Securing new customers is not a straightforward task. How many times have you negotiated a prospective contract to the finish line, only to discover that you are missing a critical piece of software necessary to obtain the new business? For example:Read More
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Before answering that question, I would like to clarify the term "scanner." Most people refer to any device that is able to read a barcode as a scanner. That is true, but many of the scanners deployed in a warehousing operation are actually mobile computers with scanners built in. The scanner is just the imaging component on the front of the device that projects a line, dot or crosshatch to read the barcode. Think of it like your smartphone. Yeah, we call it a phone, but it is also a mobile computer, camera, navigation device, etc.
I am fortunate to be able to call myself the Mom of a beautiful baby girl named Avery. Upon meeting her for the first time, many acquaintances compared her name to the label and office supply producer of the same moniker. Some even followed this parallel with a joke along the lines of: Well, that's a name that will "stick!" And even though I groaned at these jokes, they did later get me thinking about labels.
ILVS, IPL, ALC ... A major automotive supplier to Ford, Honda, BMW or Toyota may recognize these acronyms and may frown when reading them. These three and four letter acronyms are often followed by choice four letter words when things go wrong.
The IQMS Automation Department often works on projects involving integration of ERP software with shop floor systems. “Bringing the shop floor to you” is the mantra behind the department and the service the department provides to our customers. Many projects involve integration of shop floor systems with an existing module or some new application to enhance our EnterpriseIQ system so that the machine operators have more information and are less likely to make mistakes.
What did we do before barcodes? Many of you may not remember a time when the use of barcodes wasn't prevalent. To purchase $50 in groceries, which used to be a lot of food, you would have to wait for the checker to enter every item manually into the register, literally taking 15 minutes. Now you don't even have to deal with a checker, just self-check yourself at the grocery store. Not only do you save time, the use of barcodes improves efficiency and above all, accuracy. Yet for some reason, barcodes and their uses remain mysterious to many people.
Recently, we’ve seen new barcode standards emerging. Almost everyone is familiar with UPC barcodes (found, for example, on the containers of grocery items), that have reduced the amount of manual data entry and increased the amount of data that can be accurately transferred between systems. We’re all familiar with how quickly a person can tally up an entire cart of food; it sometimes reminds me of a slot machine in Las Vegas.