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The New Zebra Z-Band Ultrasoft Wristbands

Posted October 29, 2012

With Zebra’s new patent-pending Z-Band UltraSoft direct thermal adhesive wristband, healthcare providers can take a softer approach to patient identification.

Featuring a soft, flexible polypropylene and vinyl material, Z-Band UltraSoft is the softest direct thermal wristband in the market. Z-Band UltraSoft also offers excellent resistance to most hand sanitizers, supporting patient safety by insuring readable text and scannable barcodes for up to 14 days. Z-Band UltraSoft is being positioned as Zebra’s premium adhesive-closure wristband.

Z-Band UltraSoft is available in a cartridge for the HC100 printer in several size. For more details on the new Z-Band UltraSoft, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Lamination Without the Extra Cost

Posted October 17, 2012

Are you looking to secure your ID card but don’t have the budget for a printer with lamination capabilities? Well, BarcodesInc and Zebra have the solution for you!

Zebra’s “Genuine Secure” hologram overlaminate patch is hand-applied with its peel-n-stick feature, so a lamination ID card printer isn’t needed. Just simply, peel and apply up to 500 patches per roll. The overlaminate patch features a “Secure” text hologram that serves as an anti-counterfeiting measure and makes the ID card difficult to replicate. The hologram overlaminate patch can be used with all manufacturers’ cards, including Fargo, Datacard, and Evolis.

For more information about ID card systems, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Properly Storing Your Blank ID Cards

Posted October 10, 2012

Having a professional looking identification card with crisp images and no blemishes is must-have in today’s corporate and university environments. Card Printers certainly play a part in the process, but taking care of your blank ID card stock should be a priority. Improperly handling cards before printing can create flaws in your card stock that will be reflected or even magnified in your printed cards. The following are a few tips to consider when handling cards:

  • Environment – Cards should be kept in the air-tight, water resistant containers when not in use. Most card stocks from Zebra, Fargo, Datacard, and Evolis come in 5 x 100 card packages. It is best to only open one container at a time. Cards also should be stored in a regulated temperature environment. Extreme heat or extreme cold can make cards brittle and more susceptible to snapping.
  • Handling: Oils and fingerprints from your hands can leave a residue on the card that will impact the overall print quality of the card. We recommend only touching the edge of the cards when loading and handling your ID cards. Anti-static gloves can also be worn which will reduce the residue left on cards.
  • Inputting: Always inspect the stock to make sure you have received the proper cards and no identifiable blemishes exist with in the cards.

For more information about ID cards and handling, contact us at BarcodesInc.


How to Get Your Zebra Printer to Work with Light Colored Ribbons

Posted October 8, 2012

Thermal label printers may only be able to print with a single color ribbon roll but this doesn’t mean you’re stuck with black only.  A variety of colored ribbons are available for almost every printer model in wax, wax/resin, or resin rolls.  However, when you start using lighter colors of ribbon (red, yellow, pink), the printer will sometimes have difficulty sensing that a ribbon is installed properly. Most printers just need a little calibration to get up and running.

Zebra printers are some of the most commonly used label printers today and the ZM400, ZM600, and S4M are a few of the more popular models.  Follow these steps from the front control panel on the printer to configure it to handle any color of ribbon with ease

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Zebra Announces The Discontinuance of the LP/TLP 2844, LP/TLP 2824, and TLP 3842

Posted September 4, 2012

Some of the most popular and widely used desktop label printers are finally coming to an end.  Zebra has announced the formal discontinuation of their famed  LP/TLP 2844, LP/TLP 2824, and TLP 3842 printers.

Zebra is a leader in the world of label printers and their compact desktop models are the perfect combination of performance and value.  While their most popular units may be on the way out, there is are new and improved printers ready to take their place.

These new models use the same labels/ribbons as their predecessors and are drop-in replacements in most applications. If you have any questions or need assistance migrating to these new printers, contact us at Barcodes Inc.


Zebra’s New 4″ Desktop Printer the GC420

Posted August 6, 2012

Zebra announces the release of the GC420 desktop printers. These compact printers allow organisations of all sizes to see more and do more by enabling track-and-trace capabilities for numerous applications, including:

Manufacturing – light industrial work-in-process, product and shipping labelling

Transportation & logistics – boarding tickets, bag tags, parking passes

Retail – price labelling shelf marking, receipt printing

Healthcare – laboratory specimen and blood bank labelling

Post  electronic stamping, address labelling

These new printers offer productivity enhancements essential for small to mid-size manufacturers, transportation and logistics businesses as well as retail, healthcare and post. The GC420 provides excellent value performance based on customer-proven mechanical design.

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Are Zebra Printers Used In Your Life?

Posted August 1, 2012

Zebra printers are some of the most popular and commonly used printers today.  You can find Zebra printers in retail, manufacturing, hospitality, government, healthcare,  and educational environments being used for a variety of  printing applications.  From wristbands to labels and even ID cards, no matter the environment, there is a Zebra printer to meet the needs of every application.


Zebra’s New Mid-Range Printer – the ZT200

Posted May 30, 2012

The new ZT200 series printers are the culmination of Zebra industry expertise, voice of customer feedback and innovative engineering. Incorporating Zebra’s new global design gives the ZT200 a sleek, contemporary look, improved user interface and a space-saving design. What’s under the hood is equally exciting since the series is engineered for effortless setup, intuitive user operation, and ease of service and maintenance for long-lasting performance. Superior print quality is achieved via the new print mechanism design and precision adjustment controls that accommodate a variety of media.

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Real-Time Asset Tracking Drives Emergency Care Goals at Washington Hospital Center

Posted March 23, 2012

Unprecedented Insight Enables More Informed Decisions and Better Patient Care

About Washington Hospital Center

Washington Hospital Center, with 926 beds, is the largest private hospital in the nation’s capital. It’s also now ranked first among all 57 hospitals in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region by U.S. News & World Report, recognized for its heart surgery, endocrine disorders, geriatrics and ear, nose and throat care. The not-for-profit hospital is a member of MedStar Health system and shares a 47-acre campus with three medical facilities in Northwest Washington, D.C.

Challenge

In 1998, three years before the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon, Washington Hospital Center began proactively looking at how to improve patient care in the emergency room. To that end, the hospital secured a federal grant to evaluate how to design emergency medicine for the future.

When the Pentagon was hit, bringing all seriously injured patients to Washington Hospital Center, the event reinforced the commitment to enhancing every aspect of the emergency care experience. The center sought to answer, how does ER medicine need to evolve to address major events like Sept. 11, bombings or Metro system accidents?

Today, the initiative has grown into the ER One Center for Building Science, under the MedStar Institute for Innovation. Specifically, a think tank of physicians, nurses, architects, researchers and others consider how building design, from flooring to lighting, can influence healthcare.

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Key Considerations for Bar Coded Infant Wristbands

Posted March 23, 2012

Make the Switch from Vinyl with Confidence

Medical centers worldwide are switching to bar coded wristbands to improve the safety and quality of care while meeting industry mandates. However, nurses in maternity wards are concerned that the switch from vinyl to new materials may not be suitable for infants. Tried and tested for decades, vinyl is non-abrasive, hypoallergenic, and does not damage the delicate skin of babies and premature infants. In fact, infants are the hardest patients to create wristbands for, and few adequate solutions exist that support this need.

Fortunately, bar coded wristband solutions now offer soft nylon material that is perfect for the delicate skin of a tiny infant. Even with the right material, the information provided on the wristband must afford easy readability, and deliver the right information in the right way. Due to the small size of an infant’s wrist, little room exists on the wristband to contain all the information required for effective bar coding.

The purpose of this white paper is to provide maternity ward staff the information they need to make the right decisions when it comes to bar coded infant wristbands. Durable, supple wristbands that deliver the full benefits of bar coding make it easier for nurses to perform infant care tasks, and help eliminate workarounds. The result is improved efficiency and quality of care. Medical staff is more productive, there are fewer chances for errors, and nurses can provide more focused attention to infants in their care.

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