One solution for tagging your trees for marketing them in the horticulture industry is using vinyl wrap tags or wrap around tags as some prefer to call them. These tags are thermally printed with a bar code that can be scanned via a reader. Once locked, this tag will stay on the tree until it’s removed.

vinyl tree wrap tags

These tags can be purchased as a horizontal or vertical fed rolls of tags. Depending on the thermal printer and it’s capabilities of printing in the vertical or horizontal format you will need to make sure which is the right fit. Wrap tags come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. They can even be made custom with your company logo and slogan.

rfid wrap tags

Identifying your trees with vinyl wrap around tags is only one way of marketing your product. With the RFID technology you can track and log data via radio frequency identification wrap tags. Allowing growers to monitor stages and progress of potentially every plant in a greenhouse. Going beyond the greenhouse, shipping containers with RFID identification will enable tracking, from the crop to the market.

The possibilities are endless with RFID and vinyl wrap tags for identifying and tracking your assets. You can find more information and purchasing wrap tags at The BarcodeFactory. They offer solutions to all types of Industries including Horticulture.

Pot stakes or pot tags are a thermal label used to identify plant materials such as flowers. If, you look around in your local Lowes or Home Depot you’ll notice these tags in those hanging baskets, potted plants and even shrubbery on the shelves. A thermal printer is required to adhere the print via a ribbon and heat process from the printhead to the tag. This means once the tags are printed they are ready for use as they com off the printer. There are a multitude of manufacturers that offer pot stakes in all kinds of varieties of sizes and colors.

plant labels

A styrene material and heavy plastic material is used in different sizes to suit your needs. These tags range in sizes of widths and lengths as well as color options like red, orange, yellow and plain white. More colors are available from manufacturers like Sato, Zebra and The BarcodeFactory carries all the major brands available online.

pot stakes

Thermal printers are necessary when printing tags, pot stakes, labels and signs for use in the horticulture industry. You will need labels that can withstand the harsh elements when labeling plants, trees, shrubbery, flowers and other plant material. That’s where thermal printing comes into play and can deliver. Thermal printers can apply the message to the tag or label via a ribbon which applies the ink to the label. This ink is adhered to the tag or label which is clearly visible for easy identification.

plant labels

Let’s dive into the printers used to make things happen in the labeling of plants. There are quit a few well known manufacturers that offer solutions to the horticulture industry for just this type of application where thermal printing is required. Sato, Zebra, TSC, Cub among others offer specific printers for the printing of tags, pot stakes and even signs. We’ll briefly go over a few select models of printers from the said manufacturers while not to sound promoting one over the other but, certain aspects could deem a personal preference in selecting the right thermal printer.

sato clnx series of printers

Sato offers the CLNX Series of thermal printers which comes in either 203, 305 and even a 609dpi (that’s dots per inch) flavor. These printers come with preinstalled operational videos which can be viewed from it’s full color LED screen making training, setup and operation easy. This printer offers the ability for custom programming for certain applications. You can find out more information from online e-commerce sites such as The BarcodeFactory.

Now that the season is here for planting trees and flowers the need for labeling those assets is also at it’s peak. There are many ways to tag your trees and plants with labels for your business. There are some manufacturers that stand out when it comes to labeling your assets in the horticultural industry such as, Sato which carries a full line of tags, labels and signs designed to withstand their use in harsh environments.

You can find a variety of tags such as slip-on end to end tags, thermal slip-on and thermal pot tags. Let’s talk a little about the slip-on end to end tags. These tags are a vertical fed tag and serve as a great way to identify your product. Once this tag is locked into position they stay on the plant until removed. Sato’s Thermal Slip-On tags can be preprinted flexographically during the manufacturing process or with the thermal transfer printing method.

thermal slip on tag

Thermal Pot Tags are another common tag among horticulture resellers. The offer a clearly visible application to your customers to read the description and pricing of the product. These tags come in many colors and sizes. Some materials such as styrene and a heavy plastic material are used to prolong the life of the tag and can be printer via a thermal transfer printer. Thermal print adheres to the surface for years, and will not fade away.

You can find out more from online e-commerce shops such as The BarcodeFactory for Sato tags and labels. They are an authorized reseller of the Sato brand horticultural products and more.

The Sato CLNX Series offers custom programming suiting the customers needs for application based printing of labels. Making it easier for your users to select a pre-programmed label by selecting it from the memory within the printer and choosing the quantity of labels to print your job. The CL4NX and CL6NX Series of printers offer a vast array of standard features that are unequaled by its competition.

An example of this type of custom programming would be a cellphone repair shop looking to track the devices and attach a custom-made label with the devices serial number attached to each label via scanning device. Such as a barcode scanner connected to the printer.
These applications are all custom which can be developed by suppliers such as The Barcodefactory. You can contact Barcodefactory directly by calling 888.237.8525 Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm or simply contacting them via email at this location.

See what other products Sato has to offer for the barcode printer and labeling industry.

bartender 2019 software

You’ll find some major changes in BarTender 2019 software from Seagull Scientific. If, you’re upgrading from an older version of BarTender, there are some changes that you should be aware of. View the list of major things that you need to know below.

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  • All editions of BarTender are now licenses by printer
  • BarTender 2019 has a new licensing service that replaces Seagull license server. This licensing service is not backwards compatible with older versions of BarTender. This means that you must update your BarTender clients at the same time that you update your master license server.
  • BarTender 2019 greatly simplifies the installation process, installing most BarTender components with every installation.
  • A local BarTender System Database is installed on every BarTender workstation, but each workstation can be configured to use a centralized System Database if you prefer.

Comparing BarTender 2019 Editions

Automation Edition has ALL Professional features plus the added below. Enterprise Edition has ALL Automation features plus the added below.


  • Intelligent Templates
  • Read data from CSV files, databases and Excel
  • Easily search and select records for printing
  • Encode RFID labels and smart cards


  • Auto print from any OS systems or device in response to data transactions and SDK requests
  • Secure the printing environment with user and group roles
  • Monitor live print status and view detailed history of system usage


  • Print from any OS or Android device
  • Print from any iOS or Android device
  • Auto print in response to Web service API or TCP/IP comms
  • Integrate with SAP or Oracle
  • Take advantage of centralized system management, browser-hosted printing, centralized template storage with revision control, electronic signature support, full SDK control, smart card encoding and more

Download the BarTender Free Edition! here. You can also find all available versions of the BarTender Software from Seagull Scientific from the Barcodefactory.

Raspberry Pi is not only barcode friendly it has over 25 Million units sold! It’s worth the $75 to invest in it and find out what it can do.

It’s a tiny computer (about the size of a id card) that’s a powerhouse of performance. The latest version is the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and it’s quite impressive with the amount of code and community support available. Also, worth mentioning it’s compatibility with barcode scanners.

raspberry pi 3

Connecting your bar code scanner to Raspberry Pi

The circuit board has 4 USB which makes it easy to connect compatible scanners. Connecting the Motorola LS2208 will work just fine. There should be no software updates or patches needed to plug it in and start scanning.

Within the community some users found the voltage output of their Pi was not sufficient enough to power certain scanners.

Pi community and Support

You can find thousands of projects, programs and videos available on all the social platforms like YouTube and GitHub.

zebra explore tablets

Zebra Technologies Xplore Rugged Tablets

Xplore’s integrated portfolio of rugged mobile computer technologies will enable you to easily automate your mobile workflows with the right combination of Windows® and Android™ devices, accessories, and connectivity solutions. It doesn’t matter if your workers spend their day in a vehicle, in the field, or behind a desk, the ultra-mobility and unmatched reliability of our high-performance 2-in-1 and rugged tablet PC platforms will boost their efficiency while improving your business intelligence and bottom line.

Now bolstered by the powerful Xplore family of rugged tablets, Zebra empowers workers on the front line in a variety of industries to achieve a performance edge – an edge that translates to delighted customers and superior business results.

As the pioneer at the edge of the enterprise, our products, software, services, analytics and solutions are used to intelligently connect your people, assets and data. With decades of industry experience, we design with front-line users and workplaces in mind, giving you the best-action guidance needed to optimize in-motion operations and make business-critical decisions.

zebra explore tablets

Xplore Tablets with IP65 Rating

When your mobile workers are likely to be covered in dust, your mobile data also needs the complete dust protection of IP65 rugged tablets. Whether you’re kicking up dust crossing the desert, digging in a mine or just caught outside on a windy day, Xplore’s IP65-rated tough tablet PCs offer complete dust protection against contact and ingress. Xplore’s extensive IP65 testing methods also ensure that a little water pressure won’t stress its most rugged tablets – or interrupt work being conducted on your most connected mobile computers. Xplore IP65 rugged tablets are built to withstand the impact of low pressure water jets projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) from any direction for at least 15 minutes. That means, whether you are caught in the rain while inspecting a remote pipeline, delivering a shipment, or trying to test the quality of a residential customer’s Internet service from their outside box, your IP65 rugged tablet PC offers more than enough water protection to complete the job without delay.

Xplore IP65 Mobile Computers

When you need a rugged tough tablet, handheld, or 2-in-1 laptop/tablet that can withstand constant exposure to dust, sand or low water pressure jets, Xplore can provide you and your team with IP65 rated mobile computers. Xplore’s IP65 rated tablet and handheld computers are built to work efficiently. They enable mobile workers to complete the job without loss of connectivity or damage from common on-the-job hazards.


Find out more about the Xplore Tablets and Handheld Computers here – IP65 Rated Mobile Computers

Barcodefactory offers all the available Rugged Mobile Tablets and Handheld Computers now acquired by Zebra Technologies.

SATO FX3-LX all-in-one printer

Smart, Programmable, Independent, the versatile FX3-LX may be used as a desktop-resident or mounted smart printer, or anywhere throughout your operation for standalone label printing applications.

SATO’s AEP (Application Enabled Printing) programming platform allows the development of unique, business-driven print solutions and UX interface. Create custom, and intuitive touchscreen prompts that best fulfill your unique requirements.

sato fx3-lx mobile printer

The FX3-LX interactive 7-inch full-color touchscreen interface makes operation simple and easy. With its video playback feature, this can eliminate extensive training of your staff on its processes and procedures as well as basic printer functionality or troubleshooting.

Compatible with an array of optional accessories, the FX3-LX was designed for today’s user interaction;

  • 7” full color, smart touchscreen
  • Wireless connectivity, work where it is needed
  • Long life battery use
  • Optional mounting capabilities and a center-positioned handle
  • SATO AEP (Application Enabled Printing) saves you time and resource
  • Easily connects to scanners, scales, keyboards and other devices for data entry accuracy

Find this printer available soon at the Barcodefactory! Sato FX3-LX

Download the datasheet for the FX3-LX here.

zebra ds8100 healthcare imager

Zebra DS8100-HC Handheld Imager

The DS8100 Healthcare Handheld Imager increases workflow and better experience for patients. Healthcare providers need to equip their healthcare professionals with the necessary tools to provide the very best in patient care, every second of every day.  With Zebra’s DS8100-HC Series handheld imagers, now they can.  The DS8100-HC Series is purpose-built for healthcare environments.  It provides unparalleled performance on virtually every barcode in any condition, flexible user-selectable feedback modes designed for around-the-clock use and much more, all in a first-of-its-kind housing delivering maximum protection against the spread of bacteria.  Help healthcare professionals to streamline workflows and deliver better patient experiences with the DS8100-HC Series—only from Zebra.

DS8100 Features:

Unparalleled performance on virtually every barcode in any condition
Only the DS8100-HC Series combines the power of an 800 MHz microprocessor, a high-resolution megapixel sensor and Zebra’s exclusive PRZM technology.  With this unique combination of hardware and advanced algorithms, the DS8100-HC Series instantly captures the most problematic barcodes found in pharmacies, labs and at the point-of-care—including dense, tiny, curved, poorly printed, shiny, crinkled, faded, distorted, dirty or damaged, as well as electronic barcodes on dimly lit displays.

ds8100 retail imager

First-of-its-kind housing offers maximum protection against infections
The DS8100-HC is the only scanner to offer a purpose-built housing specially designed to help prevent the spread of bacteria.  Special plastics allow for safe wipe-downs with the widest selection of the harshest and most aggressive disinfectants used in today’s hospitals.  Also, concealed screw holes and seams eliminate areas where bacteria could hide—even after a wipe down.  The DS8100-HC Series also withstands dirt, moisture, and repeated 6-foot drops to concrete.  Plus, its window is chemically strengthened to be scratch resistant.

Flexible user-selectable feedback
Users can choose from a wide array of easily controllable feedback modes designed for virtually any hospital environment that will instantly notify healthcare workers that a barcode was properly captured—without disturbing patients.  In addition to the standard LED, vibrate and beeper feedback, Zebra’s Direct Decode Indicator flashes illumination onto the barcode to confirm that it has been captured.  With Night Mode, healthcare workers can switch between vibrate and beeper feedback by simply depressing the trigger for a few seconds.

Patient safety guaranteed
The DS8100’s green aiming spot avoids blue wavelengths, which can potentially cause eye injury.

Download the DS8100-HC Spec Sheet here