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Inventory control made easier with new technologies


July 9, 2015
by MM&D Staff

Digi-key carries Avery Dennison RFID
Distributor Digi-Key Corporation, has added Avery Dennison RFID tags to its portfolio of electronic components. Avery Dennison has delivered over four billion RFID inlays to users in a variety of industries such as retail, manufacturing, healthcare, supply chain, and many others.

Handy railcar reader
Janam Technologies LLC launched its XM2-RFID for Rail mobile computer. A rugged, handheld RFID reader, the XM2-RFID for Rail offers best-in-class read range and battery life and is the first fully integrated handheld computer to deliver the ability to read Automatic Equipment Identification (AEI) RFID tags to the palm of the hand.

The XM2-RFID is specially-designed to read the AEI RFID tags required on all railcars in North America and widely used globally, allowing rail and intermodal companies to track and monitor equipment effectively.

The XM2-RFID for Rail mobile computer reads AEI tags from at least one meter away, and after five hours of continuous use and more than 40,000 tag reads, a customer’s unit recently still had 20 percent capacity remaining in its battery.

The Granit 1981i

The Granit 1981i

Growing with the Granits
Honeywell’s Granit family of scanners has grown, with the addition of the1980i wired and 1981i wireless full-range area-imaging scanners. Capable of reading both 1D and 2D barcodes from six inches to 50+ feet away, these additions to the Granit family enable maximum operator productivity in harsh environments.

Granit is rated IP65 and can withstand 5,000 tumbles from 3.2 ft (1 m) and 50 drops to concrete from 6.5 ft (2 m). Bluetooth wireless technology provides freedom of movement up to 100 meters (330 feet) from base with the 1981i, and reduces interference with other wireless systems.

SAP-SATO printer integration
SATO’s XML-Enabled 4.0 printer interface has achieved certified integration with SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure 7.1. The SATO printer interface has proven to interoperate with SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure for RFID tag writing and RFID label printing from within SAP solutions.

SATO’s new CL4NX thermal label and RFID encoding printer is the first of SATO products to include this printer interface, with other products scheduled to follow. With the CL4NX printer, users can print directly from their SAP applications without any middleware or additional programming. This significantly reduces time and offers customers a scalable, cost effective, rapid way to print barcodes and RFID labels within their SAP solution-based environments.

Simatic RF600

Simatic RF600

Siemens has better memory
Siemens is expanding its RFID product range, Simatic RF600, with new transponders that have greater memory capacities and a compact mobile read/write device. With a capacity of 4 KB, the new UHF RFID data carriers, RF622T and RF622L, allow large volumes of data to be stored on tagged objects as well as facilitating rapid access to them. They are suited to use in distributed configurations for example in the fields of production control, asset management and logistics.

Siemens is also launching the new mobile handheld reader, Simatic RF650M. This enables reliable identification of a large number of transponders at a range of up to three metres. The device is specially designed for logistics and service applications.

It has a colour touch display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, a rugged keypad and a large trigger button. Users can fold down the RFID antenna. The device is small enough to be carried in a pocket and it weighs only 235g, including the rechargeable battery, to allow fatigue-free use over long periods. The battery has a life of up to nine hours, ensuring power for at least one shift. Users can also create their own applications for the device based on the Microsoft Windows Embedded operating system.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Smartsled

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Smartsled

Barcode sled
KOAMTAC, Inc released a barcode sled solution for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active as the newest addition to the KDC sled line for smartphones and tablets. The Galaxy Tab Active sled has integrated the KDC20, a miniature 1D laser Bluetooth barcode scanner, and KDC30, a miniature 2D imager Bluetooth barcode scanner, as a detachable configuration to maximize business operations.

The typical business tablet requires diverse features such as water/dust/drop protection, security, flexibility and productivity. The proposed challenge to find a tablet with high performance barcode scanning capability has found a solution.

The KOAMTAC Galaxy Tab Active Sled has two scan buttons, in addition to the scan button on KDC20 and KDC30 which enables the user to scan a barcode while holding the tablet with both hands. Simultaneously, the user may use the KDC20 and KDC30 as a Bluetooth barcode scanner. KOAMTAC plans to add the PCI compliant detachable Bluetooth EMV/MSR/NFC terminal as a mobile POS companion to the Galaxy Tab Active Sled to support the point of sale (POS) application in 2Q 2015.

KOAMTAC’s sled design protects the user’s investment by providing an easy upgrade option. The future of the EMV/MSR/NFC option will provide full transition options with innovative KTSync data collection and application generation tools.