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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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Pharmaceutical Asset Tracking from Engineered Data Products

There is a notable trend in the life sciences market for better tracking of data, files, and lab samples across facilities and organizations.

 

One of the top 20 global pharmaceutical organizations recently partnered with EDP. The company specializes in respiratory diseases, metabolism, immunology, and oncology as well as general medical solutions for both humans and animals around the world.

 

 

The company required an asset-tracking solution for its complex and intricate pharmaceutical processes and new drug development pathways, including inventory control. Each new drug in development goes through several processes that include testing, qualification, quality control, and trials. Each of these stages is required to have a hard copy of the data, the testing process, and other details regarding the various materials and substances involved. If one page or part of the documentation is unintentionally misplaced or destroyed, then the entire process for the new drug must be restarted, resulting in frustration and significant loss of time and money.

 

The asset-tracking team at Engineered Data Products outlined a comprehensive solution that includes RFID portal readers for 32 individual doorways. These track the location and movements of paper records and files along with the pharmaceutical testing materials throughout the entire facility. The readers automatically record where and when a file or piece of equipment left a specific room and when it arrived at the next location.

 

EDP software also keeps a live record of each asset so that it can easily be located at any time in the production or testing facility. This ensures an accurate location for high-value tools and sensitive information, making it easier for the technicians to do their job more efficiently and securely.

 

EDP’s pharmaceutical asset tracking solutions can:

 

  • Consolidate and reduce paper records for more effective storage
  • Eliminate lost or misplaced assets and reduce retrieval costs
  • Improve compliance, inventory efficiency, and asset retainment
  • Create a highly secure, fully auditable platform that can be installed on-site and administered by employees for control and accountability

 

Healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are under increasing pressure to improve patient outcome and experience while reducing costs. Regulations such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HIPAA and HITECH are requiring organizations to implement comprehensive and efficient systems to manage patient information, medical equipment, and other assets.

 

EDP can help veterinary, medical, and pharmaceutical companies manage these and other trends in 2017 and beyond. Contact us today to get started on improving your pharmaceutical asset tracking.

 

Download Our Case Study: Pharmaceutical Testing & Development – Process Improvement

You Scored a 65%

That’s the average manual inventory accuracy.

 

 

Manual inventory, whether completed using spreadsheets, clipboards or checklists, is notoriously incorrect, typically not accounting for over 30% of assets. In addition, manual inventory does not usually catch errors like missing items and does not offer a consistent methodology to locate lost assets.

 

These miscalculations can cause a whole host of problems, from replenishment and shrinkage to theft and compliance.

 

Put Down Your Pencils

 

EnaSys high-value inventory control delivers a comprehensive solution that is intuitive to use and provides comprehensive results through extensive asset tracking capabilities. EnaSys allows users 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 gives users control of their assets.

Tracking assets using manual processes or spreadsheets is a major problem; it commonly used but difficult to maintain and highly error-prone. Industry research indicates that an error rate of 10% is common with manual data entry from typing and transcription errors alone. Many managers have no formal processes in place to manage physical asset moves, adds, changes, and decommissioning. A comprehensive method of asset tracking is important, but relatively few mature tools currently exist − and those that do exist can lack detail or are compromised by poor integration with traditional management tools or existing asset frameworks.

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 complete tracking and typically delivers a payback of just over a year and is backed by a national support team 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.

Know where 100% of your assets are 100% of the time. Contact us now.

Order Up! Digital Menu Boards

Digital menu boards in fast food franchises and other restaurants can be paired with self-order and checkout as well as charging ports, wireless internet and even condiment stations.

 

 

Subway, launching their new “Fresh Forward” campaign across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, will be redesigning their classic yellow and green color palette, and installing digital menu boards, client kiosks, and other elements to “freshen” and enhance customer experience.

 

By allowing guests to choose “how they order, how the pick up their food, and how they enjoy their meal,” Subway guarantees positive reactions “from guests, franchisees, and sandwich artists.”

 

Hungry for Change?

 

Inmotion builds digital menu boards using bright and impactful commercial-grade displays with ultra-thin bezels create a showcase unmatched by simple digital signage.  The Inmotion platform allows various levels of consumer engagement and social media interaction to upgrade your eatery, bistro or bar.

 

In addition to digital menu boards,   Inmotion is at the forefront of express and assisted checkout systems using RFID.  Whether the system is to streamline the time required for the path to purchase, to reallocate employee resources away from the checkout process or to leverage a particular loyalty program, Inmotion has the solutions to help you meet your goals.

 

Spice up your restaurant. Contact us.

 

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Are you lost? Imaging a World without Digital Signage Cues

It’s tough to imagine a world without digital signage. The technology both informs and entertains, directs and delights.

 

It’s visible in nearly every retail store, but it’s also in any organization that wants to quickly and effectively communicate at the ease and convenience of the recipient from promoting to wayfinding. Digital signage has a home in wide variety of businesses: bus terminals and airports; restaurants and movie theaters; banks and universities. Through advances in hardware, digital signage is now even commonly found outdoors.

 

Paired with mobile and social, digital signage is proving to be an unstoppable trend within the retail sphere to build unique experiences and drive customer engagement.

 

 

More than 60% of brands plan to increase their spending in digital signage, some by more than 30%.

 

Don’t get left behind the curve.

 

Whether a single display or a multi-location network of displays, Inmotion can assist you in developing and implementing smart digital signage that represents your brand-story and engages the consumer.

 

The writings and images displayed can be controlled, edited, updated and changed remotely, ensuring the latest and most effective pieces are front and center. These can be programmed to play on a loop or respond to a variety of human interaction. Our technical experts will help you optimize your digital signage presence and the message you present to viewers with enhancements like real-time web content and mobile-device linkage.

 

Inmotion has decades of experience providing equipment and tailoring content for some of the largest and most well-recognized American brands. Inmotion’s digital signage system has been developed to be scalable, easy to deploy, and intuitive with built-in tech support for any level of complexity.

 

All signs point to Inmotion. Contact us now.

 

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In the Fitting Room: Valuable Fitting Room Data

As the retail landscape becomes more and more competitive, customer data and details are becoming increasingly important, and nowhere is off limits – not even the fitting room.

 

A retail strategy officer noted, “Every time a customer comes in and out of the fitting room, they’re demonstrating a choice about your product.”

 

Knowing how to respond to that customers choice through technology and in-store experience is key. Tracking products via RFID, brands can view performance at the item level and harness valuable fitting room data.

 

Additionally, smart fitting rooms can assist patrons in accessorizing, requesting different sizes or colors, and viewing similar products. This data contributes to both inventory and store layout decisions. Items that are not selected for try-on or that do not convert are removed. Successful pieces are promoted.

 

“The idea is that the better experience someone has in the fitting room, the more likely they are to buy… and customers still want to see how something fits before committing.”

 

fitting room data

 

Try Us On

 

Digital displays, video walls, customer interactivity, advanced tracking and pre-post analytics are showing up in retail stores globally.  There are as many options as there are SKUs.  Design Inmotion can provide you a path that best meets your vision of the digital future in retail.

 

In creating an improved retail experience for the consumer, Inmotion allows the branding and product interaction to be intensely personal. Various technologies are synced so that the consumer is able to be absorbed in a web-like experience via responsive smartscreen while holding the product. Brand context, technical specifications, and social trending data can be delivered with each product selection so that the customer experiences the product’s story. Inmotion also provides marketing, store managers, and floor staff access to real-time visitor and buying trends. Analytics are provided in daily reports that show consumer activity prior to purchase and promotional effectiveness.

 

Contact us to learn more.

 

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Time for a Tune Up: Car & Data Center Maintenance

Whether you’re operating a vehicle or a data center facility, a few commonalities exist that keep things running smoothly and on the right track.

 

  1. Scheduled Maintenance

 

In a vehicle, these tasks consist of fluid checks and various inspections. In a data center, procedures like deep cleaning, zinc whisker remediation and CFD analysis are essential.

 

  1. The Warranty

 

Car parts and data center equipment usually come with manufacturer standards and recommendations. For a vehicle, this might include a particular oil to be used for the engine. In a data center, the air containment ratio is typically outlined for the longest life of a CRAC unit.

 

  1. The Inventory

 

Missing a spare tire or a server when you need it most is enough to bring any road trip or database migration to a screeching halt. An accurate account of what’s in your rig or DC is immeasurably helpful.

 

 

Don’t Let the Wheels Fall Off

 

EDP partners with a team of specialists to clean and maintain your data center in accordance with warranty and equipment requirements. Their patented asset management system can efficiently identify, track, and manage all of your IT assets faster and more accurately than traditional methodologies.

 

Get in the driver’s seat of your data center and contact us today.

 

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Be Like LuluLemon: Put RFID in Retail like a Pro

RFID and Retail: At RFID Journal Live 2017, LuluLemon received the “Best Retail RFID Implementation” for using RFID technology to improve supply chain and store operations.

 

More specifically, LuluLemon increased inventory accuracy and visibility as well as improved customer experience. In addition, they utilized RFID to create an advanced easy-pay system that synced brick-and-mortar and digital purchases/online pick-up.

 

RFID and retail

 

The biggest goal for the brand was better inventory management through in-store locationing in all 300 of its North American stores.

 

Unified Commerce

 

Understanding the location of every item in retail opens new doors.  LuluLemon knows – if it is not on the shelf, you can’t sell it, and the Inmotion always-on inventory system ensures that the information about “out of stocks” is immediate, and low stock alerts are fast and accurate.

 

Moreover, assisting customers through accurate real-time wayfinding enhances store experience, and RFID enables retail to take advantage of speed and efficiency. Inmotion is at the forefront of express and assisted check-out systems using RFID in-person and online.

 

Inmotion can help you get the right product to the right person at the right time – every time – and sync the digital with the physical for the ultimate inventory solution.

 

Start your RFID retail implementation project today. Contact us now.

 

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