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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Come experience Vartech 2018 the top trade show and educational event for all resellers of POS, ADC, mobility, digital signage, security, IoT and RFID.

Join us in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at the Hard Rock Resort for an all-inclusive experience! At VARTECH, you’ll develop long-lasting relationships with the industry’s top hardware and ISV representatives, learn about the latest technologies and trends, attend industry-leading Solution Sessions to gain actionable intelligence for business growth, witness hands-on product demonstrations on our famous CodeZone trade floor, and much more.

VARTECH 2018 is hosted at the inspiring Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana! Thrilling gaming action in the biggest and best casino in the Caribbean, exhilarating nightlife, tantalizing culinary options, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and rooms worth tweeting about, all infused with a legendary rock and roll vibe. This is Hard Rock after all. The best All Inclusive Resort in Punta Cana. The resort features:

The Great O/S Migration: Android and the Windows Mobile Sunset

The battle of the operating systems has been waging for quite some time now, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping. With millions of Windows Mobile 6.5 based devices in the field currently, there is a significant opportunity for solution providers to advise customers about migrating their software to Android and make a hardware selection capable of supporting the needs of today as well as the next 5 years.

IoT: What’s Next? AI, Blockchain, CPU at the Edge

The Internet of Things has exploded into a conversation topic in workplaces around the world. IoT provides a wealth of opportunities for many businesses, whether they specialize in cloud storage, automation software, mobility products, Omni-channel solutions, M2M installations, or security.


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Wavelink Software Solutions

For three decades, Wavelink software has delivered mobile-enabling solutions that improve supply-chain efficiency and worker productivity. The company has been an innovator in mission-critical device management, wireless infrastructure management, terminal emulation, voice enabling, and mobile application development software.

Businesses around the globe in industries ranging from manufacturing and retail to warehousing and field-force automation rely on Wavelink platforms and voice-enablement and enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions.


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Thousands of companies with millions of devices across a broad spectrum of vertical markets rely on Wavelink to accelerate application delivery, reduce device management and support costs, and tighten network security.

Wavelink was acquired by LANDESK in June 2012. In January 2017, as a result of the purchase of LANDESK by Clearlake Capital and the establishment of the new company Ivanti, both the Wavelink and LANDESK product brands were woven into the Ivanti line of technology solutions.


Find out how you can purchase all available Software from Wavelink, Ivanit and more here.



Industrial Printers from Citizen

citizen cl-s700Citizen industrial printers are built for durability and compatibility in warehouse, shipping and production environments. These machines include Citizen’s innovative Cross-Emulation feature and our pioneering Hi-Lift mechanism for easy access to ribbons and media.

Some of the available Industrial models from Citizen Systems include:

CL-E720 – Simple, reliable and energy efficient tabletop printing

The CL-E720 table top printer is packed with features usually reserved for higher cost machines. Designed and built for easy operation and service, it includes the proven Citizen ARCP™ mechanism, which guarantees sharp, high quality print results. Find out how you can purchase the CL-E720 here.
  • Super-low standby power consumption
  • LinkServer™ management tool
  • Featuring on board LAN & USB interfaces

CL-S700 – Industrial printing with added speed and capacity

Our CL-S700 series is designed for ease of use; the metal mechanism opens vertically to a full 90° to allow for easy ribbon access, while integrated ribbon control and positioning support precision printing on even small or specialist media.  The CL-S700 also comes in a direct thermal only model. Find out how you can purchase the CL-S700 here.

  • Capacity for ribbons up to 450 meters
  • Optional rewinder, peeler, cutter and 300 dpi


Find more information available from Citizen Systems on all available printers here. You can find all available printers online for purchasing here.




Rhino II Vehicle Mount Computer

Tailored for warehouse management, the Rhino vehicle mobile computer increases productivity through reduced errors during receiving, put-away, picking and shipping activities. Adding a handheld bar code scanner such as Datalogic’s PowerScan allows for quick data entry and location confirmations.

datalogic rhino iiThe Rhino vehicle computer is equipped with an internal isolated power supply, ignition sense to automatically control the power, and an optional battery backup for the ultimate protection against data loss. The Rhino vehicle computer fits different mounting and space constraints. Mounting options include various brackets and RAM mounts for the vehicle computer along with ABCD or QWERTY external keyboards. A dedicated software keyboard includes a multitude of layouts and languages, adapting the Rhino computer to a minimum footprint and global applications.

The Datalogic Rhino II vehicle mount computers, available in both 10” and 12” display sizes, set the standard for ruggedness in the warehouse. A sealed design tested to IP65/IP67 ensures operation in the toughest environments.  A dedicated freezer-rated model with integrated display heater allows use in and out of cold storage.  The capacitive touch models feature 3 mm anti-glare armored glass, while still allowing use of gloves.

Tailored for warehouse management, the Rhino vehicle mount computer increases productivity with its easy integration of PowerScan or other automated data collection devices.

The Rhino II offers a wide choice of Operating Systems:  Windows Embedded Compact 7 (WEC7), Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and Android 6.0 coming soon.


Find out how you can purchase the Rhino II online. Get more information by downloading the datasheet here from Datalogic.

Gryphon GD4100 Linear Imager

With rich feature sets and extensive model options, the Gryphon product series from Datalogic ADC represents the premium level of data collection equipment for general purpose applications. The Gryphon I linear imaging readers provide advanced reading performance and decoding for a wide variety of applications.

The Gryphon GD4100 readers’ ability to capture bar codes from near contact to over 1.0 m / 3.9 ft increases productivity and improves ergonomics for users. A wide scan angle reads very wide codes and renewed decoding capabilities increase throughput on hard-to-read, poor or damaged codes. All of these features combined with low-resolution decoding for labels as small as 3 mils, establishes the Gryphon I GD4100 readers as high-performance products and powerful data capture solutions.

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Datalogic’s exclusive patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for good-read feedback directly on the code is ideal under dim lighting conditions or noisy environments. The Green Spot, together with the fast reading and decoding capabilities make the Gryphon I GD4100 readers the best choice to improve productivity in retail and office environments, hospitals, pharmacies, warehouses and manufacturing plants.

The Gryphon I GD4100 readers offer a choice of two sets of multi-interface options: USB, Keyboard Wedge, RS-232 and Wand Emulation, or for use in point-of-sale (POS) environments, IBM 46XX, USB and RS-232.


  • Extremely snappy reading performance with speeds up to 325 reads/second
  • Extended reading distances including up to 60.0 cm / 23.6 in for 13 mil UPC/EAN 13 labels
  • Wide 42° scan angle for reading wider codes
  • Datalogic’s patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for good-read feedback
  • Remote Host Download lowers service costs and improves operations (GD4110 Model)
  • Multi-interface solutions support most popular interfaces including USB, RS-232, Keyboard Wedge, IBM 46XX and Wand
  • Checkpoint Systems EAS compatible model
  • USB Certified Kits Available


Found out more information on the GD4100 here. Or, purchase the scanner online from the Barcodefactory.

Increase Efficiency with the 8680i Mini Mobile Computer

Workers can lose 5 seconds every time they pick up, scan, and set down a handheld scanner. For workflows with frequent scanning, such as picking, sorting, putaway, and packing, this inefficient movement multiplies, representing a significant part of the workday. Wearable scanning ensures data capture is always at hand, increasing productivity and efficiency, and leaving the hands free to attend to other tasks.

The Honeywell 8680i wearable mini mobile computer is a compact, high-performance, hands-free cordless scanner designed to help businesses improve workflow efficiency with every scanning transaction.

honeywell 8680i mini computerKey Features and Benefits:

  • Reduces operational slowdown
  • Improves productivity
  • Lowers operational costs

Available in a Standard model for simple Bluetooth-paired data collection or an Advanced model for standalone operation in directed workflows, the 8680i wearable mini mobile can add efficiency and effectiveness to the most common tasks.

The Standard version offers lightweight, ergonomic Bluetooth-wearable scanning with clear communication of wireless connection, battery status, and scan results. Features include Wi-Fi, a customizable user-facing display, and a two-button interface.

The Advanced model enables streamlined workflows with a single device vs. a scanner and mobile computer combination. Key information can be presented to the worker on the display to enable task-specific responses (for example, confirm action completion or mark an exception).

Flexible configuration options can be tailored to the work environment with a choice of a two-finger ring or a glove option (coming soon), and slim or extended batteries to suit the duty cycle, shift length, and size/weight priorities.


Find out how you can purchase this scanner for your business application or get more information regarding the 8680i Mini Mobile Computer from Honeywell Barcode & Scanning products.