What is a Magstripe Reader? Is your state beginning to transition away from them?

What is a Magstripe Reader? Is your state beginning to transition away from them? All good things must come to an end. For several decades, magnetic stripes could be found on customer loyalty cards, student ID cards, driver’s licenses, employee ID’s and credit cards. In fact, there was such a huge push for mag stripes …

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Starting the New Year with Efficient Operations Processes

If you were to step onto the floor of an auto manufacturing plant, you would be surrounded by technology. Today’s auto makers take advantage of the latest industrial PC and AIDC technology, including: Fixed or Handheld Barcode Scanners Mobile Computers Vision Systems I/O (Input/Output) DPM (Direct Part Marking) Test & Measurement   3D Glasses Introduced …

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Intermec and Honeywell: A Marriage Made in AIDC Heaven

As an outsider looking in, I am excited to see that Honeywell completed the acquisition of Intermec. As a former “seasoned” Intermec veteran, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for all of the very fine people I have had the pleasure of working for and with over the years. The immense …

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Barcode Scanner Interfaces – Popularity Never Fails; Try USB Cables

Welcome back!  This is the last of my three-part series on physically connecting a barcode scanner to a computer. In the first blog, I outlined how to use a Serial Cable.  The second blog detailed the ins and outs of using a Keyboard Wedge.  For this final blog, I will explain a USB connection. Even though you …

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Barcode Scanners for Industrial Test Fixtures

During my time in sales, I have found that barcode traceability has become an integral factor in the manufacturing of circuit boards.  It is important for companies to have an updated inventory of components and finished products, while also having the knowledge of where this product is in the manufacturing process.  One of the prime areas …

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