Barcodes – The Missing Link Between Physical and Digital

Keep Organization Simple If you’re new on the barcode block, you might be intimidated by all of the different barcode types and their seemingly rigid appearance & confusing lines. There is, however, no reason to be scared. Barcodes are not here to hurt us; rather, they are here to help us by: Tracking critical information…

Top 5 Peripheral Products for IT Users and Test Engineers

I want to focus on five value-added products that I believe are of major benefit to IT users and Industrial Engineers. These products directly interface with your Industrial PC, enabling data acquisition and data transmission to occur throughout your facility. All products mentioned are manufactured for use in Industrial Automation and will create a better user experience…

How to Optimize a QR Code for Retail

Walking down the aisles while grocery shopping over the weekend, I realized that a fair amount of companies are simply “QR-ing” wrong. Many of the QR codes I saw were either too big, too small, or way too dense. QR codes are often used in retail for three main purposes: Coupons Product information Marketing campaigns…

Barcode Apps for a Happy Marriage

My husband and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this summer! I am so excited about this milestone, that you might even accuse me of viewing the world through rose-colored glasses. All I can think about these days is our anniversary and what we should do to celebrate. So naturally, when I heard…

Bibliography Barcode Apps = Bibliography Bliss

Even though I’ve been out of college for almost 10 years, I can vividly remember the mixed emotions that springtime always brought with it. Excitement that classes were almost over!! Disappointment that my older friends were graduating. Relief that I didn’t have to trek to class in any more blizzards. Did I mention excitement that…

How Printing Challenges Shaped the Modern Barcode

While students at Drexel University, Woodland and Bernard Silver overheard a grocery-industry executive ask one of the university’s school of engineering deans about options for gathering inventory data during the checkout process. Woodland, who had worked on the Manhattan Project and who had previously earned a degree in mechanical engineering, was so captured by the…

The Visible Factory of the Future

Zebra Technologies’ recent white paper, The Factory of the Future: A Practical Guide to Harnessing New Value in Manufacturing, is, as its title suggests, a practical guide, and focuses on deploying automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) systems to eliminate waste in manufacturing supply chains.   The paper introduces its topic by citing IDC Manufacturing…

Zebra Sponsors a Handy Video Primer on RTLS

Although it’s now almost two years old, the webinar titled Understanding RTLS: What it is, How it’s Used & What You Need to Know Before Deploying, produced by VDC Research and sponsored by Zebra Technologies, remains a particularly effective RTLS primer. It is available in recorded audio/video via Zebra’s Webinars link and is also available…

Zebra Technologies’ iMZ-Series BYOD-Ready Printers

Now that smartphone penetration is approaching 70% in the U.S. market, far more of us than not show up at work each day with remarkably capable computing and communication tools already in our pockets. These are also the mobile computing devices with which we are already most familiar. After all, they’re usually the only devices…

SXSW & RFID: Tracking “Assets” for Crowd Control and Growth

South By Southwest (SXSW) is a film, music, and interactive festival has been an annual event hosted in Austin, Texas every March since 1987. Drawing international attention, crowds of increasing size have flocked to Austin for the festival to experience the lively atmosphere, see popular bands and keynote. Now with crowds exceeding 32,000, SXSW has…