Wearable Computers for mobility

As smart watches, fitness trackers and other wearable technologies become more common in our daily lives, warehousing & distribution center workers are beginning to expect the same seamless usability and performance from the technology that they use on the job. Just as we no longer need to hold a device in our hand to receive a phone call, track steps or monitor social media, distribution center employees are looking for ways to free up their hands to be more productive and efficient in their daily tasks. And with companies losing on average more than $400,000 every year in picking errors, business owners are interested in new “connected worker” solutions that help improve accuracy and efficiency.

mobility edge from Honeywell

Today, many distribution centers are still using handheld scanners, paper-based picking methods and mobile computers to move and track goods in very hands-on, repetitive workflows like each picking for e-commerce. Early iterations of handheld scanners had wires, which at the time were an improvement, but restricted motion and became a nuisance when the wires got in the way. The industry has since moved to wireless handheld scanners, which eliminate that problem, but still don’t enable workers to work “hands-free”. Also, the use of paper- or even mobile-based picking methods requires the use of one’s hands. But hands-free and wearable technology is rapidly becoming the de-facto choice for modern distribution centers. From software that offers workers a voice-based connection to the warehouse management system (WMS), to wearable barcode scanners connected via wireless communication standards like Bluetooth®, technologies that help free up workers’ hands and connect them to data more fluidly are helping to move the industry toward the next era of efficiency in data capture and order fulfillment.

wearable mobile devices

For example, the industry has seen an increase in the adoption of voice-based solutions that instruct distribution center workers through their picking methods in real time, and enable them to input data verbally, eliminating the need for physical picking lists or labels that must be carried around and updated manually. In fact, in a survey 1 conducted by Honeywell and YouGov, 87 percent of U.S. respondents said that they anticipate transitioning to voice solutions by 2020.

You can find out more on wearable mobile devices at the Barcodefactory.

Creating a custom barcode label in 5 steps!

custom made barcode labels in 5 stepsDesigning a label for your product or customer using their company logo is easier than you think. You can easily categorize building a label in 5 steps. Understanding the difference between Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal labels would be determined before we start the process. This can be easily done by the labels application and environment. Once, this has been established we can then move forward to the first step in creating our own custom label even with the company logo added. These labels are not limited to any certain quantities and can be priced out by volume and annual usage.

First, by selecting your label width and length to meet your application needs. Second, choosing the color of your label whether it be plain white or a specific color it doesn’t matter it can be up to 6 PMS colors or a four-color process for any image. Third, choosing the material type of your label from multiple substrates like paper, all types of synthetics or even a reflective coating. Fourth, does your label require an adhesive backing or would it be removed from it’s location? You can choose from a multitude of adhesives from temp to permanent. Lastly, would the label need a liner? Backing materials come in standard silicone coated paper in various thicknesses or select a clear polyester liner that offers less mass, weight and is recyclable.

 

The entire process can be done cheaper than you think. There are a ton of businesses online capable of simplifying the process but, one stands out among all the rest with over 25 years in the business. The Barcodfactory has been in the barcode and labeling business for some time now and creating custom labels among other things is their specialty. You can find more information on custom making labels or get a free quote online with them.

android os logoAndroid for Mobile Computers

How did Android get so popular with Mobile Devices in the barcoding Industry? Not, only has it become one of the most reputable and commonly used operating systems for smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices such as handheld computers today. Companies like Zebra, Honeywell and other have built platforms for their mobile devices around the popular OS not only because it’s a familiar system with Smartphones all over the world but, provides enterprise reliability with a familiar interface.

zebra android mobile computer

Some of today’s Mobile Computer’s that utilize the Android OS are from major brands such as Zebra Technologies, Honeywell  and Janam. You can purchase products such as Mobile Computers, Scanners, Tablets and Handheld Phone-Like devices making your workers more productive and saving your business costly dollars on less mobile platforms and restricting your employees by limiting their working distance from using fixed devices.

 

Find out more on what Android can do for you and your business by searching popular brands products from the Barcodefactory. Put Android to work for you today!

RFID Systems with a low cost per read point

honeywell if2 rfid readerThe compact, cost-effective IF2 Network Reader supports diverse RFID applications in both enterprise and industrial environments that require a scalable RFID system with a low cost per read point.

Packaged in a small and lightweight, yet durable enclosure, the IF2 is suited for nearly any environment, including industrial warehouse and manufacturing operations and enterprise environments for asset and inventory management applications.

Packaged in a small and lightweight, yet durable enclosure, the IF2 is suited for nearly any environment, including industrial warehouse and manufacturing operations and enterprise environments for asset and inventory management applications.

Reduces System and Deployment Costs for Large and Small Installations

With a focus on keeping the cost of ancillary equipment and installation low, the IF2 Network Reader includes features that reduce the costs and complexity of the overall solution. Not only does the low-profile enclosure with integrated mounting slots allow the IF2 to be easily installed in virtually any environment, the IF2 also supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) for scalable deployments without the cost of adding electrical drops where AC line power is not available or practical. An optional DC converter is available to support conventional wall power. Either power method supports the full RF output power capability of the IF2 (up to 30 dBm).

 

Find out more on the Honeywell IF2 Network Reader here or purchase this product at the Barcodefactory.

The ET50/55 Tablet from Zebra

The Zebra line of Enterprise Tablets help you perform your best. The Standard Configuration includes Google Mobile Services and Android for Work . It provides integrated Google applications such as Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Play Store, while Android for Work offers enterprise features such as Mobile Application Management. The Professional Configuration ships without Google Mobile Services and AFW, eliminating all service connections, thereby maintaining system privacy while retaining Zebra value-adds.  Both configurations are built on Android Open Source.

The ET50 with it’s WLAN capabilities for inside the four walls implementation. Available with Windows 10 or Android 6.0.1 operating systems and 2 display size options of 8.3-inch or 10.1-inch. Corning Gorilla Glass with Native Damage Resistance allows the display to better survive the real world events.

Like the ET50 the ET55 WAN is for outside the four walls capable of withstanding rain or snow or in a very dusty work environment you’ll appreciate the continuous reliable operation. The ET55 offers the same screen size options as the ET50zebra et50 and et500 tablet

Zebra builds tracking technology and solutions that generate actionable information and insight, giving companies unprecedented visibility into their businesses by giving physical things a digital voice. Zebra’s extensive portfolio of solutions give real-time visibility into everything from products and physical assets to people, providing very precise operational data not only about where things are, but what condition they are in. This allows business leaders to use data to make better, more informed decisions, respond in real-time and ultimately, help businesses understand how they work, and how they could work better.

 

 

Find the ET50 and ET55 Tablet from Zebra Technologies at the Barcodefactory.com where, you can find all your Zebra brand products and services.

Meet the Enterprise-ready Tablet

honeywell eda70 enterprise tabletThe ScanPal EDA70 is Honeywell’s enterprise-ready tablet providing real time connectivity for business-critical applications and efficient data capture capabilities inside or outside of four walls. A sleek, lightweight, enterprise-grade rugged tablet built on the Android 7 (Nougat) platform platform for fast performance, enhanced security and future operating system upgrades, the ScanPal EDA70 tablet is ideal for scan-intensive workflows such as customer engagement, on-demand delivery and field service applications requiring a truly mobile office with reliable access to communication and information, smooth multi-task processing, and an enterprise level of reliability, protection, future scalability, and lower total cost of ownership.

With the ScanPal EDA70 tablet, network connectivity is no longer a barrier to the benefits of high-performance mobile applications. The ScanPal EDA70 tablet is designed to support the most advanced connected mobile user experiences, facilitating large file transfers, video streaming and remote access to business applications quickly, so workers can more effectively manage a wide variety of tasks.

The ScanPal EDA70 features a fast processor, 1D/2D barcode scanning and a built-in camera, plus enough battery life to last a full shift and beyond, keeping mobile workers always connected to crucial information to place orders, check stock, look up order status or scan items as they are removed for delivery. A vivid 7 in. Corning® Gorilla® Glass display allows information to be readable in outdoor sunlight conditions. The ScanPal EDA70’s design also features a sleek exterior and modern, all-touch interface for a contemporary appearance in customer facing applications as well as multiple input modes to save valuable time and minimize data entry errors.

A full suite of accessories including desktop charging docking systems, vehicle cradles, and more is available to keep the ScanPal EDA70 charged and ready for use both inside or out in the field. Hand and shoulder straps are provided for users to hold and handle the tablet easily for long periods of time with less fatigue.

 

Find out more on the EDA70 Tablet or purchase here.

Introducing the Orbit 7190g

orbit 7190g hybrid scanner The Orbit 7190g scanner incorporates breakthrough hybrid technology that combines omni-directional laser scanning and integrated area-imaging to provide a bar code reading platform optimized for highly efficient checkouts. Like other Orbit scanners, it delivers superior pass-through scanning of merchandise linear bar-codes, while simultaneously helping retailers address the growing need for digital bar-codes reading – without requiring an additional scanner.

Like other Orbit scanners – the best-selling hands-free scanners of all time – the Orbit 7190g scanner is an innovative, elegant and affordable solution for convenience retail applications where counter space is at a premium. The award-winning shape enables handheld scanning of large, bulky items. For added flexibility, the scanning head can be tilted within a 30° range to accommodate objects of various sizes and shapes.

The Orbit 7190g scanner seamlessly works for both merchandise scanning by the cashier, and digital barcodes scanning off smartphones by customers. With the dual-modes design, the scanner is automatically optimized for both applications while eliminating the customer annoyance of a laser and LED illumination.

  • The Orbit 7190g scanner integrates both a laser and an imager into a single presentation scanner – no need to buy a separate scanner for digital bar code reading, while maintaining superior merchandise bar code scanning.
  • With dual-working modes, the scanner is optimized for both scanning digital codes off customer smartphones and scanning merchandise codes by the cashier at the register.
  • A 20-line omni-directional laser pattern maintains the proven 1D scanning performance of existing Orbit scanners. With leading Honeywell imaging technology, the scanner reads smartphone coupons and ID cards with ease.
  • The award-winning shape enables handheld scanning of large, bulky items. The adjustable scan head even allows cashiers to tilt the scanner 30° for targeted scanning of larger products.
  • Automatic interface detection enables the scanner to configure itself to the appropriate interface upon connection and eliminating the tedious task of scanning programming barcodes.

 

 

Find more information on the Orbit 7190g Scanner with the PDF

Label Handling Equipment

Looking to make your label processing and application run smoother and more efficient? The Barcodefactory offers a wide selection of manual or automatic label handling products from Manufacturers, such as LabelMate, CUB and Take-A-Label. We offer a wide selection of Label Handling applicators, rewinders, unwinders, label dispensers and slitters.  Our expertise in manufacturing stock and custom labels and labeling handling equipment insures you will find the right equipment for your project. Use our Free online Chat or simply Call to speak with an expert today.

Choose from one of the available label handling devices below to found out more on what this particular device can offer in making all your label printing applications run smoother and more efficient.

UNWINDERS REWINDERS DISPENSERS APPLICATORS

Label Unwinders are basically stands that can hold roll diameters up to 12 inches. The larger rolls typically cost less to manufacture, which reduces the overall label cost. Label Rewinders wind up labels int a clean and uniform roll making large batches of labels more efficient. You’ll need to choose the right core size label rewinder to work with your labeling application. Label Dispensers do just that. Dispensing labels either manually or automatically to offer a peel and present motion, which greatly increases your productivity.

 

You can find all the available label handling equipment from the Barcodefactory.com

Retail NOW 2018 Point of Sale Technology Industry

retail now 2018 showEVENT OVERVIEW

The time has come for you to join RSPA, the only association dedicated to connecting the players in the Point of Sale technology industry, in Nashville for RetailNOW 2018! Get ready to embrace new opportunities that will impact your business AND our community of leading professionals.

Plan for 4 days of:

  • 50 Plus Hours of High Impact Education Tracks
  • 160 Plus Exhibitor Stops in the Expo Hall
  • Unlimited Face-to-Face Networking Opportunities
What Is RetailNOW?

This annual event brings leaders, innovators, and channel players together to develop relationships necessary for any successful business within the general retail technology industry. The diversity of attendees and exhibitors allows for the very best in education, thought leadership, and product availability paramount to the strength and growth of the industry. It is where the industry meets.

Each year technology professionals traverse across countries to become educated on new business trends, emerging technologies and best business practices, to grow their channel business in North America and also to explore a diverse expo hall with over 160 exhibitors featuring the latest solutions in the industry.

Who Attends RetailNow?

Agents, Dealers, Resellers & Value Added Resellers, Managed Service Providers of technology solutions selling into the SMB space or any retail environments within North America attend RetailNOW. When we say “Retail,” we mean any place where commerce happens. The most common verticals represented include: Hospitality, Restaurant, Retail, Grocery, C-Store, SMB, Financial Services and more. This is not an end user show, so there are no merchants, retailers or restaurateurs that attend. Questions to ask yourself if you’re considering attendance:

  • Are my merchants looking for solutions that I don’t currently provide?
  • Am I missing out on revenue by not providing additional solutions like security, networking, digital signage, back office, accounting tools, etc?
  • Would my team benefit from engaging with other technology providers who have overcome the exact same challenges that I am facing today?
  • Do I have a solution now that I am selling direct and I am looking to launch a Reseller channel in the future?
  • Could I benefit from education that will help strengthen my business and expand my offerings?
  • What don’t I know about the industry I serve?

retail now 2018 registration

Who Exhibits At RetailNOW?

Technology providers that utilize a form of a Reseller channel to get their solutions into the SMB market or companies that offer support solutions to help the Reseller’s business. Hardware Manufacturers, Software developers, Payments companies, Distribution partners, Managed Service Providers. If you are wondering if your company should have a presence on the show floor you may be asking yourself:

  • Am I looking to meet with or grow my channel partners to expand my reach?
  • Does my company have solutions that can help VARs transition to MSPs?
  • Could my business benefit from connecting with other people who have successfully grown and sustained their own channel?

retail now 2018 partner list

 

Found out more by visiting the Official Website on the RetailNOW Point-of-Sale Technology event held in Nashville, TN

cab mach series desktop printers

Reliable Low-Cost Desktop Printers

Cab offers a lower price 4-inch reliable desktop printer

With the MACH1/MACH2 cab completes its printer range in the lower price segment:

  • Ideal for small to medium-volume printing
  • For thermal transfer and direct thermal printing
  • MACH1 with control buttons and LED display, MACH2 with colored LCD display and navigator pad
  • Printable resolutions 200 dpi or 300 dpi for both printer types
  • Processing of label widths up to 118 mm
  • The solid double-walled construction allows printing in all areas.

Ease of operation

The MACH1/2 can be opened up widely to insert the ribbon and the label roll. (1)Adjustment of different materials via a calibration button without loss of time.
The multi-language color display (2) and the cab navigator pad (3) of MACH2 are logically structured and intuitively operable for the user. A total of four interfaces (including Ethernet) (4) offer flexibility and fast device connection.

cab ease of operation for the mach series

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS AVAILABLE:

Drivers from cab – 32/64 Bit (Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 and more!) here

Available Software from cab:

  • cablabel S3 Demo (Free) – here
  • cablabel S3 Lite (Free) – here

Click here to see available software from cab. You can find all the available label printers from cab at the barcodefactory.com