Thursday, 17 March 2011

Toshiba EV4T desktop barcode label printer at a special price for a limited time

Barcode Technologies is pleased to offer customers the new Toshiba EV4T desktop barcode label printer at a special price for a limited time - whilst stocks last.

Why choose the EV4T?

For fast, on-demand labelling and ticketing direct from your desktop, look no further than the trustworthy B-EV4 range from Toshiba. With market-leading features, exceptional build quality and reliability, you can produce professional labels quickly and easily at the touch of a button.

Toshiba EV4T - specifications:
  • 32-bit Toshiba processing technology
  • Rapid on-demand printing of up to 5 inches a second
  • Windows® drivers and free Bartender Ultralite software in box
  • Print width of 25.4mm up to a market-leading 995mm
  • 200dpi thermal transfer print head
  • Robust double-walled plastic cover to protect the inside against dust and external damage
  • Easy access to the printhead, paper path and sensors
  • Spring-loaded media holder automatically centres the paper
  • High speed 12Mbps USB interface, 10/100Mbps LAN interface, RS232 and parallel as standard
  • ZPL II, EPL, DPL and IPL emulations as standard - plug into any existing printer application!

Datalogic Scanning Makes a Difference in Healthcare

The benefits of bar code scanning are moving patient safety and patient care leaps and bounds. With reduced medical errors and improved productivity of medical staff, these benefits are impacting healthcare systems around the world. With over thirty years of industry knowledge and experience with AIDC technologies, Datalogic Scanning is making the healthcare industry a strong focus in 2011.

As a key provider of data collection devices in the healthcare industry, Datalogic Scanning has sold over 60,000 scanners to the largest healthcare corporation in the United States, reaching a record year in 2010. Laboratories, pharmacies and hospitals are also benefiting from these products in Europe, Latin America and beyond. With these successes, Datalogic Scanning now has the largest installed base into the healthcare industry and it's showing a rapidly growing worldwide awareness.

Every positive change in the healthcare care industry makes a difference to the lives of people. Datalogic Scanning is proud to be a small part of that difference, and stands committed to serving this industry with the highest quality and reliable products available.

Inventors Hall of Fame Inducts Fathers of Barcode

Share Bernard Silver, Barcode InventorThe pair of Drexel grads who are in large part responsible for the birth of the barcode industry receive recognition for this formidable invention, over half a century later. Bernard Silver and N. Joseph Woodland, inventors of the first optically scanned barcode, are 2011 inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame™.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame™ honors the legendary men and women whose innovations and entrepreneurial endeavors have changed the world. Founded in 1973 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Association, with its 2011 Induction the Hall of Fame will have 460 Inductees. The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum is located in the atrium of the Madison Building on the campus of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame annually accepts nominations for men and women whose work has changed society and improved the quality of life. The candidate's invention must be covered by a United States patent, and the work must have had a major impact on society, the public welfare, and the progress of science and the useful arts.

Silver and Woodland began working on the barcode in 1948 after Silver overheard a food chain executive asking a Drexel dean to research the possibility of automatically capturing product information at checkout.

Woodland, Barcode InventorAfter an initial attempt consisting of a pair of lines and circles based on Morse Code, the pair's collaboration resulted in the creation of a shape of concentric circles, or what became known as the “bulls eye” symbol, which became the first code to be scanned. Some sources claim that the idea came to Woodland on a Florida beach near his grandfather's apartment, where he lived after quitting his teaching job to work on the barcode project. It is said that while considering the problem, he began to draw lines and dashes in the sand, similar to the Morse Code, then pulling the symbols downward with his fingers, inspired the idea of a 2D Morse Code, which would go on to become the "bulls eye" symbol. In 1951, Silver and Woodland built an actual barcode reader which could read the code electronically. This same year, Woodlands took a job at IBM, in hopes that their idea would be further developed. In October1952, three years after submitting the application, Woodland and Silver received US Patent 2,612,994 ("Classifying Apparatus and Method"). In 1973, 10 years after Silver's death, a rectangular barcode promoted by IBM, after substantial design input by Woodland, was formally adopted as the Universal Product Code (UPC).

Of course, today we enjoy the myriad applications of the barcode; tracking shipped packages, boarding passes and luggage routing for air travel, tickets for entertainment events, store registries, patient identification in hospitals, floor control in warehouses to name only a few. The GS1 US estimates that five billion scans take place worldwide every day.

Some of the other 2011 inductees into the Inventor's Hall of Fame include, George Devol, the man responsible for the first digitally operated programmable robotic arm; Diffie, Hellman and Markle, the triad that gave the world public key cryptography (PKC), a radically new method for securing electronic communications, thereby securing the internet; Eric Fossum, who developed CMOS Active Pixel Image Sensor, the reason we have cameras in our phones; and Steve Sasson, the inventor credited with the invention of the digital camera. A number of inventors will also be honored posthumously, included are the inventors of the windshield wiper, quartz clock, loading coil, margarine, and cash register.

"We're pleased to present such a stellar group of 2011 Inductees," said Edward Gray, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, "We hope that their accomplishments remind us of the great innovation in America's past and the importance to America of continued innovation today."

The 2011 induction, sponsored in part by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Kauffman Foundation, will take place on May 4 at the historic Patent Office Building, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, D.C. The location is particularly relevant this year because the 2011 class of inductees includes a group of 29 historical inventors who will be recognized posthumously, most of whom would have submitted patent applications to the very same building in which they will be honored.

Did you know the first product to use/have a barcode was a packet of Wrigley's chewing Gum

What is bar code? It is method of automatic identification and data collection. The first patent for a bar code type product (US Patent #2,612,994) was issued to inventors Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver on October 7, 1952. The Woodland and Silver bar code can be described as a "bull's eye" symbol, made up of a series of concentric circles.

Examine the 1958 patent drawing to the left that depicts the Woodland's and Silver's bar code label and the 1958 patent drawing below right of the inventors' bar code scanner technology. The photo below left is an example of today's U.P.C. bar code on a product package.

In 1948, Bernard Silver was a graduate student at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. A local food chain store owner had made an inquiry to the Drexel Institute asking about research into a method of automatically reading product information during checkout. Bernard Silver joined together with fellow graduate student Norman Joseph Woodland to work on a solution.

Woodland's first idea was to use ultraviolet light sensitive ink. The team built a working prototype but decided that the system was too unstable and expensive. They went back to the drawing board.

On October 20, 1949, Woodland and Silver filed their patent application for the "Classifying Apparatus and Method", describing their invention as "article classification...through the medium of identifying patterns".

Bar code was first used commercially in 1966, however, it was soon realized that there would have to be some sort of industry standard set. By 1970, the Universal Grocery Products Identification Code or UGPIC was written by a company called Logicon Inc. The first company to produce bar code equipment for retail trade use (using UGPIC) was the American company Monarch Marking in 1970, and for industrial use, the British company Plessey Telecommunications was also first in 1970. UGPIC evolved into the U.P.C. symbol set or Universal Product Code, which is still used in the United States. George J. Laurer is considered the inventor of U.P.C. or Uniform Product Code, which was invented in 1973.

In June of 1974, the first U.P.C. scanner was installed at a Marsh's supermarket in Troy, Ohio. The first product to have a bar code included was a packet of Wrigley's Gum.

Beginning with 1932, when an ambitious project was conducted by a small group of students headed by Wallace Flint at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. The project proposed that customers select desired merchandise from a catalog by removing corresponding punched cards from the catalog.