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Psion XT15 users!TekTerm for Android - Finally a migration route for SAP and IBM Host Terminal Emulation.

September 24, 2019

TekTerm has been the TE ( terminal emulation) of choice for Big ERP users such as SAP and IBM Host applications 5250, 3270  and VT for years and years.  Often running on older rugged mobile terminals from Intermec or Psion, this application gave direct ERP access to mobile devices without any special software client.

But Tekterm only runs on Windows mobile devices and now that most manufacturers only support Android, it left many ERP users trapped with no where to go.

Now a joint project by Zebra and StayLinked (a major player in the terminal emulation market space) is about to be launched, offering a direct "plug and play" replacement of a range of Zebra industrial mobile computers, such as the Zebra MC9300

Zebra Technologies’ TekTerm TE for Android™ will offer existing users a 10 minute set -up with zero changes needed to the ERP or Host back end.  This will allow legacy host systems to use the latest Android kit from Zebra, without having to face the trauma and upset of any changes to the ERP at all.  Many IT and Ops people will breath a sigh of relief  as devices such as the Psion XT15 and even older Intermec mobile terminals, can finally be replaced with modern Zebra Android kit.

Due to roll out in November 2019, book your demo now to see how your warehouse or manufacturing system can benefit from the latest Zebra devices, running on your existing ERP platform.

Call 01200 441977 or email sales@dashcomputer.co.uk

Wireless battery charging is the future for mobile devices.

September 17, 2019

Wireless battery charging is now available of Mobile terminals from a small but growing number of suppliers.  Wireless charging is a huge advantage for mobile terminals and computers as it helps further seal the device from liquid ingress and moisture, which is a problem for many devices.  Also the constant use of the charging pins or contacts can become damaged over time leading to poor device performance and an increase in repair downtime.

One example of wireless charging is the Datalogic Memor 10 with gives ultra-reliable contactless charging using the Qi Worldwide standard for wireless or contactless charging.  this is one of the first mobile computers to offer this facility and as its the Qi standard can be charged using any Qi compliant wireless charge point.

Mobile Solutions for Microsoft Navision & Dynamics 365

August 14, 2019

The creators of Mobile solutions for Navision and Dynamics 365 recommends the Zebra TC 8000 as the perfect partner for MobileNav.  MobileNav is the standard mobile app used by Navision users since 2009.

Read more here:  https://barcode-dash.blogspot.com/2019/08/mobilenav-and-zebra-tc-8000-perfect.html

ProGlove - Hands free barcode scanning. For industry, warehouse and logistics.

May 15, 2019

Wearable barcode scanners have been around for some years, but early models are heavy and clumsy to use.

Now there is a new barcode scanner from ProGlove, which has been specifically designed to solve all of these issues. Worn as a full or half glove (made to a proper industrial spec) the ProGlove is super light and easy for the operator to use and the battery lasts 15 hours - (about 6000 scans)

Our new BLOG

April 02, 2019

We have redesigned our BLOG to be easier to navigate and search.  All our previous BLOGs are still available, but the ability to search gives customer who want to find articles concerning particular subjects and solution an easy route into the BLOG.

The BLOG contains many articles about how barcodes and data capture technology affect businesses and features the latest trends in warehouse, ERP and manufacturing technology.

Datalogic's New Memor 10 validated for Android Enterprise

March 04, 2019

The Datalogic Memor 10 is the first Android Enterprise Recommended device in the rugged terminal sector of the industry and is part of a new family of rugged Android PDA devices from Datalogic. The Memor 10 incorporates Datalogic's industry first wireless charging system for ultra-reliable contactless charging while still offering a one piece swappable battery. It targets Retail, Healthcare, Transportation & Logistics, and Manufacturing applications requiring a state of the art rugged Android device to automate their data collection needs.

Android Enterprise Recommended for rugged devices, means that Google has validated that the Memor 10 meets or exceeds their stringent requirements including:

  • Memor 10 well exceeds Android Enterprise Recommended minimum hardware requirements for rugged devices.

  • Datalogic offers regular Android security updates for the Memor 10 within 90 days of release from Google, for a minimum of five years. The Memor 10 also offers regular firmware updates to add features and/or improve performance for the device and its ecosystem.

  • Memor 10 exceeds the ingress protection requirement and achieves IP65, while attaining a drop specification of 5ft/1.5m repeated drops to concrete with rubber boot (4ft/1.2m repeated drops without boot).

  • Supports both Android zero-touch enrolment and QR code provisioning for bulk deployments, while also offering support from all the major EMM's for remote management.

  • Memor 10 launches with Android 8.1 and will support at least 2 additional major OS releases.

Wireless charging is another unique innovation of the Memor 10.  This ensures that there are no contacts exposed and will allow workers to use the new universal QI wireless charging technology currently being introduced to advance mobile phones.

The Memor 10 is available to buy in a number of configurations, including a gun style unit with trigger for the barcode reader.

Zebra TC72 - The Ultra-Rugged All-Touch Computer for Warehouse and Logistics

September 26, 2018

The TC72 and TC77 Android Touch Computers builds on the highly successful TC70/TC75 Series family to create the ultimate ultra-rugged all-touch computer for all workers inside or outside the four walls — a smartphone experience for maximum simplicity, the ultimate in rugged construction, complete mobile network flexibility, and a new platform offering more capabilities than any other device in this class for maximum staff enablement.

We are Recruiting! Software Developers

September 20, 2018

Dash Computer Products are seeking a passionate and enthusiastic C#/Angular software engineer to undertake development of a range of software applications and systems, which we develop in house. 

 

These including  web applications, Web APIs, messaging and integration solutions in compliance with coding standards and technical design. Commercial experience in Angular and C# would be ideal, but ability and desire are more important.

Successful candidates will also be involved in the testing of software solutions, ongoing maintenance of existing systems and the production of technical documentation.

For complete details of the role please look here:  http://www.barcode-it.co.uk/careers.htm

SAP Apps - breaking new ground in SAP mobility solutions

July 11, 2018

Creating a new SAP IM - WM or EWM mobile application can be a daunting prospect for some SAP users and even SAP consultants can "pale" at the prospect of having to learn a totally new Mobile Development Environment and then integrate it all into SAP.

Now there is a new approach to SAP powered Mobile Applications in the warehouse, logistics or manufacturing areas. A library of standard SAP transactions for IM, WM and EWM functions have been created which are purpose designed for a range of Mobile Barcode equipped hand held computers, from suppliers such as Zebra, Honeywell and Datalogic.

 

These SAP Apps are already linked into standard SAP WM fields and have been designed with the modern worker in mind and have the "look and feel" of a smart phone.

But don't be fooled into thinking these devices are simple toys, they are very powerful and can read and write data to and from SAP WM instantly! They are also operating in real time, so data is being updated into SAP as the operator completes his work.  this saves time, improves accuracy and ensures that SAP is always up to date with the workflow.

And if you want something outside the SAP standard WM transactions, we can build a customised Mobile SAP App that works exactly the way you need.

Zebra MC3300 - Advanced Android Mobile Computing

January 11, 2018

Innovative Features of the MC3300 Mobile Computer

 

The perfect combination: touchscreen and keypad
Whether an application requires touch or physical keypad input, Zebra covers it. An application can utilize the entire display, while the physical keypad allows workers to have the same experience they have today. In addition, the touchscreen paves the way to migrate to intuitive touch-based interfaces. Users can choose the keypad that most simplifies data entry—alphanumeric, numeric and functional numeric.

A common platform for the warehouse and beyond
If users are using Zebra Android handheld and wearable devices in the warehouse, workers and IT will benefit from a common operating system and solution platform. Businesses will get the same user experience and management tools across different form factors throughout the warehouse and supply chain.

Visitor Management Systems now available from Dash Computer Products.

April 23, 2017

Many businesses who receive visitors every day, still rely on sign-in books or old fashioned paper based systems to manage visitors to site.  Now Dash Computer Products have launched a Digital Visitor Management solution that deals with all aspects of visitor security, fire safety and tracking of who is on site.

A dedicated touch screen PC greets visitors, who are guided through the sign in process.  A digital picture is captured and this and all other information is printed onto a self adhesive badge.  Expected visitors can be pre-registered by their Host to speed the process and as the visitor badge is printed an e-mail or optional text message is sent to the Host to tell them that their visitor is ready for collection.

Under fire safety regulations, businesses are obliged to identify visitors arriving and departing, so that in the event of a fire, visitors can form part of the role call to inform the Fire Service, who might still be in the building. 

 

However many businesses require visitors to provide much more information before entering the site.  In food manufacturing businesses this can involve details of recent illness, contact with other who have communicable diseases or visitors with long term health issues. Visitors may need to provide detailed information and may be required to watch a video on both health and safety procedures whist on site.

Different businesses have widely differing requirements, but the Dash Visitor Management Suite, caters for every need and provides a full and detailed audit trail for visitors and contractors on site. 

 

See full details on our dedicated website here - audiovisual-it.co.uk/entry-system

Or call Jonathan Pressley on 01200 441977 to arrange a visit to evaluate your companies needs.

Ultra Rugged Barcode Scanner

April 17, 2017

Perfect for Fork Trucks - Goods in area - anywhere in the Warehouse - Anywhere in Manufacturing

 

Warehouse and manufacturing operations demand rugged equipment, which must perform day in day and and survive the rigours of the industrial environment. The NEW Zebra ULTRA rugged barcode scanner, now combines every industrial application into a single ultra rugged scanner.

  • Scans 1D barcodes

  • Scans 2D barcodes

  • Scans near to the worker (2-3 inches)

  • Scans far away from the worker ( really far away 70 feet!)

Over 20% more durable than any other barcode scanner in its class!  IP67 and can be totally submerged for up to 30 mins.

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NiceLabel V6 - End Of Life!

April 11, 2017

From the 1st July 2017, NiceLabel Version 6 users will no longer be able to purchase additional licenses or upgrade within the Version 6 product range. Upgrades from Version 6 to Version 2017 and technical support for Version 6 products will be available until 31st December 2018, and if you have a valid SMA (support and maintenance agreement), you can upgrade for free to NiceLabel Version 2017 any time before this date.

We would recommend you take the time to review the detail of NiceLabel 2017 features, a lot of which will be new and exciting. To download a NiceLabel 2017 trial.  Click the image below for the demo version.

Or call Jonathan on 01200 441977

A new tough little label printer from Sato

February 16, 2017

Small desktop barcode label printers are mostly designed for printing low volume retail labels and are built accordingly. But in many industrial and manufacturing businesses there is a need to produce high quality barcode labels in an environment that is a little more demanding.  Enter the Sato WS 408 range.  A small footprint desktop printer with all the features of a retail desktop label printer, but much more ruggedly built to stand up to light industrial environments.

Available in 203 or 300 dpi resolution and as Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer versions, the WS 408 come with a LAN network interface and USB as standard and can be ordered with RS 232 serial for legacy systems.

Designed to replace any standard Desktop printer from other manufacturers, the WS 408 will accept ribbons and labels from all the other printers in the class and automatically switches between emulation of ZPL, DPL and IPL as well as supporting the Sato language.  It really is plug in a start printing.

The introduction of the LAN interface as standard also shows the commitment to industrial application, where a direct connection to the network is a prime requirement.  Happily the LAN interface has not affected the price which at £300 + vat is a bargain.  

Sato NX - multi-tasking Barcode Label Printers

February 01, 2017

Zebra, Datamax, Intermec - One printer to replace them all!

When it comes to barcode label printers many companies end up with a mixed bag of different makes and models, from old systems, previous suppliers or changes in ERP systems.  This make life difficult for IT and Logistics departments who struggle to manage these different printers, but who can't alter legacy systems software to take advantage of new and more reliable label printers.

Enter the Sato NX range of 4 and 6 inch barcode label printers, that have such amazing printer language emulations that they can literally plug-in and and just work as replacements for old Zebra Datamax and Intermec models.  The NX will even take exactly the same label and ribbon media, with no concerns about proprietary brands and matching label/ribbon combinations.

 

But consider this scenario.  Lets say you old data system only supports Intermec ( or Zebra or Datamax) and you new ERP prefers only Zebra.  This could mean that you need two set of printers to support the old and new systems.  But the Sato NX with "smart" printer emulation, will support multiple printer languages, allowing you to gain all the benefits of new and more reliable printers, while still printing labels from the old system and able to print labels from the new ERP.

And if you wanted to really test the NX, you could print to the printers from BOTH systems to the printer via the LAN and the NX will intelligently switch from one system to the other by examining the data and swapping printer emulations on the fly.

Oh and just to add icing to the cake, the Sato NX has as standard, all types of interface, serial, parallel, USB and ethernet. So even if your legacy data system used an obsolete interface the Sato NX with still be the perfect replacement for old and new ERPs.

SAP Mobile Apps - a better way to get mobile with SAP

December 14, 2016

In Most factories and warehouses Mobile users and workers often have very limited exposure to the normal SAP interface and want simplified access to the transactions they they need every day. Often only a few transactions are used and the fast pace of work-flow means that workers have only seconds between tasks.

Now a suite of SAP applications have been developed with Apps for SAP WM, EWM, PP, SD, QM, MM/IM and ENG. STORES, that focus on the user and the task.  These Apps have been designed to minimise what the user sees and where possible scan barcodes or use drop downs for fast accurate data entry.

Click the picture link for the full article.

Is it a fork truck mount or a tablet computer?

November 29, 2016

This fully rugged Mobile Truck Computer becomes a powerful Tablet computer when its detached from its docking station.

 

 

 

The DLoG DLT-M8110 has a host of features that makes this new terminal, best in class. This detachable vehicle mount terminal combines the reliability of a VMT (Vehicle Mount Terminal) with the flexibility of a tablet. It is rugged for all warehouse operations, comes with the industrial WiFi performance for uninterrupted logistics processes, and features a high capacity battery for off-vehicle operations. With integrated camera and barcode scanner, its ideal for a wide variety of ERP applications, both on and off the truck.

Dash looking for a new Software Developer

November 09, 2016

We are looking for a passionate Software Engineer to design, develop and install software solutions. The successful candidate will be able to build high-quality, innovative and fully performing software in compliance with coding standards and technical design. Software engineer responsibilities will include development, testing and documenting functionality

New licensing model brings new opportunities for NiceLabel users

November 09, 2016

NiceLabel 2017 has been with us for a few months now and customer are beginning to realise that the new licensing model has very attractive benefits for many users.

Apart from the very basic Express and Pro version of NiceLabel Designer, all the NiceLabel 2017 products are licenses by printer.  this is a new policy from NiceLabel, but has some excellent benefits for many users, who can leverage this feature to power their business.

The new model allows for unlimited User seats, sharing a pool of printers. Printers can be direct connected, or LAN of WiFi and  printers are not fixed and can be changed without fuss.

This means that businesses who have lots of users printing labels to shared production or warehouse printers no longer have to have NiceLabel licenses for every user, offering big savings.

NiceLabel 2017 is now the cutting edge of barcode label printing solutions and offer all businesses a flexible and powerful label printing platform.

2D or not 2D ( Barcodes)

May 01, 2016

A few years ago no one knew what 2D barcodes where, but now we see them in magazines and even on the TV, offering a quick link to a web site or an address.  QR Codes are also being used to offer a much higher level of security for drugs and pharmaceuticals used by the public, to enforce new anti-counterfitting and individual tracability.  Read the full article here.

 

These easy to print and low cost 2 dimentional barcodes can carry lots of information, so are perfect for all kinds of product information, serial no, batch code, best before date, product code etc, etc.  They can carry a link to a web site and can be used to look up the authenticity of a product can be seen here.  Codikett security solutiions

 

2D barcodes can be created on any standard barcode label printer using NiceLabel Designer Pro (or one of its more powerful versions) and many of the latest barcode terminals can scan and process 2D barcodes, such as the Datalogic Falcon x3.

 

For further information on 2D barcodes or any barcode driven data collection application, call the Dash sales team on 01200 441977 or email sales @ dashcomputer.co.uk

New Projects Manager enhances the Dexterity team

May 11, 2016

With many new Dexterity WMS projects in progress, Dash have apointed a new Dexterity WMS projects manager.  Charlie Shaw has been working with computer systems since leaving university where he studied computing and forensic computing.

 

Charlie task is to manage Dexterity projects from inception to "go live", working with the customers team to ensure a fully operational warehouse management system is delivered to the customer and the business.  Charlie will also work with the developement and support teams to help customers get the best out of their new warehouse management system.

Barcode label printer with Video on screen display

December 14, 2015

The latest barcode label printers from Sato feature a colour screen that can display help videos to the end user.  No more struggling with how to load the ribbon or thread the labels.  The 4NX and 6NX now display help messages and "how to" videos directly on the printer's main screen.  These high resolution video's are all included as standard and do not require a connection to the internet.  While some of the videos show run of the mill tasks that newbie users might need, others offer step by step detail on print head and platen replacement, label calibration, etc which are tasks that even experienced operators can't be expected to remember.  The 4NX and 6NX are tool free for operator tasks and designed to be easy to clean, adjust and replace standard items like heads and rollers.

The NX Range from Sato represents a huge step forward for barcode printers, designed from the ground up to be powerful, productive and easy to maintain.  For full details see the Barcode-IT web site

Global Experts in Oral Drug Delivery, choose NiceLabel Enterprise

November 16, 2015

Encap is a division of a global contract manufacturing and development organisation and the world's number one company for liquid and semi-solid capsule products.

 

Pharmaceutical product and carton labelling is highly regulated and controlled to ensure the correct information is printed on drugs packaging. So Encap and their parent company Capsugel are implementing NiceLabel Enterprise, a powerful label printing solution with full control and reporting of all label production throughout the business.  This ensures that the correct labels for every product, including batch and traceability information is is printed and the details collated back to a central repository. In addition centralized storage and role based access, makes it impossible for unauthorised users to modify or release to production, label designs or SQL database information that has not been properly scrutinised.

 

 

A division of Capsugel  -  www.capsugel.com

NiceLabel Enterprise

November 02, 2015

Dash have been offering label printing solutions based on NiceLabel products for over 15 years and have been a Platinum Partner for 10 years. This year Dash have been working with businesses who need more than a standard NiceLabel multi-user installation and this has led to our engineers and sales teams becoming fully qualified to recommend and implement NiceLabel Enterprise products.

 

The NiceLabel enterprise labeling platform helps organizations decrease operational costs and increase agility by providing all-in-one label management, printing and integration solution.

 

 

The result of adopting NiceLabel's unique next-generation platform is greater supply chain efficiency and agility at substantially reduced operational costs.

 

  •     Centralized browser-based label lifecycle management.

  •     64-bit print server, business rules and business connectors.

  •     Client-side web printing improves internal and external collaboration

Slimming World Choose Dexterity WMS for Sage 200

November 09, 2015

Weight loss industry giant, Slimming World has chosen Dexterity WMS for Sage 200 to manage their distribution facility in Alfreton. The installation of Dexterity will streamline the distribution of Slimming World's literature and products to their consultants and help track stock throughout the warehouse. Dexterity WMS from Barcode-IT was chosen by Slimming World after a lengthy assessment period, during which numerous warehouse management solutions were evaluated. The project will be implemented in the new year.

 

Dexterity WMS is powered by Datalogic mobile terminals and Printronix barcode label printers

Printronix Release New M4L2 Mobile Printer with Dual Antenna

October 04, 2015

Designed to give power, reliability and ultimate mobility to users, the Printronix M4L2 is the industry's first mobile printer with high-performance radio module including Dual Antenna Technology, best-in-class battery life and rugged design.

 

The Printronix M4L2 addresses the problem that many mobile workers have when using mobile printers; WiFi drop-outs and weak signal. The Dual Antenna Technology allows the Printronix M4L2 to constantly seek the WiFi Antenna giving the strongest signal, so that connectivity is never an issue. The M4L2 can be bolted to a fork lift truck or used by workers travelling on foot, making it the ideal mobile printing solution for any business. Find more information on the Printronix M4L2 here.

JZ Flowers Choose Dexterity WMS from Barcode-IT

October 04, 2015

Dexterity WMS has been picked by JZ Flowers to manage their new production and distribution facility based in Newport. Dexterity will integrate with the company's Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) ERP software, to facilitate the management and despatch of around 5 million stems each week to some of the UKs largest retailers. After multiple presentations and visits to 2 current Dexterity WMS users, JZ Flowers chose Dexterity over competitor offerings and the project will now begin the planning and implementation stages. JZ Flowers are a leading producer of floral bouquets for retailers in the UK, with significant operations in both Holland and Ireland. Find out more about Dexterity WMS here

Dexterity WMS for Sage 200 Chosen by GBUK Healthcare

September 27, 2015

After months of careful consideration, GBUK Healthcare has chosen Dexterity WMS to provide an integrated warehouse management solution to support their growing business needs. GBUK Healthcare manufacture and distribute high quality healthcare products and have seen their business grow rapidly over the last 8 years. With daily despatches having increased 20 fold since their incorporation, GBUK realised the need for a comprehensive WMS to assist with stock management within their warehouse. Working with their Sage partner, Barcode-IT will begin implementation following consultation and planning meetings later this year.

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