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Infographic: Barcode versus RFID Comparison

Posted August 27, 2015

Sure to become one of the age-old battles, choosing between Barcodes or RFID for your tracking needs is no easy task. Both technologies can be used to track almost anything from inventory in a warehouse and company assets to hospital patients but depending on the specifics of your application one may be more effective than the other. Likewise, there is a noticeable cost difference between the two but given the time and labor the technology can save you the return on your investment may be well worth it.

This handy infographic is a great starting point to learn the key differences between Barcodes and RFID to get you closer to a decision. We understand this isn’t always a cut and dry choice so feel free to contact one of our Data Capture specialists for assistance.


How to: Loading Ribbon and Media in the Datamax-O’Neil E-Class

Posted August 18, 2015

The E-Class Mark III is a family of compact desktop thermal printers that are designed for a wide variety of industries and applications that require a reliable and cost effective barcode printer. Datamax-O’Neil applied its industrial printer expertise to provide customers with an entry level printer that has the features and reliability normally found in more expensive printers. The E-Class Mark III is affordable to own, easy to use and economical to operate.


Honeywell Captuvo SL42 for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Posted August 14, 2015

For enterprises looking to extend the capabilities of Apple’s latest consumer-preferred devices, Honeywell has announced the availability of the Captuvo SL42 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Designed to transform the popular smartphone into an enterprise-ready solution, the Captuvo SL42 targets mobile frontline workers who require real-time connectivity to business-critical applications and superior barcode scanning performance to improve productivity and better serve customers whether in the office, on the road, or in the field.

The Captuvo SL42 was built to withstand the demands of work in the field with rugged specifications that extend the lifecycle of the smartphone and eliminate the more frequent replacements required for consumer devices alone. Plus, Captuvo SL42 extends the battery life of the smartphone with the capacity to last a full shift and beyond. The ability to quickly replace the battery ensures mobile users do not lose valuable time servicing customers when a device is out of service for charging.

Honeywell’s Captuvo SL42 series is the right solution to help enterprises reduce device acquisition costs, empower employees, increase productivity, reduce downtime and improve the customer experience.


Infographic: RFID vs Barcodes

Posted August 12, 2015

As RFID becomes more accessible and affordable it’s becoming a more common option for tracking a wide range of items. That said, the additional costs involved may or may not be worth it depending on the needs of your specific application. Barcodes have been around for decades and in some cases are the more effective solution especially when considering costs.

This infographic helps breakdown the key differences between Barcodes and RFID to help you decide which would be the better option for you.


Zebra’s MC40-HC Now Available with Android KitKat 4.4.2

Posted August 6, 2015

Motorola MC40-HC Handheld ComputersZebra’s popular healthcare-ready MC40-HC mobile computer will soon be available with the robust Android KitKat 4.4.2 operating system. Get a true enterprise mobile experience on a rugged, user-friendly device with the updated MC40-HC.

In hospitals and clinics, mobile computers help nurses and lab technicians improve the quality of patient care and save lives by providing instant access to a wealth of business-critical information: real-time lab results, a change in a patient’s condition, or verification of the ‘5 rights’ of medication administration at a patient’s bedside. Mobility also helps healthcare organizations comply with government and health industry regulations, such as Stage 2 Meaningful Use and JCAHO, without tasking an already overburdened nursing staff and creating additional paperwork that would further reduce time spent caring for patients.

Healthcare staff members get the most benefit when they have the latest in mobile technology. A device that is as fun and easy to use as their own smartphone ensures regular use and integration into the existing working environment. An enterprise-class feature set, from data capture and security to manageability and dependably robust wireless connections, makes the MC40-HC an indispensable tool: Android, the most popular mobile operating system in the world; world-class enterprise data capture capabilities; and Extensions (Mx) from Zebra, which adds enterprise-required features that are missing from standard Android.

For more information or to pre-order the new MC40-HC, contact one of our mobility experts at Barcode Discount.


Ensure an Accurate Checkout with Datalogic’s Magellan All-Weights Scale Platter

Posted August 4, 2015

Weighing produce at the point of sale works the same way. A long leek, a bunch of Bok Choy, stalks of celery, a cantaloupe, or bag of oranges will all try to disguise their weight. If only a small part of the stalk, bag, or leaves touch a non-weighing surface of the checkout scanner the recorded weight will be less than the true weight

Despite the best training efforts, hurried checkers are often not diligent about making sure that all parts of the produce or the bags containing produce are touching only the weight surface of the scanner/scale. Produce often touches the counter surrounding the scanner/scale or the vertical window of the bi-optic scanner. Checkers tend to place large round produce like cantaloupe against the vertical window to prevent it from rolling. In most scanner/scales this results in lower weights and lost produce sales. In real world tests at grocery retailers, these losses have been measured at .5% to over 2% of all bulk weighed produce. T

The Datalogic All-Weighs scale platter for the Magellan scanner/scale series is a solution that will drastically reduce these losses. The All-Weighs scale platter patented design joins the horizontal and vertical platters to make one solid piece. This solid construction transfers the weight to the scale and ensures accurate weighing.


What ID Card Software Works with my Printer?

Posted July 30, 2015

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What software should you use with your specific ID card printer?

Most printer manufacturers provide their own software that is guaranteed to be compatible with your printer.  For example, Datacard’s TruCredential, Zebra’s ZMotif CardStudio, and Fargo’s Asure ID have various versions and levels of sophistication to meet any need. All of them have general design capabilities, and allow for additional benefits including but not limited to centralized databases, visitor management, and network capabilities.  But are the various software choices only compatible with the same brand of printers? The answer is no.  The software mentioned above are compatible across brands. Your choice should depend on ease of use and features set.  Datacard’s new TruCredential has an extremely easy user-interface and allows you to design process flows for your typical ID needs.  The software, recently released, offers the best of multiple Datacard software (ID Works and TruPhoto).

For assistance finding the right printer and software for you needs, contact us at Barcode Discount.


Driver Update for Datamax-O’Neil by Honeywell Portable Printers

Posted July 22, 2015

Datamax-O'Neil RL4e Thermal Barcode Label PrinterDatamax-O’Neil by Honeywell has announced an update to the Microsoft Windows Drivers used when setting up printers with a PC connection. By using this most recent driver, the process of connecting a printer with your Windows-based device is more seamless and requires fewer steps–resulting in a quicker, easier process.

The use of these new windows drivers will apply to the following printer models:

What You Need to Know: Effective Date: The effective date of this change should be immediate upon the date of this release.

Availability: The Drives are available for download under each applicable model as listed above. To locate the appropriate driver for download,  select the printer model from the drop down menu here.

 

 


Scan Barcodes to Fight Monsters in the New ‘Barcode Knight’ Game

Posted July 17, 2015

Magic Cube had made a game with an interesting game play feature in Barcode Kingdom where you had an RPG-style game driven by scanning UPC barcodes off of products. Now, Magic Cube’s doing a follow-up with more barcode scanning action in Barcode Knight, released on July 14th. This time around you scan barcodes to generate monsters, and then fight them.

Expanding on the original, Magic Cube is actually promising about half a million different hero styles. There’s also 60 different monsters that can be generated from barcodes. Make sure you hold on to any retail product packaging to make sure you have enough barcodes to battle with! There’s going to be special daily dungeons without needing to scan a barcode that can provide valuable rewards too.


Honeywell’s New Enhanced Xenon 1902h Cordless Healthcare Barcode Scanner

Posted July 15, 2015

Honeywell Enhanced Xenon 1902h Barcode ScannersHoneywell’s Xenon healthcare scanner has long been the scanner of choice of health organizations looking to improve their clinical workflows. New and improved, the Enhanced Xenon 1902h healthcare area-imager wireless bar code scanner combines the performance of the Xenon family of scanners with new features that further improve clinical workflows and patient comfort.

The Enhanced Xenon 1902h combines exceptional scanning performance, durability and patient comfort features that sets the standard for excellence in healthcare bar code scanning. Like the original Xenon 1902h, it features the sixth generation Adaptus area-imaging and ColorFusion technologies for incredibly responsive reading of virtually all 1D, PDF, and 2D bar codes—even challenging high-density, low contrast, translucent, damaged and colored codes.

Bluetooth wireless technology provides freedom of movement up to 10 meters (33 feet) from base. Durable construction and disinfectant-ready housing resists the harmful effects of harsh cleaning agents commonly used in healthcare environments and minimizes the spread of infectious diseases. New patient comfort features such as Do-Not-Disturb and Scan-Lamp mode help maintain clinical productivity during night time while patients’ are resting. The Enhanced Xenon 1902h scanner is built to deliver years of uninterrupted performance in versatile and challenging healthcare environments Honeywell’s New Enhanced Xenon 1902h Cordless Healthcare Barcode Scanner


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