What Does Zebra’s New ZT600 Series Mean for Existing Xi Series Owners?

What Does Zebra’s New ZT600 Series Mean for Existing Xi Series Owners? Zebra’s Xi Series barcode printers have long been a favorite of enterprises looking for reliable, high-volume label printing capabilities. Many manufacturers have had these print systems in place for decades. However, the Xi Series transitions to the ZT600 Series and promises to deliver…

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IoT in Manufacturing: 4 Ways to Increase Operational Efficiency

IoT in Manufacturing: 4 Ways to Increase Operational Efficiency   While consumer-driven Internet of Things (IoT) applications sporadically hit the market, the Industrial IoT is poised to revolutionize the factory. IoT in manufacturing can create smarter environments with greater visibility that can help companies optimize their operations and better prepare for future demand. As more…

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3 Ways Mobile Workstations Eliminate Waste and Improve Warehouse Efficiency

3 Ways Mobile Workstations Eliminate Waste and Improve Warehouse Efficiency   Mobile computers and printers have improved warehouse efficiency across multiple industries, but there are some operations and applications that are still best served with full-sized computer work stations and high-volume label printers. Because these systems are “fixed,” however, employees and inventory have to travel…

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Could Your Warehouse Benefit from Cold Storage Devices?

Cold storage warehouses, particularly those that specialize in freezer storage, face a number of operational challenges: maintaining consistent temperatures as goods move in and out of storage, energy use, and the complexities of storing goods that must be maintained at variable temperatures. Another key challenge is the use of mobile computers in extremely cold temperatures.…

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Ruggedness Defined: Understanding IP Ratings and Military Standards

Mobile computers come in a variety of form factors – choosing the right one means matching the capabilities of the device to your application needs. For devices that must operate in extreme or challenging environments – in warehouses, freezers, oil rigs, delivery trucks, etc. – ruggedization is an important consideration. But what does “rugged” mean…

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How to Cut Costs and Save Time in the Label Application Process

When budgets are tight or margins are slim, it’s important for companies to explore every potential area of cost savings in their operations. The label application process is an area where new technologies and new approaches can generate significant savings in both cost and labor, while simultaneously maintaining quality and improving flexibility. There are a…

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Supply Chain Efficiency: Why Form Should Fit the Function for Mobile Technology

The mobile device market is more diverse than ever before, with dozens of different form factors available and multiple configurations offered for each device. The same is true for rugged mobile devices designed to improve supply chain efficiency. In addition to traditional “brick” handhelds typically used in warehouses, there are pistol grip devices, PDAs, tablets,…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Use Forklift-Mounted Tablets

When it comes to extending mobile computers to warehouse vehicles like forklifts, most companies use traditional vehicle mounted terminals (VMTs). However, rugged tablets have emerged as a less expensive option that offers more functionality. Unlike forklift-mounted tablets, traditional VMTs are typically mounted permanently on a forklift and depend on the vehicle for power. That can…

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Color Label Printing: Eliminating the Two-Step Process

Color label printing is sometimes a challenge for manufacturers and warehouses. Traditionally, companies use a two-step process to generate color labels. They purchase huge stocks of preprinted labels, and then run them through a thermal transfer label printer to generate variable data — product information, bar codes, etc. The two-step process requires multiple change-outs (you…

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5 Reasons Industrial Mobile Warehouse Devices are a Necessity

Rugged, industrial mobile devices have been used in warehouses for decades, and there’s a reason that consumer-grade devices have made few inroads in this environment — mobile warehouse solutions benefit immensely from the durability, reliability, and built-in support for warehouse operations that rugged, industrial devices provide. Here are five important reasons why industrial devices still…

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Lean Manufacturing: 5 Ways to Cut Down on Waste in Your Warehouse

Lean principles are typically associated with manufacturing operations — in fact, lean manufacturing was originally developed by engineers at automaker Toyota and helped the company become one of the most efficient manufacturers on the planet. But lean manufacturing approaches can also be adopted effectively in the warehouse. A lean approach focuses on the elimination of…

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How to Get the Most out of Your Warehouse Technology

The mobile technology, automatic identification solutions, and other hardware in your warehouse are durable and rugged, but they aren’t entirely indestructible. Like any technology, your barcode printers and scanners, mobile computers, other devices should be well maintained to ensure you can get the maximum amount of life out of the hardware. Here are a few…

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4 Ways Rugged, Industrial Mobile Computing Tops Commercial Devices

4 Ways Rugged, Industrial Mobile Computing Tops Commercial Devices for Enterprises Speed and efficiency are critical for successful warehouse operations, so there isn’t time to spare on device downtime or solutions that can’t support industrial applications. Many enterprises have experimented with consumer-type mobile devices or tablets for their DC workers, but find rugged devices are…

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Wireless in the Warehouse: Best Practices for Network Infrastructure

Wireless in the Warehouse: Best Practices for Network Infrastructure Wireless networks benefit warehouse operations by providing real-time access to inventory data, connecting employees to enterprise systems at the point of activity, and providing the flexibility to reconfigure computing resources and printers without having to string new cabling. But WLAN solutions require more than just hanging…

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