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LTO7 Type M Media?

There have been a lot of questions focused on the Type M media.

Is it LTO-7 or LTO-8?

It is an LTO-7 cartridge initialized in an LTO-8 drive. The cartridge must be new in order to initialize it using the Type M protocol. A new bar code using the Media ID of “M8” is required.

What is the capacity of the cartridge?

Using the LTO-7 Type M cartridge a capacity gain of an additional 3 TB is possible. This takes the LTO-7 cartridge from 6 TB to up to 9 TB of native capacity. When compressed it goes from 15 TB to 22.5 TB.

How do I initialize the cartridge?

New LTO-7 cartridges can only be initialized using LTO-8 drives that support the LTO-7 Type M media.

Standalone LTO-8 drives cannot initialize LTO-7 Type M media. If initialization is already done they can read and write them.

Are there any compatibility issues?

Type M cartridges cannot be initialized or read with LTO-7 devices. LTO-9 will not be compatible with Type M initialized cartridges.

Can I update my current labeled “L7” cartridges to “M8”?

If your cartridge has already been initialized in an LTO-7 drive it cannot be reinitialized using Type M.

Will LTFS be supported?

Type M supports all current LTO features including LTFS.

What are the Tri-Optic part numbers for Type M labels?

The part numbers are available as a horizontal label 1700-M8 or a vertical label 1700-M8V.

The right printer for Tri-Optic ToGo

Ever since EDP introduced Tri-Optic ToGo (TTG) back in 2008, their policy has been to only certify one printer for use with TTG and traditionally their printer of choice was Xerox as those printers have a short paper path which is ideal for the EDP .5mm face stock and the printers can and do print labels with consistent high quality and can handle the volume requirements. The 73 partners across EMEA, APAC and the US and Canada can attest to that.

Last summer Xerox announced EOL for the 6700 phaser printer which is not a huge problem as it will be supported for at least five years. However, the practical problem is that they became very hard to purchase by new TTG users so EDP had to begin a search for the next printer to be certified.

The search and review involves looking at the hardware and the firmware of the Printers concerned, testing them with the EDP face stock and testing them in high volume printing scenarios to see how they keep the alignment and produce consistent high quality which is vital for Tri-Optic media labels to ensure they can be read by any automated Library in use today.

Once a printer is identified and passes those tests, print samples need to be sent to all the Tape Library manufacturers for them to run their own tests and certify the labels meet their standards. This is of particular importance to the major manufacturers such as HPE, IBM, Quantum and Spectra Logic however all the others also.

EDP went through this process and last month announced the certification of the  OKI C931e for the US and the C911 all countries outside of the US. The printer is available and supported worldwide which is a key requirement for EDP.

The OKI models are digital 4 LED full colour printers 1200 x 1200 A3 printers with a duty cycle of 25,000 pages per month.

The major differences between the Xerox 6700 and the OKI printer are:

  • 10K increase in pages per month that can be printed.
  • 200K increase in maximum No. of labels per month.
  • 180 pages per hour faster.
  • 1GB more storage.
  • 2 dbD quieter.
  • The OKI printer comes with a 3 year service warranty if registered.

The first TTG users are now purchasing the OKI printer as their current printers are ageing and as new TTG user sign up they will be purchasing the OKI Printer.

As always EDP offer a full installation support service via technical support based in the US and the UK.

For any related questions on TTG please contact Todd Klug at (800) 522-3528 or Brian Hicks in EMEA on +44 7702899530.

Choosing RFID tags

examples of RFID tags

With so many types of RFID tags on the market, it’s very important to choose the right tag for the asset you’ll be applying it to. There are four main considerations:

#1 – What type of material are you placing the tag on?






Each of these examples requires a different type of tag to ensure optimal performance.


#2 – How will the tag be applied?

Adhesive foam backing?

Hanging the tag to asset?

Screwing the tag to the asset?

Some form of glue or epoxy?

Size of area to place tag on?

How thick can the label be?

Read range needed?

Obviously, you don’t want to place a tag on your asset only to discover it has fallen off in a matter of days.  At EDP, our experts will guide you through this critical step and put you on the path to successful asset tracking.

#3- What elements will the assets will be exposed to?





Chemical exposure?


#4 – Encoding


Will you be encoding?


Regardless of your needs and types of assets, EDP will provide an optimal RFID solution that will save you time and money for years to come. Contact us for a custom solution today. 800.522.3528 or email

Pharmaceutical Serialization Deadline

It is time to take action on pharmaceutical serialization!


A new law, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), specifies that drug manufacturers must serialize their products as of November 2017. Two years from the beginning of these new pharmaceutical serialization regulations, wholesalers will only be allowed to receive and ship serialized product.


Implementation challenges and uncertainties have caused some to adopt a wait-and-see approach. However, making the transition to unit-level serialization, as well as other data requirements specified, will take time and effort.  The best solution remains to make the transition to serialized production sooner rather than later with a trusted tracking and label solutions specialist, like Engineered Data Products.


Time and money always top the list of resources needed to implement changes quickly and correctly. Another resource that is in increasingly short supply is the solution providers that manage the transition and the accompanying serial numbers. There are so many companies just beginning the process that demand for products and services to suit this need will be tight.




The change represents an investment in software, hardware, and temporary reductions in productivity while the changes are being implemented. Service providers can help navigate the logistical infrastructure and setup to maximize efficiencies. The best way to optimize the transition process is to stay abreast of guidelines as they develop.


Don’t let implementation challenges delay you!  The deadline for complete implementation of DSCSA has been extended by one year to November 26, 2018.  Engineered Data Products can be the solutions provider who will help you meet the deadline. EDP’s label software can properly serialize product without repetition or skipping. EDP’s tracking software, EnaSys, provides the ability to track product as it moves through the supply chain. Both systems are easy and affordable to implement and use. With current installations at many medical facilities across the United States, we can create your customized 2D barcodes, assist in developing tagging and tracking procedures, and ensure compliance far ahead of deadline.


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LTO 8 Release & Support from Engineered Data Products

The next generation of Ultrium Linear Tape Open, generation 8, is expected to be released in mid-December 2017 or early January 2018.



What Does This Mean for Tape Media?


  • LTO 8 tapes more than double the capacity of LTO 7 tape.
  • LTO 8 tapes are expected to have an uncompressed storage capacity of 12TB and a compressed capacity of up to 30TB per cartridge (with 2.5:1 compression).
  • Higher data transfer rates of up to 750 MB/sec with 2.5:1 compression and 300 MB/sec uncompressed.
  • The LTO 8 cartridges will be backwards compatible with LTO generation 7 cartridges.


Plus, LTO generation 7 cartridges will have a new initialization feature: if initialized as LTO-8 Type M media, they will be capable of storing up to 22.5TB* of data, increasing cartridge capacity by up to 50% and providing a cost-effective tape media storage solution.



Addressing Your Storage Requirements


Tri-Optic is the world leader in storage media barcode labels.


Tri-Optic specializes in:

  • storage media barcode labels
  • RFID-enabled media labels
  • label attaching services
  • storage media tape tracking



Tri-Optic prides itself on meeting the specifi cations of some of the worlds largest OEM’s. We have built many strong relationships with major tape library manufacturers in order to ensure we have the most reliable media labels on the market. Our bar code standards are so strict that from label to label there is less than .0381mm of difference between all elements.



Our labels are made on a superior stock and laminated for proper application and maximum life. Tri-Optic uses a non-reflective finish for minimal surface reflectivity and accurate reading every time. We are so sure of the quality of our labels that we give them a lifetime guarantee.


For a free sample or to speak with a tape media expert, contact us today.


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The RFID Tag Trend: Are RFID tags fashionable?

The RFID tag trend – these tags might not have been considered trendy five years ago, but today, major brands and fashion giants are utilizing RFID tagging technology to curb counterfeiting and to better manage inventory.


rfid tag trend


So Vintage


RFID was patented in 1983 and was a revolutionary development in near-field communication (NFC). Like NFC, chips store data digitally and transmit via electromagnetic fields and radio waves.


So Versatile


RFID tags are making their debut in a variety of industries, including fashion and merchandising. Not only does it help identify and manage products, but it also enhances in-store experience and brick-and-mortar shopping.  RFID can also power self-checkouts, smart tables, and social sharing.


Très Chic, no?


Not only having designed for major brands, but implementing complete systems throughout, Design Inmotion has the unique experience to assist you and your team in developing a system that will support your brand.  Design Inmotion has competency in screen technology, RFID, ibeacons, BLT, interactivity, along with software and mechanics to make it all work consistently.  They understand the soft and hard issues of bringing a retailer’s message within a budget and will provide you the plan to achieve your objectives.


Make your mark. Contact us now.


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Tracking Bus Passengers: Back to School & Beyond

Many major metropolitan school bus systems are outfitted with RFID systems, namely tags and portals, to track students as they board and disembark.


The goal, to improve ridership visibility, will soon be bolstered by the incorporation of a tablet reporting tool. Using a mobile tablet device, bus drivers and other chaperones will be able to ensure passengers do not leave the bus at incorrect stops.


Pay-to-ride bus services are now also utilizing similar technology to track the number of riders on the bus for safety purposes as well as to track the distance traveled for proper ticket pricing.


The portals are typically at the front and rear exit points of the bus, and in the case of school children, the tags contain no other information beyond a serial number that identifies them in the system. Alerts and events can be set for incorrect exits, failure to exit, and more.


tracking bus passengers


All Aboard Better Asset Tracking


From portals to passes, the EnaSys solution can help your organization in tracking bus passengers or any high-value assets.


EnaSys high-value asset control delivers a comprehensive solution that is intuitive to use and provides comprehensive results through extensive asset tracking capabilities. EnaSys allows user to not only frequently audit their assets in a fraction of the time of normal methodologies, but it provides a chain-of-custody report for each asset from inception to disposal. Integrating with an organization’s enterprise asset database, one can be fully aware of how the asset has moved within and between rooms, buildings and locations. Alerts can be employed to signal movement, whether unauthorized or permissible, to ensure compliance with company or regulatory compliance.


EnaSys offers a complete and automated asset-tracking solution that incorporates proper methodologies in a reliable, integrated manner to capture all physical infrastructure assets from deployment to decommissioning. Our asset-tracking system provides completes tracking and typically provides a payback of just over a year and is supported by multi-level services to help you successfully deploy your program. Just as importantly, it accomplishes this in one-tenth of the time of traditional methods. This allows you to audit more frequently and reduce costs.


Don’t miss your stop! Contact us today.


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What’s the difference between barcode scanning and barcode grading?

Across many industries, barcodes are intrinsically valuable to workflow. From pharmacies to farms, barcode labels play an integral role in supply chains and overall business performance through their unique ability to consistently and unobtrusively identify products.


New regulations, set to take effect in just over a year, will require that barcodes grade or verify more reliably. Previously, barcode reading was the basic standard, meaning that a barcode could be deciphered by the scanning device in use.


However, even “poor quality barcodes can be read under ideal conditions like excellent lighting,” and a clear reading under a particular set of circumstances does not offer assurance that a barcode can be reliably read in a dark warehouse or on a moving truck, for example.


Grading, also called barcode verifying, sets a quality and operability standard based off a letter ranking system using seven ranking factors:


  1. Decode – The ability of the barcode to be read. If decode fails, the overall barcode grade is a failure.
  2. Contrast – The difference between light and dark squares or dots in the barcode. Pure black and bright white provide the best contrast/highest grade.
  3. Modulation – Variation, or differences, in contrast throughout the barcode. Less variation is better.
  4. Fixed Pattern Damage – The quality of the squares/dots that form the perimeter of the barcode, plus the presence of the “quiet zone” surrounding the barcode.
  5. Grid Non-Uniformity – The barcode’s fit within specified horizontal and vertical boundaries.
  6. Axial Non-Uniformity – Alignment of the barcode with horizontal and vertical axes.
  7. Unused Error Correction – Amount of available Error Correction in a symbol, with 100-percent unused being the ideal case. Error Correction reconstructs data that is lost via damage, erasure of the symbol, or poor printing.”


Grade A Labels


Label quality is critical to data management, and in many ways, represents one of the most important components of any media library. For over 25 years, Tri-Optic has been the world leader in Media Label Technology, offering T10000, LTO, 3480, 3592, 9840, DLT, SDLT, 8mm AIT, 4mm and Optical bar code labels. We continue to research and develop the newest technology for media bar code label printing in order to give you the highest quality media labels on the market.


At Tri-Optic, we know the importance of bar codes to your scalable tape library and have made it our business to manufacture only professional quality sequential barcoded labels. We have worked with the world’s leading storage library manufacturers to create media bar code labels that meet and exceed their stringent standards.



We recognize that quality barcodes, accurate filing and easy readability is vital to speed data storage and retrieval, and through the use of proven color coding filing methods and Grade A bar code quality ,Tri-Optic has maintained its position as the supplier of choice.


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Water You Waiting For? Irrigation & IoT – Agricultural Tracking

A company in New Zealand is using the Internet of Things to track and reduce water consumption across the country’s farmland.


In deployments thus far, water use has been decreased by 30%. Wireless sensors and stations track as moisture passes crops and absorbs into the soil, whether rain or systematic watering, and records data for users.


Combing flow sensors and RFID portals, as well as live mobile viewing applications, this setup not only makes the farms more efficient, it also elicits more responsible use of water and allows businesses to adhere to government agricultural regulations.


agricultural tracking


Agricultural Tracking


Straight to the farm, EnaSys offers a complete and automated item-tracking solution that incorporates proper methodologies in a reliable, integrated manner to capture any and all items from deployment to decommissioning. Using rugged hardware, tags and equipment, EnaSys can provide pallet tracking, stock level tracking, agricultural product tracking, livestock tracking, and more.


The EnaSys system provides completes tracking and typically provides a payback of just over a year. It is supported by multi-level services to help you successfully deploy your program. Just as importantly, it accomplishes this in one-tenth of the time of traditional methods. This allows you to audit more frequently and reduce costs.


Count your chickens (and more) with EnaSys. Contact us today.


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Job Requirement: Implanting RFID

A Wisconsin company, Three Square Market, will be implanting RFID microchips into approximately half of its workforce.


The voluntary procedure, which utilizes similar equipment to pet microchipping, would introduce additional ease and convenience for staff, according to decision makers. The improved processes include: logging into computers and office equipment; purchasing vending machine food and drinks; unlocking doors; and disarming other security measures.


The chips themselves are approximately the size of a single rice grain and power remotely, needing no energy source like a battery.




No Human Testing Required


Engineered Data Products uses RFID to extensively identify, track and manage your assets in harmony with your existing processes.  The EDP solution is a flexible, robust, multi-functional system that incorporates its 30 years of asset management experience.


You can have your asset information at your fingertips with the accuracy and comprehensiveness you need at a price point that lowers costs immediately, ensuring a quick ROI.  From specification to installation to training, EDP provides the whole package that delivers you ‘worry-free’ asset management.  Join the growing number of users that have experienced a seamless proven system.


EDP’s systems include access control and personnel management – all without personal chip implantation. Contact us now.


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