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Zebra Technologies to Acquire Motorola Solutions Enterprise Business

  
  
  
  

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. 

 

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Freezer Grade Adhesive Labels for Cold Storage - Featured Labels

  
  
  
  

Are your labels for frozen packages peeling, warping or wrinkling? Labeling frozen packages can be tricky if you don’t have the right materials. For different cold and freezer environments make sure you’re using freezer grade adhesive labels.

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There are a variety of freezer grade adhesives specifically engineered to adhere to frozen surfaces. These labels are developed to work with both Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal technologies. They feature excellent adhesion to a variety of frozen packaging materials and other substrates over a wide temperature range. Likewise, they are also well suited for applications in moist, damp environments.

Key features for freezer grade adhesive labels:

  • Can be applied on already frozen surfaces
  • Resistant to moisture and frost build-up
  • FDA Compliant for indirect and direct food contact.

Contact RMS for free label samples.

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Featured Printer:

Print your Freezer Grade Adhesive Labels with Datamax-O'Neil's M-Class Mark II. 

Print your Freezer Grade Adhesive labels with the M-Class Mark II, compact, industrial strength printer that offers outstanding value with a broad range of features. The M-Class Mark II has proved to be the perfect solution for warehouse, healthcare, logistics and retail applications.

Click here to download the M-Class Mark II printer specifications.

 

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The Vicious Cycle - Adding Access Points to Fix Wireless Issues?

  
  
  
  

Having an interest in technology and the Internet, I decided to take a networking class.  While in class one night, we broke into groups to discuss a case study.  In this particular case study, the company would soon have an increase in users requiring wireless access to the internet at one of their facilities.  To prepare, the company began to evaluate how to handle the rise in wireless users and what to do regarding their wireless access points (APs).  They already had some, but they were concerned it wouldn’t be enough to handle the increase in users connecting to the network.  Our assignment was to evaluate their situation and help the company avoid any future issues.

While discussing the case with my group, one of my peers suggested that the company should add more access points to accommodate the increase of wireless internet users.  What do you think? The more users connecting the more access points you’ll need, right? Wrong.

The vicious cycle.

Although most people believe adding access points will make their wireless connection stronger, it can actually makes the signal appear weaker.  Hmm... How could that happen?

The signal from one access point can actually interfere with the signal from another access point if they are not positioned correctly and your device can have difficultly determining which access point to connect to.  The result will cause your device to completely disconnect.  So, in an area that devices can connect to multiple access points, yours may not be connected to any at all.  This confusion between access points will slow down the internet speed on your device.  Also, if your device is searching for a network to connect to it eats up a lot of battery life, causing your batteries to lose charge faster. 

When this happens, most people are quick to blame the problem on either their devices or faulty access points.  They often either spend more money on purchasing new hardware or end up installing additional access points.  However, putting in more access points without evaluating your current system will make the problem even worse – the VICIOUS cycle.

When is it a wireless issue?

lYou may be surprised!  If you’re having issues with your devices, it may not be a problem with the device itself.  How can you tell?  Ask yourself and your employees some of the following questions: 

  • Do your scanning devices lock up or freeze when users are working with them?
  • Do your mobile devices operate differently from location to location?
  • Do you wish your handhelds operated faster?
  • Are your batteries not lasting an entire shift?
  • Does it take a long time to complete wireless transactions?
  • Is it difficult to work in specific areas of the facility?
  • Do wireless devices drop connection while being used or while roaming around the facility?
  • Has productivity dropped while using wireless devices?
  • Do your mobile devices need to be re-booted to get them to start working again?
  • Are you changing batteries frequently?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to look into your wireless system before spending unnecessary funds on new or additional hardware. In fact, you may already have everything you need.

How do you fix it?

Rather than adding more access points which can potentially harm your wireless connectivity, access points can be placed strategically around a facility for an optimum connection.  Often times you can use the ones you already have!

RMS Omega provides a wireless service called Analysis and Optimization, or A&O, to analyze and improve wireless connectivity throughout your facility.  An A&O is performed to identify and correct poor coverage, dead zones or incorrectly installed hardware.  Our wireless engineers conduct a physical walkthrough, using specialized equipment and analytical software to report wireless signal strength.  After developing reports and heat maps, you get a clear idea of what changes need to be made.

If you’d like more information about our wireless services, visit our website or give us a call!

Tying it all together – What did our group decide to do?

And you’re probably wondering what our group’s final suggestion was – start off by adding in more wired desktop computers for internet access so not as many people will be connecting wirelessly.  Just leave the access points alone!

Protecting your Products with Tamper Evident Barcode Labels

  
  
  
  

Product counterfeiting, label switching, warranty tampering and vandalism cause enormous annual losses for product manufacturers and retailers. Datamax-O'Neil's Tamper Evident Film is designed to deter these losses and verify product authenticity, ascertaining that the product itself is intact and that the labeling has not been switched or altered.

Tamper Evident Film is waterproof, grease-resistant, and does not break down when exposed to temperature fluctuations — so despite the best efforts of today’s thieves, your property will be protected. Tamper evident asset-tracking labels are simple to apply and extremely effective. After the label has been adhered to the product and allowed to set up, it cannot be removed without leaving telltale evidence of tampering, and it can never be transferred to another product.

Tamper evident labelsTamper Evident Labels are used for:

  • Protecting your products and equipment
  • Automotive & parts labels
  • Electrical & electronic goods
  • Secure packaging
  • Aircraft and automotive inspection maintenance

* Print your Tamper Evident labels with Datamax-O'Neil's scratch and solvent resistant, Wax-Resin and Resin ribbons for a clean dark and durable image.

Learn more - Download a brochure for Datamax-O'Neil Tamper Evident Labels.

For FREE SAMPLE Labels, please contact us! RMS Omega is a Datamax-O'Neil Valued Partner.

Print Tamper Evident Labels with a High Performance Industrial Printer.

Print your Tamper Evident labels with the rugged and versatile H-Class industrial printer, which offers a superior print quality, fast print speeds, and numerous features and options for the most dynamic enterprise applications. The H-Class printer is ideal for high volume label printing in:

  • Manufacturingh class
  • Warehouse and Logistics
  • Transportation
  • High Resolution Labeling

Business with a Personal Touch - Motorola's New TC55 Touch Computer

  
  
  
  

Featured Product -Motorola's New Ruggedized Touch Computer, The TC55

Motorola TC55Small, sleek, and as easy to use as your smart phone.

To get the job done, workers need access to critical applications out in the field. They also want a business device that is every bit as small, sleek, and easy to use as their own personal smart phones, but today's smart phones fall far short of the feature set needed in business. The TC55 pocket-sized all touch computer has it all: smart phone ergonomics, good looks, and best-in-class practical business durability, combined with all the functionality workers need to work smarter and better serve their customers.

Enterprise-class comprehensive data capabilities help automate and reduce cycle times so that workers can capture virtually any type of data at the press of a button: 1D/2D bar codes in practically any condition, documents, photos, signatures, videos and NFC-based information. The best audio support in its class, with two front-facing speakers, two microphones, and noise canceling technology ensure crystal clear audio on both ends of a call. Plus, the TC55 is loaded with features that give it long-lasting durability, making it easy to achieve an average three-year lifespan.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership than your Typical Smartphone.

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The TC55 is built for the enterprise. Get an up close and personal look, ask us about getting your hands on one today.

Get all the speeds and feeds - Download a specification sheet for the TC55.

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  • 4 ft./1.2 m drop - Military standard rating for reliability despite inevitable drops

  • IP67 -Survives submersion in water for 30 minutes

  • 150 1.5 ft./0.5 m tumbles - Survives 300 consecutive hits in Motorola’s tumble drum

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display/scanner exit -  Prevents scratches and shattering when dropped

  • 3-5 year average life cycle

Contact RMS Omega for more information! We're happy to answer your questions.

Polar Vortex Product Spotlight - Mobile Computers Built for the Cold!

  
  
  
  

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Mobile devices don't like the cold anymore than we do. Prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures can cause the hardware to become brittle, drain battery life faster, or cause condensation to form inside the screen.

At RMS, we often work with food distributors who utilize mobile computers in extreme temperatures every day. Scanning items, tracking and collecting data in and out of freezers and refrigerators can really take a toll on your devices if they aren't built for it. When operating in frigid temperatures, we recommend Honeywell's Tecton™ Cold Storage Mobile Computer.

The Tecton cold storage computer can operate at temperatures as low as -22°F (-30°C).

Tecton CSWith large keys ideal for gloved hands, the TectonCS mobile computer offers internal heaters and screen defrosters, as well as special battery packs to optimize the operating life of the product and usability as operators roam in and out of refrigerated environments.

Read how one Distributor utilizes the TectonCS to track their inventory of sushi for Whole Foods:

As for your consumer devices, such as smart phones, tablets and laptops, this technology wasn't built for use in the cold and we never recommend using these devices to support your daily business operations when in extreme environments. However, for your personal use, here are a few tips from the web on how to protect your phone in cold weather.

Try to stay warm out there this winter! And be safe, this polar vortex is a doozy!

Contact us for more information about durable mobile computing technology.



Reflective Labels for Easy Warehouse Inventory - Featured Labels!

  
  
  
  

reflective labelsManaging warehouse inventory is easy with Datamax-O'Neil's Long Range Retro Reflective Labels.

It's inventory time again! Datamax-O'Neil's Retro Reflective Labels are made specifically for long-distance barcode scanning up to 50 feet with long-range scanners. The facestock of this thermal transfer printable, polyester based material blends microscopic crushed glass beads that reflect the scanner's laser for a quick and easy read. These Retro Reflective labels are specially designed to allow upper level rack scanning from floor level!

Features and Benefits:

  • Scan and read barcodes on high levels from the floor
  • Retro Reflective material offers increased scanning range
  • Improve readability and productivity for stocking, picking and inventory management
  • Increase use of higher rack levels to expand available space
  • Durable and dependable

Have a unique labeling application? Talk to a specialist and test free sample labels. Contact RMS Omega today!

Make sure you have the right labels for long range scanning. Give us a call at 888.857.8402!

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Top 10 Reasons to Consider a Rugged Computer vs. a Consumer Grade Device

  
  
  
  

The top 10 reasons to consider a rugged computer over a throw-away, consumer grade device:

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10. Rugged devices typically have a longer production cycle measured in years vs months for the various consumer grade units. This means that your IT/help-desk can support only 1 device over a period of years and not have to worry about supporting devices that get refreshed or phased out every few months. It also means that they can standardize on accessories such as chargers and docks.

9. Rugged devices have long lasting, replaceable batteries. The units and their batteries are designed to last a full shift of use on a complete charge. You don't have to send a unit in to replace a battery or worse, throw it away.

8. Using a rugged computer will minimize downtime due to a broken device. It certainly doesn't make sense to use a non-rugged, consumer grade device on mission critical applications, especially when they are route based. Doing so, could stop the productivity of your route person dead in its tracks!

7. Rugged devices are just as the name says, rugged! They are made to handle the demands of rugged shop-floor or route environments without needing to be repaired or serviced.

6. Rugged devices typically allow for more OS personalization. This allows your device to be configured to optimal settings for your needs.

5. Rugged computers include more configurable hardware options to be installed at the time of manufacture. (or in our case, modules that can be field upgraded). This includes scanners, cameras, WWAN, GPS, RFID, displays and more.

4. Rugged computers usually are available with cost-effective service contracts that typically also include user abuse repairs. Not just manufacturer defects like with most consumer grade devices.

3. Rugged computers almost always have a long list of accessories that are available. This helps you maximize the benefit of the device in the real world by providing holsters, chargers that can be setup strategically and communication docks.

2. Rugged computers generally have a long list of supported software applications that provide your support staff the tools to effectively, roll-out, support and manage them. Motorola offers lock-down shell utilities to keep your workers focused only on the tasks and applications that you permit. Motorola also offers an application called Mobility+. This app helps you support staff, remotely manage and support devices in the field and even report back business and process analytics to help your organization become more efficient and effective.

1. Rugged devices typically have a much lower TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP. Even though they generally cost more per unit up front, over the course of 3-5 years the cost of purchasing, maintaining and managing a disposable, consumer grade computer far outweighs that of a rugged computer.

Learn more about Rugged Handheld Computers designed for the enterprise from Motorola Solutions.

How does Motorola test rugged devices?

Watch a short video:

Label Mistake? Cover it up! Featured Labels from Datamax-O'Neil

  
  
  
  

Need to cover-up a printing mistake on a package or hide incorrect information? Datamax-O'Neil's Thermal Cover-Up label is designed with an opaque block out property on the underside of the facestock to help with any cover-up needs!

datamax oops labelJust apply the cover-up over an existing label to block out print with no bleed-through from the underlying label. It's that quick and easy!

Uses include:
  • Barcode cover-up labels
  • Ingredient changes
  • Misprints
  • Price markdown
  • Rack labels
  • Shipping containers
  • Retail Packaging

Datamax-O'Neil's Opaque Cover-Up label is available in stock and custom sizes.

Have a unique labeling application? Talk to a specialist and test free samples. Contact RMS Omega today!

Labeling Hazardous Materials - What You Should Know.

  
  
  
  

Say you submerged your labels in the English Channel for three months... HazmatContainersThink you could still read them? Read on to learn about the tough labeling standards and requirements for hazmat containers.

Labels for hazmat containers need to be safe, efficient, and compliant.

When it comes to hazardous materials, safety is very important. Labeling SafetyEfficiencyCompliancehazardous materials correctly and reliably is essential.  You’re going to need labels that have been tested for not only durability, but the print image acceptance.  What good is a label if you can’t read it?

You also want labels that are going to be efficient in your workflow.  Labels that have been tested extensively are going to ensure high quality and consistent results compared to those that are not tested.  When your labels are consistent, the need for you to check each one of them is reduced, increasing efficiency.  The higher quality of the label, the higher the safety and reliability.  It is also important to ensure labels are compatible with the printer in use. 

Labels should be compliant with certification standards, especially when dealing with hazardous materials.  Compliance will help ensure that the labels can withstand certain environments, keep their color, and ensure permanence of the writing.

The Total Solution - Compliance For Labeling Hazardous Materials

Datamax-O’Neil’s ChemShield Drum labeling Solution may be the answer to your problems!  Datamax-O’Neil has certifications for their hazmat container labels to make sure they don’t rip, tear, disintegrate, or lose color.  Labels that have passed these certifications provide safety, efficiency, and compliance. 

When it comes to labeling hazardous materials, there are three different certifications which include:

  • BS5609 Section 2 Certified
  • BS5609 Section 3 Certified with D-O applied pre-print
  • BS5609 Section 3 Certified with D-O Thermal Transfer Ribbons

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BS5609 is a British Maritime Standard.  It is the measurement of extreme durability.  Labels have to withstand a submersion test for three months in the English Channel!  If a label is BS5609 compliant, it has met the most stringent tests for durability in the industry.  BS5609 compliance has 2 sections: section 2 and section 3.

Section 2 compliance requires testing.  After being exposed to saltwater and sunlight, testing is conducted on the labels which include testing to coated base material. 

Section 3 compliance tests labels that have print on them.  After being exposed to weathering, testing is done of the labels.  The abrasion resistance and the permanence of the print are tested. The labels also get tested for color.  Section 3 compliance certified colors include black, red, blue, yellow, orange, and varnish. 

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ChemShield Drum labeling solutions currently have all three compliances.

1. ChemShield-V Drum Labels are laser vinyl labels.  They are BS5609 Section 2 certified and BS5609 Section 3 certified with D-O applied pre-print. 

2. There are also the ChemShield Polypro Drum Labels which are thermal transfer polypropylene labels. These labels are BS5609 Section 2 Certified, BS5609 Section 3 certified with D-O applied pre-print, and BS5609 Section 3 certified with D-O thermal transfer ribbons. 

Since Datamax-O’Neil is a printer manufacturer, they made sure that both labels are compatible with their printers. One printer that is recommended for these particular labels is the H-Class printer.  The H-Class is rugged, versatile, and ideal for high-volume label printing. Without compatible printers, these labels would be no good. 

Don’t these labels sound like the ideal solution?  For more information, feel free to contact us. We can talk labels with you all day!

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