Barcoding, a form of keyless data entry facilitating automatic identification and data collection (commonly referred to as auto-ID), originated in grocery stores and has since extended to use in doctors’ offices, law firms, post offices, retail stores, security applications, car rental returns and countless others. Barcoding and related technologies have been used in manufacturing companies for shipping and receiving operations for more than 40 years. But even in these more traditional settings, barcode applications have spread throughout the enterprise to include warehousing, accounting and customer service functions, time and attendance, and package delivery, as well as the assembly line operation itself.

The widespread acceptance of barcoding over the past four decades has led to the development of numerous industry standards by major industry groups, such as AIAG (automotive), EIA (electronics), HIBCC (healthcare) and HAZMAT (chemical) to name a few. Such standards ensure universal compliance and easy identification of product shipments among trading partners in the supply chain as well as ensure that product (such as hazardous chemicals) is handled properly to prevent injury or loss of life.

  • Improved Data Accuracy
  • Efficiency
  • Consistency
  • Improved Inventory and Asset Management

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Zebra Designer Pro

zebra-designer-pro-labelZebra offers the world’s broadest line of thermal printing solutions—including the widest variety of high-performance, commercial/industrial, RFID, kiosk, desktop and portable printer options—to satisfy a full range of industrial, commercial, self-service and mobile printing applications. Zebra printing solutions include label/tag, ticket/receipt, RFID printing/encoding and instant-issuance card printers, as well as printer supplies and label design, printer management and ERP printing software. Many new-generation Zebra printers are available with the Link-OS™ or ZebraLink™ suite of software and tools, which enhance the capabilities of Zebra devices to make them significantly easier to integrate, manage and maintain in a barcode printing solution tailored to meet your unique business needs.

Zebra’s extensive portfolio of marking and printing technologies, including barcode, RFID, GPS and sensoring, turns the physical into the digital to give operational events a virtual voice. This enables organizations to know in real-time the location, condition, timing and accuracy of the events occurring throughout their value chain. Once the events are seen, organizations can create new value from what is already there.

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Seagull Scientific BarTender

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BarTender® software enables organizations around the world to improve safety, security, efficiency and compliance by creating and automating the printing and control of labels, barcodes, RFID tags, plastic cards and more. The world’s largest companies and hundreds of thousands of small businesses rely on BarTender to help them:

  • Accelerate the speed of goods moving through the supply chain
  • Get the right medication to the right patient at the right time
  • Inform workers how to handle hazardous substances safely
  • Tell a parent that a snack has an ingredient to which their child is allergic
  • Track a food-borne illness back to the field where it started
  • Reduce shrinkage on the retail shop floor
  • Maintain regulatory compliance with the world’s most comprehensive barcode software
  • And much more

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