How to Spot a Knockoff Rugged Tablet?

Posted April 4, 2019
5 ways to tell if your tablet mobile device is a knock off

Like anything else you buy, if the price seems too good to be true, there’s an excellent chance that your instinct is right. You always get what you pay for.

True rugged computers are engineered for quality and performance first. Not only do they meet the industry benchmarks, they are the ones setting new standards. That is why you can trust these fast, powerful, and high- quality devices to do what you need them to do. (Examples: work with your software, connect in remote areas, IoT, sensors, etc)

So how to spot a knock off device?

1 )How many rugged specs are disclosed?

IP rating may provide information against dust and ware but dust and water are not the only hazards threatening the tablet’s reliability, data security, or even worker safety. A truly rugged device will be MIL-STD-810G tested for drops, vibration, shock, extreme temperature tolerance at a minimum. The best rugged manufacturers will test device behavior when exposed to high humidity levels, salt fog, fluid containment, and frequent altitude variations.

2) How specific does the manufacturer set their specific specs, and how are these capabilities certified?

It’s not enough to say that a tablet can handle extreme temperatures or it’s safe to use in Hazardous locations. Are there any certifications to certify HazLoc safety with a third-party and detail the exact operating range for every other rugged spec that applies to their device’s claimed rating?

3) What level of engineering has gone into achieving a rugged rating?

How are these devices tested? As a consumer, you may want to understand the exact technology used to make them these way. True rugged device manufacturers, supply you the information so you know how rugged your mobile device actually is. Other relating engineering questions to ask are, is the tablet still waterproof when the I/O ports are open? How are internal antennas designed, will the tablet stay connected in dodgy reception areas? At what temperature can the processor withstand to protect it before it gets too hot?

4) How long is the device expected to last?

This isn’t about the length of the warranty of the device but about the time that you can use your entire installed mobility solution and workflow. Your rugged computer should last a minimum of 3-5 years on average.

5) What is the sticker price and total cost of ownership?

True rugged tablets are designed to survive and thrive for many years. It requires lots of engineering, materials, and manufacturing process. As a result, some of the costs are front loaded. A well-made rugged tablet will dependably do the job you need it to do. The return would be it will reduce and oftentimes prevent organizational costs incurred by other less expensive device options.

As industry experts, we believe that it is hard to make a fair assumption about the device actual value based on the upfront cost. A rugged device superiority over another can only be determined once you understand the ancillary costs that will be required to implement the right workflow software for the device, deploy comparability accessories, and ultimately secure and maintain the entire mobility IT solution for the future. Check out our selection of rugged tablets and rugged laptops selection that have passed all the tests. Feel free to contact Barcodes if you have any questions, don’t sacrifice performance to save money that will help you secure approval on your next project.

Ways To Save Money on Consumables

Posted January 18, 2019

Let’s be honest, barcode printers are not cheap. When you spend money on a printer, you also have to think about the consumables. Some printers require ribbons and all printers require labels or reciepts so how do you save on that?

Barcodes, Inc. can help:

  1. Join our Sign Up & Save Program– If you know the amount of labels and ribbons you need every month, find out how you can save money on purchasing consumables from us in a weekly, monthly, or quarterly cycle.
  2. Use the right labels with the printer – avoid printer jams and won’t need to mess up new labels
  3. Going on right now, save 10% on all consumables on our site with code*: STOCKUP

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Contact us and find out how you can save on your consumables, we can help you find the consumables you need and give your the ROI you are looking for.

*10% OFF all printer consumables is available online only at Barcodesinc.com. This offer cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. Offer valid on web pricing only. Offer cannot be applied to existing quotes. One time use only. Valid through 1/18/2019 at 11:59 pm CST.

How to Reduce Downtime With Honeywell Consumables

Posted December 27, 2018

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Busy Season? Trying to improve operational efficiency? Increase productivity?

Think ahead! You don’t have time to wait on a label and with Honeywell printers and labels, you won’t have to. Honeywell’s consumables are designed with reliability on quality and print speed in their selection of printers.

Their selection of genuine labels, tags, receipts, and ribbons supports a wide range of barcode printing applications from mild to harsh environments. With all these consumables offered as stock options you can quickly replenish your label material during time in need.

You can also:

  1. Join our Sign Up & Save Program– If you know the amount of labels and ribbons you need every month, find out how you can save money on purchasing consumables from us in a weekly, monthly, or quarterly cycle.
  2. Use the right labels with the printer – avoid printer jams and won’t need to mess up new labels
  3. Stock up during busy season– purchase labels in bulk to avoid downtime when you’re in need.

Contact us and find out how you can save on your consumables, we can help you find the consumables you need and get you the efficiency you are looking for!

Simple is Better with Ruckus’s Cloud Managed Wi-Fi

Posted December 11, 2018

Ruckus’s Cloud Managed Wi-Fi is more than just a cloud, it’s great Wi-Fi. Unlike most access points that broadcast an omni-directional signal, Ruckus maximizes signal coverage throughput and network capacity by continuously directing a signal at each client resulting in more users with more throughput per user anywhere. Further with Ruckus’s unique patented approach to channel management, Ruckus technology knows when a channel has become degraded and can switch channels after assessing the available capacity in each channel. This results in dramatic improvement and a usable network capacity, allowing devices to stay connected with more users per access point and fewer access points needed for deployment.

Cloud Wi-Fi takes the complexity out of deploying and managing a Wi-Fi network. No matter the size of your IT personnel, they’ll be able to establish, monitor and manage a high-performing multi-site WLAN of any size. The intent user interface of Cloud Wi-Fi presents network admins with only the information they need to manage the task at hand. This allows any member of the team, even with minimal experience, to manage the wireless LAN efficiently.

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Key Benefits

  • Managed Simplicity: Simplify WLAN administrative tasks, from day-to-day management to setting up new venues and creating guest networks.
  • Visibility and Control: Manage your Wi-Fi network from anywhere using the web interface or mobile app with the ability to view real-time and historical data on applications, clients, traffic and more.
  • Better Performance at a Lower Cost of Ownership: Users get a superior Wi-Fi experience while saving money. Ruckus’s access points, support more users per access point. A greater capacity and coverage means you save on your Wi-Fi infrastructure as you grow.

Want to try Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi? See first hand how Cloud Wi-Fi simplifies WLAN management. Completely free, no obligation and no credit card required. To learn more and try Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi for 60 days request one of our dedicated Account Managers Here and they will be able to sign you up for your free 60-day trial. Get your free 60-day trial of Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi today!

What Kind of Barcode Scanner can Scan Driver License?

Posted November 29, 2018

Arguably the most common of form of ID, driver’s licenses are used any time we need to confirm who we are and more often than not, how old we are. If you take a look at the backside of your ID you’ll find a rectangular black and white pattern know as a PDF417 barcode. It may not look like your standard barcode but that PDF417 code contains all the information on the front of your ID in a single code.

PDF417 is a type of 2D barcode that is capable of storing much more information than the standard 1D code you find on products at the grocery store. You may be familiar with QR Codes that you’ve scanned with your phone. Both are types of 2D codes that can be read with a 2D Imager barcode scanner.

Many businesses are using the barcode on your ID and a 2D Imager like the AirTrack S2 to quickly verify your age or capture your basic info to make signing up for a service quicker. The only real snag with the barcode on your license is that every state doesn’t organize the information in the code the same way. The advantage here is that you cannot change the information in the barcode and to create a fake one requires knowing exactly how each state encodes the data.
If the barcode isn’t created properly, it won’t read properly.

With the AirTrack S2 scanner you can scan the code on the back of a driver’s licenses from any state to verify someone’s age quickly and accurately due to the scanner’s ability to parse all the data correctly for you. Since each state organizes the data differently the parsing software on the scanner outputs the data you need, in the order you need it, regardless of what state you are dealing with. It’s actually faster than looking at the ID.

Given how simple it is to get up and running, not using a scanner for age verification/customer info just doesn’t add up anymore. With a simple scan you can completely avoid fraudulent ID usage and save your business from legal issues, errors, and lost revenue.

The End for 2G/3G is Near – Are You Ready for the LTE Migration?

Posted August 30, 2018

 

Verizon has formally announced that their support for 2G and 3G will end on December 31st, 2019; after which they will begin dismantling the two networks.

With Verizon no longer activating Non-LTE devices after June 2018, and re-purposing its assets for LTE, this will present a problem for current devices on cellular coverage. Industry experts feel, in addition to Verizon, other network carriers will soon make their own announcements regarding the 2G and 3G networks.

Are you prepared?

Join Us September 20th at 11 AM CST

In the informative webinar you’ll learn more about this industry-impacting transition and the benefits of moving to 4G. Further, Zebra Technologies and Barcodes Inc can help you create an individualized plan for the inevitable LTE Migration.

Don’t miss out, click the Register Now button below to sign up.

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Webinar Presented by:

Terry Bitz
Senior Sales Engineer

 

 

Maintain Your Printer with Honeywell’s Wide Variety of Consumables

Posted July 20, 2018

There are a variety of options when it comes to consumables. Whether it be wristbandslabels, RFID labels, tags, ribbons, or printheads each and everyone has their benefits when it comes to maintaining your printer. Printing supplies can impact everything from the printhead’s lifespan to the printer’s operational efficiency. When it comes to maintaining the lifespan of your printer choosing the right media is an important decision.

As a leading manufacturer of label printers and media, Honeywell provides a wide range of label materials to meet any need. When it comes to label printing the Duratherm series and Duratran Series provide cost-effective printing with various levels of durability, from un-coated paper to top-coated synthetic labels.

Barcode Labels: Honeywell stocks a wide variety of labels with their Duratherm and Duratran labels. This series of labels are easy to use and demand less user intervention. There is a label for every application whether it be healthcare, shipping, inventory tracking, general purpose, or etc.

  • Duratherm II Label – A general purpose direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality, cost-effective printing. Duratherm II is recommended for most general use applications where exposure to chemicals and moisture is not anticipated.
  • Duratherm III Label – A top-coated direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality printing and enhanced durability.Duratherm III is recommended for applications where high humidity, moisture contact and surface abrasion are concerns.
  • Duratherm Linerless Label – The Linerless labels are a self wound adhesive label that provides excellent print quality and durability without the need for a liner. Without the liner, there’s no need to go through the trouble of disposing the liner and more importantly the roll capacity increases. Are available with both permanent or removable adhesive.
  • Duratherm NIR – A premium direct thermal paper label engineered to deliver high-contrast images and enhanced durability. Duratherm III NIR is targeted for use in applications with challenging barcode scanning requirements and is well-suited for high-speed sortation applications.
  • Duratran II Label – A paper label coated thermal transfer label that exhibits excellent print quality. Offered with a variety of adhesive options, recommended for applications with moderate abrasion, heat, or sunlight is present.

Barcode Tags: Honeywell provides durable, high-performance tags to support the most challenging tracking applications. Delivers excellent print quality on either direct thermal or thermal transfer printers.

  • Duratherm II Tag – A general purpose paper tag providing high-quality, cost-effective printing. Duratherm II Tag is recommended for applications where labeling is not suitable. This product resists curling, even in high humidity environments. Durable, high-quality, and unlimited flexibility.

Wristbands: Honeywell wristbands help provide the positive patient identification that hospitals require in order to reduce errors. Has superb resistance to soaps, hand sanitizers, moisture, and other common exposures to ensure there is an accurate scan.

  • Duratherm Wristband – The Duratherm wristbands are recommended for healthcare and provide the positive identification hospitals need for maximum patient safety. The full-coverage thermal print coating enables high quality printing on the entire length of the band, thus eliminating the need to reposition a sleeping patient just to scan their band.

Ribbons: Honeywell ribbons help produce sharp text and barcodes on a broad range of materials, both paper and films, all the while keeping excellent durability. Their ribbons are engineered to provide optimum performance.

  • Honeywell Ribbons – When paired with compatible labels and tags honeywell’s ribbons produce sharp text and barcodes.

RFID Labels: Honeywell’s flexible RFID smart labels provide versatile architecture that can be used in open or closed environments. They combine the most current UHF inlays with a variety of thermal printable materials to offer a broad selection of products for a wide range of applications.

  • Duratran II RFID Label – The flexible RFID smart labels provide a versatile architecture that can be used in open or closed loop environments. These labels can be deployed with confidence to meet a broad range of customer requirements including thermal transfer and direct thermal printing.

Printheads: Honeywell has a variety of replacement printheads to fit your printer needs. Printheads are crucial to get the excellent quality printing that you require when printing your labels, tags and wristbands. Further Honeywell provides a Printhead Replacement Program for users who exclusively use Honeywell media products.

  • Honeywell Printheads – Honeywell carries a replacement printhead for all of their printers. Important to remember to keep your printhead fresh to continue printing excellent quality media.

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

A Warehouse Robotics Company Implements iPad Mini & Powerful Barcode Scanning Solution

Posted July 6, 2018

warehouse-robotsExecutive Summary
A warehouse robotics manufacturing company was in search of a user interface to complete and enhance their robots. A powerful barcode scanning solution with a strong and durable scan engine was required to improve processes. Additionally, it needed to be compatible with the iPad Mini due to their workers familiarity with the product and integration with their existing enterprise software.

Barcodes identified an optimal barcode scanning solution that not only streamlined processes but also increased the revenue stream for a robotics company’s clients.

The Business Challenge
The robots created by the robotics company are used at their customer’s facilities. A technologically advanced solution was required to allow warehouse associates the ability to interact directly with the robots for order picking, inventory control, and efficiency measures. They need a simple and lightweight solution to implement various warehouse management applications.

Solution
Barcodes recommended the Infinite Peripherals Infinea Tab™ M and case (CS-TAL) with 1D/2D barcode scanner, along with the Apple iPad Mini. This allowed mobile employees to convert the Apple iPad Mini into a powerful warehouse management and scanning solution to fulfill their operational needs. The Infinea Tab™ M has a 2D imager scan engine which reads the most widely used 1D and 2D barcodes that has made it the ideal solution for order picking and inventory control.

Benefits
Having implemented the solution, the warehouse robotics company has seen the benefits of using an iPad mini and powerful scanning solution in one. The intuitive user interface on the Infinea Tab™ M has led to increased productivity by the end users, which has allowed more orders to ship; thus, revenue to increase for their customers.

The warehouse robotics company has scaled widely once their robots were delivered and implemented at each of their customer’s site. Not only through word of mouth, but through various trade shows, the interest in the robots and the technology used within the robots has set the company on a path for tremendous growth with the help of Barcodes.

U.S. Pet Food Manufacturer Implements Barcode Scanning & Mobile Computing Solution that Increases Productivity & Efficiency by 25%

Posted July 5, 2018

dog-waiting-eatExecutive Summary
A large pet food manufacturer was in search for a warehouse management solution (WMS) to keep track of their product across their three US facilities and increase visibility into their inventory and process control. They were looking for a solution that could connect their existing lot tracking, process control, and shipping software together under one warehouse management umbrella. Barcodes identified an optimal barcode scanning and mobile computing solution that provided increased visibility into their inventory and process control, enhanced employee productivity and had the aptitude to run their proprietary WMS on an Android operating system. This allowed the pet food manufacturer to streamline their processes and add a layer of accountability to their methods.

The Business Challenge
Warehouse employees need access to secure information right away. The current method of relying on their memory to keep track of the products’ physical location in the warehouse was not working. It was taking workers too long to access the data they needed to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. There were also issues with the human memory error that slowed down processes. To address these concerns, the pet food manufacturer would need to invest in a barcode scanning and mobile computing solution capable of providing workers with inventory and product information in real time. They needed a solution that can scan pallets stored on top level racks, accept both touchscreen data and keyed data, as well as have an open operating system to future proof their business. Investing in this solution would allow the manufacturer employees to work more efficiently and eliminate the human error associated with memorizing product and inventory information.

Solution
Barcodes recommended the Janam XG3 Rugged Mobile Computer. The Janam XG3 provides a warehouse ready rugged mobile scanner, with a scan range of 15 inches to 50 feet, touchscreen and 57-key keypad for data entry. In addition, the XG3 has the ability to run their proprietary WMS on an Android operating system. This allowed the pet food manufacturer to manage and track all items in an effective and efficient manner and add a new layer of accountability to their process.

Benefits
Barcodes deployed forty-five Janam XG3s in three US facilities in a short amount of time. The pet food manufacturer’s business expectations continue to be met and exceeded. Not only do employees know where all their inventory is, from receiving raw goods to shipping finished product, but they have seen an increase in productivity and efficiency by 25%. In addition, they have eliminated the human error associated with memorizing inventory information.

Tech Tip Tuesday- Mobile Computing 101

Posted June 19, 2018

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Enterprises have adopted mobile computing as the new force to reshape the workplace. Equipped with mobile devices, employees are not tethered to a desk or a workstation. They have the ability to enter data. access information, collaborate with colleagues, and provide personalized service to customers, wherever and whenever it’s needed the most.

The benefits of perfect mobility deployment:

A carefully designed mobile computing solution will provide significant ROI for your enterprise:

Greater Efficiency and Productivity
Employees will be able to do their jobs more quickly and easily, resulting in greater productivity and efficiency in a shift.

Accuracy
Without the need or paper records or manual keying data at a workstation, accuracy will improve you to gain visibility into operations.

Improved Workflows
Streamlined processes made possible by mobile computing solutions will mean better customer service, with fewer delays and errors.

Reduced Training Time
Spend less time training overall with enterprise- grade devices with longer support life cycles.

Check out the different forms of mobile devices that we have available. Selecting the right device can lead to a greater ROI by maximizing opportunities for increased productivity, efficiency, and accuracy.

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Is your business getting all the advantages of a mobility solution tailored to the unique needs of your business? Contact our dedicated account managers to learn more.

Read more about mobile computing, click on this link provided that will take you to our ebook on Mobile Computing 101.

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