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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.

Results
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.


Honeywell’s Captuvo SL42 for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Posted October 9, 2015

For enterprises looking to extend the capabilities of Apple’s latest consumer-preferred devices, Honeywell has released the new Captuvo SL42 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  Designed to transform the popular smartphone into an enterprise-ready solution, the Captuvo SL42 for Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus 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 for Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus quickly and accurately focuses, illuminates, and reads hundreds of barcodes per shift, even when they are damaged, poorly printed, or on a mobile screen. The Captuvo SL42 for Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus 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.

Ket Features

  • Second-to-None Scanning: Increases productivity and throughput with an integrated and easy-to-use imager that provides aggressive scanning of linear and 2D bar codes.
  • Protective Housing: Provides added durability to the iPhone, resulting in a solution that is expected to lower the failure rate of customers using competitors’ sleds by as much as 80%.
  • Optional Security Mechanism: Secures the Apple iPhone in the sled via unique screws, improving overall durability while reducing the likelihood of theft of the iPhone.
  • EasyDL: Reduces transaction time by 95% by automatically parsing bar code data found on government issued identification cards for age verification of automatic electronic form population for loyalty, membership or credit applications.
  • Powers iPhone: Provides additional power to the iPhone ensuring maximum uptime.

Introducing the Datalogic Heron HD3430 2D Area Imager

Posted September 30, 2015

Datalogic Heron HD3430 Barcode ScannersDatalogic has recently announced the release of the Heron HD3430 2D area imager with unmatched elegance and advanced technology for the modern point-of-sale.

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 combine a company logo with the top cover color with customized visual and audio feedback to reinforce the value of the customer’s brand.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Outstanding 1D/2D reading performance and Motion Tolerance
  • Multiple changing color LEDs on sides and top
  • Top of the market illumination and aiming system
  • Polyphonic speaker for a wide variety of choices regarding audio feedback
  • Datalogic’s patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for good-read feedback
  • Automatic switching between handheld and hands-free operations

APPLICATIONS

  • ​Non-food specialty stores such as Fashion Clothes, Cosmetics, Jewelry, Perfume, etc.
  • Duty-free and Airport stores
  • Commercial Services: Banks, Insurance Companies and Utilities

The Heron HD3430 2D area imager completes the Heron family offering by adding 2D reading capability to the existing Heron readers.


Socket Releases Updated SDK With Support For Apple iOS 9

Posted September 23, 2015

Socket has released the latest version of their industry leading Cordless Hand Scanner Software Developer Kit (SDK), SocketScan version 10.2. The latest version is compatible with Apple’s iOS 9 operating system, Google’s Android M (Marshmallow) and Microsoft Windows 10 and includes many new features, benefits and improvements including faster Bluetooth reconnect times.

The SDK is used by Socket Mobile’s thriving developer community of over 1,400 developers to incorporate the use of Socket Mobile barcode scanners into their applications. This latest release continues Socket Mobile’s commitment to its developer community to stay compatible with operating system changes as they occur.

Along with support for iOS 9, the SocketScan 10.2 library is compiled with Apple’s new Bitcode feature. By using Bitcode, the application delivers optimized performance for the end user’s Apple product automatically — when it is downloaded from the App Store.

Packaging tools have also been updated:

  • For iOS developers SocketScan 10.2 is now packaged for the CocoaPods dependency manager for Swift and Objective-C Cocoa projects. The NuGet packaging tool which is also supported provides similar productivity benefits for the Windows platform.
  • Support for Android’s Maven package manager will come in a future release.

CocoaPods and NuGet make the initial SDK download and updates seamless so our developers can spend less time managing their projects and focus their creative energies on building scalable solutions.

In addition, this SDK release includes a set of bindings that enable developers using Xamarin to target iOS devices to utilize the Socket Mobile SocketScan SDK.


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


Datalogic Introduces the New QuickScan QBT2131 Linear Imager

Posted May 18, 2015

Datalogic QuickScan I QBT2131 Barcode ScannersDatalogic is pleased to announce it’s newest addition to their QuickScan wireless products: the QBT2131 1D linear imager. The QBT2131 is an entry level scanner for linear bar code scanning applications. When compared to the obsolete QuickScan QM2130 imager, the new QBT2131 imagers bring to the table many enhancements in all aspects of scanning:

  • A larger range of coverage
  • A longer reading range
  • A wider scanning angle
  • Snappier bar code reading
  • Larger battery capacity with more hours in between charging (with a direct cable charging option)
  • A more durable and sturdy product

Additionally, these new QuickScan models will have the updated QuickScan product family look and will be able to share the cradle and same accessories as the QuickScan QM/QBT2400 scanners!

Features and Benefits

Datalogic has been a leading supplier of General Purpose linear imagers for many years. The QM2130 imager has been in the marketplace for more than 7 years now and has experienced a growing demand year after year because of its’ features, performance and reliability. The new QBT2131 imagers are replacing the outdated QM2131 imagers with many enhanced features that customers of the old QM2130 imagers will find to be of great benefit, including the same pricing structure.

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Datalogic’s Stylish and Full-Featured Cobalto CO5300 Presentation Scanner

Posted March 30, 2015

During daily retail scanning activities, an operator’s best experience is to work with a fast, easy-to-use, friendly, and pleasant looking device that they can rely on. Combining all these features together, the new Cobalto CO5300  from Datalogic guarantees an excellent value for customers looking for outstanding performance in a stylish and full-featured omnidirectional presentation scanner.


Improving Your Distribution Center Efficiency with Honeywell

Posted March 2, 2015

distoHoneywellYour distribution center operations are complex – from picking, packing and shipping, to receiving, putaway and replenishment. Slim margins and fierce competition leave no room for error – and the race to improve never ends. So what separates the best-in-class from the rest? Honeywell. Only Honeywell offers a complete portfolio of integrated workflow solutions to deliver what your business needs: Total DC optimization – and the results to prove it.

Deliver Unmatched Worker Productivity and Accuracy

Honeywell’s passion for productivity improvements drives their deep knowledge of distribution centers, and ensures that they’re focused on the issues that make a real difference to your business: Discovering new ways to achieve operational efficiency and productivity, while also driving down labor costs. Honeywell enables you to achieve these gains through comprehensive solutions that integrate purpose-built data collection devices, Vocollect Voice  solutions, and end-to-end data management.

To discover the ways that any operation can achieve best-in class performance, Honeywell commissions research into how real distribution centers operate – including a global survey of 250 senior supply chain and distribution center managers. Based on this study, a few of the many challenges DCs commonly face are presented at right.

As Honeywell customers can attest, they help businesses throughout the world address these challenges by optimizing the workflows that are key to their operations. First, each solution is designed from their comprehensive portfolio of integrated products, applications, and services. Then they tailor the solution to meet your specific business needs, refining your workflows to deliver unbeatable user preference and cutting-edge bottom-line results.

Click on the accompanying chart for a breakdown by application use of Honywell’s scanner and mobile computers designed for distribution operations.


Datalogic Introduces the New Heron HD3100 Retail Scanner

Posted February 26, 2015

Datalogic Heron HD3100 Barcode ScannersThe Heron HD3100 scanner bridges the gap between man and machine while bringing unmatched elegance and the latest advance technology to the point-of-sale. The Heron scanner brings sophistication, class and style to the retail POS. It offers multiple opportunities to incorporate the retailer’s brand through customization. Options including multiple color changing lights, innovative ‘carbon-fiber’ or ‘silver’ designs that can be customized with logos, and polyphonic speakers for audio feedback offer retailers a wide variety of choices. By extending the brand experience to the final interaction at the POS, the Heron scanner helps reinforce the value retailers extend to their customers.

“The Heron HD3100 linear imager is like no other scanner on the market giving retailers more than just a device to read bar codes.” states Giulio Berzuini, Vice President of EMEA Sales and General Manager of the Hand Held Scanning Business Unit for Datalogic. “The Heron HD3100 imager builds upon the worldwide success of its predecessor with improved reading capabilities and new distinctive features that bring the POS checkout to a whole new level.”

The Heron HD3100 reader comes with an autosensing stand that allows for the easy transition from handheld to presentation mode automatically. This imager also provides the patented Datalogic ‘Green Spot’ for good-read feedback, as well as functioning as an aiming tool. It has a drop resistance of 1.5m/5.0ft and IP40 particulate and sealant rating for robustness and durability. It is designed with state-of the art components and is available in multi-interface capabilities for POS applications.

Retail, fashion and specialty POS stations will certainly step up their game and branding capabilities with the presence of the Heron HD3100 imager at the checkout.


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