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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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New Microscan MINI Hawk imager with 3 Megapixel sensor for Reading Direct Part Marks

Posted October 27, 2010

Microscan announces a new three megapixel resolution configuration in the popular MINI Hawk series of compact direct part mark (DPM) imagers. The powerful new three megapixel MINI Hawk is the smallest and highest performance autofocus imager in its class for reading small DPM marks straight out of the box.

This MINI Hawk is specifically designed for reading small 2D direct part marks widely used in medical device and electronics manufacturing industries. Electronic components such as printed circuit boards (PCBs) typically have very little space to add barcodes for traceability. Small 2D Data Matrix codes are ideal for this type of application; however they require a product with enhanced DPM reading capabilities to capture this critical data. The fully integrated design of the MINI Hawk makes it easy for electronics and other manufacturers and their suppliers to read these codes. Also available in high speed and high resolution configurations, the imager can also consistently read symbols that are damaged, distorted or otherwise challenging due to direct part marking.

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Verifies Patient Orders with Datalogic Bar code Readers

Posted October 21, 2010

Datalogic GD4100Apoteket Ensures ‘The Right Medicine for the Right Patient’ with Datalogic Scanning’s Gryphon™ Bar Code Readers

Overview

Apoteket is a non-profit pharmaceutical production and distribution center located in Stockholm, Sweden. The company produces both prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for local residents. It is Apoteket’s mission to provide patients with the correct medication, in the proper dosage, at the right time. Since Apoteket is state-owned, it also acts as a ‘communication hub’ between the government and nine million swedes to ensure that patients receive their medications without price variation throughout the country.

The Challenge

Apoteket has 28 production facilities that fill prescriptions for more than 150,000 patients residing in special care housing.

Since most of the patients are elderly, it is critical to deliver correct medications. “Failure to do so could be a matter of life and death,” says richard Hellström, technical Manager at Apoteket.

To eliminate the opportunity for errors at this critical point in production, Apoteket invested in a bar code system for prescription order verification. In this system, bar code scanners are used to read labels during production and packaging to verify that the selected medications are placed into the correct prescription package. the only problem was that the production operators struggled with the reading range and performance of Apoteket’s current scanning solution.

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Public transportation company Pioneers an Automation Project using Datalogic Powerscan Barcode Readers

Posted August 26, 2010

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ATM Launches a Part Tracking Project using PowerScan™ PBT7100 Readers to Optimize the Maintenance of Rolling Stock

Overview

The Milan transport company (ATM) is a corporation owned by the Municipality of Milan, Italy. ATM manages public transportation within the city and in 72 municipalities, which cover 2.6 million inhabitants with a fleet of 1,400 transportation vehicles such as subway trains, buses and trams.

To manage such a large and diverse fleet, active maintenance is fundamental. Without all the functioning vehicles in operation, ATM loses its ability to improve the quality of life for people living in the area. With this in mind, ATM decided to implement a system to optimize its spare parts inventory in order to maximize the efficiency of maintenance activities.

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Grocery co-op Makes retail History in New Zealand by Implementing Magellan Scanners

Posted August 26, 2010

POS checkout systemMajor Co-Op Wholesaler / Retail Group Reconfigured Cluttered POS Stations with Datalogic Magellan™ Scanners to Create the ‘Dream Checkout!’

Overview

Foodstuffs South Island Limited (Foodstuffs) is a major wholesaling and retailing FMCG group operating as a cooperative and established to provide high levels of service to member stores. Member stores fall under the following brands: PAK’nSAVE (barn-style supermarkets), New World (full-service supermarkets), Four Square (convenience stores), Henry’s (liquor stores) and On the Spot (dairy) stores.

Foodstuffs holds the dominant market position in the south Island grocery trade with approximately 58% of the market share, as measured by AC Nielsen. Foodstuffs is 100% New Zealand owned and operated with all profits and taxes remaining inside the country.

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Datalogic Magellan 3200VSi High Performance Omni-directional Barcode Scanner

Posted July 16, 2010

Datalogic Magellan 3200VSiThe World’s First Single Plane Scanner Powered by Imaging Technology

As the newest member of the industry leading Magellan bar code readers, this revolutionary scanner will expand existing point-of-sale (POS) capabilities for retailers by combining the performance of laser barcode scanners with the ability to read two-dimensional (2-D) bar code symbologies.

The Magellan 3200VSi scanner uses new imaging technology and software developed by Datalogic Scanning to increase scanning performance on hard-to-read bar codes. This scanner also features high performance sweep capability with omni-directional reading to further enhance the productivity of cashiers. By improving first pass read rates, the Magellan 3200VSi scanner yields a performance gain for the retailer’s check-out by ensuring faster and better customer service, while increasing operational efficiency. Additionally, the ability to scan the most popular 2-D bar codes gives the retailer the capability to support emerging applications like bar code-based mobile marketing, which requires the inclusion of more data in smaller spaces.

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Motorola DS6878-SR, DS6878-DL and DS6707-HC Broaden Digital Imager Portfolioto

Posted June 7, 2010

Scanners deliver new levels of productivity across a wide variety of industries

Motorola today introduced new advanced data capture solutions designed to streamline and error-proof everyday processes across multiple industries. Motorola’s new DS6878 cordless imager series and DS6707-HC healthcare-specific handheld imager help enterprises increase operational efficiencies and reduce errors with revolutionary scanning performance for improved quality of customer and patient care.

DS6878-SR DS6878-DL DS6707-HC

“With our deep heritage in advanced data capture technologies, Motorola continues to expand its portfolio of solutions to meet the specific needs of customers across vertical markets,” said Al Quinn, vice president and general manager of advanced data capture, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions. ”Understanding that enterprise customer needs are different and continually evolving, Motorola is committed to delivering solutions that address customer pain points, empowering workers to transform the enterprise.”
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Datalogic Scanning Announces Partnership with Mobile Marketing Provider

Posted May 12, 2010

Datalogic 1100iContinuing to leverage the rapidly expanding mobile commerce and marketing trends in retail, Datalogic Scanning is pleased to announce its joint marketing agreement with RocketBux, a white label mobile marketing services provider.

With over 2.4 billion active users worldwide and 10 times as many consumer access points as the wired internet, the mobile marketing industry is positioned for unprecedented growth. These statistics are not lost on retailers, payment processors or loyalty companies who are eagerly adopting services to take full advantage of this new, high-growth channel.

Datalogic Scanning and RocketBux began working together in 2008 by deploying several mobile commerce pilot programs utilizing Datalogic’s new imaging-based POS bar code scanners and RocketBux’s leading suite of mobile commerce tools, which includes bar codes that are generated by mobile phones. Datalogic Scanning selected RocketBux because their solutions are simple to use and require no special downloads or applications.

RocketBux’s bar coded products work extremely well with Datalogic’s exclusive Illumix™ Intelligent Illumination Technology, which enables retailers to quickly and easily read bar codes from mobile phones without any cashier or user intervention at the POS. They also use superior, patented bar code optimization technology with either 1D or 2D codes. Both companies agree these features are necessary to achieve the broadest adoption rate among consumers.

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Honeywell’s Area-Imaging Scanners Read Drivers’ License Barcodes In Three New States

Posted May 11, 2010

Honeywell barcode scannersEnhanced EasyDL™ software parses data on Texas, Ohio and encrypted Georgia licenses

Honeywell announced that their EasyDL software plug-in has been enhanced, enabling select area-imaging scanners to parse and decrypt bar code data found on Georgia state licenses for applications involving age verification and automatic electronic form population. Honeywell Scanning & Mobility’s area-imaging scanners now lead the AIDC industry in their ability to scan all U.S. and Canadian driver’s licenses that include PDF417 bar codes. Ohio and Texas are the latest states to include a PDF417 bar code on the back of its licenses, bringing the total number of driver’s licenses that Honeywell supports to 47 states and two Canadian provinces.

Age verification is a federal requirement for retail stores selling age-restricted items such as tobacco, liquor and gambling products. With a quick scan of a customer’s driver’s license, Honeywell’s EasyDL provides retailers with an age verification solution to ensure federal compliance is met. The solution lessens the responsibility placed on the cashier or business owner by eliminating user error associated with manually checking birthdays on identification cards.

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