June 26, 2012
It is always nice to see a new model printer from our friends at Zebra.
The new Zebra ZT200 Series Printer
The new ZT200 series looks as though it is intended to be a replacement for the S4M, which has been around for a few years.
As is often the case, Zebra has taken the evolution, rather than revolution approach, which means the new model should easily fit into environments with an existing population of current model printers.
The ZT200 does include some improvements (as we’d expect) including the better operator interface (similar to the Xi4), a bi-fold door to reduce the amount of space needed for the install and faster printhead swapping. Loading the media should be simpler as well – this will be much appreciated as the older Zebras could be a bit tricky.
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December 13, 2011
Premise vs. SaaS
INVision warehouse management software empowers companies to gain realtime visibility into warehouse operations ensuring greater customer satisfaction, improved productivity, and better inventory accuracy. Our warehouse management software is ideal for small to midsize warehouses that want an easy to use and simple deploy solution to improve overall efficiency within their distribution operations. Whether you are looking for a simple, out of the box software or a customized solution specific to your needs, INVision has what you’re looking for.
Companies looking for a customizable warehouse management system will likely be interested in the Premise Business Model. With the Premise Business Model, your company will be able to customize to fit your needs and also offers internal, onsite IT support.
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November 21, 2011
Did you know that Miles Technologies offers the full line of barcode, mobile and RFID printers from Zebra Technologies? This includes the best in class, ZM400. The ZM400 printer includes additional productivity-enhancing features and modern, flexible network connectivity for easy system integration in most manufacturing, warehousing and business applications. The ZM400 also offers a multitude of options including 600-dpi (24 dots/mm) resolution and design enhancements, making this new-generation Z Series printer even easier to operate, load, and maintain.
On top of the hard-working durability and easy use of the die-cast metal frame, the ZM400 is designed to enhance productivity in tough environments and demanding applications. This best-selling printer is better connected to your network – through USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g secure wireless, or the new ZebraNet 10/100 Printer Server that allows simultaneous parallel and Ethernet connectivity.
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March 15, 2010
That’s why the “world’s first indoor dog day-care center” uses RFID technology to speed up its canine charges’ entry and exit to the facility, automate billing, and track the park’s usage, all without hiring extra employees.
Thousands of dogs visit Unleashed each week for exercise and play. To keep track of them all, there are two RFID interrogators stationed side by side at each of the park’s two entrances and two exits. Each pair of interrogators is equipped with an RFID reader. Only an authorized RFID read will prompt the gates to unlock and allow a pet to enter or leave the park. Each pet, meanwhile, wears a plastic dog tag with an embedded EPC Gen 2 RFID chip in it. The chips contain unique ID numbers linked to the animals’ specific information, including breed, vaccination history, health records and disposition—all of which the owners provided on their first visit to Unleashed. The ID numbers interact with the center’s back-end software to verify that the dog’s information is up to date; then a third-party financial management provider links the ID numbers to encrypted credit card data. Upon verification, the owner is automatically charged with the cost of the visit.
Thanks to the RFID system, park visitors are spared waiting in long lines to enter, exit, and pay, while Unleashed benefits from higher numbers of satisfied guests. The park has been so successful that it is planning to expand in other areas of the country, using the same RFID system.
March 7, 2010
A subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing, Penske Logistics (www.penskelogistics.com) provides supply chain management and logistics services to leading companies through operations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. It makes sense, then, that the logistics company is deploying an RFID solution to achieve real-time visibility and management of its own trailers and yard assets.
Penske’s primary goals are to reduce inbound and outbound trailer bottlenecks, build an effective yard plan, and enhance operations. To achieve these objectives, the company will use a solution with a combination of passive RFID and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), which will provide updates about where trucks and trailers are located, as well as their status and condition, in real time. Initially, the system will be implemented at Penske’s Garland, Texas facility.
Penske chose this particular solution for several reasons:
Ability to simultaneously use RFID, GPS, and cellular technologies
No significant investment in infrastructure required
Comprehensive functionality to support yard operations
With the browser-based RFID yard system, Penske will be able to dynamically assign trailers to dock doors, quickly give yard workers new tasks based on changing conditions, and benefit from event management and alerting capabilities.
For more information, find the full press release in the Journal of Commerce (http://www.joc.com/node/413157).
March 1, 2010
All over the world, retailers are applying RFID technology throughout the supply chain and in stores to cut costs and boost profits and productivity. In its 2009 report, “Apparel RFID 2009-2019,” IDTechEx (www.idtechex.com) profiled 60 brand owners and retailers that were using RFID. Below are a few examples.
Ralph Lauren (www.ralphlauren.com) is testing woven RFID tags in its merchandise in China. The primary goal: anti-counterfeiting.
Krause Outlet (www.krause-outlet.de/), which sells off-season brand-name clothing bought from retailers, is using RFID to display garments on a 180-degree rotating rack in each store window. Customers can use their mobile phones to reserve clothes and then buy them from a vending machine, or call a hotline and punch in each desired item’s unique ID number.
Charles Vogele Group (http://www.charles-voegele.com/corp/en/home_en), a major European retailer with 851 branches, has RFID-enabled its supply chain with a Checkpoint Systems Merchandise Visibility System. Using EPC Gen 2 labels, garments are tracked at item-level from manufacturer to point-of-sale. The system has resulted in improvements in inventory replenishment, reduction of out-of-stocks, and better on-hand inventory.
Headquartered in Turkey, Eren Holding (http://www.erenholding.com.tr/) manufactures and distributes about two million high-end garments per year through 88 retail fashion stores. The company has improved supply chain traceability by tagging garments at the point of manufacture and tracing them in real time to inventory at retail stores.
While the list goes on, these companies exemplify the range of possibilities for deploying RFID in the retail sector. See a more complete list at http://www.securitypark.co.uk/security_article263551.html.
February 22, 2010
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a new hospital on the UCLA campus, is developing an RFID system that it hopes will make parking in its garage easier and more convenient for hospital staffers, patients, and guests.
For now, the RFID solution includes a network of sensors mounted at the parking garage’s entry and two exit points. When cars enter and leave the garage, the system records the information and sends it to a back-end software application. From there, UCLA administrators can analyze the data to determine the number of available parking spots on the monitored floors. Future plans include monitoring not only each floor but also each individual parking space.
In the long run, according to UCLA’s Department of Transportation, the data could enable the hospital to optimize the number of parking spots allotted to staff and guests, as well as provide guests with guidance to exact available parking spots. In addition, there are plans to create a mobile application that will show these visitors where available spots in the garage are before even arriving at the hospital, which could encourage the use of alternate transportation if the garage is full. This could keep the medical center from needing to perform the expensive and inconvenient task of expanding parking on the UCLA campus—a bonus, as there is only room for about 2,000 more spaces.
To read the full article, visit http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/view/5154