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Honeywell’s CK75: An Ultra-Rugged Mobile Computer

Posted July 27, 2017

ck75-2Honeywell’s new ultra-rugged mobile computer is built from premium, industrial materials giving it a balance of ruggedness and duty cycle. The CK75 is a perfect fit for any warehouse or distribution environment with features that focus on enabling flexibility and agility. With workload demands always shifting unexpectedly the CK75 gives workers the flexibility to quickly transition to tasks that require near or far scanning, speech, voice, and image capture; this saves valuable time from workers having to find and reorient themselves on unfamiliar devices.

CK75 Features:

  • Supports Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating systems for flexible application support and migration.
  • Withstands 2.4 m (8 ft) drops to concrete, 2,000 1 m (3.3 ft) tumbles and has an IP67 seal rating against water and dust.
  • Industry’s fastest and farthest imaging engine delivers superior motion tolerance and barcode read performance.
  • Optional Cold Storage version includes touch screen and scan window heaters to support use for extended periods in freezers as well as transitions into and out of freezer areas

Call one of our representatives for a quote on the CK75.


Datalogic Introduces The Memor X3 Healthcare Mobile Computer

Posted July 26, 2017

memor-x3-hcDatalogic announces the Memor X3 HC mobile computer for healthcare. This new offering provides healthcare professionals a safe and easy way to scan bar codes in a hospital or clinic.  The Memor X3 HC is lightweight, pocketable, extremely durable, and resistant to the major chemical cleaners used in the healthcare ecosystem. This mobile computer is equipped with an advanced 2D imager and features Datalogic’s patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for good-read feedback.

The device has a sharp 2.4 inch display and long-lasting batteries, all in a form factor and weight that makes it a truly portable assistant for any healthcare application. It offers enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, supporting higher WLAN throughputs with improved reliability in both 2.4 GHz and 5.2 GHz bands. The Memor X3 HC mobile computer is a rugged device featuring IP54 sealing with a 1.2 m / 4.0 foot drop to concrete specification and is pre-loaded and pre-licensed with Wavelink Avalanche Device Management making it ready to deploy out of the box.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Ergonomic, compact and robust
  • Cleanable enclosure, designed to withstand daily cleaning with harsh disinfecting solutions
  • Bluetooth wireless technology 2.1 with EDR
  • Datalogic’s patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for good-read feedback
  • 2D area imaging technology
  • More robust technology with no moving parts

Typical Applications

  • Patient Bedside Care
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Admittance, Accounting and Billing

Global Technology Systems Introduces Battery Color Coding

Posted July 24, 2017

How old is the battery in your mobile computer? Some can’t answer that question and in that lies the problem. The greater the age in batteries the greater the chance of the battery not functioning properly; that being said it makes sense to have an easy way to distinguish the age of your battery. Global Technology Systems (GTS) is introducing Battery Color Coding, this service will allow you to easily distinguish the aging of your battery population and quickly determine the warranty status of your batteries. More importantly it will also allow you to identify, replace, and recycle the old batteries swiftly and efficiently. Each year GTS will be making different color batteries along with the standard OEM color. For example in 2017 (year 1) GTS will be making blue batteries, in 2018 (year 2) GTS will be making green batteries, in 2019 (year 3) GTS will be making pink batteries and so on. The colored batteries will have no additional cost from the standard OEM color.

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Battery Color Coding will give you the following benefits:

  • Cut Labor Costs: Eliminates staff downtime and productivity loss caused by mid-shift battery failures.
  • Cut Battery Costs: Stock only healthy batteries in the appropriate quantities.
  • Cuts Service Agreement Costs: Many mobile device “failures” aren’t a device problem at all but a bad battery issue, allowing you to significantly reduce repair requests and help desk calls.

Barcodes, Inc. 1st Annual Book Drive for Open Books

Posted July 14, 2017

Barcodes, Inc. held a friendly competition all for a great cause. The point of the competition pitted department against department, all in an effort to see who could collect the most books during the company’s 1st annual book drive. At the end of the competition, Barcodes, Inc. collected a total of 260 books to donate to Open Books.

Open Books is a nonprofit organization that looks to provide literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year. Through their instructional programs they cultivate the literacy skills of thousands of children and youth each year, from those who need intervention to those who desire enrichment. Through their book programs they provide readers of all ages with engaging, appropriate, and high-quality books. Open Books delivers thousands of books to schools and nonprofits across the Chicagoland area each week.


Honeywell 8670 Named 2017 Innovation Award Winner by New Equipment Digest

Posted July 12, 2017

8670-2The new Honeywell 8670 Wireless Ring Scanner was chosen by New Equipment Digest as a 2017 Innovation Award winner for its design and ability to help industrial workers perform their task more efficiently.  Last year there were about 2,000 new products considered; 24 finalists; and 11 winners.  It’s a great honor!  Make sure you contact one of our Barcodes, Inc. experts to learn more about the Honeywell 8670.

Benefits of the 8670 Wireless Ring Scanner include:

  • Aggressive 2D Scanning
  • Ergonomic Design – Ergonomic two-piece design with a low profile and a light weight scanner piece
  • Soft finger and wrist straps improve comfort and eliminate hygiene concerns
  • Rugged Design
  • Bluetooth technology provides freedom of movement up to 10m from the host. Pairs with PCs, laptops and mobile devices running Apple, Android or Windows OS

Panasonic Toughbook Helping Fight Crime

Posted July 10, 2017

toughbook-31The Panasonic Toughbook 31 is more than just a reliable laptop equipped with Intel Core i5 and i3 processors. The leader in fully rugged design is also being used by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in their roll out of new police squad cars. The new squad cars will be used to help reduce the gun violence in the city of Chicago and the Toughbook 31 will be lending a helping hand.

The rugged laptop computer will come equipped with ShotSpotter app, an app that will instantly alert law enforcement personnel of gunfire. Each alert will provide crucial information for each incident including: incident time, number of rounds, and the location of the incident with a highlighted evidence search area. Along with the ShotSpotter app the Toughbook 31 will also have real-time crime mapping, police databases, and electronic crash reporting.

The first roll out of the new CPD squad cars will feature 40 vehicles and should reach a total of 550 vehicles patrolling the street come early next year. All to help keep the streets of Chicago safe.


Battery-Free Cordless Scanning with Honeywell

Posted June 22, 2017

bfscannersWireless scanners have become commonplace in many retail environments for the convenience they provide by removing a cable from the picture. All cordless scanners have a battery in them that is often the main point of wear on the device and requires several hours to fully charge on many models.  It may seem that the battery is an unavoidable consequence of being wireless but Honeywell is leading the way towards a more environmentally friendly scanner that also requires less maintenance long term.

Shedding the traditional battery pack, Honeywell has introduced their Super-Capacitor technology on their Xenon 1902g-bf and Voyager 1202g-bf scanners. Super-Capacitors are capable of achieving a full charge in less than two minutes via the standard USB port or under 30 seconds when using a powered USB port or external wall adapter. After a quick charge the Voyager 1200g-bf can scan at least 100 codes while the Xenon 1902g-bf can read at least 450 codes.

This sort of quick and easy charging feature makes these scanners ideal for applications centered around POS, workstations and counters – for example, as the secondary scanner to a bioptic (in-counter) scanner, or in support of shipping and receiving functions at warehouses. With no battery, a common maintenance hassle is removed and the scanner is lighter and more environmentally friendly.

Both scanners are built on the proven Voyager and Xenon platform offering superior scanning performance on linear and 2D barcodes respectively. With multiple-interface options, these scanners are plug-in-player ready to start inputting scanned data into any application.

For assistance finding the right battery-free scanner for your needs, contact us at Barcodes Inc.


Sierra Wireless AirLink Gateways for 4G LTE Networks

Posted June 20, 2017

Sierra Wireless AirLink ES450 Wireless RouterSierra Wireless’ next-generation of mobile gateways, AirLink GX450 4G and AirLink ES450 4G , offer support for a broader array of LTE frequency bands, making them compatible with networks worldwide.

“With the launch of our next-generation AirLink gateways, customers can purchase a single solution for deployment across many different regions, simplifying procurement and management. It also allows the customer to leverage the growing capacity of LTE networks as they evolve and incorporate different frequency bands to carry increasing traffic,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless.

The next-generation AirLink GX450 4G mobile gateway is a purpose-built rugged mobile gateway that provides broadband connectivity for all devices and applications deployed in vehicles, allowing them to be remotely monitored and managed. The AirLink GX Series leads the market in mobile gateways in North America and is widely relied upon by professionals in law enforcement, emergency services, utilities, and field services for in-vehicle connectivity and access to critical information.

The AirLink ES450 4G enterprise gateway provides a simple, secure way to wirelessly manage business transactions and deploy PCI-compliant systems. The AirLink ES450 can support an automatic switchover of transaction processing from a landline connection to the wireless one, notify IT personnel when failures occur, and enable remote troubleshooting of network equipment to restore normal operations. The AirLink ES450, with its expanded LTE band support, will now be available in Australia and Asia as well as through established channels in North America and Europe.


Out-of-Range Alarm for Honeywell Scanners

Posted June 15, 2017

Honeywell Granit 1911i ScannerCordless scanners provide a world of convenience with their ease of mobility. Unfortunately, one drawback of being untethered to computer is that it now becomes possible to misplace your scanner. Especially in applications with multiple cordless scanners, it is very easy to lose track of one during the hustle of the work day.

Honeywell has a great feature for all their devices that helps customers keep track of their wireless scanners. However, it is a feature that will not work out of the box. Using the programming guide that come with each scanner you can set the following step to enable an out-of-range alarm.

  • Out-of-Range Alarm is set to “No Alarm” by default.  You have to turn it on by setting the time out duration to > 0.
  • Both the base and the scanner sound off on the Xenon, but only the scanner for the Granit.
  • Alarm duration is programmable (0-3,000 seconds).
  • The alarm stops when the scanner is moved closer to the base, when the base connects to another scanner, or when the alarm duration expires.

What Are the Advantages of Thermal Transfer Printing?

Posted June 13, 2017

Choosing the right printing method for labels can always be confusing at first. With options for direct thermal and thermal transfer it really comes down to how long you want the label to last and in what kind of environment. Thermal transfer provides more options for longevity and durability but not without a cost.

Thermal Transfer – Advantages

  • Image durability. It’s the label type needed for harsh environments.
  • Superb resolution of bar codes, text and graphics.
  • Longer printhead life compared to direct thermal printers.
  • Can be color depending on color of label – black, blue, red, green, white.

Thermal Transfer – Disadvantages

  • Dual media needed – labels and ribbons. More to purchase and store.
  • Ribbons can be tricky to load.
  • Must match ribbon to facestock.
  • Single pass ribbon can be wasteful if little is printed on long labels.

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