BAr Code scanning devices and interfaces

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We are an Iseries shop with over 50 locations nation wide. 60 percent of our business revolves around the parts arena. We have looked at a few bar code solutions such as the Intermec 2415 hand held device. Are there any freindly, easy to use gui devices that are still portable (For shipping and receiving), available for connectivity to the DB2 database and the RPG backbone of our business system? These small handheld devices that I am trying to present a clean and simple presentation do not have enough real estate and seem like they will be too cumbersome for the general user. Is RFI stable enough to consider, (passive vs active) or is it too new with major considerations?

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You are in for a major project. There are numerous vendors (Symbol, Intermec, Teklogix) of industrial (you can drop it onto concrete and it still works) RF handhelds which it sounds like you are in the market for. You will also need some industrial (expensive, proprietary) middleware if you plan to connect ‘real-time’ to the “backbone of our business system”, unless RPG has built-in hooks. RF technology has been around for years and is very stable, if you do it right. Do your homework. I would suggest considering a bolt-on solution using near real-time data interfaces, unless money is not a consideration. The difference could be a factor of 10! Did I mention ‘do your homework’?

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  • DrChuck
    Welcome to the world of wireless. A couple of years ago, we implemented a solution for one of our clients similar to what you are discussing. The Intermecs look like any other terminal to the iSeries. You provide customized screens that fit the display. Using fields that autoadvance when filled, you can put data for multiple fields on one barcoded label. You can also provide a sheet of barcodes that contain common commands so the people using the device only have to key in data in rare circumstances. It is not exactly rocket science, but does take some planning.
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  • Maggiel
    We are looking at the YEStablet portable thin client and the Symbol MC900-G Mobile Computer.
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