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Printing and Labeling

What is ADI POWERPRINT? 

ADI POWERPRINT is a customized printing system that enables Macola users to integrate and automate label printing with Macola software. POWERPRINT versions:

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For a Macola user in Fairfield, Ohio, POWERPRINT Connect minimized key entry and automated data retrieval for printing labels after receipt of raw materials. The outcome . . . reduced key entry errors resulting in increased inventory accuracy and a decrease in production delays and downtime.

What can ADI PowerPrint do for you?

ADI PowerPrint is a powerful tool set that streamlines label printing, delivering greater visibility and accuracy, all through the seamless integration with Macola Software.

Mobile Printing: Can it streamline processes in manufacturing and distribution?

The answer is a definite "YES".  Mobile printing enables printing at the point-of-use.  By simply eliminating the time it take to walk to a centralized print area, can result in significant increases in productivity.  Processes throughout manufacturing and the warehouse benefit from decentralized printing.

Using mobile printers to eliminate the distance that workers travel to pick up labels can boost productivity, often providing a full return on investment (ROI) in less than a year when used in warehouse, distribution center, and other industrial environments.
— Zebra Technologies

Mobile Computing

The face of mobile computing is changing.  Once "gun-style" devices were the typical form-factor, but are now being used in combination with tablets, wearables, and PDAs to equip the mobile workforce.

What device or combination of devices are right for you?

 

That depends on the application.  Before you make a decision, here are a few things to consider:

A.      What applications will the user/employee need to do their job well?

i.      Are these applications best used with a larger touchscreen and graphical interface or are they simply transaction-based applications?

ii.      Will the user be moving in and out of these applications throughout the shift?

B.      What environment will the mobile computer be subjected to?

i.      Are dirt, cold, or wet conditions part of the user’s environment?

ii.      Does the user need to use gloves when working with the device?

C.      Will bar code scanning be part of the users daily operations?

i.      How often will scanning be used?

ii.      Are bar codes all within arm’s length or will long-range scanning be needed

D.      How long do I need the device to last?

i.      New, enterprise-grade devices are making great strides in durability and functionality.  But the jury is still out on how long these new devices will last.  Historically, fork truck mounted computers have lasted 10 – 12 years.  We will see if the tablets can match this extended lifespan of their task-specific predecessor.

Smart phones vs rugged devices: What is the right choice for my business?

The honest answer is "It Depends".  But the answers to these 3 questions should make the decision clearer:

  1. Do I require scanning for data collection?
  2. What is my environment?
  3. How long do I plan to use the device?

Scanning

Will proper selection of scanning technology help my operators be more efficient when using WMS or WiSys? 

Two important things you need to consideration when choosing a scanner:

A. Do I require long-range scanning?

A general rule of thumb defines long-range scanning in the 10-12 foot range and up.  The most common use cases are found in the warehouse with some long-range scanners reading distances up to 50'.  Advances in scanning/imaging technology offer both short and long range scanning in a single device.

B. Will I need to scan 2D bar codes? 

This consideration needs to be looked at from both the standpoint of printing 2D bar codes in-house and receiving items labeled with 2D codes from your supply chain.  Two dimensional codes carry significantly more information within a smaller space than traditional linear bar codes.  Given this capability, 2D bar codes are often referred to as "portable databases", driving increased efficiency with information based decision making.  

If your company has plans to transition to 2D bar codes in the future, another point to consider if purchasing new scanners is their capability be "upgraded" to read 2D codes, thus protecting your hardware investment. 

To read the guide on 2D imaging guide from Zebra Technologies. . .

Networking

Can I leverage my existing wireless network, or should I invest in a new, enterprise wireless infrastructure?

A.      Security:

 i.      Is my network utilizing at least WPA2 with AES Encryption?

 ii.      Do I need two levels of security for my applications to comply with industry regulations (like PCI)?

B.      Productivity:

 i.      Will my current network (or one being evaluated) handle seamless roaming of my mobile devices?  In other words, as my handheld and fork truck mounted computers are running around the facility will the wireless network hand them from one access point to another without any connection issues?

ii.      Is my coverage strength sufficient to enable my mobile devices to connect and stay connected in every area where I will perform transactions?  We recommend a minimum of -70 dBm to have reliable packet/data delivery.

iii.      Is the throughput (size of the “pipe” that handles your data) fast enough to enable our works to perform their jobs efficiently.  The key here is to insure enough bandwidth so that your employees are not waiting for transactions to process.  This is a key factor in driving ROI for any inventory system.

February marked a milestone for Adaptive Data . . . our 15th anniversary, though unofficially we’ve been around for longer than that. In the past 15 years a lot has changed and a lot has remained the same. We’ve grown, but our mission remains the same . . . enabling our clients to increase profitability through the effective use of Auto Identification and labeling technology. And that's what we've been doing for Exact users for the past 15 years.

Read our post, "ADI Celebrates 15 Years of Technology"