Q&A: Breaking Down Your Receipt Printer Options

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Q&A: Breaking Down Your Receipt Printer Options Q: Thermal or Impact? A: Thermal Most of the time, anyway. Thermal receipt printers are quieter, faster and not having to worry about ribbon cartridges means fewer consumables to manage. Thermal paper is your only consumable. *Hint: Make sure you don’t confuse thermal transfer with direct thermal. Thermal… Read More

Systems Integration

6 Qualities to Consider when Selecting an Industrial Automation Systems Integrator, Part II

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In Part I of the Six Qualities to Consider when selecting an Industrial Automation systems integrator, I discussed Product & Application Knowledge, Application Engineering & Development Experience, and Product Offering. Part II will address the final three of six qualities I consider vital to selecting the appropriate systems integrator. The Final Three Qualities all Systems… Read More


Spring Landscaping: Don’t Let Long Checkout Lines Get You Down!

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Spring has finally arrived! If you live in the Northeastern states like us L-Troner’s, then I’m sure you were probably starting to think it would never arrive. February was Rochester, NY’s coldest month…Ever. Can you believe that the average temperature was only 12.2 degrees? Brrr! But now that spring is here, my mind is on… Read More

Systems Integrator

6 Qualities to Consider when Selecting an Industrial Automation Systems Integrator, Part I

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For all of the Industrial Automation customers out there looking to bring in a Systems Integrator to assist with software development, implementation, debugging and support of a project you are looking to begin, selecting the appropriate company can be a daunting task. For that reason, I have decided to discuss what I consider to be… Read More

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Malware on your Mobile Device: 5 Tips to Protect Yourself

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Twenty years ago, many people did not have regular access to a computer and very few owned a mobile device, such as the first smartphone that was invented by IBM in 1992. A decade later, in 2002, the BlackBerry debuted and hit the ground running. Today, it seems that desktop computers are on the way… Read More


Barcodes, RFID, and… Nanoparticles?

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Barcodes, RFID, and Nanoparticles… which one of these three doesn’t belong? If I were to ask that question a couple months ago, nanoparticles would clearly be the black sheep. However, thanks to scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), nanoparticles now share something in common with barcodes and RFID: they all have the ability to track… Read More


Can my old barcode printer cut it?

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For the last few years you’ve been using your barcode printer without issue. But recently you have been told that your operation needs to start being able to produce newer 2D barcode symbologies such as the QR code or Data Matrix code. Will your printer be able to handle these? You think, “Of course…It is… Read More


Law Enforcement Technology: A Holistic Approach

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In many professions, law enforcement included, generic technology just doesn’t have what it takes to get the job done. We know the law enforcement technology is out there – but sometimes it takes more than just a simple piece of hardware to get things up and running. Unfortunately, many types of businesses and organizations have… Read More

Industrial PC

5 Indications it’s Time to Upgrade Your Industrial PC Platform

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One of the toughest decisions any Industrial PC user has to make is when to update their Industrial PC Platform. You can’t just swap out your PC and any other legacy product and be up and running again in no time. There’s usually custom software that has been developed to not only interface with I/O… Read More


Officer Roadside Safety: Automation & eCitation

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There is no doubt that law enforcement is a dangerous profession. Just since the beginning of 2015, there have been 14 LODDs (line-of-duty-deaths) in the United States, and prior to that there were 121 LODDs in 2014.1 While many of these LODDs involved gunfire, it is certainly noteworthy to mention that over four dozen of… Read More