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Retail Stores are Being Revolutionized with the Help of RFID

Posted January 4, 2018

8GS1-US-EPC-RFID-Chip-Hand-ImageRadio Frequency Identification (RFID) are helping retail stores across the country improving customer experience, inventory accuracy, and a way to present wider sets of products to customers who are a little more selective.

RFID Tags have the ability to hold information that identifies the products, its country of origin, materials used, production date, the handling process, and any other important information that took place in the supply chain. Some retailers are using RFID tagging to track products at all of their locations. According to a research study from the RFID Lab at Auburn University, RFID tagging can increase inventory accuracy from an average of 63 percent to greater than 95 percent. This helps enable speed and accuracy for consumers concerning fulfillment for two-day, one-day, or same day delivery. According to Kurt Salmon and the Platt Retail Institute, with RFID tagging, out of stocks can be reduced by up to 40 percent and increase profit margins by 60 percent.

According to the RFID Lab, manufacturers using RFID tagging will see an 80 percent improvement in shipping and picking accuracy, at the same time being able to increase the receiving time by 90 percent. This will allow retailers to communicate more efficiently with their manufacturers for expedited reorders, improved planning, and forecasting of products.

To read more about how RFIDs can help retail stores click here.

For any questions or a quote on any of your RFID needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Zebra’s 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study

Posted August 8, 2017

zebra-studyZebra Technologies commission a global study to analyze trends and challenges that impact manufacturing companies. The survey asked 1,100 executives from automotive, high tech, food, beverage, tobacco, and pharmaceutical companies for their insights on adopting technology on the plant floor to increase their competitive position. The study includes the benefits of having IIoT, RFID, and Asset Management on a plant floor.  To read more about the results of the study click the link below.

 

2017 Vision Study

 

For further information visit www.zebra.com/manufacturing


Zebra’s ZQ500: Mobile Printing for Mission Critical Applications

Posted June 12, 2017

Businesses already know the move to a more mobile workforce is key to greater effectiveness and profitability. Enabling your employees with better tools lets them do more in less time and improves their general day-to-day experience.

From transportation and manufacturing to the retail front-end, many mobile applications require a means to print labels or receipts on the go. There are plenty of mobile printers on the market today but none match the performance and durability of the Zebra ZQ500.

ZQ500 printers are lightweight, yet engineered to handle the bumps, drops and collisions that are part of the job. The printers feature a patented military design that meets third-party-verified MIL-STD 810g military standards for shock, vibration and temperature exposure. The printers can withstand repeated drops to concrete from 6.6′ on multiple sides.

Designed for intuitive, simple use with a simplified user interface that reduces the amount of accidentally changed printer settings, and the large buttons increase accuracy for gloved hands and fingers the ZQ500 is made for the workplace.

  • Apple iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry connectivity
  • Direct thermal printing of barcodes, text and graphics at 203 dpi resolution (8 dots per mm)
  • Print speed up to 5″/127 mm per second (with Draft mode enabled)
  • CPCL and ZPL programming languages and XML support
  • 400 MHz 32-bit ARM processor with 256 MB RAM (8 MB available for user applications)
  • Cold Temperature Compensation mode–optimizes/balances print speeds to allow for better print performance at lower temps
  • Dual-sided tear bar which allows for clean tearing in either direction (not available with linerless SKUs)
  • Printer can be used in any orientation
  • “Clamshell” design for easy media loading
  • Management: Mirror, SNMP, Web server, ProfileManager, AirWatch and Wavelink Avalanche
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Ready Low Energy radio
  • Simple easy-to-read LCD with large icons for battery and wireless status
  • Tolerance of multiple drops from 6.6′ (2 m) to concrete
  • Zebra Print Touch simplifies Bluetooth pairing and launches web-based help pages with Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled devices
  • Power Smart Print Technology – anticipates upcoming printing to optimize battery consumption and print speed

AirTrack’s S2-W – Cordless Scanning for Multiple Industries

Posted May 24, 2017

AirTrack S2-W ScannerThe applications using 2D barcodes continues to expand from couponing and loyalty cards to shipping and product labels.  Now, with more affordable pricing and virtually no drawbacks with area imaging technology, 2D barcode scanners are in high demand as businesses begin to futureproof their scanning technology and optimize their marketing capabilities with QR and other 2D barcodes.

AirTrack’s new S2-W brings all the benefits of a 2D imager and cordless scanner in an affordable package for retail, hospitality, logistics/warehouse, and manufacturing environments. Easily scan any barcode type and transmit the data with the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity. Improve the effectiveness of any application with the unmatched performance of the S2-W.

  • Long distance, stable Bluetooth connection
  • Easy to connect to your phone or computer
  • Rich decoding types and long battery life
  • Keyboard that supports more than 20 languages
  • Fast and accurate scanning
  • Ergonomic design to prevent strain from extended operation
  • Durable anti-shock design

Honeywell’s Next Generation CK75 Mobile Device for Increased Productivity Across Supply Chains

Posted March 8, 2017

Honeywell’s new CK75 is an ultra-rugged, lightweight device, is optimized for demanding warehouse, distribution center and manufacturing environments. When workload demands shift unexpectedly, the CK75 mobile computer gives workers the flexibility to quickly transition to tasks that require near or far scanning, speech, voice and image capture, without wasting time finding and reorienting themselves on unfamiliar devices.

Because the CK75 mobile computer supports Honeywell wired or wireless headsets and voice software, customers have the option of traditional or voice-enabled workflows. With a dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN radio, the CK75 mobile computer delivers rock-solid performance and consistently fast response times, even in areas where you might experience low signal levels or intermittent connections.

  • Supports Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating systems for flexible application support and migration.
  • Withstands 2.4 m (8 ft) drops to concrete, 2,000 1 m (3.3 ft) tumbles and has an IP67 seal rating against water and dust.
  • Industry’s fastest and farthest imaging engine delivers superior motion tolerance and barcode read performance.
  • Optional Cold Storage version includes touch screen and scan window heaters to support use for extended periods in freezers as well as transitions into and out of freezer areas.

Barcodes, Inc. Optimizes Valcom, Inc.’s Manufacturing Facility with AirTrack S1

Posted January 16, 2017

Valcom, Inc. is a manufacturer of IP and analog voice paging systems, IP centric multimodal systems and telecommunications enhancements. They are focused on manufacturing the best products available in their 120,000 square foot facility and quickly getting the product out to their respective distributors across the world. Valcom, Inc. was looking for a way to print barcode labels for their products and then use a barcode scanner for data entry and barcode verification.

Barcodes, Inc. recommended the AirTrack S1 for Valcom, Inc.’s scanning needs. The S1 is a linear imager barcode scanner that offers 400 reads per second which is ideal for fast scanning and reading poor barcode labels. Additionally, the S1 is able to withstand repeated drops from 5 feet to concrete. AirTrack devices are commonly used in manufacturing, logistics, warehouse, and retail environments. Since implementing their scanning solution, Valcom, Inc. has been able to better organize their inventory and ensure products are being delivered to the right distributors. Furthermore, they were able to gain peace of mind by purchasing an AirTrack comprehensive service contract, which covers them against defects, normal wear and tear, and factory upgrades.

To learn more about Barcodes, Inc.’s solutions and services or AirTrack, contact one of our representatives.


Zebra’s Silverline On-Demand RFID Metal Asset Tagging Solution

Posted November 18, 2016

largeimage-adapt-fullZebra and Confidex have worked together to develop this unique solution consisting of a redesigned ZT410 RFID printer, optimized Silverline labels and high quality Zebra ribbons. This combination provides for excellent print quality, encoding accuracy and ease of solution deployment and use. Silverline labels, now offered exclusively by Zebra, are available in three sizes to meet the needs of a wide variety of applications. When combined with Zebra’s RFID reader portfolio, the launch of Silverline enables complete Zebra RFID solutions for the most critical Enterprise Assets. For example in healthcare, hospital assets like wheel chairs, beds, oxygen canisters, IV pumps, medical diagnostic instruments, etc. can now be accurately and efficiently RFID tagged. In manufacturing, it enables tagging of tools, fixtures, metal parts, returnable containers, etc. Tagging of IT assets such as laptops, servers, tablets, etc. is another ideal use case.

Silverline Solution:
• Total Solution: Silverline RFID tags and Zebra ZT410 Silverline printer
• Provides RFID labels that work directly on all surfaces
• Prints and encodes labels for metal and liquid-filled assets
• Choose from three types of RFID labels: standard, slim and micro
• Available Globally
• Read range of up to 5m
• Reliable, flexible and scalable


AirTrack’s S1 and S2: High Performance, Affordable Barcode Scanning

Posted August 26, 2016

AirTrack has entered the barcode scanner market with the S1 1D linear scanner and a full 2D area imager with the S2. Designed with a focus on high performance at an affordable cost, the S1 and S2 are the perfect solutions for retail, manufacturing, and logistic applications. Both scanners are corded models and are available as complete USB kits with stand and cable.

AirTrack S1
Multi-Purpose 1D Linear imager

  • Reads linear or most 1D barcodes
  • Wide angle scanning
  • Laser-like thin, extended scan line
  • Green Spot technology for good-read feedback
  • Reduced operator stress with LED-based aiming system
  • IP42 water and particulate sealing rating
  • Withstands repeated drops from 5 feet onto a concrete surface

AirTrack S2
High Performance 2D Are Imager

  • Reads linear or 2D barcodes off of smartphones and loyalty cards
  • Omnidirectional reading
  • Green Spot technology for good-read feedback
  • Reduced operator stress with LED-based aiming system
  • IP42 water and particulate sealing rating
  • Withstands repeated drops from 5 feet onto a concrete surface
  • Advanced motion tolerance optics

Case Study: Automotive Manufacturing with Honeywell Solutions

Posted August 4, 2016

hnoneywekllExecutive Summary

A global automotive parts manufacturer whom specializes in parts and accessories for the productions of cars. With a keen focus on just-in-time inventory, they focus on building customer relationships by setting the right expectations and aiming to over-deliver. Delivering a great customer experience hinges on the companies flawlessly tracking of products from production, finished good delivery and ensuring that their customers inventory levels are optimized. By utilizing Honeywell printers, scanners and mobile computing products, our customer has been able to increase their service level commitments and gain trust from automotive manufacturers around the globe.

The Business Challenge

The Company was expanding and needed a data capture solution that enabled its workforce to optimize their productivity, mobility and product traceability. With operations heavily dependent on product traceability and product movement, they needed hardware that would offer a wide variety of traceability features. With many customers relying on quick turnaround, just-in-time shipping, and accuracy, the Company needed to find a way to operate lean and agile.

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Zebra’s 3600 Series Sets a New Standard in Rugged Barcode Scanners

Posted May 23, 2016

When it comes to capturing bar codes in rugged environments like the warehouse or manufacturing plant floor, every second counts—speed and accuracy is directly related to workforce productivity, throughput, and the quality of products and customer service.  Zebra’s New 3600 Ultra-Rugged Scanner Series is the industry’s first ultra-rugged line of corded and cordless industrial handheld scanners that set new benchmarks for rugged design, scanning performance and manageability.  The result is unstoppable performance—faster-and-farther-than-ever data capture, with unprecedented scanner uptime and a low total cost of ownership.

Ultra-Rugged Design
Just how rugged is the 3600 Ultra-Rugged Series?  When it comes to industrial strength, nobody does it better.  In fact, the 3600 Series offers the most indestructible design available today, with the highest drop, tumble and sealing specifications for comparable devices.  All scanners in this family offer an 8 ft. 2.4 m drop specification that is 23 percent more durable than any other scanner in this class.  These scanners continue to operate reliably—even after 5,000 tumbles.  Also, only the 3600 family offers IP67 sealing as well as two sealing ratings—IP67 plus IP65—making it dust-tight and waterproof.

Superior Performance
When it comes to scanning, the 3600 Series simply shines.  Built to out-class its competition in scanning performance, users get advanced scanning technology that enables the first-time every time capture of bar codes faster, farther and in practically any condition—under shrink wrap or damaged, dirty or poorly printed.  With six models to choose from, there is a 3600 model designed to meet the specific scanning needs in a warehouse or manufacturing plant.

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