Inside Logistics

Data capture

News from the scanning frontier: The latest in datacapture products and systems


January 11, 2011
by MM&D staff

MM&D MAGAZINE, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010: Voice picking integration

Psion Teklogix’s Mobile Integration Suite (MIS) version 3.0 has been re-certified by SAP for integration with SAP applications. Psion Teklogix’s partners can now offer Psion Teklogix MIS as a solution with SAP-certified integration, allowing customers to integrate MIS 3.0 with existing implementations of the SAP ERP application.

Psion Teklogix’s Mobile Integration Suite 3.0 integrates with SAP ERP 4.7 via the supply chain management–warehouse control systems 4.7 (WM-LSR 4.7) integration scenario.

MIS provides Psion Teklogix’s partners the ability to enable voice-picking solutions through integration with SAP solutions. The Psion Teklogix Mobile Integration Suite is an enterprise-wide middleware solution that provides integration with the SAP ERP application. A key component of the MIS is Psion Teklogix’s TekRF software, which provides mobile barcode and RFID support. Psion Teklogix customers can use the MIS in conjunction with the company’s Speech Process Analyzer (SPA), which tracks user productivity in real-time for instant analysis.

Thermal ink jet

The Wolke m600 advanced small character thermal ink jet (TIJ) printer from Videojet Technologies Inc can be used to deal with complex coding requirements often found in the pharmaceutical, tobacco, health and beauty and other industrial markets. The printer enables high-speed coding of serialized data and many types of barcodes, including GS1 DataMatrix, to be compatible with track-and-trace applications.

The printer’s communication capabilities allow integration in compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 for maintaining electronic data records for FDA-regulated industries. Four printhead models allow integration into packaging lines by allowing printing from above or laterally, with print heights ranging from 0.5in to two inches. Universal black ink delivers a combination of long decap time—which keeps ink fluid—and short drying time, allowing it to be used for varnish-free surfaces on folded chipboard boxes and other paper substrates.

Low-cost reader chip

Impinj, Inc, a UHF Gen 2 radio frequency identification (RFID) technology provider, has introduced the Indy R500 reader chip, developed to address the emerging market for low-cost hand-held, desktop and embedded RFID readers. Based on the Indy architecture, the R500 enables UHF Gen 2 readers and is drop-in compatible with the Indy R2000. The product is designed to meet regulatory requirements in over 100 countries.

Impinj’s family of Indy reader chips and development tools allow customers to develop RFID reader products for several applications, including retail, manufacturing, asset tracking and access control. With the addition of the Indy R500, Impinj offers a portfolio of reader chip products spanning a range of performance and price-points.

Continuous tracking

Lockheed Martin’s Savi Technology announced a device that can switch from satellite or terrestrial wireless systems to continuously monitor the location and condition of shipments anywhere, at any time. The Portable In-Transit Tracking Unit (PITU) connects communications among Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices, GPS location and SatCom systems, global cellular networks and sensors that detect environmental and security changes.

The PITU was developed to automatically track the location and condition of cargo containers and their contents, whether in range of land-based tracking systems or in remote locations such as deserts or oceans.

The system is a three-way communication tracking solution that uses a range of tracking technologies, acting as an RFID tag, a sensor device and a RFID reader, depending on the customer’s needs. Three-way communications enables PITU to capture location data from GPS and RFID-tagged supplies inside the container and transmit that information to either ground-based RFID or telecommunications networks or to Iridium satellite Short Burst Data systems.  PITU leverages the best available system depending on the cargo’s location and customer needs.

PITU is designed to improve the safety and security of sensitive shipments, such as medical supplies, hazardous materials and ammunition by minimizing the high cost of correcting unplanned events such as delays and misroutes or critical system failures.

Expanded code reading

Cognex has added the 1DMax, a 1D code reading algorithm, to its range of 1D barcode and 2D Data Matrix code reading tools. IDMax technology allows for a read of almost every type of code, regardless of the size, quality, printing method or surface the codes are marked on.

For 1D barcodes, 1DMax is optimized for barcode reading in every direction and can handle variations in code quality. Cognex image-based readers have a range of features, including CognexConnect Ethernet communications, autofocus capabilities, multiple code reading in a single image and image archiving.