Successful data collection technology is highly dependent on the quality of its software and hardware. However, there are essential consumable products such as labels and ribbons that are critical to data capture. RMS Omega has more than 17 years of experience in helping organizations choose the best products for their particular operations.
To be functional, barcode and RFID labels need to be legible, scannable and able to stay attached to the item. Although the quality of the printer and scanner can impact the functionality of the label, compliant readability usually begins with the characteristics of the label or tag itself. It pays to take the time to consult with experts such as the specialists at RMS Omega for help in choosing the right product for each situation.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Barcode and RFID Labels
No matter what the business, there are always challenges to the performance of the label. RMS Omega understands how important it is to go through a checklist for each kind of operation to identify possible risks. Such detailed up front work means that the decisions made will prevent problems and protect the labels.
Whether it is a hospital lab processing specimens or a warehouse receiving, storing and shipping items, the environment itself can compromise the integrity of the labels:
Exposure to chemicals
Some processes are particularly hard on labels, including:
X-rays and other imaging
3. Unique Specifications
Particular operations might have special requirements such as:
Speed requirements for processing
Volume of preprinted labels
Size of items to be labeled
Kinds of surface that resist adhesion
Format such as wristbands for patient identification
Storage space difficult to access for scanning
Safety and security issues
No one wants inaccurate test results, lost shipments, inefficient production, or non-compliance due to degrading barcode or RFID labels. In order to prevent or eliminate such a risk, there must be a thorough discussion of the typical environments and the handling, storage and transportation processes. The more information considered the more effective is the decision about the kind of label and printing process.
Barcode Labeling Options
There is a wide range of barcode and RFID product options for the actual labels. RMS Omega can arrange to meet any and every need with a cost effective, high quality labeling solution. After a thorough review of the environment, the following products might be suggested:
Cold storage labels with cold-temp permanent acrylic adhesive which will adhere to plastic and can resist moisture if going through freeze and thaw cycles
FDA compliant labels for direct and indirect contact with food
Reflective labels for long range laser scanning of upper level racks
Labels with adhesive that works on oil, greasy or dirty surfaces
Labels for healthcare facilities and laboratories to withstand sterilization, autoclaves, centrifuges, UV light, X-rays and MRI
Labels with permanent acrylic adhesive that can adhere to the small curved surface of a specimen vial
Wristband labels for accurate patient identification and safety
Pre-printed labels with variable data and barcodes
Digital artwork to make the product stand out
Cover-up labels for misprints, price reductions or any other changes to data
RFID Labeling Options
For some operations, it is more efficient to use RFID labels that provide information through radio waves at various frequencies. The RFID technology can be passive, waiting to be read, or can be actively transmitting data. Unlike barcode labels, the RFID labels can be read without being in the sight line of the reader. An RFID solution is particularly useful in these situations:
Use of UHF tags for capturing data from a distance or behind other items
Very rapid data collection and aggregation on stock levels, location and any other information requested
Harsh environments with excessive dirt, dust, moisture, and extremes of temperatures
Security for high mobile items such as library books or retail inventory
Thermal Transfer Ribbon Options
Both barcode and RFID data can be printed on direct thermal labels or thermal transfer labels. With the direct thermal solution heat is applied directly to the surface of the chemically coated surface of the label, producing the image. In the thermal transfer process, a durable polyester ribbon coated with dry thermal transfer ink is placed between the printer head and the label. The ink is then melted onto the surface of the label when it adheres as it cools. The ribbon is peeled away, leaving a stable, passive image.
It might appear that the possibilities are endless and overwhelming. However, the team at RMS Omega knows how to navigate the options. They first develop a profile of the operational processes, volume of items needing labels, actual data to be captured, type of ribbon needed for printer, layout of the facility, any environmental concerns and any safety and security issues.
Then, they consider the costs of these consumable products. All options are analyzed for cost effectiveness calculated according to the volume of labels needed, special features that are requested and various degrees of quality. Also, the labels and thermal transfer ribbons should be compatible with existing printers and scanners so there are not unnecessary hardware costs for startup.
Only at that point are the RMS Omega specialists prepared to scan the products provided by their trusted manufacturer partners and recommend a labeling solution. They can also set up an auto-ship or on-demand system to keep the customer supplied with labels and ribbons so they never run out of these essential consumable supplies.
RMS Omega recommends premium printing supplies and labels from Zebra Technologies. Genuine Zebra supplies provide the largest selection of pre-tested, high-quality labels, tags, receipt paper, wristbands, cards and ribbons designed for virtually any application. Contact RMS Omega for assistance selecting the right supplies for your business.
For further information on a full service solution for labeling consumables, contact RMS Omega.
Meet the Symbol TC70 by Motorola Solutions.
Motorola Solutions has unveiled the Symbol TC70 touch computer - the industry’s first enterprise-class mobile computer running the Android KitKat operating system. The new device includes Motorola’s Extensions (Mx), a series of features that transform Android™ from a consumer operating system and allow enterprise-class security and device management, as well as support for enterprise data capture capabilities.
Innovative Features of the Symbol TC70 Touch Computer:
Running on Android KitKat – optimized for the enterprise.
Advanced Data Capture – Motorola’s most advanced scanning engine, 40% faster and 50% wider range than its predecessor. Capture 1D and 2D barcodes in virtually any condition, all at lightning speed.
Dual sided camera - 8 MP camera enables easy capture of high-resolution photos, signatures, videos, video conferences and more.
4.7 inch Gorilla Glass 2 High Resolution Intelligent Display - touch screen automatically adjusts to a gloved finger or stylus on the go.
Workforce Connect allows clear Push-to-Talk communications out of the box - use your current wireless system.
Best in class audio with three microphones and advanced noise canceling technology.
Rugged – Operates after 6ft drops to concrete and 2000 consecutive tumbles. With an IP67 sealing, the device is also submersible in water.
The PowerPrecision removable battery provides 2 to 3 times the life of a consumer smart phone.
Payment capability – Process mobile payments via a magnetic strip reader.
Robust and flexible accessory family for a multitude of business needs, including a trigger handle for inventory and high volume scanning, carrying solutions, charging cradles and cables, headsets and more.
Extensions (MX) by Motorola solutions - All the enterprise class features you need in Android:
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Read the full press release from Motorola Solutions.
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Interested in the TC70? Contact us! We're happy to answer your questions and help to make sure you select the right device for your business.
Workers using tablets, laptops, and smartphones all share a common challenge: the consumer-grade camera used to capture barcodes on these devices makes scanning slow and difficult. If scanning barcodes on your consumer grade devices have become tedious and inefficient, we'd like to introduce you to Motorola's new Symbol CS4070-SR Companion Scanner.
The CS4070-SR is an affordable pocket-sized wireless device with advanced barcode scanning technology. It easily connects to your mobile device or laptop computer, allowing workers to capture virtually any 1D or 2D barcode in any condition. The CS4070-SR provides the flexibility to capture barcodes displayed on the screen of a computer or mobile phone or printed on a label, even when the barcodes are damaged, dirty, poorly printed, or scratched.
With long range and omni-directional scanning, you'll get true point-and-shoot simplicity, no matter how many times a day workers need to scan. Plus, with enterprise-class drop, tumble, and sealing specifications, users can count on durable reliable operation, all day, every day.
Innovative Features of CS4070-SR:
Wireless scanning for multiple mobile operating systems including iOS, Android, and Windows
PRZM Intelligent Imaging technology reduces processing time and provides faster data capture
Easy Bluetooth pairing to any mobile device
Long, reliable battery life for full shift power
Point-and-shoot scanning simplicity
Scan virtually any barcode on any medium
Download a datasheet to learn more about the pocket-sized scanner, or visit our website.
Interested in the CS4070-SR for your workforce? Contact us to test a demo unit or request a quick quote!
Selecting a mobile device for your field workforce? The choices can seem endless. Smart phones, tablets, laptops, industrial handhelds? BYOD? When it's time to upgrade, whatever strategy you choose, make sure you're selecting the right device for your work environment. Consider how the device will be used on a daily basis as well as the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the life of the devices, not just the upfront purchase price.
Depending on the type of work you do, using consumer-grade mobile devices can often introduce unforeseen complexities and hidden costs. Watch the short video below to learn more:
Not sure you're making the right selection? Reach out to an RMS associate to evaluate your options. We're happy to help you compare pricing, estimate your total cost of ownership for each device, or provide demo equipment for your workforce to evaluate.
Contact us for assistance - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888.857.8402.
RMS Omega provides total enterprise solutions to solve the challenges of an expanding warehouse or distribution center. The professionals at RMS Omega work with trusted partners such as Honeywell to bring together the most appropriate hardware, software and support service solutions for managing inventory.
Successful warehouse operations make excellent use of wireless mobile technology to support the product as it makes its way through the warehouse. Inventory can be tracked from the information on barcodes on the item, package or pallet and on the locations in the warehouse area. Even small to mid-sized warehouses and distribution centers can benefit from mobile technologies to capture and share product data through a warehouse management software (WMS) system.
An overview of the product path highlights some of the common challenges for warehouse management. For each challenge RMS Omega is able to recommend an integrated mobile solution that will ensure all data about the inventory in the warehouse/distribution center is complete, accurate and up-to-date.
The main concern is the need for immediate, accurate labeling of the product when it is received. If there is already a barcode label attached to the unit, package, case or pallet, it is scanned and entered into the WMS. If there is no label, one has to be printed. Attaching the barcode label to the item and scanning the information into the WMS system is the beginning of a successful tracking system in the warehouse/distribution center.
It is most efficient to print the label when and where the product is received. The advantages of using a mobile printer include:
Reduced time spent labeling an item, thus increasing overall productivity
Increased accuracy as the product is right in front of the employee who is printing and affixing the label
A mobile printer such as the PB22, PB32 or PB50 from Intermec by Honeywell is an ideal solution. These barcode printers are rugged, fast, industrial strength products, well suited to a busy receiving dock.
Storage or Movement in the Warehouse
Whether the product is replenishment stock going directly into the warehouse or it is being cross docked for shipment, it has to be trackable. When the putaway location is identified and the item or pallet is moved there, the worker needs a reliable device to scan and confirm the transaction in real time. Any subsequent moves within the warehouse/distribution center or between warehouses are also scanned into the WMS system.
Once again, wireless mobile devices are the most efficient technology for the employees to use. They come with a wide range of functionalities from choice of scanning distance to bright lasers and loud beeps for alerts in noisy environments. There are standalone scanners, either handheld or hands free, and mobile computers with a scanning function.
Most warehouses/distribution centers require rugged, durable scanners. RMS Omega partners with Honeywell in offering three kinds of scanners fitting the description:
Honeywell Xenon series of handheld scanners with high resolution, editing function, and even Bluetooth connectivity
Honeywell Granit 1911i built to function in theharshest environments including extreme temperatures; it can tolerate motion and provide enhanced reading of poor quality barcodes
Honeywell Voyager 1200g linear device which can accurately scan even poor quality or damaged linear barcodes
The primary characteristics of a successful warehouse picking process are speed, accuracy and flexibility.
Today’s warehouses and distribution centers often accommodate orders both from other businesses and from individual consumers. B2B orders are usually in bulk on pallets and consumer orders are usually for single items or several different items making up one package. Mobile wireless devices are critical in making sure there is no unmanageable backlog.
The most efficient operation begins with the actual picking order printed in the warehouse so no information is lost in transit from a back office and there is no delay in beginning the job. All the information stored in the WMS is reflected in the picking plan from number of items available to expiry dates and current location in the facility. The goal is to organize shipments so the picking process is as seamless as possible.
The best scanner for picking is hands free so the worker can move continuously without having to put down and pick up a device. Such a device also eliminates the risk of repetitive stress injury to the worker.
RMS Omega is pleased that Honeywell is able to offer several hands free options all of which address the challenges of speed, accuracy and flexibility, including:
These examples are just two of the durable, reliable hands free units RMS Omega can access through Honeywell. They are worth checking out as such mobile, wireless scanners have been proven to improve pick rates by more than 60%.
Whether a packing desk or an area where pallets are built, the packing and shipping space is where the process really picks up speed. There are also challenges:
Tight timelines, often a 24-hour turnaround
Accuracy of order being packed
Accuracy in shipping label
Integration with shipping/delivery service
Reports to customers on order status
Mobile computer technology moves from the scanning function for picking to the shipping department, verifying the order, and printing bills of lading with all the customer shipping information. These wireless devices can also accommodate coordination with shipping companies such as UPS and FedEx.
RMS Omega’s partnership with Honeywell shows its value in such situations with the Dolphin series of enterprise mobile computer, including the:
An important backroom function is managing all the mobile devices used in a warehouse operation. From mobile computers to printers and scanners and even smartphones, there might be hundreds of devices used across several sites. It is essential to know where the devices are located, keep the software up to date, coordinate various operating systems and monitor performance indicators.
RMS Omega recommends software such as Honeywell’s Remote Mastermind 4.0 to manage all the devices effectively.
RMS Omega understands the need for accurate information and durable equipment in warehousing/distribution center operations. Our team of professionals is committed to providing the most efficient, cost effective technology solutions to meet the unique challenges of each operation. RMS Omega will continue to work with partners such as Honeywell to deliver excellent results with best of class mobile technology.
Contact us to upgrade your warehousing and distribution center technology today!
RMS Omega strives to improve accuracy and efficiency through industrial technology solutions. Whether your warehouse or distribution center needs improvements in receiving, storage or movement, picking, shipping, or device management, RMS Omega can help you find a solution using barcode, mobile, and wireless technology.
Learn more about the advantages of using wireless and mobile technology systems in the infographic below! Contact us for a free consultation today.
With a large, multi-touch, outdoor-readable screen, ruggedized design, and a voice-capable Flexible Network™ Radio, the Intermec CN51 by Honeywell is well suited for any field workforce. Designed to operate on either CDMA or UMTS wireless networks, it's easy for workers to stay connected. Depending on which network provides the best geographic coverage or the lowest cost, the CN51 can be switched on-the-fly, should coverage needs change.
Scanning barcodes? The CN51’s high performance imagers provide optimal barcode scanning capabilities even in low light scanning environments with unmatched motion tolerance and snappy scanning to eliminate costly delays and user frustration during scan-intensive applications. Interested? Contact us to try it out. We're happy to answer your questions or provide a demo unit.
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Watch a short video!
CN51 Wireless Coverage:
A Versatile Device in the Field:
CN51 Key Features:
O/S Versatility – Supports Microsoft® Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android™ 4.1 Operating Systems for flexible application support and migration
Display – Large 4" brilliant WVGA multi-touch display allows for more graphical user interface, display-centric applications
Rugged – Withstands multiple 1.5m (5ft) drops to concrete across the operating temperature range and an IP64 seal rating against rain and dust
Scanning – Features best-in-class motion tolerance, and support for omnidirectional 1D & 2D barcode scanning
Flexible Network – Includes UMTS and Flexible Network (UMTS/CDMA) WAN radio options with voice and data support as well as 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS with GLONASS support
Battery – Industry-leading performance that lasts a full 8-hour shift and beyond, enhanced by patented smart battery technology
Processor – Equipped with a power-efficient 1.5GHz dual core multi-engine Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor architecture, with 1GB RAM and 16GB Flash memory
Dig deeper and take a virtual tour - http://solutions.intermec.com/NA-US-CN51
Be sure to contact RMS with any questions. We're happy to help!
In manufacturing, it's important to eliminate non-value adding processes. There are 7 wastes that are often seen in manufacturing that can easily be eliminated.
Over production - the number of items produced are higher than demand for that product. This wastes both time and materials.
Waiting - there is extra time used in the previous, current, or next step. The result is time wasted for both workers and machines which means low efficiency.
Transportation - materials are moved unnecessarily. This wastes time and the work-in-progress materials take longer to complete.
Non-value added processing - doing more work than necessary can be due to a poor plant layout or misguided attempts to recover expensive machinery costs.
Unnecessary motion - movement of people such as bending, stretching, or walking too far is typically due to inappropriate location of tools, parts, and inventory. This causes workers to be less efficient and can even cause injuries on the job.
Excess inventory - usually a direct result of over-production, having more inventory than needed causes clutter and ultimately costs.
Defects - producing defective parts or products results in rework which wastes time and increases manufacturing costs.
Eliminating waste and running lean.
To increase efficiency and decrease costs, it is important to eliminate waste throughout the workflow. Lean manufacturing is the obsession of eliminating waste - defined by lean practitioners as what customers would perceive as processes and actions that don't add value, and for which they don't want to pay for.
Many see lean manufacturing as companies trying to get more for less, however this can be argued. The US National Institute of Standards and Technology defines lean as: "A systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through continuous improvement, following the product at the pull of the customer in pursuit of perfection." This definition of lean manufacturing has 5 governing principles:
Deliver value with the customer in mind
Identify the value stream
Make the value flow
Make to order, meaning only make or do things when you need to
Strive for perfection
A Real-time Asset Management Solution can eradicate waste.
Zebra's Material Flow Solution is a comprehensive execution management solution that streamlines the entire replenishment process. It gives operations the ability to be centrally managed and is designed to support and automate lean replenishment techniques.
A Material Flow Solution can directly address almost all of the 7 wastes mentioned above.
It decreases inventory by 5-10% by cutting the waste of over-production and dramatically reducing excess inventory.
It reduces labor costs by 15-20% by eliminating unnecessary waiting, movements and motion.
It improves asset utilization by 5-10% by reducing moves towards over-processing and preventing the waste of waiting.
It eliminates line stoppages and business interruptions, again cutting into the waste of waiting.
It decreases expedite fees, directly impacting the waste of transportation.
It reduces cycle times and increase throughput - in line with lean fundamental values and customer-pull principles.
Learn more about lean manufacturing and Zebra's Material Flow Solution - download a whitepaper: Eliminate 7 wastes from your supply chain.
Law tags are on products to inform customers of hidden contents or filling materials used in bedding and other furniture. The contents include those that can be deemed harmful to one’s health. Over 30 states require these labels so you need to make sure you’re in compliance before launching products. Tyvek® law tags can be used on many products including:
- Plush toys
is a trusted provider for high quality labeling solutions
. RMS Omega can work with Datamax-O'Neil to supply you with Tyvek® law tags
, or print them for you.
Print your own Tyvek® law tags
Print your Tyvek® Law Tags with Datamax-O’Neil’s I-Class industrial printer. It is rugged, versatile, and offers a superior print quality, fast print speeds, and numerous features and options for the most dynamic enterprise applications.
Let RMS Omega
help you. For more information on Tyvek®
law tags & Datamax-O'neil's I-Class printer, please contact us
As of April 15th, 2014, Zebra Technologies has entered into a deﬁnitive agreement to purchase the Enterprise Business from Motorola Solutions for $3.45 billion. Both companies are leaders in Enterprise Automated Data Capture technologies and Enterprise Asset Intelligence. The transaction, which was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
RMS Omega holds key partnerships with both Motorola Solutions and Zebra Technologies. Watch a short video from Zebra Technologies, CEO, Anders Gustafsson about the acquisition:
RMS Omega is a Motorola Solutions Platinum Elite Specialist as well as a Zebra Technologies Premier Level Partner and Authorized Full Service Partner. We provide a full product line of enterprise technologies including software and service for both companies. Products include a wide variety of enterprise grade mobile devices, tablets, barcode scanners, printers, wireless infrastructure, RFID readers, specialty labels, tags, supplies, and accessories.
Read the full press release here.
Learn more about RMS Omega.
Contact us for more information about Zebra Technologies Printing Solutions or Motorola Solutions Enterprise Grade Mobile Computing, Scanning and Wireless Technology.