If you’ve ever read about experiments that involve making computers recognize cats in photos, then you’ve been introduced to the concept of computer vision. This is a branch of computer science that advances the theoretical understanding of how computers can learn to “see” – or, in other words, recognize specific patterns and objects within
images. When these theoretical advances are applied...Read more
By Ryan Yost, general manager, Printer Solutions, Avery Dennison
There is a “perfect storm” of challenges brewing in the food industry. The increasingly critical need to guarantee food safety, labor issues and growing consumer demand to know the origins of their food are converging to create a pivotal crisis moment for grocery and restaurant businesses. The key is to leverage technology...Read more
Thermal Management Provider Integrates Labeling with Software to Improve Supply Chain Performance
Since 1916, Modine Manufacturing Company has provided thermal management solutions for a wide variety of applications and markets that include automotive, industrial power and HVAC. Headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, the company’s 11,200 employees work in operations that span the globe.
Modine prides itself on being a customer-focused company delivering exceptional...Read more
An app that allows Axicon barcode verifiers to be used on the move with either Android tablets or Android smartphones is now available from Google Play.
Free to use, this app allows anyone with an Axicon 6000, 6500 or 7000 series verifier to use it with an Android device, and record the results as easily as with a PC or...Read more
Code to make lump sum payment, annual royalty to Honeywell to resolve Honeywell’s claims of patent infringement
Code also dismisses all claims filed against Honeywell
FORT MILL, S.C., Feb. 12, 2018 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that it has reached a settlement with Code Corp., a company that manufactures bar code readers, to settle Honeywell’s claims that Code...Read more
NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling all spies: Announcing the opening of SPYSCAPE, a truly unique permanent destination that combines three distinct elements: a contemporary museum, an immersive experience, and a journey of personal discovery. SPYSCAPE opens at 10am ET on Friday, February 16.
Students (with valid student ID) can reserve free admission online for the opening weekend (February 16-19).
NEWARK, Calif., Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), a leading innovator of data capture and delivery solutions for enhanced productivity, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.
Full Year Results:
Revenue for 2017 was $21.3 million, an increase of 2.4 percent over 2016 revenue of $20.8 million. Cordless barcode scanning revenue...Read more
Industry-leading barcode reading and machine vision manufacturer Omron Microscan introduces two new industrial code readers: the HS-360X, an ultra-rugged DPM handheld fit for automotive and heavy industrial applications, and the MicroHAWK ID-45, a perfect match for DPM applications in electronics and medical device manufacturing.
Renton, WA, February 13, 2018 – Two brand-new, best-in-class barcode readers from Omron Microscan are hitting...Read more
TEMPLE, Texas (PRWEB) February 2018
Datamars North America, a leader in delivering high quality identification and tracking solutions for livestock, is pleased to announce that two additional products have been approved by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency as radio frequency identification (RFID) animal indicators for application to bovine in Canada -- 1) the Temple Tag® ComfortEar® FDX-B tag, 2) the...Read more
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be wondering how to pop the question to your significant other. Or, if question-popping is out of the question, you may just be looking for ideas to make it special. Why go for the traditional, when you can go for the technological?
MAKE Magazine recently did a write up about Guido...Read more
By Nick Maglosky, CEO, Ecomdash
Part of the beauty of ecommerce is trading in the old ways for newer, more efficient ones. That makes it somewhat surprising, then, that barcode scanners of the past have found a new life in the today’s world.
Developed in the late 1960s, barcode scanning was not universally adopted until the 80s, once its usefulness was...Read more
Refuse collection centers play an important role for municipalities, allowing residents to dispose of bulky trash items that may not be eligible for curbside pickup. In addition to providing a necessary service for residents, these sites also help curb illegal dumping. Managing the use of the centers, though, can be a difficult, cumbersome task, especially when use is restricted to...Read more
Exciting new RFID technology has been installed at the Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) to expedite access to the ski lifts. Skiers are now given a badge, which is embedded with an RFID tag, to carry in an exterior pocket. When a skier approaches a gate, the RFID badge automatically causes the gate to open, permitting entry to the ski...Read more
By Charlotte A. F. Farley
Consider the routines of your daily life: program your coffeemaker, push a button to lift the garage door, and make sure you haven’t left your cell phone on the counter. Get to work and complain about the slow internet connection as you dash over to retrieve your barcodes from the printer.
Everything has become increasingly...Read more
Over the past decade, Nancy Duffy has built a lovely ornamental garden but has been frustrated for years with her plant tags. “With thousands of plants in my garden it’s hard to remember all the names,” said Nancy. “I walk the garden with my gardening friends and crawl around the ground looking for a tag, which may or may not...Read more
by Karen Wong, ACE POS Solutions Ltd.
Physical inventory is the largest asset for many businesses but especially for retailers. For a small retailer with limited resources, how inventory is managed has the greatest impact on cashflow and ultimately profitability.
Physical inventory counts are one of the most tedious tasks for a business. They are expensive to run, time-consuming to do and prone to...Read more
4 Trends to Transform Your Supply Chain Process in 2018 by Ajay Chidrawar, Vice President, Global Product Management and Customer Success, CGS
The latest fashion trends can change in a matter of seconds, so it should come as no surprise that the technology driving the fashion industry is changing as well. Apparel companies need to stay on top of the...Read more
Written by John Nachtrieb
Once again we have evidence that the only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. Recently there has been an update to the ISO 15416 specification for 1D or linear barcodes, and it could make a difference in the final verification grade for a barcode. Two recent changes have been made and updated in the ISO...Read more
by Inese Kushelman, i3 Point of Sale
Barcodes come in many flavors that can serve different purposes. A key to using them is also having the appropriate scanner to read the barcodes that you work with daily. Also, thinking proactively when it comes to barcode scanners. Just because you do not use that type of scanner today, is there a chance...Read more
Bernard Solco's paintings of a 1950's Bullseye barcode & a Data Matrix barcode. circa 1995
There aren’t many people who can actually say that they were the first person to ever do something that no one else has ever done before. There are even less who can say that more than once. Meet Bernard Solco, a New York City based artist...Read more
by John Nachtrieb, barcode-test.com
After many months of technical committee deliberations, the ISO committee has released an update to the ISO 15416 Standard. This impacts how 1D barcode verifiers calculate and report grading.
The importance of the update derives from the importance of this ISO specification. It’s all about managing the potential risk associated with barcodes that don’t perform as expected...Read more
Our winter Barcode Magazine issue is out! See what all the buzz is about in our latest installment of our popular publication!
By: Doug Niemeyer, TEKLYNX Americas
Today, more than ever, companies of all sizes are looking to technology providers and partners to help them meet stringent label requirements and compliance standards while increasing operational efficiency. What many companies don’t realize is that this can be achieved by simplifying their labeling process with enterprise label management (ELM) solutions.
Successful ELM implementations require companies to...Read more
by Tony Rodriguez, Chief Technology Officer of Digimarc Corporation
Blockchain blows up
Best known as the basis for Bitcoin, the stealthy digital currency, blockchain’s distributed ledger technology has value for tracking products throughout the supply chain. With consumer demand for greater product transparency, blockchain has the potential to add an important aspect of traceability to the foods we eat, communicating where they...Read more
by Bo Ransdell of DCR Point-of-Sale
Liquor is big business for restaurants. According to one report, alcohol sales make up 18% - 20% of sales across the industry. The margins on liquor sales are always higher than the relatively slim margins on food sales, so more locations are exploring opportunities in liquor sales (even Shoney’s has a beer menu now!), while...Read more
RFID bar codes have continued to grow in their number of applications across the globe, in a myriad of industries and environments. RFID tags are being used by both private and public companies, as well as government agencies, to track inventory-- animals (either pets or animals raised for slaughter), tools, jewelry, art, books, linens, food products, even gasoline in the...Read more
By John Nachtrieb of Barcode-Test.com
Like most innovations, barcode technology started with a problem looking for a solution. Unlike a lot of solutions, barcode technology wasn’t possible without the existence of a solution that had not yet found a problem it could solve. That solution was the laser—but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Prototype of Woodland barcode
The nearest thing to a...Read more
‘Mobile payments’ is a broad term. As the ecosystem has developed, various new technologies have emerged to change the way we act and transact in-store. This article by André Stoorvogel of Rambus Payments discusses how these technologies are evolving.
Integrating new with the old
Some mobile payment technologies are focused on seamlessly connecting the mobile device to the existing...Read more
For any business that utilizes bar code labels in some form, knowing which size of bar code font to use on the labels is important. Much like typeset fonts, bar code fonts vary in size and style and are created for many different uses depending on the type of business that seeks to use them. Some bar code fonts, such...Read more
Tracking is an essential function of shipping goods. RFID tags and barcodes play a pivotal role in secure, effective and accurate tracking. Check out some of the ways that RFID, barcode and other tracking technologies enable transportation and logistics functions.
The Benefits of Deploying a Fleet Tracking System - The number of fleet management systems has been rising over...Read more
While a lot of the attention at NRF this year was on NFC, beacons, and even LIRAD at the Google booth (more on this later), a standout in taking barcode scanning to the next level was Scandit. The Zurich-based company is taking mobile scanning into interesting directions for B2B, B2C, and even B2E (business-to-employee) solutions. The quick takeaway is two-fold:...Read more
Hospital assets, including medical equipment, prescription drugs and, yes, people, are now being tracked and monitored by RFID (radio frequency identification) tags. Whether mounted directly on equipment or integrated into ID badges and pharmaceutical supplies, RFID can provide a fast, secure and cost-effective technology for better healthcare management.
Applications are many, but here are five examples of how RFID tags are...Read more
When you’re a business owner, you can never be too careful with your investments—especially those that are integral to keeping business moving.
Fixed assets—the long-term pieces of property used in the production of income—are typically some of the biggest investments on the balance sheet. They include everything from laptops and printers to vehicles and heavy machinery.
And if you buy these...Read more
By Laura Johnson, Loftware Life Sciences Expert
Pharmaceutical companies continue to adapt to regulations like the FDA's Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and 21 CFR Part 11. At the same time, their supply chain needs to operate more efficiently to compete in a growing marketplace. That's why more and more manufacturers are looking at labeling to provide an edge in...Read more
GS1 US® now offers test cards created with a new, proprietary verification machine called the 1D Judge®. The test cards produced by the 1D Judge will help labeling professionals, packaging engineers, research and development, and quality assurance professionals across all industries test the effectiveness of their barcode verifiers and improve verification reliability.
Companies use test cards to challenge the effectiveness of the...Read more
by Rebecca Pfeiffer, Smith-Corona
If you are a manufacturer, it is tough to beat the low cost of international raw material sourcing. Countries like China, India, Indonesia, Bolivia, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico are able to offer materials at incredibly low prices because of their low labor and production costs. This is especially true if you are selling a commoditized product, such...Read more
Sometimes I forget just how far and wide bar code technology has permeated our world. I don't get onto the floor of a factory or warehouse all that often, but bar code technology IS present and functioning quite well there. The four companies below have expanded my mind with the barcode and RFID solutions they offer for a variety of...Read more
From the earliest days of Scandinavian folklore, Trolls have been used to explain diverse everyday experiences such as earthquakes and avalanches (Fjell-Trollet, the Mountain Trolls, stomping their feet), or to provide explanations for bad behavior (i.e. Lange-Nesen, or Long Nose, causes people to gossip), or to excuse fussy babies (the mortal baby was stolen and replaced with a Troll child).
By Charlotte A. F. Farley
The security risks of digitized documents cause businesses across all industries to spend top dollar ensuring the protection of sensitive information as well as their brand’s authenticity. The quest for a solution to this problem may soon end thanks to the introduction of CognitiveTPG’s “DocuShield” printing technology.
Secure thermal technology
An on-demand, printing technology, DocuShield enables users...Read more
What is a Bar Code Quiet Zone? This article offers an explanation and illustration and we are grateful to Dennis Hensch at www.autoidsolutions.com for providing it. (Please allow a few extra seconds for this article to load due to the number of illustrations).
Quiet Zone Requirements Vary by Symbology:
Quiet zones (QZ) are the area around the bar code that must...Read more
By Kristen Howard, Business Development Manager, ID Label Inc.
complement to vertical labels, color-coded companion labels are used on all rack levels to minimize errors and improve efficiencies
With the continuing expansion of warehouses and distribution centers, driven in part by retail e-commerce growth, the essential role of barcode labels to track and manage inventory is more vital than ever.
Just the other week we ran a story on a Gangnam Style bar code video produced by a NJ bar code equipment manufacturer - it was a very popular article. Now we've learned of another bar code rap video - this one produced by Leif Masella, a Sales and Marketing Specialist - and self-described bar coding freak - at...Read more
There are some great bar code resources on the Internet and here on barcode.com. Our mission at The Bar Code News is to be the "Go-To Site for everything Bar Code™" so we want to make it easy for you to access the best resources out there. Resources will include some of our most popular articles about bar codes, getting...Read more
Meet Phil Lindauer. When you click through on the link to his name, you’ll find that he’s created a rather memorable way to present his résumé.
Phil uses a video format, talking the viewer through his accomplishments and goals, leaving those who watch with a good idea of his communication style and skill. He links the video to a QR...Read more
In the mid nineties, Symbol Technologies' PDF417 2D symbology emerged as a printable reliable data carrier. 1D symbologies usually store a reference number (record ID/key) which requires a scan to the computer system to get the related record's data. 2D barcodes, on the other hand, can store the record itself within the printed symbology. As a simple example, older travel...Read more