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Motorola Wireless Scanners Validated for US Government Standards


Motorola Solutions announced today that the DS6878 and MT2000 series of hand-held scanners have been successfully validated to meet FIPS 140-2 Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules. Both scanners provide wireless and Bluetooth® connectivity.

Visit The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) website for more information on Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). DS6878 Motorola Scanner

The DS6878 is a cordless 2D Barcode Scanning Imager capable of reading all common barcodes on labels, mobile phones, and wristbands. The DS6878 is available with disinfectant ready plastics and therefore popular in the healthcare industry in addition to various government applications.

The MT2000 family of cordless scanners are often used for inventory tracking and asset management. MT2000 motorola scannerThese terminals have an easy-to-use keyboard and QVGA user interface to run simple applications using barcode scanning. The MT2000 has a rugged design with a 6 ft drop specification, IP54 sealing and scratch-resistant tempered glass to help protect against everyday drops and exposure to dust and liquids.

Learn more about Motorola's MT2000 series scanners, download a spec sheet.

Check out Motorola's DS6878 cordless scanner.

Read more about healthcare scanners. Download a spec sheet for the DS6878-HC with disinfectant ready plastics.

Need more information on FIPS 140-2 validated scanners? Contact RMS Omega, we're happy to answer your questions or provide more information.

Battery Management for your Barcode Mobile Computer


Mobile Computer BatteryTo avoid downtime, you want to keep your devices charged and ready. After all, what good is your mobile computer if the battery is dead? In this article, we’ve pulled together some suggestions and guidelines for the proper care of mobile computer batteries.

Mobile Computer Battery Usage Guidelines: 

Mobile Computer Battery Charger1. Track the purchase date and age of each battery. Mark your batteries with color coded stickers, based on purchase dates, to help determine how long a battery has been in use and when it’s time to replace it.

2. Assign each battery to a specific mobile computer. Label each device and corresponding battery with its own unique number. Label the device’s charger and charging slot with the same number.

3. Plan on replacing your battery every 18 months for average use (8 hour shift in a retail environment) or every 12 months for moderate to high use (24x7 warehouse environment).

4. Always have a spare battery, fully charged and ready to use. Make sure spare batteries are also assigned to a specific mobile computer.

5. Keep your battery’s contact surfaces clean. Dirty contact points can cause charging problems. Gently clean your battery’s contact surface with a soft cloth on a regular basis.

6. Store your batteries in a dry location with low humidity and no corrosive gases. The recommended storage temperature for most batteries is 15° C (59° F).

7. When charging batteries for the first time, charge overnight before initial use. Charge times may vary depending upon capacity and charger.

Please recycle your batteries:

recycle mobile computer batteriesWhen your rechargeable batteries are no longer able to provide the appropriate charge, it is critical that you dispose of them properly (Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) or Lithium Ion (Li-ion),).

Click here to recycle a Honeywell rechargeable battery. Don’t have a Honeywell battery? Contact RMS Omega for details on recycling equipment.

Introducing the new LXE Tecton Rugged Handheld Computer


LXE’s popular MX7 series Mobile Computers are new and improved… Meet the Tecton!Tecton Warehouse Computer

Introducing the Tecton™ warehouse computer, the successor of LXE’s popular MX7, offering enhanced performance, ergonomics and flexibility. The new Tecton was built for manufacturing operations, warehousing, transportation and logistics.  It has natural handgrip ergonomics, and superior performance features for a wide array of supply chain tasks. In addition, the Tecton CS is available for cold storage environments, operating in as low as -30°C.

The new Tecton™ has a barcode reader capable of reading data from 10 cm to an impressive forty feet away! Scan-intensive picking applications are made easier with a removable easy-grip handle with two-finger trigger and combined light weight form factor.  Every Tecton™ comes with LXE’s proprietary Tough Talk technology for a voice-driven process, and scan vibration signal to ensure successful scans and data entry. 

Some key attributes of the Tecton™ are:

  • Faster real-time data capture with a PXA320 806MHz processor running Windows® CE 6.0 or Windows® Mobile 6.5
  • IP 65 rated with up to 1.8m (6') drop to concrete and available cold-storage configurations for environments as low as -30°C (Tecton CS)
  • Natural handgrip ergonomics and removable pistol grip
  • Flexible enough to fit your needs, with 55 or 32 key backlit keypads, Tough Talk, and available vehicle mount.
  • Reads barcodes from inches away to as far as forty feet. 
  • Full shift battery life with faster eco-friendly battery charge
  • 100% compatible with all MX7 accessories

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The Tecton and Tecton CS will begin shipments in March, 2011.

Download a Tecton spec sheet.

For more information about industrial handheld computers, contact RMS Omega

Barcode Labels Out in the Cold? Think Cold Storage Labels!


The Cold Storage & Distribution industry can be a demanding environment. Work flow must be kept up at all times and all the while operating in environments from 40 degrees to sub-zero temperatures. By moving in and out of the cold all day, it’s crucial to have labels that you can depend on to overcome the cold environment challenges your company faces.

Cold Storage Warehouse LabelingA few things to consider when purchasing a cold storage label:

  • Where you will be applying the labels
  • What surface you are applying the label to
  • The temperature(s) they will be subjected to

Cold storage labels have a freezer or deep freeze adhesive. These adhesives are designed for businesses that are labeling items in cold storage, refrigerator, or freezer environments. The labels can be used in any low temperature environment; some even have the ability to withstand - 320° F!

Cold storage labels are a thermal transfer polypropylene label with a cold-temp permanent acrylic adhesive offering low temperature performance. The material is designed to resist moisture that often occurs from repeated freeze and thaw cycles. The labels are durable and adhere well to plastic as well as cardboard storage boxes. Any product you choose should be pre-tested in the end-use conditions to insure that it meets the requirements for your specific application.

Questions about your cold storage environment? Contact RMS Omega to help determine which label is right for you.

Learn more about Mobile Computers in Cold Storage, download this white paper: The Cold Hard Facts About Using Mobile Computers in Cold Storage Environments

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