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Applicators or Label Applicators are specialized machinery designed to apply pre-printed labels to products or packaging. These machines can be mounted on-line like the Alstep and Alritma or in off-line positions like the Fastagger II and TOWA AP65. They differ from Printer Applicators (PA’s) as PA’s create labels real-time using Thermal Transfer or Direct Thermal Printers built into the machine like the PA10G. IBC has been providing complete custom Applicators since it was first founded in 1993.
Bar Codes are machine-readable representations of data. There are hundreds of different variations and specifications of bar codes, called symbologies, but they come in two different layouts: one dimension (linear) or two dimension (QR style). Able to be scanned by optical scanners called bar code readers, bar codes allow for the consistent application and retrieval of data linked to unique parameters defined by the user creating the bar code. The process is generically referred to as automatic identification and data capture, bar codes are now universal in every product. The first retail use of bar codes was on a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum in 1974. (more…)
Blade servers are the latest development in the history of the different types of server. Slim and compact, just like a blade, they slide vertically into a specially designed chassis and are unusual in that they share certain elements of the hardware with other blade servers in the chassis for the purposes of efficiency and cost reduction. Blade servers, for example, use a single feed positioned on the host compartment.
In short, blade servers will give you much greater processing power, take up less space and use less energy than other forms of server used for the same purposes.
Of course, blade servers are also more expensive than the other two types of server, but the level of performance is obviously beyond compare.
It is also interesting to note that for all three types of server it is possible to add an increasing number of drives to help support the growth of the company.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications. BYOD is making significant inroads in the business world, with about 75% of employees in high growth markets such as Brazil and Russia and 44% in developed markets already using their own technology at work. In most cases, businesses simply can’t block the trend. Many feel that BYOD can even be a means to attract new hires, pointing to a survey that indicates 44% of job seekers view an organization more positively if it supports their device. Ask us about mobility/data plans where individuals can use their own device.
The client–server model of computing is a distributed application structure that partitions tasks or workloads between the providers of a resource or service, called servers, and service requesters, called clients. Often clients and servers communicate over a computer network on separate hardware, but both client and server may reside in the same system. A server host runs one or more server programs which share their resources with clients. A client does not share any of its resources, but requests a server’s content or service function. Clients therefore initiate communication sessions with servers which await incoming requests.
Consulting is a big part of what we do at IBC. It’s such a big part of what we do its the C in IBC. Over the last 20 years we’ve helped consult on projects large and small. From a Fortune 500 company looking at replacing an entire labeling and bar coding system to an SMB’s looking to update their existing computer hardware, IBC has helped consult to make sure customers get exactly what they need without overpaying. (more…)
Continuous Ink-Jet (CIJ)
Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) and Thermal Ink Jet (TIJ) are the two commonly used ink jet technologies in packaging and industrial coding applications.
• Adheres to nearly all packaging materials.
• Can apply to curved surfaces (e.g., soda cans, paint cans, wine bottles.)
• Capable of achieving very high speeds for alpha numeric codes.
• Newest generation has improved reliability and decreased maintenance requirements.
• Inherently cleaner and easy to use due to their replaceable cartridge design.
Direct Thermal (DT) Printers
Direct thermal printers use heat activated thermal papers, and require no ribbon. Print colour is limited to black and print quality suffers compared to thermal transfer printing. Over time DT labels will darken, particularly when subjected to heat and sunlight. Direct thermal printing is popular in the foods industry, since most items are stored away from heat and sunlight, and the label shelf life is less than 1 year. The primary benefit is an overall lower cost and easier media changeovers since ribbon is not required.
Ex. Zebra RW-420
Enterprise Computing is the tech buzzword used to describe unified platforms, applications, and software across an organization. Tasks like analytics, reporting, databasing are completed using standardized tools while the data may be used by different functions of an enterprise. Enterprise computing is a departure from separate departments utilizing (more…)
Equal-opportunity employment (EOE)
Equal opportunity employment (EOE) is a stipulation that all people should be treated similarly, unhampered by artificial barriers or prejudices or preferences, except when particular distinctions can be explicitly justified.The aim according to this concept is that important jobs should go to those “most qualified” – persons most likely to perform (more…)
Food Product Labeling
Food spoilage and tainting is the process where food products are inedible for human consumption due to deterioration from bacteria or pathogens. Estimates place the increased cost of medical bills and lost productivity at between $6.5 and $34.9Billion with incalculable human costs. For food producers the damage to brand and reputation can (more…)
Global Tag and Label
Global Tag and Label is our in-house printing department. With Digital, Direct Thermal, Litho, and Thermal Transfer printing available, Global Tag and Label has the tools to make warehouse and customer facing labels to suit your budget. With 20 years experience in wood tags & labels, wine bottle, wine case label, warehousing, and product packaging, we’re able to make make labels that fit your needs and your wallet. Browse (more…)
Mobile Point of Sale (MPOS)
Mobile Point of Sale is the replacement of centralized checkouts and letting clerks use portable computers to complete transactions. Representatives answer customers’ questions, check stock and finalize sales with hand-held devices. Mobile POS can be especially useful in the field. Though some have concerns about the security of wireless transactions, both consumers and merchants may benefit from the availability of mobile POS. Retailers and service companies can make employees more productive and lower labor costs. A restaurant server, for example, can save considerable legwork with fewer trips to the kitchen or cash register. Also, accuracy is increased by eliminating written orders. Customers may receive speedier service and error-free, detailed receipts on the spot.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Motion Computing is a leading global provider of tablet PCs and supporting mobility solutions for vertical markets, including healthcare, construction, field service and retail. Rugged, lightweight and highly mobile, Motion Tablet PCs are designed for mobile professionals who require real-time computing at the point of service. Users can gather, access, analyze and transmit the critical information they need in order to be productive in today’s de-centralized work environments.
Tablets: Motion C5t Motion F5t Motion CL910 MotionJ3600 (more…)
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