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TSC Acquires Printronix Thermal/AIDC Business

Posted November 18, 2015

TSC is pleased to announce we have signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Printronix Thermal/AIDC Business.

The Printronix Thermal/AIDC Printing Business is focused on mission-critical, high-volume industrial printing applications and has a strong global network of partners and premium end-user base. TSC will acquire all intellectual and branding rights to Printronix’ Industrial Thermal stationary and mobile printersbarcode verification, RFID, and PrintCart product lines that will operate post-closing as a stand-alone company called Printronix Auto ID.

“The acquisition of the Printronix Thermal/AIDC Business presents tremendous opportunities for both companies, its partners, and its end-user base,” said Sam Wang, President of TSC Auto ID. “The two companies are extremely complementary from Product, Channel, and Technology perspectives. Printronix’s recognized excellence in the Industrial printing segments is the optimal addition to TSC’s strong base in desktop printing. Additionally, Printronix’s strength in the Americas and EMEA will also help both companies accelerate growth in these regions. We are very excited to be joined by our new team members, and to create a broader and more competitive product offering for both customer bases.”

With this acquisition, TSC is firmly entrenched as one of the world’s five largest barcode printer manufacturers.

Printronix has been addressing global customer needs for mission-critical industrial printing for over 40 years. If offers robust solutions for automotive, retail, and food & beverage enterprises worldwide. TSC has forged an ODM relationship with Printronix since 2012, collaborating on developments of industrial and mobile product lines. Team members of both companies have established strong working relationships across these development, paving the way for integration success.

The transaction is expected to close by January 2016.

Infographic: Point-of-Sale Data Security Pressure Intensifies

Posted November 16, 2015

With all the recent talk of EMV adoption, concerns for security at the point of sale are getting more attention. When dealing with secure customer information, a security compromise of your  point-of-sale system and payment processing can have longstanding negative effects on business. Especially with the increase in online and mobile shopping keeping your POS system secure from new and ever changing threats is crucial.

This infographic sheds some light the new security challenges retailers are facing today and how there is still a lot of room to improve.

The New and Improved Bartender 2016

Posted November 13, 2015

Seagull BarTender Professional 10.1 Barcode Label SoftwareSeagull Scientific has announced the immediate availability of BarTender 2016, the latest version of the world’s most trusted software for creating and automating labels, barcodes, RFID, cards and more.

BarTender 2016 introduces new and enhanced capabilities that dramatically improve the design and printing experience for all sizes of businesses and that make it easier than ever to manage and administer enterprise-scale printing operations. New features include the Integration Builder, Print Portal and Administration Console.

“We are proud to mark our 30th year with our most significant BarTender version yet,” said Harold Boe, President of Seagull Scientific. “Since its introduction, BarTender has grown to become much more than label software or barcode software. And we are excited that BarTender 2016 provides the framework for bringing future innovations to our customers much more quickly.”

Key new features:

  • Dramatically improved data entry forms
  • New Integration Builder (replacing Commander)
  • New Print Portal (replacing Web Print Server)
  • New Administration Console
  • New Visual Basic script editor
  • New 64-bit version
  • Improved database connectivity
  • More support for RFID encoding


Datalogic’s Brand Customizable Heron HD3430 2D Imager

Posted November 11, 2015

Datalogic’s newest scanner addition, the Heron HD3430 2D imager, provides a stunning black ‘carbon-fiber’ look or a white ‘silver’ color option, emphasizing the curving lines of the Heron’s enclosure.  The imager also offers opportunities to incorporate a company brand identity by allowing customers to compose the perfect blend: combining a company logo with the top cover color with customized visual and audio feedback in order to reinforce the value of the customer’s brand.

Dolphin CT50: Real-Time Connectivity and Industry-Leading Data Capture

Posted November 9, 2015

Honeywell’s mobile workforce designed Dolphin CT50 mobile computer is a sleek, intuitive, reliable and easy-to-use hand-held device that gives enterprises the reliability of anywhere, anytime real-time connectivity to business-critical applications and data capture capabilities to maximize efficiency.

With support for either Windows or Android operating systems, the CT50 targets highly mobile frontline employees in scan-intensive workflows such as on-demand delivery, field service, and customer engagement who require a truly mobile office with the modern conveniences of an all-touch smartphone and the highest degree of future-proofing to speed business agility and lower total cost of ownership.

Zebra’s RFD8500 UHF RFID Sled

Posted November 4, 2015

Zebra RFD8500 RFID ReadersWith the RFD8500, customers can empower select Zebra and certain third-party mobile devices with enterprise-class UHF RFID and 1D/2D bar code scanning technology, whenever and wherever it’s needed—simply, easily, and cost-effectively. Just pair this state-of-the-art Bluetooth-enabled sled with a mobile device, and then attach the mobile device to the RFD8500 for a one-piece solution. User can wear the paired mobile device on a lanyard, a holster, or in a pocket for unattached RFD8500 operation. The RFD8500 can also be used in batch mode without the mobile computer.

With support for Android, iOS, and Windows, users get real investment protection: the RFD8500 sleds they buy today will work with the devices in use now, and in the future. Whether creating a dedicated RFID device or providing comfortable RFID tag and barcode label capture on the fly for certain tasks, the RFD8500 makes it easy. When it comes to performance, the RFD8500 is unparalleled. Workers can capture RFID tags and bar codes faster and from farther away, improving productivity, operational efficiency and customer service.

Motion Computing’s CL910 Work Day Stress Test

Posted November 3, 2015

The CL920 Rugged Tablet PC withstands the rigors of a tough workday – dust proof and shock-proof for uninterrupted reliability – rain or shine. Built around an internal magnesium frame and fortified with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 the tablet features a new signature Motion dot-pattern design for a ruggedized, non-slip surface texture.

Think the CL920 isn’t up to the challenge of your work day? The CL920 was put though a barrage of tests that should dispel any notion that it isn’t rugged enough. 20 foot drop – no problem. Covered in dirt – bring it! But, can it survive the force of a commercial car wash? Watch and see.

Sato’s CLNX Series Next Generation Industrial Label Printers

Posted October 28, 2015

Unequaled by any current competition, the Sato CLNX Series provides the most capable standard feature set that is easy an intuitive to operate. Available in two versions, Cl4NX (4.1″ width) and CL6NX (6.5″ width), the CLBX series is the perfect fit for any barcode or RFID printing environment.

Datalogic PowerScan PM8300 Improves Tracking Processes for King Living

Posted October 27, 2015

Datalogic PowerScan PM8300 Barcode ScannersDavid and Gwen King began designing foam furniture from their home in Australia in 1977, selling the few items they created at the local Paddy’s Market.  Customers really liked the furniture, and year after year this small family business grew and expanded introducing new designs, materials and models.  Today, King Living is a major player in the Australian furniture industry with 14 showrooms and 5 depots across the country.  The company has been recognized with several awards and has been featured at famous events such as Vanity Fair’s Oscars After Party.  King Living attributes its success to the company’s commitment to uniqueness and excellence.  The company always guarantees high quality products with a touch of style.

The Challenge
In order to keep up with demand and ensure customer satisfaction, King Living must have smooth running processes in all aspects of the business, especially regarding product management and tracking.  Therefore, the company wanted to streamline the work flow and started looking for a solution that could provide real-time information on stock levels and locations throughout the warehouse.  It was also essential that the solution be implemented with the least amount of disruption to day-to-day business activities.

The Solution
Datalogic’s partner, BCDS Solutions, an industry leader and specialist in barcode and RFID solutions, suggested using the PowerScan PM8300 rugged industrial scanner from Datalogic with a materials tracking system.  The PowerScan scanner is the smallest and fastest device on the market for this type of application, offering outstanding performance and unyielding reliability.  Its narrow band radio communications with Datalogic’s STAR Cordless System provides the key to increased productivity and flexibility in the workplace.  BCDS took this optimum solution and integrated it to suit the specific needs of King Living.  The company provided a commissioning service so the scanners were ready to use out of the box, along with simplified user instructions.  Once integration was complete, the PowerScan PM8300 scanner went to work.

The PowerScan PM8300 scanners have become invaluable throughout the facility for tracking, identification, and picking purposes.  The device reads the bar code on an item and enters the information into an in-house developed program that manages and tracks it from the production line through the warehouse and on to the customer.  The system shows the last scan of the item so staff can tell customers exactly where it was located.  Using a special label specifically designed for picking, the company makes an instant count of all its items available in real time.  Stock levels, item whereabouts, accountability, product history, and KPI figures are calculated using the PowerScan PM8300 scanners.

Since deploying the PowerScan PM8300 devices with the tracking system, missing items have been reduced from approximately 12 items per day to an average of 2 per day.  The resulting missing items can be attributed mostly to human error.  Picking time for delivery order runs has dropped from 3 hours per truck to 1 hour, 45 minutes.  Other advantages have also been noted with the staff experiencing less stress due to diminished missing items.  The PowerScan PM8300 industrial scanner and tracking system have won the praises of management; managers cannot imagine going back to a system without it.  The system works so well that King Living requires all its partners to use it as well.

Epson Multifunction Teller Solutions Now Support Windows 10

Posted October 22, 2015

Epson TM-S9000 Check ReadersEpson has announced that its full line of multifunction teller printers and check scanners have been tested to operate with the newly released Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System.

Epson’s full line of multifunction teller solutions have been tested to work with Windows 10. Windows 10 provides advanced security capabilities with additional features for hardware-based security, mobile work and data protection. It also provides a single device management platform across all devices, from phones to laptops to Internet of Things devices. Windows 10 helps enterprises stay up to date with Windows Update for Business and Windows Store for Business.

“Epson is one of the leading players in the financial services industry and we are committed to ensuring that our financial institution customers are able to deploy solutions as easily and quickly as possible,” said Gregg Brunnick,director of product management & technical services, Business Systems Division, Epson America. “By providing Windows 10 interoperability, we offer our partners the freedom to upgrade as soon as they are ready and give credit unions, community- and global banks the ability to leverage Microsoft’s latest platform.”

Epson’s family of financial solutions include multifunction tellers, printers and check scanners that allow financial enterprises to process transactions quickly and accurately, keep operations stable and adhere to evolving regulations in the financial sector.  Most notably, Epson’s TM-S9000 and TM-S2000 multifunction teller devices offer all of the advanced features financial institutions need for teller capture, including fast scanning speed, extraordinary MICR accuracy, cashier check and endorsement printing, two-sided ID scanning and more.

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