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Trimble Announces Yuma-2 Tablet


Trimble announced the introduction of it's new Yuma 2 tablet based on the success of it's original rugged Yuma tablet.

This new rugged tablet is designed to meet professional needs in the field, and can be used by workers outdoors, even in bright sunlight. The Trimble Yuma 2 features 3.75G dual-mode cellular data for productivity anyhwere GSM and CDMA cellular networks are available, and meets military standards for drops, vibration, humidity, as well as IP ratings for protection against dust and water.

"Field equipment must provide efficiency and productivity as well as mobility. Trimble has a history of providing this with the Yuma, our original rugged tablet computer, now completely updated in the new Yuma 2," said Trimble MCS General Manager Jim Sheldon. "A person’s tools need to be as tough as the job they have to do, and the environment they have to work in. The Trimble Yuma 2 is designed for professionals doing critical work requiring reliable tools, no matter where they are or how harsh the conditions. Field professionals need solutions that perform under harsh conditions."

The Yuma 2 is not only one of the most rugged tablets on the market, but it also offers a large 7" capacitive touch screen that’s easy to hold and super-light at only 2.6 pounds.

The Yuma 2 from Trimble is fully-functional field computer complete with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operating system, 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom dual-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 DRAM and a 64 GB solid state drive to maximize productivity and efficiency wherever workers may go. The included 5 mega-pixel camera provides video and photo capture with geotagging and GPS for accurate data collection in fleet logistics, work order management, distributed asset management and more.

"There are so many user-friendly options with the Yuma 2’s multi-touch capacitive touchscreen," continued Winders. "Users can type with their fingers, use a stylus or capacitive gloves, and control the size of the keyboard on the display. You can use it in landscape or portrait mode, and even zoom in on key information to optimize the overall user experience."

Four different configurations are now available to meet any rugged enterprise need and budget, including additional storage, an optional extended battery set and various color configurations. BarcodeSpot is now taking orders for the new Trimble Yuma 2 rugged tablet computer, which will be available for shipping later this fall.

Zebra Technologies Offers New Printer Series


Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a recognized global leader in technologies that extend real-time visibility into business operations, today announced the release of the ZT200 printer series, a new line of printers intended for light industrial and commercial applications. The new series offers advanced printer integration capabilities and complete device management.

“Zebra’s ZT200 series highlights our commitment to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers by providing solutions that will increase productivity and drive efficiency. From the design to the features, these latest offerings address the pain points of our customers while providing them with a reliable platform that can be updated in the field,” said Keith LeFebvre, VP of product management, Zebra Technologies. “We are excited to offer this series of industrial printers as they are fast, easy to use, and compatible in a multitude of environments, including those with existing printers and systems.”

The ZT200 tabletop printers allow organizations to improve efficiency in a variety of verticals. Some of the specific uses include:
• Manufacturing – light work-in-process tracking, inventory management
• Transportation & logistics – order picking and packing, shipping and receiving, and compliance labeling
• Retail – warehouse logistics and back-of-store applications
• Healthcare – specimen labeling and pharmacy labeling

“This is an exciting time for bar code printers and other AIDC technologies as new adopters are turning to these technologies. The ZT200 answers the market need of small and medium-sized businesses interested in these technologies to increase business efficiencies,” said LeFebvre. “We are thrilled to bring this product to customers around the world via our strategic alliances and industry-leading channel partners.”

The new line of printers fit into customers’ existing enterprises and is durable and able to withstand harsh environments. Also, the ZT200 series helps limit ownership costs and maximizes printer uptime because it is easy to connect to the network and maintain without the use of tools while the intuitive user interface simplifies the user’s learning curve for the product. In addition, the ZT200 printers address a number of customer needs with its design, which is a smaller size to fit into crowded workspaces and which features a bi-fold door, making it easier to change the media when the printer is used in a cramped space.

With more than 25 years of proven industry leadership in mission critical printing, Zebra is now offering the ZT200 printer series globally.

The Gores Group Announces the Acquisition of Elo TouchSystems


The Gores Group has officially completed its acquisition of Elo TouchSystems from TE Connectivity.

The Gores Group, based in Los Angeles, California, is a private equity firm focused on mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm's deep operating experience and flexible capital base. Since its founding in 1987, Gores has demonstrated a reliable track record of creating sustainable value in its portfolio companies alongside management.

The new company, Elo Touch Solutions, will be a standalone entity providing high quality, innovative products striving to provide you with the best value proposition in the industry. Being an independent company allows us to increase our focus on the core markets and customers we serve. You can expect the same unmatched quality, performance and customer service you are used to. In addition, we are expanding our product and technology offerings in the near future to reinforce our position as a premier global provider of commercial touch solutions.

We are working hard during the transition period to provide a seamless experience for our customers and will continue to communicate proactively as we refine our processes to serve you better. As a part of this transaction, Elo Touch Solutions will continue to be supported by TE Connectivity* business systems and logistics until our own standalone solutions are fully functional. There should be no operational changes visible to you in the near term. Your Elo Touch Solutions support team will coordinate directly with you as we approach the transition date for any process changes that might impact you.

From the whole team at The Gores Group and Elo Touch Solutions, thank you for your continued support. We look forward to working together to meet your needs today and in the future.

Datamax-O'Neil Introduces the Next I-Class


Datamax-O’Neil Introduces the all-new I-Class Mark II that offers Powerful Performance, Unmatched Reliability and Intelligent Integration The I-Class Mark II offers the fastest processor, largest memory and widest selection of communication ports available in a mid-range industrial printer to meet the most diverse applications.

Orlando, FL – March 20, 2012 – Datamax-O’Neil, a global provider of industrial grade label and receipt printing solutions, today announces the all-new I-Class Mark II high performance industrial printer. The new printer builds off the highly successful I-Class series and incorporates features and technology that make it best in its class for performance, reliability and ease of integration. “The original I-Class series revolutionized the barcode printer industry with its award winning modular design, field installable options and rugged reliability, and was named “best channel product” in some of the industry’s most reputable independent surveys,” said Sr. Product Manager Umesh Cooduvalli. “I am excited to have been involved in making the best even better, and offer customers a printer that outpaces its competition in terms of performance, reliability and integration.”

The I-Class Mark II is designed to outperform any printer in its class with 20 percent faster print speeds, 44 percent faster processing and 61 percent lower power consumption. The printer offers 50 percent more memory with 64 MB Flash and 32 MB DRAM as standard features. The I-Class Mark II’s die-cast aluminum frame and metal cabinet assure durability and its modular design provides the ability to upgrade in the field, with options such as internal rewind, thermal transfer and W-LAN. A gear-driven design provides for rigorous duty cycles and uninterrupted productivity.

I-Class Mark II: it's Even Better, Faster and Greater


Datamax-O’Neil Just Made the Best Better! The-award winning I-Class has been transformed into the all-new I-Class Mark II that out distances any mid-range industrial printer in terms of performance, reliability and integration. The numbers speak for themselves: 20 percent faster print speeds, 44 percent faster processing, 61 percent lower fuel consumption and 50 percent more memory.

Stayed tuned for release dates

Motorola Begins Shipping ET1 Rugged Tablet


BarcodeSpot is pleased to announce the new Motorola ET1 rugged Enterprise tablet is now in stock and shipping immediately.

The ET1 Enterprise Tablet doesn’t compromise what you rely on most, like security, durability and flexibility. It’s designed with one purpose in mind – to make your enterprise ready for whatever the future holds and whatever your customers demand. It’s an uncompromising approach to mobile computing, and it's the only tablet that’s flat-out enterprise.

Designed to meet your needs and built to last, the ET1 comes packed with features that will help you improve performance from the sales floor to the stockroom and beyond, access information faster, engage customers and work smarter than ever before. The ET1 will run all the applications required to help your workforce accomplish every task, every day.

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Introducing the Honeywell Dolphin 99EX


Purposefully built for transportation and logistics applications, Honeywell’s Dolphin® 99EX mobile computer provides user-friendly ergonomics, cutting-edge wireless technology, multi-functional data capture and extreme durability for front-line workers operating in a variety of locations ranging from loading docks to residential doorsteps.

The 99EX features the latest in wireless technology, including a software-definable radio that allows on-the-fly switching between GSM and CDMA networks, leading to improved network coverage and lower costs related to device provisioning and deployment.

Datamax Introduces the E-Class Mark III printer


Datamax-O'Neil released to market an entirely NEW desktop printer series, the E-Class Mark III. The E-Class Mark III series includes printers with a wide range of features to accommodate from the simplest to the most complex business barcoding applications when reliability, performance and efficiency are top priority. The Datamax-O'Neil E-Class Mark III desktop printer delivers "3 Dimensions of Value", value that is more than just price. The three dimensions expand from the traditional low price product value to benefit categories of ownership, daily use, and operating overhead. The "3 Dimensions of Value" include:

* Affordable to Own - Low entry price, Low cost service, Long lasting reliability
* Easy to Use - Easy loading, Easy interface, Easy maintenance, Easy Integration
* Economical to Operate - Reduced supplies costs, Efficient technology, Little to no waste

Honeywell Voyager 1200g


Built on the platform of the world’s best-selling single-line laser scanner, Honeywell’s new Voyager® 1200g delivers aggressive scan performance on virtually all linear bar codes, including poor quality and damaged codes.

Updated object detection and automatic in-stand detection and configuration enable class-leading presentation scanning that maximizes throughput. Superior scan performance matched with a reliable design combine to provide a versatile linear scanning solution suitable for a wide variety of applications.

Motorola introduces the DS4208


The DS4208 delivers the blazing speed typical of laser scanners on both 1D and 2D bar codes, allowing you to accommodate 2D bar codes without sacrificing scanning quality or performance. Users never need to take time to align the bar code with the scanner or pause between scans. And since you can capture bar codes printed on paper labels or displayed on the screen of a mobile phone, retailers can accommodate customers who download mobile coupons, mobile loyalty cards and more. You get industry-leading scanning speed on every bar code, true point-and-shoot first time scanning simplicity on even damaged and poorly printed bar codes, and a durable design for all day everyday reliability — all at an affordable price.

Motorola Introduces the MC55A0-HC


Easy to carry and easy to use, the MC55A0-HC is designed for life inside the hospital, able to endure everyday drops and bumps, as well as disinfecting after each patient. And robust wireless application performance and wireless connectivity options allows healthcare givers to access patient records, accurately administer medication, monitor patient vital signs, place lab and pharmacy orders, view test results and more – all in just seconds anywhere inside the facility.

Magellan Circumnavigates Imaging


Datalogic Scanning (Eugene, OR) debuted its Magellan 3200VSi single-plane, solid-state scanner powered by imaging technology--an industry first, according to the vendor. Magellan 3200VSi employs new architecture developed by Datalogic Scanning to boost read performance for both linear and two-dimensional barcodes. By handling both sweep and presentation scanning, with omni-directional field of view, the new device helps ensure maximum productivity and ergonomic ease. In addition, it allows retailers to support emerging applications such as barcode-based mobile marketing.

Tailored for medium to high-volume POS environments, the compact-sized Magellan 3200VSi scanner will prove particularly effective in smaller checkout lanes with no requirement for integrated weighing. Actual dimensions measure 5.6 in. x 6.0 in. x 3.2 in. with weight of 1.3 lbs. Interestingly, Datalogic has added Micro SD card reader to facilitate software management, upgrading, and maintenance. Since most of the scanner’s features are software-based, new capabilities may be easily added after initial installation, protecting the end-user’s technology investment, according to the manufacturer.

“We have a new high-performance product that significantly improves the ability to read difficult barcodes that are found in the retail environment, has the option of additional features such as two-dimensional scanning, performs image capture, has the ability to read barcodes from cell phones, and features extreme reliability,” declared Matt Schler, GM of Fixed Scanning at Datalogic Scanning. “This is why the Magellan 3200VSi imaging-based scanner is truly revolutionary. We are pleased to be the first scanning company to combine the benefits of both imaging and high-volume laser technology in one scanner for our customers.”

Introducing the TM-T88V - Epson's Newest Generation of Best-selling Thermal Receipt Printer


Epson, a leading supplier of value-added Point-of-Sale (POS) solutions, introduces its new TM-T88V thermal printer, the only POS thermal receipt printer available today with ENERGY STAR qualified configurations, and the newest addition to Epson’s best-selling TM-T88 POS printer series.

With an industry-leading, four-year warranty and print speeds up to 50% faster than the previous model, Epson’s TM-T88V offers solid reliability along with advanced, full-featured printing functionality and is ideally suited for a broad array of retail and food service applications.

Seagull Scientific Launches New BarTender Version 9.3 With Edition Name Changes and Updated Pricing


Seagull Scientific is the world’s largest developer of Windows drivers for label printers and author of BarTender®, a leading high-end program for labels, barcodes and RFID tags.

The new BarTender Version 9.3 makes it easy to design and print just about any label, from the simplest text to the most advanced compliance standard, including graphics, complex two-dimensional bar codes, and even RFID data encoding.

Features for integration with other software include powerful queries, versatile data access (including Oracle and SAP), and ActiveX Automation for remote control. The BarTender user interface and Windows printer drivers can display in any of 22 languages.

Elf™, Datalogic Mobile’s new professional PDA, blazes onto the market


Datalogic Mobile, a worldwide leader in the design and development of rugged mobile computers, announces its next generation professional PDA, Elf™. This device is ready to revolutionize the workplace with unprecedented features, the latest in technology and ultimate high speed performance.

Datalogic Mobile designed Elf™ from the ground up with the technology and ruggedness to meet the needs of applications in Field Service, Field Sales, Delivery, Retail and Logistics. Capitalizing on Datalogic Mobile's legendary ergonomics, Elf™ packs cutting edge features into a compact form factor built for single handed operation.

"Elf™ uses our next generation platform, providing incredible speed coupled with the latest technology for mobility, all packaged in one of the best ergonomic devices on the market" notes Gian Paolo Fedrigo, CEO of Datalogic Mobile.

Among its innovations, the new PDA is one of the first in the mobile computing industry to run Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5. Datalogic patented Green Spot good read technology with both a laser barcode reader and 2D imager has also been integrated into the product. Elf™ incorporates an option to support HF RFID for reading and writing as well.

As in all Datalogic Mobile computers, the Wavelink® Avalanche™ device management system is pre-loaded and pre-licensed. Elf™ connectivity options include: UMTS HSDPA mobile radio for voice and data communication, embedded 802.11 a/b/g radio with CCX V4 certification for secure enterprise-class mobile connectivity and Bluetooth® wireless 2.0 EDR for simultaneous connections with lower power consumption.

Elf™ also comes with other important features to make the operator's job easier than ever before. A micro SD card slot which supports SDHC storage cards provides easier access to consumer channels for memory, while the QWERTY and numeric keyboards allow the user to choose the best keyboard for specific applications. Elf™'s display is sharp and clear, making viewing easy at all angles in any lighting conditions indoors or outside. The display is also provided with a QVGA and FVGA resolution options so users can choose between traditional and web applications.

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Honeywell Redefines Device Category With Introduction Of New Ruggedized Digital Assistant


Fort Mill, S.C. – January 7, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today introduced the Dolphin® 9700, a rugged digital assistant, equipped with multi-functional data collection and communications capabilities in one reliable, easy-to-use device. The 9700 allows companies specializing in parcel delivery, route accounting, field services, and healthcare point-of-care applications to better serve their customers, by maximizing worker productivity through innovations that provide increased connectivity, optimized system performance, task-specific ergonomics, and an intuitive user interface.

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The new Elo TouchSystems IntelliTouch Plus touch technology has met all the Additional Qualification (AQ) testing requirements established by Microsoft Corp. for Windows 7 multi-touch interactivity.

IntelliTouch Plus touch technology is based upon proven surface acoustic wave technology with over 20 years of reliable performance and millions of installations around the world. It accurately records two simultaneous touch locations anywhere on the screen with three axes of touch information thereby overcoming many of the drawbacks of other multitouch technologies, such as camera-based optical that are subject to interferences from ambient light variances and false touches. With this latest approval, Elo customers can trust they have the same reliable performance for their touchmonitors that they have come to expect with the standard single-touch IntelliTouch touch technology. IntelliTouch Plus multi-touch technology will be commercially available in early 2010 as screen components in sizes ranging from 17-inch through 32-inch for consumer touch monitors and all-in-one touch computers running Windows 7. In addition, a 22-inch open-frame touchmonitor will be available later in the year.

This will enable OEMs and design engineers the ability to incorporate a multi-touch technology that is both reliable and compatible with Windows 7 to heighten the user experience.

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Motorola Introduces Hands-free Voice-directed Mobility Solution for the Warehouse


HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. – December 18, 2009 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced a new rugged mobility solution aimed at improving the productivity of warehouse workers – the WT4090 Voice-only Wearable (VOW) Terminal and the RCH50 Rugged Cabled Headset. This easy-to-use, rugged solution can replace paper-based processes with voice-directed solutions in demanding enterprise environments – in the warehouse, in the freezer, on the loading dock or on the factory floor – resulting in real-time processing, reduced errors and improved decision making.

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Datamax-O'Neil Acquires Extech Data Systems Division


I am pleased and excited to inform you that Datamax-O'Neil has acquired Extech Instruments' Data Systems Division, one of the world's leading developers of portable printers for enterprise-wide applications. Extech Instruments, based in Waltham, Massachusetts is a subsidiary of FLIR Systems. This acquisition expands Datamax-O'Neil's portable printer portfolio, and strategically positions the company and our partners to increase sales opportunities and grow revenue.

We are working to fully integrate the Data Systems Division into Datamax-O'Neil, and expect that process to be completed in four months. The portable printers will be rebranded as Datamax-O'Neil and will be available for you to include as part of your sales portfolio at that time. In the meantime, your Datamax-O'Neil account representative can provide you with information on how to get immediate access to these products while they are under the Extech brand. Your existing Datamax-O'Neil company contacts will remain unchanged and there will be no changes in our normal processes and procedures due to this acquisition.

We look forward to expanding our product line and what it potentially represents in terms of growth for Datamax-O'Neil. I hope you will also see the potential this acquisition means for you, how it adds to your product offering and strengthens your competitive position.

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Discontinuance of LP/TLP 2824 Series 2-inch desktop printers


Effective December 17, 2009, Zebra is announcing the discontinuance of the LP/TLP 2824 series 2-inch desktop printers.

The 2824 Plus 2-inch printers will directly replace the 2824 2-inch desktop printers.

Zebra has indicated the last ship date for the end-of-life 2824 series will be March 17, 2010.

New! The Print Button for Your Smartphone by Zebra


Take advantage of the small, fast and multifunctional BlackBerry® smartphones you and your associates may already use for e-mail, calls, photos, and Web access to also print to Zebra® printers. For some applications, you may no longer need to additionally carry handheld terminals in order to print. Carry Less, Do More!

When you print from your BlackBerry smartphone to a Zebra thermal printer, you can produce crisp text, bar codes and graphics on receipts, labels and documents in the formats you need—bringing your business exciting new opportunities for on-demand printing.

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Simplify Network Printer Management—Even Around the World - From Zebra


Configure an entire population of Zebra printers in about the same time needed to set up one printer! With our ZebraNet™ Bridge Enterprise software, your IT staff can centrally deploy, manage, and monitor distributed Zebra printers throughout your enterprise from a single PC screen anywhere on your global network. Learn more on our Web site.

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Janam Expands XM Series Product Line


Janam’s XM66 and XM60+, the industry’s most advanced rugged mobile computers, are now available with Janam’s

PDA-style keypad. The four new configurations pair the versatile, easy to program PDA-style keypad with Janam’s

Bluetooth-WLAN 802.11b/g and Bluetooth-only configurations of the XM66 and XM60+.

Motorola Expands Business Line of RFID Readers with Industry’s Most Ergonomic, High-performance Handheld Reader


Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today introduced a new handheld reader, expanding its business-class portfolio of radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader solutions and complementing its existing industrial line of products. The Motorola MC3090-Z is the lightest high-performance handheld reader in its class – leveraging the ergonomic and rugged design of the category-leading MC3000 and incorporating the industry’s first dual-axis antenna for versatile use in retail, healthcare and business environments. The new MC3090-Z broadens Motorola’s portfolio of RFID solutions to allow enterprise customers to deploy the right products to get the job done.

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Datalogic introduces NEW Gryphon I GM4100 Linear Imager


The Gryphon I GM4100 is a high performance linear imaging bar code reader with innovative new features in a cordless scanner for retail to light industrial applications.

Impressive new features include:

- Graphic display & 3-button key pad that allow real time interaction between operator and host

- "Scan-while-Charging" capabilities and hours of cordless operations provide extensive scanning productivity

- Hands free reading capability found in the new two-position cradle.

- Batch mode operation offers retention of up to 1200 scanned bar codes when captured outside of radio range

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Motorola MC3100 Raises the Bar for Mid-range Mobile Computing with High-End Features


Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the new MC3100 series of mobile computers – offering advanced computing power, industry-leading data capture options, enterprise-class motion sensing capabilities, and the most versatile form factor for mid-range mobile computing. The next-generation MC3100 provides enterprise mobility customers with a single, cost-effective in-premise solution for converged voice and data communications. In addition, the MC3100 leverages the ergonomic and lightweight rugged design of the category-leading MC3000, which has sold more than 750,000 units.

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