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Zebra R2844-Z Discontinuance Notice

Posted August 6, 2013

Zebra R2844-Z RFID PrinterZebra has announced the discontinuance of the R2844-Z desktop HF RFID printer. No orders for the product will be accepted after October 30, 2013 unless inventory is still available. Orders placed for these units by October 30 will ship by their desired delivery dates, subject to production lead times.

Service, parts and support will continue to be available for approximately three (3) years from the last date of shipment—approximately until December 31, 2016.

No replacement product for the R2844-Z desktop HF RFID printer is planned at this time. However, a new desktop UHF RFID printer is planned for launch later this year. Additional information on this new printer will be provided at launch.

For assistance finding the right RFID Printer for your application needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.


The New Intermec 70 Series RFID Mobile Computers

Posted August 5, 2013

Intermec CN70 RFID RFID ReaderThe Intermec 70 Series RFID is the no-compromise, next generation family of ultra-rugged mobile computers that adds passive UHF reading to the already impressive feature set of 70 Series mobile computers. These devices combine advanced RFID reading and a no-compromise design with best-in-class ruggedness, battery life, and ergonomics.

Intelligently designed into three different form factors, the CN70 RFID, CN70e RFID, and CK70 RFID are fully integrated mobile computer platforms that meet or exceed typical handheld RFID read range requirements in a design that is more compact and comfortable to use than competing devices.

For more information or to order a 70 Series RFID device, contact us at BarcodesInc.


RFID Basics with Motorola – Infographic

Posted August 2, 2013

RFID has been a buzz word in the auto-ID industry for some time now and is being adopted more everyday by businesses looking to improve efficiency and visibility in their operations. With any new technology, there can be a lot of questions when learning how it works and what components are needed in a system.  This infographic is a great primer and starting point on the very basics of what is involved in an RFID system and the variety of Motorola readers available to get the job done.

Like any technology, there will probably more questions as you learn more so feel free to contact us at BarcodesInc to see how RFID can improve your daily operations.

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Seagull Updates Bartender Software to Version 10.1

Posted July 12, 2013

Seagull BarTender 10.0 Barcode SoftwareSeagull Scientific has announced the immediate availability of BarTender 10.1, the latest version of its award-winning software for designing, printing and automating the production of barcodes, labels, cards, RFID tags and more.

Version 10.1 introduces features and improvements that enable more complex designs and solve tough real-world problems, including the world’s most comprehensive barcode support, new design “layers,” enhanced serialization, improved usability and new global data fields, custom page templates and conditional printing.

Recently named the Best Professional Barcode Software by TopTenREVIEWS, BarTender is available in four, progressively more powerful editions: Basic, Professional, Automation and Enterprise Automation. The variety of editions makes BarTender well suited to a wide range of printing and marking solutions, from small, stand-alone printing environments at SMBs to large, automated printing infrastructures at the largest enterprises.

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GS1 US Celebrates 40 Years of the Barcode

Posted April 8, 2013

This year marks the 40th anniversary that organizations united to adopt a universal way to conduct business using GS1 Standards. Beginning with a UPC (Universal Product Code) barcode, the GS1 System of Standards has set the foundation for a technological revolution that has changed the way companies, from manufacturers to retailers, conduct business around the world. Now, more than five billion GS1 barcodes are scanned every day.

In the 40 years since their adoption, GS1 Standards have grown into a global system, used by more than two million companies doing business in 150 countries across 25 industries, including apparel and general merchandise, fresh foods, consumer packaged goods, grocery, foodservice, healthcare, and defense

Introduced to speed the supermarket checkout process, the grocery retail industry was the first champion of standards in 1973. Today, supply chains representing nearly every sector in the world rely on GS1 Standards for identifying, capturing, and sharing information about goods, services, locations, and more in real-time. Barcodes and Electronic Product Code (EPC) enabled radio frequency identification (RFID) have evolved to capture a broad range of information to drive supply chain visibility.

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Intermec’s 70 Series Now With Integrated RFID

Posted January 23, 2013

Intermec 70 Series Mobile Computer

Intermec has announced the soon to be available integrated RFID capabilities for its CK70, CN70 and CN70e mobile computers. Part of Intermec’s industry-leading 70 Series family, these no-compromise devices now offer a fully-integrated UHF RFID reader with no external antenna – adding advanced RFID reading capabilities to what is already one of the industry’s most compact, ultra-rugged designs.

Designed specifically for customers seeking a mobile RFID solution in demanding in-premise environments, the Intermec 70 Series RFID reader platform supports medium to long-range read distances and is optimized to read one or many tags in support of inventory and asset tracking applications in retail, healthcare, industrial and government market segments. Additionally, the 70 Series RFID does not compromise size and weight; with a fully integrated design utilizing Intermec’s IM11 embedded module, along with an internally housed antenna, customers can experience advanced RFID read performance while maintaining the already-compact form factor of the 70 Series mobile computers.

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QuikQ Installs More Than 1,000 UHF RFID Systems At Fueling Stations

Posted January 10, 2013

Impinj Speedway RFID ReaderQuikQ has announced that it has installed more than 1,000 of its SmartQ systems at truck stops and travel centers throughout the United States. The SmartQ cardless fueling system leverages EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags (employing Impinj Monza 4 RFID chips) that can be affixed to trucks or trailers so that the vehicles can be identified while pulling into fuel lanes at truck stops. Once a vehicle is identified via an Impinj reader wired to as many as to four antennas mounted above the lanes, the system can automatically identify that truck, after which its driver can begin fueling without having to swipe a card or enter data on the pump’s keypad.

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores has implemented the system at more than 200 of its fuel stations to date. TravelCenters of America (which operates 165 sites) has also installed the solution, QuickQ adds, and is nearly finished with that deployment. In addition, QuikQ reports, many independent truck stops and travel centers are utilizing its SmartQ system. Acknowledging QuikQ’s growth, Impinj named the company its North American VAR Partner of the Year.

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Why Use RFID Technology for Baggage Handling?

Posted November 21, 2012

Most airlines struggle day to day with a variety of issues related to survival—issues such as unpredictable fuel costs, uncertain global economies, and tight finances. To combat these challenges, airlines continuously seek to better their operations, and RFID technology is at the forefront of process improvement.

RFID technology can aid and assist in multiple areas to reduce costs and increase operating revenue through improved asset visibility, consumable inventory management, food and beverage delivery management, retail item inventory, sales management, and baggage handling efficiency. This white paper addresses baggage handling specificaly.

Estimates by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) put mishandled baggage costs at approximately $US 2.5 billion for 2009 alone-equivalent to the cost of nearly 50 Boeing 737-600s. This industry problem spans cities, regions and continents. While many assume full participation by all parties is necessary to completely rectify the problem, RFID-enabled baggage tagging efforts already in place show that local or regional implementation of RFID on baggage can have significant benefit, resulting in improved service, substantial cost reductions or savings, and increased customer satisfaction.

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The New Motorola MC9190-Z RFID Brings Long-Range RFID and Barcode Reading to Industrial Environments

Posted November 8, 2012

Photo of Motorola MC9190-ZMotorola announced their new  high-performance MC9190-Z RFID mobile computer, designed for demanding medium- to long-range applications in industrial environments. Ideal for manufacturingwarehouse, and transportation and logistics applications that require reading tags that are often out of sight or more than 10 feet away, the MC9190-Z is one of the longest-range RFID handhelds in its class available on the market.

The MC9190-Z handheld RFID reader leverages Motorola’s unique long-range linear antenna that enables more accurate data capture. The ergonomic features of the MC9190-Z also allow more frequent and accurate inventory-counts to better manage on-the-floor, back-room, warehouse and distribution inventory – reducing out-of-stock and excess inventory carrying costs.

With a rugged design to handle indoor or outdoor environments and offering multi-modal data capture that combines integrated RFID, direct part marking (DPM) and barcode reading, the MC9190-Z provides enterprise customers with a lower total cost of ownership.

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The New Cipherlab 1861 Handheld UHF RFID Reader

Posted October 2, 2012

CipherLab 1861 RFID ReaderCipherLab has announced their new 1861 handheld RFID reader. The 1861 handheld RFID reader is designed to provide flexibility in data collection considering RFID technology has become a complementary solution to barcode labeling. Unique from typical RFID readers, the CipherLab 1861 handheld RFID reader provides user extended RFID reading and writing capabilities via most Bluetooth mobile devices. In addition, it can further integrate barcode capture and RFID data collection into one robust device by simply snapping your CipherLab 9600 series, CP50 series, or other mobile computers onto its custom mount attached to the CipherLab 1861 handheld RFID reader. In this way, users could enjoy hassle-free one-hand operation via single unit with high work efficiency. Additionally, it gives user the capability to read UHF (Ultra High Frequency) RFID tags in a distance up to 1 m (3 ft.), and write data up to 0.5 m (1.6 ft.) away – this makes it much easier while scanning tags on products as pallets are moved through a dock door or scanning cases on a high shelf in a warehouse.

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