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Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate

Posted September 22, 2017

eldWhat you need to know?

In 2012, the United States Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, which included a provision requiring the FMCSA to develop a rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). The purpose of the ELD was to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which replaces the paper log book that drivers use to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final electronic logging device rule, or ELD Mandate. In accordance with the mandate, fleets have until December 2017 to implement certified ELDs to record HOS. Additionally, fleets that are already equipped with ELD technology will have until December 2019 to ensure compliance with the published specifications.

What does an ELD do?

ELDs installed in motor vehicles can monitor and record a whole host of data about the vehicle and its driver that go beyond RODS – from Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) to driver behavior reporting on speeding, idling, and hard braking. Many systems are capable of integrating map and route optimization solutions as well, which can help drivers navigate through the best routes on any given day.

What are the benefits of ELD?

Besides being in compliance and avoiding heavy fees, many fleets are already seeing the benefits of ELDs, such as:

  • Saves the drive time by reducing paperwork
  • Keeps a dispatcher updated on a driver’s status, while letting them plan for loads better in light of HOS compliance needs
  • Reduces the hassle of keeping a paper
  • Tracks a driver’s HOS electronically
  • Ensures drive segments are capture through being “integrally synchronized” with a truck’s engine
  • Synchronizes driver with fleet manager by passing data to a system where one can see e-logs in a near real-time basis
  • Save money by reducing fuel costs

Can I use rugged smartphones and tablets instead?

Knowing that there is a cost burden associated with adopting new technology, the FMCSA has authorized the use of rugged handhelds, smartphones, and tablets as the system as a whole meets ELD requirements, including a hardwired connection to the truck’s engine. This helps address the start-up costs associated with some of the HOS compliance systems. Furthermore, most truck drivers are already using rugged devices as part of their other operations, such as direct store delivery, signature capture, route optimization, and inventory management. They also allow the drivers the flexibility to choose from a wide range of mobile devices that they are comfortable using.

What are some mobile device options?

While there are hundreds of devices to choose from, here are some of the newest technologies that are ideal for the on-the-go driver:

To learn more about the ELD Mandate or to get a free consultation on an ELD hardware and software solution, reach out to one of our Barcodes, Inc. representatives.


The BarTender Print Portal App

Posted September 20, 2017

bartender-phoneMake professional label printing easy and flexible with the BarTender Print Portal App. With the powerful and secure Bartender by Seagull Scientific you’ll be able to create and automate labels, barcodes, RFID labels, plastic cards, and more.

Designed for use on either an iOS or Android device; the BarTender Print Portal App works with the BarTender Enterprise Automation Edition to let you easily choose label design, complete print-time data forms, and launch print jobs to any printer on the internet, all with strong and reliable security. Just download the app to either your smartphone or tablet and start printing.

Enterprise Automation Edition users can easily print directly from the Print Portal App to any connected printer:

  • Print to Bluetooth or IP printers directly from your Android device
  • Print to IP printers directly from your iOS device
  • Add/manipulate data in real time through in-app BarTender data entry forms
  • Automatically authenticate with a Print Portal site and browse to a specific root folder
  • BarTender security controls monitor access and permissions to labels and documents

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Download the free App below. (Requires Enterprise Automation Edition, Contact us at Barcodes, Inc. to purchase.)

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A Honeywell Desktop Printer, the PC42d

Posted September 18, 2017

pc42dA printer that features solid double-layer housing, easy paper-loading design, and media auto-centering function. That printer is the compact and elegant PC42d. The PC42d is a powerful and reliable printer that is best suited for low-to-mid intensity thermal printing applications such as electronic express, logistic waybills, healthcare laboratory labels, wristbands, and distribution center routing labels just to name a few.

The Honeywell desktop printer gives your operation the flexibility of industry standard connectivity with up to four built-in interface options: standard USB device, USB host, Serial, or Ethernet. With the variety of interface options, the PC42d can easily integrate into virtually any application environment.

Printing quality will be an area you need not worry about as the PC42d comes with a high-quality printhead, advanced thermal management algorithms, and broad thermal media compatibility all to give you excellent printing results. The PC42d comes with 128 MB Flash and 64 MB SDRAM which is several times larger than its competitors and supports up to a 32 GB USB expansion. The desktop printer also provides strong data pre-processing and caching capabilities. The ARM926 core and the 400 MHz high-speed processor, the PC42d can process high-volume tasks efficiently.

For any questions or a quote on any of your printing needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Introducing the RS-2006 from Opticon

Posted September 15, 2017

rs-2006The RS-2006 is one of the smallest and lightest ring scanners on the market, coming in at 1.5 ounces including the battery, holder, and strap. Due to its small and lightweight design, the RS-2006 makes for a comfortable ring scanner all the while allowing your workforce to quickly and safely scan barcodes. The RS-2006 Bluetooth Ring Scanner enables transportation, warehousing, logistics, manufacturing, and retail organizations to easily and quickly integrate hands-free barcode scanning into various applications including receiving, picking, put-away, loading, sorting, replenishment, inventory management, parts tracking, and shipping.

Opticon’s new scanner is designed for the user to either be left-handed or right-handed. The RS-2006 also consists of a modified Opticon OPN-2006 Bluetooth barcode scanner integrated into an ergonomic holder that features an adjustable finger strap. The OPN-2006 can always be disconnected from the strap and be used as a stand-alone if the need arises.

The RS-2006 Features:

  • Smallest and lightest ring scanner on the market. (1.5 oz. including battery, holder and strap)
  • Price point makes real-time barcode scanning with an Android, iOS or Windows host devices affordable
  • Simple Bluetooth pairing and hands-free barcode scanning
  • Supports Bluetooth 4.0 and HID and SPP Bluetooth profiles for added flexibility
  • Ready-to-go out of the box, just pair it with your device
  • High speed 100 scans/second laser barcode scanner
  • Free SDK allows customized scanning behavior
  • Durable: IP42 rating against dust and moisture, survives multiple 5′ drops to concrete
  • USB rechargeable, high capacity Lithium-Ion battery
  • Two year warranty

For any questions or a quote on any of your scanning needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Zebra Printing Supplies

Posted September 13, 2017

lbelsWhen it comes to consumables there are no shortage of options, but each and everyone has their benefits when it comes to maintaining your printer. Printing supplies can impact everything from the printhead lifespan to the printer’s operational efficiency. So when it comes to selecting labels, ribbons, or wristbands it is an important decision. Zebra Technologies can help, being one of the largest thermal label convertors in North America, with the expertise in converting thermal media. With four U.S. converting locations Zebra offers manufacturing redundancies resulting in quick delivery and minimal interruptions. Zebra will only use inks, varnishes, tools and equipment that meet the requirements of thermal materials.

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Honeywell’s Rugged Mobile Printers the RP Series

Posted September 11, 2017

rp-seriesTogether the RP2 and the RP4 create the RP Series Mobile Receipt Printers. The RP Series are a set of rugged printers from Honeywell that are built to last in harsh environments that consists of multiple drops, vibration, and exposure to dust and water. With a rechargeable battery that can be charged inside or outside the printer and is designed to last a full shift for most use cases. The battery is hot-swappable meaning the printer can run for 20-120 seconds, depending on wireless communications, without a battery and not lose connectivity or need a restart enhancing productivity throughout the work day. The printer was also designed to keep track of its health, providing analytics on the age of the battery, printhead condition, and any unusual or extreme environmental conditions.

The Ultra rugged printer has a drop rating of 6.6 feet (2m) and has an IP54 dust and moisture ingress. Prints receipts up to five inches per second. The printers can also support labels with and without a liner, and sense gaps between labels or black marks on the top or bottom of the media. The RP Series printers are compatible with all popular thermal printer languages and protocols.

For any questions or a quote on any of your printing needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Zebra’s ZT600 Series Industrial Printers

Posted September 8, 2017

The legacy of high quality, high performance Zebra printers lives on.  The ZT610 and ZT620 carry on the legacy of the industry leading Xi Series.  The ZT600 series is a perfect fit for any company looking to take their business to the next level.  Zebra industrial printers are known for their durability, fast print speed, long life span, and unparalleled reliability. With the business landscape constantly evolving, the ZT600 series provides comprehensive features to keep your operations running smoothly across a broad range of applications.

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ZT600 Series Features:

  • Full-function front panel and 3.5 inch multilingual color non-touch 320×240 pixel LCD display-with user-programmable password protection
  • 2 GB on board Flash memory (512 MB User Available)
  • Clear media side bi-fold door allows shorter media door opening radius, and easy monitoring of supplies usage without opening the printer
  • Dual Media sensors-transmissive and reflective, selectable through software or front panel
  • XML-Enabled Printing-direct connect integration for barcode label printing; eliminates license fees and print server hardware and lowers customization and programming costs

Call one of our representatives today for a quote on the ZT600 series


Thor VM3: Honeywell’s Rugged Vehicle-Mounted Computer

Posted September 7, 2017

honeywell-thor-vm3-vehicle-mount-vm3w2f3a1bus06a-75bDisruptions in the supply chain can be costly for businesses, and in today’s business world it’s either you adapt or get left behind. One product that can help your business adapt and at the same time give you a significant competitive advantage is the Thor VM3 Vehicle-Mount Computer. The Thor VM3 comes with Smart Dock which delivers immediate impact savings on support and maintenance costs. The cost savings from the Smart Dock come as a result of all the maximized efficiency that allows users to undock the computer from one forklift and redock it on another vehicle in a matter of seconds. This helps the workers adapt as the workload changes throughout the day or week.  A field-replaceable front panel reduces your capital and maintenance cost by integrating two of the most wear and abuse prone components, the keyboard and the touchscreen, into a user-replaceable part all with the simple use of a screwdriver.

This Honeywell vehicle-mount computer has an IP66 rated design and was designed to withstand all the vibrations and shocks that is generally created when a forklift is in operation. Safety is also a big proponent of the Thor VM3 with a screen blanking option that restricts driver access to the screen when the vehicle is moving to comply with the highest safety standards. The rugged vehicle-mount computer was made to withstand multiple environments from dry goods to cold storage, indoors or outdoors, and in-premise or in intermodal facilities. The Thor VM3 comes with the Intel x86 architecture and Dual Core 1.5GHz processor that enable superior performance with data-intensive applications.

For any questions or a quote on any of your computing needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


The Rugged Smartphone Market is Expanding into the Forefront of the Mobility

Posted September 5, 2017

In a world constantly searching for opportunities to stay mobilized, we are increasingly seeing every industry equipping their work force with rugged smartphones and scanner sleds. This gives the user the ability to scan and track on the go in addition to processing credit card payments in the field. Rugged smartphones and sleds have been emerging into the marketplace to help companies stay more productive away from the desk and also decrease high capital equipment costs. While there are many options on the market today, this sector is expected to see a 2-3% growth in the next few years with many new hardware and software products emerging.

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Key benefits of using a rugged smartphone for your business:

  • A slimmer, thinner, and lighter form factor than traditional laptops and other peripherals which can easily fit in a pocket, purse, or bag.
  • No need for an additional piece of equipment as this fits directly over your iPhone or Android
  • Rugged sleds can increase durability of your device in harsh outdoor environments and also indoor facilities prone to dust and moisture.
  • Stay connected in the field using cell service to transmit data quickly when away from the office

Call one of our representatives for mobility solutions and pricing assistance.


Brother’s RuggedJet 2 a Mobile Label and Receipt Printer

Posted September 1, 2017

ruggedjet2The RuggedJet 2 series is a mobile printer that has the capability of printing both labels and receipts. The RuggedJet 2 continues what made the RuggedJet family a popular choice among the mobile printer community, durability and reliability. With a smaller size and a rugged construction this makes the Brother printer best suited for mobile applications in multiple environments such as retail, parking, labs, public safety, pharmacies, hospitals, warehouses, and a wide variety of other environments. The RuggedJet 2 is available in four models, two of which (the RJ-2050 and RJ-2150) feature Apple MFi certification and Apple AirPrint compatibility making it the first mobile printer in the 2-inch category to include both of those features.

“Clearly, any business that is equipping a mobile workforce wants the printers they purchase to be compact, durable, easy to use, and truly mobile.” Said David Crist, President of Brother Mobile Solutions “They also want power options, connectivity options, and smooth interoperability across diverse operating systems – all at a competitive price. We believe the new RJ-2 Series more than exceeds those expectations.”

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