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Direct Part Marking (DPM) Explained

Posted April 4, 2016

DPM-Example-2While most barcodes you come across are printed on a label or paper-packaging of a product, in the manufacturing world and work-in-process applications many parts or components need to be marked with a barcode directly. Direct Part Marking is a process that  allows  users to mark a barcode directly on an item instead of printing the barcode on a label.

There are 3 main technologies available for DPM:  laser or chemical etching, dot peening  and ink jet printing. Each of these has specific  advantages  and disadvantages  in terms  of durability, cost and ease of reading.   The main advantages  of codes with  DPM technology are that  the code is permanently marked  on a surface and will  survive  for a long  time  (ideally  forever), regardless  of the  stress the part is passing  through during its’ life cycle. The main  reasons to choose codes with  DPM technology are:

  • Items that need to pass through harsh testing processes  (chemicals  agents, thermal cycles, oil, moisture, etc.)
  • Items that need to  be tracked  during  their  entire life cycle
  • Very small items (difficult to label)

DPM technology was first  adopted  mainly  by the automotive and general mechanical industries. Currently, the popularity of codes using  DPM technology has spread into  different sectors  including electronics, chemicals  and healthcare  industries.

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Zebra’s Enterprise TC75 Touch Mobile Computer

Posted November 4, 2015

Zebra’s new TC75 4.7-inch HD touchscreen computer running Android 4.2.2 (KitKat)  combines the familiarity of a consumer smartphone in a rugged enterprise-class chassis designed for the most demanding applications in field mobility, retail, manufacturing, and warehousing.

The TC75 gives your business an edge by combining the amazing ease of use of a consumer device with the no-nonsense durability, dependability and performance that enterprises demand. Designed to boost efficiency and customer service in the retail, wholesale and manufacturing industries, the TC75 is supported by more than 50 certified applications including price and inventory checks, line busting, assisted selling, workforce management and inventory management.

Key Features:

  • Android Kitkat – Fortified for the enterprise
  • 1D/2D Imager- For high-performance scanning of any barcode
  • Wireless Connectivity – 4G/LTE and 8.02.11a/b/g/n for anywhere, anytime access to information
  • Dual-Mode Touch Panel – Responds to any touch, even gloves or wet hands
  • Rugged and Ready- IP67 rated with a 6ft drop specification for all-day use in demanding environments
  • Voice Flexibility – Supports PPT functionality and is Voice over IP (VoIP) ready
  • Robust Accessories – Ensures the greatest flexibility in any application

For more assistance finding the right Zebra mobile device for your needs, contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Infographic: Manufacturing Solutions with Zebra and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted September 2, 2015

Having the right technology is crucial to keeping any manufacturing chain running smoothly and accurately. From receiving to production and fulfillment, Zebra’s cutting-edge technology and Barcodes, Inc can help enable your business to achieve maximum efficiency with the greatest return on your investment.

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White Paper: The Internet of Things

Posted August 31, 2015

zebrbcilogoWhat is it?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the coming connectivity of everything you own, everything you see. No longer will access to the internet be limited to single point interfaces like your phone or computer, or single-point data sources like web pages or servers. Nor will it be limited to you! Everything you see can, and someday will, be interconnected and sharing data: your tv, your refrigerator, your home, your car, the roads you drive on, the building you work in, the package you’re delivering…everything.

So far, the Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often referred to as being smart.

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APG 2015 Cash Drawer Solutions Overview

Posted January 20, 2015

As a leading global manufacturer and provider of cash drawers, APG has one of the most  rigorous manufacturing processes to ensure their cash drawers are rugged enough to handle the challenges of daily use and beyond. With a wide range of models and options to choose from, APG has solutions to meet the needs of fixed, mobile, and tablet applications.


Datalogic’s PowerScan PM9500-DK Imager With 16-Keys

Posted September 18, 2014

pm9500-dkThe PowerScan 9500 family of imagers represents the 2D handheld area imagers with rugged mechanics for industrial applications. Recently launched, the corded PD9500, the mobile PBT9500 with Bluetooth wireless technology and the PM9500 with STAR 2.0 Cordless System have already demonstrated their value in the field. With the introduction of the PM9500-DK with a full 16-key keyboard, the family is now complete offering an unequalled variety of models to satisfy the most demanding of customers with a model perfectly suited for their application requirements.

The PM9500-DK is equipped with a mobile telephone-like keyboard with direct access to numbers, while the alphanumeric characters are managed through a shift key. In addition, the 4 function keys are also configurable with single or multiple characters to increase the product versatility and to make repetitive actions easier and faster.

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CipherLab’s Amazingly Efficient 9700 Series Designed for Four-Wall Environments

Posted August 21, 2014

The CipherLab 9700 series mobile computer successfully fuses industrial ruggedness, flexible versatility and comfortable design. The 9700 series’ new features provide excellent reliability and adaptable modularity especially in harsh environments.

The 9700 series industrial mobile computer has the approval of IP65 rating to defend against water and dust. Its resistance with multiple 1.8 m drops onto concrete and 500 tumbles at 1 m ensures ultimate ruggedness. It offers 3 different keypad options for users to deploy as needed in different situations. In particular, the 53 alphanumeric key serves as an alternative for terminal emulation. Instant data transmission is made possible with both IEEE 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n with CCXv4 certified and Bluetooth Class II, V2.1 with EDR. Moreover, Push-to-Talk features voice transmission which pushes productivity even higher under WLAN support. Paired with 2 different battery options in 3600 mAh and 5400 mAh maintains the efficiency through long operation hours. Additionally, accessories like pistol grip and software support makes operation simple with 9700 series mobile computer.

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Barcode Warehouse Management Software

Posted July 28, 2014

Barcode warehouse management software is used to control the movement and storage of products or goods within a warehouse and process the associated transactions including, but not limited to, shipping, receiving, put away and picking through the use of barcode automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology.

Warehouse management systems manage the following core functions:

  • Receiving – The ability to properly handle a shipment when it arrives. This process can be individualized to each warehouse or product type. In some cases, goods are not received into a facility, but rather cross-docked, which is a logistics procedure where products from a supplier or manufacturing plant are distributed directly to a customer or retail chain with marginal to no handling or storage time.  Cross docking takes place in a distribution docking terminal; usually consisting of trucks and dock doors on two (inbound and outbound) sides with minimal storage space.  The name ‘cross docking’ explains the process of receiving products through an inbound dock and then transferring them across the dock to the outbound transportation dock.
  • Put Away – Put-away is normally thought of as the process of moving received inventory from the dock, kitting area, or production department to a storage bin. The put-away process is also used to relocate inventory within the warehouse and to replenish dedicated storage bins with inventory from a reserve storage bin. Any time inventory is being placed in a storage bin it is being put away. System directed put-away is when the WMS chooses the destination storage bin rather than the operator.
  • InventoryInventory Technology refers to the supervision of supply, storage and accessibility of items in order to ensure an adequate supply without excessive oversupply. It also helps companies keep lost sales to a minimum by having enough stock on hand to meet demand. The inventory can be real-time or in the form of a cycle count, which is an audit procedure designed to verify the inventory accuracy for a small subset of inventory in a specific location on a specific day, thus providing an ongoing measure of inventory accuracy.
  • Picking – Picking consists of taking and collecting articles in a specified quantity before shipment to satisfy a customer’s order. The following are different types of picking:
    • Piece Picking (or Pick to Part) – Order pickets move to collect the products necessary for one order.
    • Zone Picking – Each order picker is assigned to one specific zone and will only realize order picking within this zone.
    • Wave Picking – Order picker moves to collect the products necessary for several orders.
    • Sorting Systems Method – No movement of the order picker, as the products are brought to picker by an automatic system.
    • Pick to Box Method – No movement of the order picker, as the picking area is organized so that there are a number of picking stations connected by a conveyor. The order picker fills the box with the products from his station and the box moves to the other picking stations until he customer order is complete.
    • Packing – Packing occurs after the picking process and entails prepping a product or good for shipment by re-packaging, affixing with a shipping label, including an invoice and staging in preparation for shipment. Additionally, for certain goods or customers, there may be the requirement for kit building.
    • Shipping – Shipping entails the delivery of the right product or good to the right customer or location using the right method of shipment, all while minimizing the cost. If a customer is doing their own delivery, incorporating proof of delivery allows for more accurate information and quicker confirmation to the customer. Furthermore, our software has the ability to integrate shipment tracking for customers.

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Xplore Introduces Its Thinner, Lighter, Fully-Rugged Bobcat Windows Tablet

Posted July 17, 2014

Xplore has announced the release of the Bobcat—a fully-rugged Windows tablet boasting the most comprehensive standardized interfaces available, an extensive array of options through its proprietary Xpansion Port and a sleek lightweight design. The Bobcat operates Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Pro operating systems and continues to build upon Xplore’s reputation for fully-rugged durability with a MIL-STD 810G certification and IP65 rating. The Windows tablet is an ideal choice for a variety of industries including manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and utilities.

The Bobcat offers a robust suite of standard inputs and outputs that make the transition across different business applications as frictionless as possible. The tablet comes standard with two full-sized USB 3.0s, Micro SDXC, Micro SIM, Micro HDMI-Out, RJ-45 Ethernet, GPS engine and a true serial port connection. The Bobcat is the only fully-rugged tablet on the market to offer GPS, RJ-45 Ethernet and a true serial port connection in one device. With this comprehensive selection of ports, businesses are not forced to making compromises on port selections upon purchase.

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Microscan’s Vision MINI Xi – World’s Smallest Machine Vision Camera

Posted July 2, 2014

Microscan Vision MINI Xi Smart Camera ScannerMicroscan has announced the availability of the Vision MINI Xi industrial compact smart camera with embedded Ethernet. As part of Microscan’s award winning AutoVISION machine vision product suite, this tiny powerhouse is packed with features for close-range industrial auto ID, inspection, and other machine vision applications.

Microscan’s new industrial Vision MINI Xi is the world’s smallest fully-integrated smart camera with embedded Ethernet, measuring in at 1 in (25.4 mm) x 1.8 in (45.7 mm) x 2.1 in (53.3 mm) and weighing 3.2 oz (91 g). The Vision MINI Xi features both Ethernet and serial connectivity, a 24-volt interface, and optically isolated I/O in one compact package.

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