system, the ultra-compact Vision MINI is designed for reliable vision performance in embedded clinical and laboratory automation applications.

Original equipment manufacturers in clinical diagnostics and other life sciences are turning to machine vision to increase throughput and improve the accuracy of their instruments. Auto ID systems such as barcode readers have long been used for sample tracking and identification; the Vision MINI machine vision system takes this capability a step further by automating critical inspection tasks such as cap presence, color matching, and test tube identification in addition to reading 1D and 2D barcodes.

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Datalogic Introduces Gryphon 4400 2D Barcode Readers

Posted May 4, 2011

Today, more and more industries are adopting the use of two-dimensional or 2D bar codes. The benefits of two-dimensional barcodes include the ability to include more information in a smaller space, offer higher levels of security and reduce unreadable codes due to printing issues. New user-interactive applications such as mobile marketing, mobile ticketing, electronic coupons and loyalty clubs, typically feature 2D Quick Response or QR codes, which requires a 2D barcode scanner for reading.

Datalogic extends its heritage in imaging technology with the introduction of the Gryphon 4400 series of 2D area imagers. New to the Gryphon 4400 series is the GD4400 corded desktop model, which is ideally suited for stationary applications in retail, manufacturing, and healthcare. Additionally, the GD4400-B “All-in-One” reader with its unique stand design is perfect for retail point-of-sale environments where the need for both handheld and presentation style reading is required.

Based on state-of-the-art area imaging technology, the Gryphon 4400 readers go beyond the typical performance specifications by incorporating features that simplify everyday scanning activities.

Datalogic’s exclusive Motionix™ motion-sensing technology intuitively synchronizes the scanner with the user’s actions allowing seamless transitions between handheld and hands-free style reading. When the device is in your hand, it’s in handheld mode; when the device is still, it’s in presentation mode. It’s that simple.

All Gryphon 4400 series scanners can decode virtually any 1D and 2D bar code symbology and can read codes from LCD monitors, cell phones, smartphones and other mobile devices. The deep-red illumination of the 4400 series eliminates the irritating “flicker effect” found in competing products, allowing for comfortable all-day usage. The center-cross aimer with four corner dots provides a clear indication of the reading area, making targeting codes quick and easy. Datalogic’s patented Green Spot technology provides additional visual good-read confirmation which is a necessity in noisy environments or when silent scanning is desired. Datalogic Aladdin™ configuration software and Remote Host Management provide simple tools to manage deployed devices and keep them synchronized across an enterprise.

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Datalogic Gryphon 4000-HC (Healthcare) Barcode Readers Protect You and Your Patients

Posted February 23, 2011

Datalogic is pleased to announce the Gryphon 4000 series of bar code readers has been expanded with the introduction of the Gryphon™ 4000-HC (Healthcare) models. The Gryphon™ HC series offers both corded and cordless linear imagers, targeting the healthcare industry and other bacteria-sensitive environments with special ‘disinfectant-ready’ barcodes scanner enclosures and patient features.

As global healthcare initiatives continue to push organizations towards automatic data capture, the Gryphon HC bar code readers include disinfectant-ready enclosures featuring silver ion-based antimicrobial additives. Coupled with industry leading sealing ratings, these special enclosures withstand daily cleaning with harsh disinfectant solutions, which helps reduce the spread of germs. The strength of these enclosures expands the life of the product, improves scanning performance and most importantly, secures a patient’s right to obtain quick and accurate data regarding medical treatments.

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Datalogic Introduces the Datalogic Gryphon I GBT4400 2D Reader

Posted February 1, 2011

Today, people from all walks of life are using bar code readers in many different applications. As this technology continues to move into the mainstream, people are looking for more than just performance. Datalogic is proud to meet this challenge with the new Gryphon I GBT4400 reader. Designed with people in mind, this reader delivers the performance that users expect, while blending advanced 2D imaging technology with intuitive, user friendly features.

Fast reading allows the Gryphon GBT4400 reader to excel in diverse application requirements. From signature capture to document scanning, this reader offers the performance users demand to efficiently read common codes including 1D, 2D, postal, stacked and composite codes like PDF417 and GS1 DataBar™ and even small, condensed codes. Imaging technology also enables the Gryphon GBT4400 reader to easily capture bar codes from LCD monitors or mobile devices for the latest mobile marketing / ticketing applications.

High speed imaging and motion tolerance capabilities allow operators of the Gryphon GBT4400 reader to scan fast moving codes or move quickly from one code to the next. As a cordless device, mobility is supported by a Bluetooth® wireless technology, designed with a working range of 30 m / 90 ft. This allows the data to be quickly transmitted to the host as well as any other commercial or embedded Bluetooth® wireless technology v2.0 compliant device for optimal communication.

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Disinfectant-Ready Barcode Scanner Enclosures for Healthcare Environments

Posted January 26, 2011

In any area of a healthcare facility, the need to limit the spread of germs is critial to improve patient care and protect employees in direct contact with infected patients. This can be particularly important if the barcode scanner is traveling room-to-room on a medication cart, stationed in a high-traffic area, or used by multiple personnel. To protect patients and employees, shared equipment must always be kept in a clean, sanitary condition; yet, routine cleaning of data collection devices with harsh chemicals can erode plastic enclosures over time and potentially damage internal components.

Datalogic disinfectant-ready barcode scanners

To solve this challenge, Datalogic‘s Disinfectant-Ready enclosures are designed to withstand daily cleaning with harsh disinfectant chemical solutions to effectively fight germs and bacteria. These special plastic enclosures are treated with silver ion-based anti-microbial additives to earn their anti-microbial status. These additives have been proven to inhibit microbial growth on the scanner’s surface when tested against standards JIS Z 2801:2000. This standard is internationally recognized by the healthcare industry and certifies that specific germs and other micro-organisms are inhibited by the silver ion-based additives. Datalogic’s Disinfectant-Ready enclosures are additionally coupled with industry leading IP sealing ratings to further protect the scanners internal components from intrusion by chemicals and other liquids.

Protect your technology investment as well as your patients and employees health with Disinfectant-Ready enclosures from Datalogic and ensure years of dependable and reliable scanning performance.

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Motorola Introduces DS9208 Barcode Scanner, DS4208 Barcode Scanner and MC9190-G Mobile Computer

Posted January 11, 2011

New mobile computing, voice and imaging solutions help bring the right information to the right place at the right time

Motorola Solutions introduced today the DS9208 presentation imager, DS4208 handheld imager, MC9190-G industrial mobile computer and announced TEAM Express push-to-talk communications as a standard feature across its portfolio of voice-capable mobile computers.

New DS9208 presentation imager and DS4208 handheld imager

  • The new hands-free DS9208 presentation imager is a sleek, compact and affordable bar code scanner offering excellent performance on 1D and 2D bar codes used in traditional and mobile bar code applications.
  • The new DS4208 handheld bar code imager is intuitive, easy-to-use and quickly reads 1D and 2D printed bar codes on paper or from a cell phone display offering retail customers a truly affordable handheld 2D imager that can enhance their business.
  • Both the DS4208 handheld imager and DS9208 presentation scanner are based on a brand new imaging technology platform from Motorola Solutions that can quickly read bar codes from traditional paper labels and hang tags, as well as from cell phones supporting mobile couponing, mobile loyalty and mobile gift card applications. The DS9208 is offered with an optional on-board parsing engine to read and parse PDF417 bar codes on United States driver licenses.

    

MC9190-G Rugged Mobile Computer

  • Building on the industry’s single best-selling rugged mobile computer, Motorola Solutions’ new MC9190-G series of industrial mobile computers provides a multitude of keypad and scan engine options, including a new long-range imaging option that offers revolutionary standard 1D and 2D bar code reading up to 30 feet, as well as image capture capabilities to meet the emerging requirements for 2D bar code reading in retail and warehouse applications.
  • The MC9190-G leverages the design of the MC9000 series and incorporates new features, including a more rugged touchscreen and scanner exit window. In addition, the MC9190-G offers a common platform with the MC9000 providing fast porting of applications and backward compatibility with all accessories.
  • Motorola’s newest industrial mobile computer includes an integrated RFID tag to help customers track their MC9190-Gs throughout the enterprise – eliminating lost or misplaced devices.

TEAM Express Voice Solution

  • Throughout 2011, Motorola Solutions will introduce the Total Enterprise Access and Mobility (TEAM) Express solution as a standard feature across its broad portfolio of voice-capable mobile computers.
  • TEAM Express enables fast, easy push-to-talk communications among multiple, disparate devices, including Motorola voice-capable mobile computers, two-way radios and TEAM devices to help improve employee accessibility, responsiveness and productivity.
  • Completely server-less and deployed through a simple set-up, TEAM Express leverages existing IT investments and can also interoperate with two-way radios using the TEAM Radio Link Solution (RLS).

These products are backed with the complete range of Motorola services, from advanced services to help plan and deploy the next generation of enterprise mobility to ongoing support with Service from the Start with Comprehensive Coverage.


CipherLab 1704 Rugged 2D Barcode Scanner Ready For Any Environment

Posted December 17, 2010

With IP54-sealed rugged design, audio/visual/tactile scan confirmation, high-resolution 2D capabilities and 1.3 megapixel imaging, the CipherLab 1704 is ready for the future.

CipherLab, adds a new dimension to its leading range of rugged mobile computers and barcode scanners with a feature- packed new 2D device. The CipherLab 1704 offers 1D/2D functionality and 1.3 megapixel imaging capabilities in a single, affordable package that can cope with everything from 3 mil barcodes to signatures, and optionally even full A4 documents. Another standout feature of the 1704 is its innovative scan confirmation system, which includes variable volume level, LED and vibrator. CipherLab’s trademark rugged design and the sheer versatility of the 1704’s feature set reduce the total cost of ownership, making it a great long-term investment in employee productivity.

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Large Food Distributor Pioneers Cordless Point-of-sale System

Posted November 23, 2010

Gruppo Maiorana, One of Italy’s Largest Food Distributors Chooses Datalogic Scanning’s PowerScan Readers to Outfit Cash & Carry Outlets

Overview

Gruppo Maiorana S.p.A. is the holding company of one of the strongest leaders in the food distribution market as well as one of the largest commercial real estate holders in central and southern Italy. Gruppo Maiorana’s extensive field experience, local market knowledge and professionalism are among the factors that have contributed most to its growth.

The operating companies of the group include Maiorana Maggiorino S.p.A., a commercial market service company handling food distribution and wholesale cash & carry outlets, and Emme Più S.r.l., a retail company that directly manages a chain of supermarkets and hypermarkets.

The Challenge

Although Gruppo Maiorana is a 35 year industry veteran, it has the characteristics of a modern company with new facilities dedicated to monitoring business management, marketing and information systems. With these facilities, Gruppo Maiorana’s ceD department (Centro Elaborazione Dati or Data Processing Center) is able to develop all IT projects internally. using the most competent, leading-edge hardware, this department led Gruppo Maiorana to become one of the first to install cordless bar code readers at its cash & carry outlet, Maiorana Maggiorino.

With the intention of equipping their stores with powerful tools to optimize business processes, Maiorana Maggiorino decided to invest in a new bar code scanning solution to upgrade its point-of-sale (POS) systems. since Maiorana Maggiorino carries over 30,000 different products, the hardware needed to be able to read diverse bar code symbologies (i.e. 1D linear and stacked codes) in all types of quality. The solution also needed to be cordless to provide the operator with the freedom to move, especially with two operators working: one to scan the customer’s items and the other to complete the transaction.

The Solution

After testing, Maiorana Maggiorino purchased Datalogic’s Powerscan PM8300-D readers with display screen to handle transactions at the Pos. “Datalogic scanning’s proven reliability and excellent reputation combined with the field testing of several other Auto ID technologies made us confident in selecting the Powerscan PM8300 readers,” said Fabio Mancini, Purchasing and ceD Manager, Gruppo Maiorana S.p.A.

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Intermec Expands SR61T Line of Industrial Handheld Barcode Scanners

Posted November 15, 2010

Intermec SR61TIntermec announced the expansion of its award-winning SR61T industrial scanning portfolio, including the all-new SR61HP high performance scanner, the SR61XR extra range scanner and the SR612D industrial range imager. The new solutions are ideal for customers in warehouse and manufacturing operations needing improved operator productivity and overall scanner reliability.

The SR61HP is the market’s most advanced motion-tolerant bar code scanner, featuring unique illumination and a red laser aimer to swiftly read bar codes at top speeds and in codes of all colors. The enhanced SR61TXR utilizes Intermec’s new third generation EX25 scan engine for the industry’s only near/far long-range 2D barcode scanner, providing the longest read range of any bar code scanner.

With five distinct product offerings, the SR61T family now includes a complete rugged, multi-purpose bar code imaging solution suite that minimizes scanner downtime and increases overall customer ROI.

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Unitech Disinfectant-Ready Healthcare Products Receive Antimicrobial Certification

Posted November 3, 2010

The Unitech PA600 Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) handheld computer and the MS337H healthcare scanner incorporate antimicrobial materials in their disinfectant-ready plastic housing. This antimicrobial enclosure provides an additional layer of protection against the exponential build-up and spread of potentially threatening bacteria and microbes.

To be considered antimicrobial under the JIS Z2801:2000 test standard, surfaces must be tested and verified by approved test labs. Surfaces meeting the antimicrobial requirements receive an antimicrobial rating, or log reduction value, of greater than 2.0.

When tested against the buildup of Methicillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, or “Staph”), Unitech’s antimicrobial/disinfectant-ready plastic housing received an antimicrobial rating of 4.81, which translates to a 99.998% percent reduction in MSRA accumulation.

Performing similarly in other tests, Unitech’s antimicrobial/disinfectant-ready housing received an antimicrobial rating of 7.20, or 99.999% resistance against E. coli buildup.

While antimicrobial surfaces provide an added layer of protection against germ accumulation, standard healthcare procedures require regular cleaning and disinfection of any point-of-care device. Unitech’s antimicrobial/disinfectant-ready housing is designed to withstand daily cleaning with common healthcare cleaning solutions.

The usage of disinfectant wipes enhances the antimicrobial properties of the plastic while leaving it’s disinfectant-ready attributes unaffected and allowing its color to remain constant. In aging tests conducted over an eight-week period, the plastic did not discolor or crack when wiped with disinfectant wipes three times a day.

See our full selection of antimicrobial and disinfectant ready hospital/healthcare barcode scanners.

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