Zetes Still the One
The name “Zetes” is synonymous with quality industrial labelling systems across the world. If you’re serious about identifying and tracking your assets, or enhancing your go-to-market strategy, Zetes and Barcode Dynamics are your go-to industrial labelling team.
The Ins and Outs of Lithium-ion Batteries
Rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are used to power many portable electronic devices, including barcode scanners, mobile computers and smart phones. Li-ion batteries are renowned for their high energy density, minimal memory effect and slow self-discharge.
Sting of the Skorpio
Datalogic - a global leader in data capture and process automation - has just released its latest Skorpio mobile computer, the X4. The Datalogic Skorpio X4 is a rugged, handheld mobile computer that’s compatible with previous Skorpio X3 accessories.
The Skorpio X4 - available in a 1D or 2D model - comes with class-leading ergonomics, a 3.2 inch colour touchscreen and IP64 protection (with 1.8m drop specification). A Texas Instruments OMAP4 1GHz processor (1GB RAM; 8GB flash memory) powers the Skorpio X4 – giving it three times the performance of its predecessor, the Skorpio X3.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a term used in the manufacturing sector to describe a “mission critical” version of IoT (the Internet of Things). Like IoT, IIoT involves the connection of physical devices to the Internet - for the purpose of collecting and exchanging data. However, IIoT takes the IoT concept further in terms of data analytics and cyber security.
Datalogic Launches Joya Touch for Healthcare
Following the launch of its Memor X3 Healthcare (HC) device in July, Italian company Datalogic has released another mobile computer for the healthcare industry. The Datalogic Joya Touch A6 Healthcare (HC) is an Android-based mobile computer with wireless charging technology and voice functionality. Like the Memor X3 HC, the Joya Touch A6 HC features a durable enclosure made from chemical-resistant plastic (to protect it from harsh disinfectants).
Strong Growth Predicted for RFID
Zebra Technologies, a market leader in tracking and printing solutions, predicts that Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) will be used by the majority of industrial manufacturers within the next five years. In a recent global survey conducted by Zebra, 64 percent of respondents said that RFID would play a major part in their manufacturing processes – to track work in progress - by 2022.
RFID is the process of using electromagnetic waves to identify and track electronic tags attached to specific objects and product components. A key advantage of an RFID tag over a barcode label is that “line-of-sight” isn’t required. RFID is used extensively in factories and manufacturing plants to monitor production processes and materials - ensuring greater quality control. RFID can also be used for post-factory tracking in a supply chain management system.
According to Zebra, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) is forcing manufacturers to embrace RFID and other emerging technologies, such as wearables and automated systems, “to enhance visibility and improve quality.” Industrial manufacturers who don’t embrace Industry 4.0 (the “smart factory” concept) run the risk of becoming uncompetitive. To assist with the transition to Industry 4.0, Zebra offers an extensive range of RFID solutions, including readers (both handheld and fixed), antennas, RFID printers and electronic tags (labels).