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Socket Mobile Releases 7X and 7XRx 2D Bluetooth Cordless Barcode Scanners

Posted January 27, 2010

The Socket Bluetooth® Cordless Hand Scanner™ 7X and 7XRx are the smallest, most powerful scanners on the market, rounding off the popular Series 7 product line

Socket Mobile, an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced the availability of its newest two-dimensional (2D) barcode scanners–the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) 7X and an antimicrobial version, the CHS 7XRx.

Features and Benefits:

  • Bluetooth HID Profile support—easy to set-up and use right out of the box with no additional software required
  • Tactile vibration recognition—feel when you have a successful scan, even in high-noise environments
  • Omni-directional barcode scanning – read traditional 1D linear, stacked and 2D matrix symbologies from any angle or direction
  • Standard (CHS 7X) and antimicrobial (CHS 7XRx) versions available
  • Provides data editing features with special barcodes
  • Ruggedized case withstands multiple 5 ft. (1.5 m) drops, and is dust, shock and water resistant
  • CMOS high-density imaging technology
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with 330 ft (100 m) range; decode distance 1.5 to 10.5 inches (3.8 to 27 cm)
  • Operates for 10 hours on a single charge

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Updated 123Scan Utility Makes Configuring and Managing Motorola Scanners Easier Than Ever

Posted December 14, 2009


Compatible with popular office tools, the PC-based Motorola 123Scan² software makes staging and managing scanners easy

Full of industry firsts, the 123Scan² Configuration Utility for Motorola scanners allows quick and efficient deployment of scanners. The patented wizard tool streamlines the set up process, which can then upgrade scanner firmware and stage large number of scanners simultaneously. Businesses can generate a multi-setting bar code for single scan programming and 123Scan² will check online for software updates to keep scanners running at peak performance – a process made simple because 123Scan² preserves and automatically re-loads pre-upgrade settings upon completion of the firmware upgrade.

Another first is a new utility that automatically detects and establishes a two-way communication with scanners to track and maintain assets and data. This feature combines with powerful reporting applications that provide confirmation that scanners were staged properly and are ready for use, as well as parameter and inventory reports which provide documentation of all provisioning activities – including updates of firmware, configuration settings and more. All of these capabilities are compatible with PC-based systems. Users can generate and email configuration files plus save bar code configuration sheets as Microsoft Word documents for easy re-branding, and can archive asset tracking information directly to Microsoft Access.

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A slice of Auto ID corrects Wholesale Grocer’s Inventory challenge

Posted December 7, 2009

Datalogic Gryphon Bluetooth

The Challenge
Heiderbeck was using an outdated data collection system to track and update thousands of products in its inventory. Heiderbeck specifically used a manual recording system, in which warehouse employees would print out inventory lists, make hand-written adjustments and then give the lists to other employees for updating purposes.

Without a modern automatic identification system, Heiderbeck was vulnerable to errors and data inaccuracies. After the merger between the two companies Heider and Beck, Heiderbeck decided it was time to invest in an efficient inventory tracking solution. They found the answer in an automatic identification system, which utilizes bar code scanners and customized software for product tracking.

The Solution
By choosing an automatic identification system, Heiderbeck would be equipped to facilitate a real-time inventory record, be able to write off spoiled and damaged goods and create more operational efficiencies. Automatic identification also produces a very low error rate and ensures data is available at all times, which is especially important in monitoring and updating ‘date sensitive’ product inventories.

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DMG Selects Datalogic Scanning’s PowerScan® PM8300 Scanners to Equip its New Warehouse

Posted November 17, 2009

PowerScan PM8300DMG (De Mandemakers Groep) recently opened a new warehouse in Haven Zeven (Waalwijk, the Netherlands). the new facility is 43.000 m2 wide with a 15.000 m2 office area.

DMG has several activities. Among them, DMG purchases, stores and sends kitchen furniture, cabinets, appliances and parts for well-known European home stores. Mandemakers Keukens, Brugman Keukens & Badkamers, Keukenconcurrent, Wooning Keuken & Badkamers, Montel, sanders Meubelstad and Piet Klerkx are all known examples of DMG’s customers database.

The Challenge
The new warehouse contains a lot of kitchen equipment and parts! To optimize logistics operations, the warehouse has 50 loading docks.

DMG contacted a Datalogic scanning Quality Partner to study their equipment needs. DMG needed to track and trace incoming and outgoing goods, and improve stock management, using bar code readers in the new warehouse.

When Mr. Peter van Leijden and Mr. van der Snoek’s of DMG requested help, they realized a complete audit of all processes would be required to understand and identify DMG’s real needs and provide them with the right bar code scanning solution.

When goods are received in the warehouse, they are temporarily stocked and then delivered to the customer according to each order.

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Price Check on the Bridge: Barcode Scanners Hidden in the new Star Trek

Posted November 12, 2009

Barcode scanners from BarcodesInc feature prominently in the USS Enterprise bridge in the latest Star Trek movie

If you pick up a copy of Star Trek on DVD next Tuesday be sure to hit pause a few times during scenes set in the bridge. Chances are, you will see one of 8 barcode scanners purchased by Paramount Pictures from BarcodesInc in the background.

Star Trek barcode scanners

If you don’t have the DVD, you can also find the scanners in many of the trailers and tv spots . The official Star Trek website contains a nice panorama of the Enterprise bridge where you can see all of the barcode scanners.

Here’s what you’re looking for:

Symbol M2004 Cyclone barcode scanner
Symbol M2004 Cyclone

Front and center of the bridge, above the controls, immediately below the viewscreen. These definitely get the most screen time.

Metrologic MS5440 Voyager barcode scanner
Metrologic MS9540 Voyager

2 on each table to the left and right of the captain’s chair.

Metrologic ORBIT MS 7120 barcode scanner
Metrologic ORBIT MS 7120

2 at the corners of each table immediately to the left and right of the view screen.

Whether you need barcode scanners for the point of sale, inventory management, asset tracking, or to adorn the set of your 23rd century science-fiction action blockbuster, be sure to contact BarcodesInc!

More barcode scanner shots from Star Trek

A nice shot that includes each type of scanner

The scanners might be upstaging Kirk here

Good view of the Metrologic ORBIT MS 7120 face (far right)

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Intermec SD61 Multiport Wireless Base Station is a Plug-and-Play Solution for Bluetooth Scanners

Posted October 6, 2009

Intermec SD61Intermec today announced the launch of the SD61, a multiport wireless base station that provides a secure connection (ISCP protocol) between multiple Intermec industrial scanners – including the SF51 and SR61B, and the host device. The SD61 allows up to seven Intermec Bluetooth-equipped scanners to operate in the same work area, connected wirelessly to the same mobile cart solution, PC or Intermec printer. By reducing the number of hosts, the SD61 delivers a quick ROI and a less cluttered work environment.

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Free Software Update for Honeywell 3800g Barcode Scanner Improves Damaged Barcode Reading

Posted October 5, 2009

New, improved firmware for the Honeywell 3800g and 3800gHD linear imagers is now available.

The firmware has all the same functionality as previous firmware and delivers additional benefits including improved ability to scan poor quality bar codes.

The prevalence of poor quality bar codes initiated the need for Honeywell to enhance the 3800g decoder by improving performance on poor quality without increasing the incidences of misreads and compromising the integrity of encoded data. Tests performed with the improved decoder show the 3800g is one of the top performers of reads vs no-reads, with virtually no misreads, thereby ensuring the reliability of the bar code symbol data.

Upgrades for scanners manufactured prior to October 5, 2009 can be downloaded for free from the Honeywell Scanning & Mobility website.

Mac OS X Barcode Scanners

Posted September 28, 2009

Apple Max OS X barcode scanners

Many of our customers think they need to get a special barcode scanner to use with their Macintosh computer. This may have been true many years ago when USB was not prevalent and Apple computers used ADB connector for their keyboards.

Today, virtually every USB barcode scanner on the market is automatically recognized by Mac OS X thanks to the Apple Generic Keyboard driver that is built into the Operating System. Therefore, all you have to do is plug the barcode scanner in to your USB port and scan your barcodes. They will be entered into any application as if you typed the corresponding keystrokes on a keyboard.

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Microscan announces world’s first fully integrated liquid lens barcode imager

Posted September 21, 2009

Microscan QX HawkMicroscan, a global technology leader for precision data acquisition and control solutions, premiers the QX Hawk, the world’s first barcode imager to be fully integrated with liquid lens technology, enabling infinite focus flexibility. The QX Hawk imager easily reads any barcode or 2D symbol, including challenging 2D direct part marks (DPM), within seconds of installation.

With the introduction of the QX Hawk fixed-mount imager, Microscan now has the largest product line available of specialty imagers and verifiers focused on direct part mark reading. The revolutionary QX Hawk is the first high performance imager to have the full flexibility to read any mark at any distance and speed in any environment, and the first to fully integrate liquid lens technology. Advanced imaging technology, including liquid lens autofocus and modular zoom optics, removes the need for automation engineers to research multiple configuration options before deployment.

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Microscan introduces Mobile Hawk Highest Performance Handheld DPM Imager

Posted September 16, 2009

Microscan Mobile HawkMicroscan, a global technology leader for precision data acquisition and control solutions, introduces the new point-and-shoot Mobile Hawk handheld imager which quickly reads any 2D barcode, including direct part marks (DPM). The Mobile Hawk DPM imager expands Microscan’s specialty product line of imagers and verifiers focused on challenging, low contrast direct part mark applications. Direct part marks are typically 2D Data Matrix symbols permanently marked by methods such as dot peen or laser/chemical etch onto substrates including metal, plastic, rubber or glass. These marking methods often result in low contrast visibility of the symbol or inconsistent imprints that can be challenging to decode through traditional imaging technology.

Using advanced technology, the Mobile Hawk combines patent-pending MAXlite machine vision illumination with aggressive X-Mode DPM algorithms. MAXlite leverages NERLITE® experience in machine vision lighting with an integrated, optimized multi-axis lighting solution. These exclusive Microscan lighting and algorithm technologies combine to deliver a truly plug-and-play mobile imager that is easy to use and extremely reliable for low-contrast DPM applications.

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