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ThingMagic’s Newest Fixed RFID Reader Sargas

Posted August 17, 2016

The ThingMagic Sargas fixed RFID reader is a high-performance, 2-antenna-port, networked, UHF reader in a low profile enclosure. Built around the ThingMagic Micro reader module, the device reads more than 750 tags per second at distances over 9 meters (30 feet) when configured with appropriate antennas. With an onboard processor, memory and removable flash storage, the reader has features designed for enterprise applications, and easy system integration.

Key Features

  • Support for EPCglobal Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) with Anti-Collision and DRM
  • 2 antenna ports with RP-SMA connections
  • HDMI port for easy display integration
  • Ethernet, micro SD and 2-USB (host & client) ports
  • 1 GHz ARM 8 Cortex processor, 512 MByte memory, 4 GBytes Flash, custom applications may be loaded
  • ThingMagic Reader Assistant software and applications development tools
  • Support for full 860 to 960 MHz UHF RFID carrier frequency range to accommodate worldwide regulations
  • Certifiable for operation in countries adopting FCC, ETSI, KCC, TRAI, ACMA, SRRC regulatory specifications (Open (Customizable) 860-960 MHz)
  • Tag Read Rate up to 750 tags/second with high ? settings
  • Tag Read Distance > 9 m (30 feet) with appropriate antenna
  • Operating temperature range -20 to +60º C with appropriate duty cycle
  • Dimensions: 87 mm L x 80 mm W x 23.8 mm H (x3.4 in L x x3.15 in W x x0.94 in H)

IoT Pioneer Zebra Shares Vision for the Next Wave of Industrial Age

Posted May 23, 2016

Eighteen months after its acquisition of Motorola Solutions Enterprise business, Zebra today shares its vision for the company moving forward within a growing industry category, Enterprise Asset Intelligence (EAI). By providing “Visibility that’s Visionary,” Zebra increases businesses’ ability to track critical assets within their operations and know exactly what they are, where they are and their condition so they can make smarter, faster decisions that improve their bottom line.

For more than 40 years, Zebra has developed the building blocks of today’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology with its global leadership in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) market including sensors, barcodes, RFID and wireless networks. The arrival of the cloud and the ubiquity of wireless networks have made connecting devices and mining their data much easier, and the IoT is bringing us into a new industrial age in which the line between the physical and digital is blurring.

The evolution of the AIDC market to a more strategically oriented EAI focus is being driven by technology trends: IoT, cloud-based data analytics and mobility. Zebra is leading this evolution through its operational framework of “sense, analyze, and act.” Its solutions automatically “sense” information from enterprise assets, such as packages moving through a supply chain, equipment in a factory, workers in a warehouse, and shoppers in a store. Operational data from these assets, including status, location, utilization, or preferences, is then “analyzed” to provide actionable insights. These insights can then be mobilized to the right person at the right time so they can be “acted” upon to drive better, more timely decisions by users anywhere at any time. Today, 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies benefit from this framework using Zebra’s solutions in retail, manufacturing, transportation and logistics (T&L), and healthcare.

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Zebra’s FX7500 and AN480 Help Danish Hospital Improve Quality of Care

Posted April 20, 2016

Zebra FX7500 RFID ReadersZebra has announced that Det Nye Universitetshospital has selected its RFID technology for a pilot conducted at Åarhus University Hospital (AUH). The solution is designed to improve operational visibility, staff productivity and quality of patient care. It includes Zebra FX7500 fixed RFID and AN480 RFID antennas which are used to track equipment, medication and staff throughout the hospital.

Constructed to extend the existing Åarhus hospital, the new AUH is one of several ‘super’ hospitals being built in Denmark. When the construction is complete, AUH will be the largest hospital in Northern Europe with 9,500 employees and 4,000 patient visits daily. The RFID system tracks 20 different RFID tagged assets – from hospital personnel with staff name tags embedded with RFID to wheelchairs, beds and medical equipment to labels used on patient specimen samples. Staff can now quickly track and locate these assets through a map on their mobile devices to optimize workflows, increase accuracy and improve patient care.

The RFID solution provides AUH with a real-time, accurate and fail-safe view of its resources from staff to equipment. Staff will spend less time looking for equipment, nurses and doctors are more easily located and moved to where they are needed, and patient samples are tracked in real time to avoid errors.

“We now have a reliable, high-performance system in place, which allows our staff to locate our resources quickly and accurately. The feedback from our staff has been very positive, and we’re looking forward to exploring many more uses of the RFID system.” – Lars G. Knudsen, chief information officer, Det Nye Universitetshospital


Plant Access Grows Its Competitive Edge: Industry-First RFID Case Study

Posted March 14, 2016

Plant AccessIntermec IF2 RFID Readers is a specialised logistics services provider, catering for the green life industry. Plant Access provides a highly efficient service utilising a unique, innovative steel stillage design used to pick, crossdock and deliver nursery plants to Bunnings Warehouse locations across Victoria and South Australia.

Weeding out manual processes

Plant Access manages the orders and provides the steel stillages that are used to transport plant products from over 67 nursery supplier sites to Bunnings stores across Victoria and South Australia. Shipments from different suppliers are consolidated at the Plant Access cross dock facility before orders are transported to Bunnings locations and plants are sold to consumers direct out of the steel stillages.

At any one time, Plant Access has thousands of re-usable steel stillages spread across hundreds of sites throughout the supply chain. Knowing the location of all these stillages and the status of an order was a serious challenge for Plant Access under a legacy paper-based manual ordering system.

A new automated tracking system was necessary to capture real-time data from nursery supplier sites, the Plant Access cross dock logistics facility and the Bunnings stores, in order for Plant Access to have an accurate and instant visibility of their stillage assets and the products they were transporting.

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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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


Zebra’s New RFD8500 Enterprise-Class RFID Sled for iOS and Android Devices

Posted May 12, 2015

Zebra RFD8500 RFID ReadersZebra has announced its first multi-operating system RFID sled designed to easily add high-performance RFID and 1D/2D bar code scanning to Android and iOS mobile devices. The RFD8500 can also cost-effectively transform Zebra mobile devices – such as the TC55 and MC40 – into handheld RFID readers.

The RFD8500 UHF RFID reader enables businesses to leverage previous mobile device investments by adding world-class data collection capabilities. The RFD8500’s lightweight, ergonomic design offers full-shift battery life, making it ideal for inventory and asset management, product search and replenishment applications in retail stores,warehouses and healthcare environments.

“Zebra’s new RFD8500 sled provides investment protection to businesses that want to leverage their existing mobile device strategy and augment it with our RFID and barcode data collection capabilities. The RFD8500 offers numerous innovative design and technology features that will help organizations improve worker productivity and simplify inventory processes with the mobile device and operating system that best meet their needs.” – Bob Sanders, senior vice president, Data Capture Solutions and Engineering Shared Services, Zebra Technologies.

The new RFD8500 reader provides businesses with the flexibility to communicate with a variety of host devices to read and write to EPC Class 1 Gen2 UHF tags and capture 1D and 2D barcodes via Bluetooth. The RFD8500 also supports select features of the EPC Gen 2v2 standard providing retailers with additional protection of consumer privacy and against counterfeit products. With a patent-pending antenna technology, the RFD8500 represents a breakthrough design that provides maximum omni-directional range, read/write performance and coverage.

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