Archive for the ‘Barcode Printers’ Category
What’s in the recipe for the best hamburger buns in Southern California? Flour, water, yeast, love of baking, and Zebra’s MZ 320 Mobile Printer.
Imagine you’re in the business of producing specialty breads and that your chosen customer niche consists of more than 2000 regional restaurants, food stands and coffee shops. Day in, day out, you don’t know what you’ll be producing for delivery tomorrow morning until noon today, and then you must make those delivers within minutes of production, not hours. And, of course, your best laid plans succumb to the domino effect when one of your favorite customers calls to beg, “I order 2000 buns, but we’ve been
The ability to analyze public sector data enables Law Enforcement to more proactively protect their community.
What is Big Data and how is it used? We get this question a lot. We defi ne big data as huge amounts of data collected through the public sector. It’s all the data compiled from police departments, the DMV, the DOT, our courthouses, etc. There are others, like retailers, who also collect data that the public sector would find useful. Like a sporting goods store collecting info on gun owners, hunting & fishing permits, and so on. At L-Tron we offer a solution that aggregates this data and turns it into
I love to shop and if I could do it all the time I would. There are a few things holding me back though: money does not grow on trees, I have other priorities that come first, and bills that need to be paid.
I especially love to shop around the holidays. The sales, the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin spice lingering in different stores, the new fashions, and most importantly, shopping for the people that mean the most to me. However, one of the biggest annoyances is when I walk into the store and the checkout line is outside the door (and this is just going to get worse
It’s hard to master big concepts like Cloud Computing with head down and full focus on the nuts-and-bolts components upon which such grand-but-figurative infrastructures depend. I’m a literal sort working with literal components for whom thoughts of figurative infrastructures can be distracting. The Cloud, Big Data, The Internet of Things? Huge, empowering concepts, no doubt, but concepts that too easily lose meaning with rote repetition sans concrete context.
Shoot, I’m still trying to get used to thinking of touch monitors as “human-machine interfaces.” When trying to calculate which industrial switch, hand-held computer, mobile printer, or, yes, “HMI” best fits a specific application – even a specific cloud-based application –
Formed as Brown School in 1838, Duke University has since grown into a community of more than 8,000 employees and almost 15,000 students occupying an 8,600-acre campus. As each scholastic year’s roster of freshman enroll and seniors graduate, key to organizing the campus activities of this large and ever-changing group of Duke citizens is the DukeCard, a comprehensive ID that is used for completing purchases and arranging services within the campus and surrounding community of Durham, North Carolina, as well as more traditional identification functions.
The DukeCard currently accounts for up to 600,000 transactions per day via 1,800 card readers, many of which are built into hand-held computers that
With more than 10 billion devices now connected to the Internet – up from a mere 200 million in the year 2000 – projected to exceed 50 billion “things” by 2020 as the Internet of Things transitions to the “Internet of Everything,” cyber-security challenges are increasing exponentially.
For those who commit fully, the benefits of the Internet of Things far outweigh the costs. But all those positives carry with them a few negatives, some of which are represented by potential cyber vulnerabilities of connected devices, including card printers. Zebra Technologies’ recent article, Stay Connected while Staying Safe: How to Avoid Cyber Vulnerabilities on Network Connected Card Printers,
RFID? RTLS? Are they the same thing? Sure, each acronym has a distinct root meaning, but I still hear and read RFID and RTLS used interchangeably. So, which should we use when? Fortunately, Zebra Technologies has published a white paper, RTLS 101: What It Is and Why You Need It, that distinguishes RTLS from RFID as the terms are most often used in modern contexts.
The defining characteristic of RTLS, or Real Time Locating Systems, is that they deploy “active” tags, meaning that each tag transponder has its own power source, unlike those of “passive” RFID systems in which the transponder is powered remotely by the sensor
In retail today, the competition is fierce. Considerable changes in customer expectations over the years have put increasing pressure on the customer service function. In order to differentiate themselves, retailers are working hard to find ways to improve customer interactions in innovative and techno-savvy formats. They are also looking to create high-performance operational environments as resources become more scarce. Some of the areas of improvement include:
Instant access to product information
Customer checkout at the point of decision
Satisfying customer requests with real-time answers
Visibility of on-hand inventory
Because the ways in which customers communicate, learn and make decisions has changed over the years, the competition to continue to keep consumers engaged has increased.
The L-Tron team recently received a blog comment from Eef de Ferrante, Director of the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (aipia.info), reminding us that item-level tracking systems are often best coordinated at the production end of the supply chain. Said Eef:
“Let’s not forget that barcodes, tags, labels, and indicators are initially a subject for packaging companies. That’s where it all starts… We believe that intelligent labeling starts at the beginning of the supply chain (the brand owner) and that this intelligence must be used in every part of the supply chain.”
Eef makes an important point, and one that’s especially timely here in light of our more recent
24/7 manufacturing applications pose special challenges for the printing of mission-critical labels. These environments require flawless, on-demand print execution to ensure the continuous flow of production lines, and it is in these extreme, high-volume environments that Zebra’s Xi4 printers excel. When it comes to extreme, 24/7 applications, I can think of none more challenging than those faced by Latin-American steel producer, SIDOR.
SIDOR, a consortium of Mexican, Brazilian and Venezuelan steel companies, operates bauxite and iron-ore mines in an Eastern-Venezuela region that boasts an estimated 1.7-billion tons of established iron-ore reserves with total reserve potential of up to 13-billion tons.
Because transportation of finished steel products is far less