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  • Protect Blood Donations With a Barcode Duplicator Solution.

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by admin

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    Every year, 12.6 million units of blood are donated in the United States, according to the Blood Centers of the Pacific. Across the U.S., donor centers and mobile units collect blood from about 8 million donors a year.

    To increase safety, the FDA updated its Blood Labeling Industry Guidance Standard to require barcodes on all blood and blood component containers. The barcodes must include the unique facility identifier, donor number, donor ABO/Rh, and USFDA product code.

    The standards are in place, but when the mobile blood collection units hit the road, are they properly equipped to comply?

    Just sending out the mobile unit with a supply of barcoded collection bags isn’t enough to truly protect the donated blood, and, ultimately, the patients who receive the transfusions. For example, our Symbology team worked with the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) in Seattle, which collects 300,000 units of blood per year via its 11 donor centers and 19 mobile vans. With mobile blood collection, which accounts for about nine percent of the blood donations, the technician wrote down the ten-digit code from the collection bag label on the donor form. However, the handwriting was sometimes illegible. Every month, about 32 units had to go through lab testing to properly verify the blood. The extra step took additional staff time and delayed the processing.

    The Symbology Enterprises solution featured a Barcode Duplicator system that worked wirelessly—with or without a network connection. The Zebra LS2208 handheld barcode scanner is connected directly to a Zebra LP2824 Plus, a compact barcode printer. Once the barcode label on the blood collection bag is scanned, the information feeds directly to the barcode printer. The label is printed and the technician applies it to the form, eliminating the need to hand write the code. There’s no need for a computer, because the LP2824 Plus has built-in programmability to store and recall forms. This feature was particularly important because mobile units often don’t have a network connection.

    The Symbology Barcode Duplicator solution provided an efficient and accurate alternative to a manual system that had too much room for error. “The Zebra barcode scanner and printer are easy to use. The only instruction we needed, fit on a tiny label, which we applied to the side of the printer,” explains Jessica Eve, PSBC’s Quality Resources Supervisor.

    We created a video to provide more details about the PSBC experience. Watch it Below!

    With the ongoing blood shortage around the country, our blood centers need to concentrate their efforts on collection, not deciphering codes. If you’re interested in learning more about Symbology’s barcode duplicator solution, contact us at 1-888-484-4424!





    This post was posted in Blood Center Printing/Labeling and was tagged with Symbology, Zebra, Puget Sound Blood Center, barcode duplicator, mobile blood collection, blood collection bag, LP2824 Plus, LS2208, barcode scanner, barcode printer

  • What Makes Epson a Great Color Printing Solution?

    Posted on August 20, 2015 by admin

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    Color printing can be a revenue increasing, and worker/customer satisfaction improving solution for both front and back end environments. With increasing e-commerce revenue streams, supply chains are becoming more complex. The use of color labels can create environments that improve inventory accuracy, logistics, and revenue generation on the front end with great customer service and product recognition. Below are some of the top solutions provided by color printing.


    Back end Solutions

    -Highlights important information on certain products helping workers recognize dangerous situations

    -eliminates the need for pre-printed labels increasing inventory flexibility. Manufacturers can now print labels when needed

    -More organized inventory reducing shipping errors and faster deliveries resulting in improved logistics and faster turnaround times creating more revenue

    -Issued compliance and regulations


    Retail Solutions

    -Popping colors on products increases visibility for easier customer and associate recognition equating to improved sales and a happy customer

    -Increased product information readability for both associates and consumers

    -Improved picking accuracy for elevated customer satisfaction, meeting demands of exceptional customer service

    -Enhanced product branding and imagery

    -Inventory unification between the front end and the back end promoting accurate picking, deliveries, and fast shipping helping retailers keep up with customer demands, increasing revenue


    The key is not ignore labeling needs throughout the entire supply chain. The retail floor is where direct sales and customer interactions occur reflecting directly on a brand’s identity, service and consumer experience. With color printing products like the Epson TMC-3500, products can be easily recognizable and visually aesthetic all the way from shipping to the point of sale on the front end. Help your sales associates and customers by adopting a color printing solution today!


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  • OSHA GHS Compliance:Not Such a Burden after All?

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by admin

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    I know what you’re thinking.. As the decision maker of a chemical manufacturing and distribution organization, GHS compliance has been a headache to say the least. As most of us in the chemical industry know, OSHA GHS compliance requires a completely new colored labeling system. This includes a massive over haul of printing/labeling methods and inventory changes. In the short term, GHS compliance seems like a daunting objective to reach by the 12/1 grace period, especially for smaller downstream manufacturers/distributors. Before taking the necessary steps with a GHS solution provider like Symbology Enterprises, it is important to realize why this new mandate was put into motion in the first place.

    OSHA GHS compliance regulations weren’t implemented just to be a thorn a manager’s sides, it has clear and significant long term benefits regarding worker safety and economic prosperity. The former benefit is fundamental. The color coding of chemical packages allows for greater worker comprehension and recognition of dangerous chemicals. According to OSHA, “the modification is expected to prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses and 43 fatalities annually.” Not only should the safety of your workers be a top priority, the fiscal benefits are simple. The more active workers in the field combined with the more efficient handling of dangerous chemicals equates to more products manufactured and distributed. More chemicals moved translates to more revenue. OSHA adds that American business are expecting cost saving of, “$475 million in productivity improvements.” In case you did not know, that is more than a quarter of Zimbabwe’s entire GDP in domestic cost of operation savings! (World Bank). Last but not least, a global unified system will inevitably reduce trading barriers on a massive scale.

    Yes, changing an entire inventory and investing in a new printing/labeling system can be a chore but not only is it do-able, it is beneficial. With the right steps, GHS compliance is obtainable by the end of the 12/1 grace period. With GHS compliant products like the Epson printer and BarTender software, reaching your GHS goals becomes a matter of making a phone call. With the help of Symbology Enterprises, you can keep your workers safe, and improve your business’s bottom line. We understand GHS needs and will guide you towards the right GHS solution. To read more about OSHA and their goals behind GHS Compliance view the article below.

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  • iOS and the Enterprise

    Posted on July 2, 2015 by admin

    iOS has Made its way Into the Business World and its Time to Adapt


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    Apple has always been one of the best at meeting customer’s needs. Since the release of their first generation iPhones, Apple has been revolutionizing how individuals use mobile technology to interact with their environment. With the release of iOS 8 and beyond, Apple has shown more focus on the relationship between mobile technology and the enterprise than ever before. By providing new security, productivity, and management features, iOS devices are better equipped for pairing with hardware devices like Honeywell scanning and mobile products creating innovative enterprise solutions. The user friendliness of Apple paired with industry leading scanning technology from Honeywell, opens the door for efficiency, productivity, and growth.

    The catalyst for enterprise growth is called the “Captuvo,” by Honeywell. The Captuvo is an enterprise sled for iOS devices ranging from iPhones to iPad Minis, transforming the device into an “all in one” enterprise solution. Captuvo’s Adaptus image technology (scanning), encryption ready magnetic stripe reader, and protective housing, allows the iPhone to be effective in both front-end and back-end environments. Additionally, the familiar iOS interface allows for minimum training time and a comfortable user experience. From hospitals and retail stores to warehouses, these environments require efficient communication, accurate information input/output, maximum up time, and durability. The Captuvo is able to meet all these standards by seamlessly integrating mobile communication with rugged enterprise hardware.

    Honeywell Captuvo

    Honeywell acknowledges the iOS’s natural flexibility for application development. As organizations become more dynamic, the innovative nature of iOS is required to stay ahead of the curve. Heading into the 2nd half of the financial calendar, industries can find comfort that Honeywell continues to create hardware that harmonizes with the latest iOS releases. Around the end of July, the Captuvo for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be released and supported by Symbology Enterprises. The new generation of Captuvos offers the necessary scanning and ruggedness of previous generations with added battery life and an increasingly ergonomic design. Honeywell embraces what some are fighting to accept. The business infrastructure is evolving. The mobile revolution has grown beyond consumerism, and has found a home within the enterprise. Now more than ever, the entire supply chain can be managed from the palm of your hand.


    Check out Symbology’s iOS enterprise solutions here


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    This post was posted in iOS and was tagged with Honeywell, Captuvo, iOS, Apple, ipod, ipad, enterprise, mobile

  • More ZebraCare!! We are now also Supporting ZebraCare On-Site for the 105SL/ZT Series

    Posted on June 8, 2015 by admin

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    Industries that require high volume printing in mission critical environments need printing/labeling solutions like Zebra’s Industrial and commercial printers. Industries like manufacturing and transportation logistics have a fundamental need for maximum up-time and productivity. Down time in mission critical businesses like these can equate to high costs of ownership and losses of critical production hours. Whether a current owner of a 105SL/ZT printer or an eventual one, service agreements are a necessary purchase for ensuring maximum availability and production.

    Fortunately, your commercial/industrial printing investments are protected here at Symbology Enterprises! We are now offering Zebra’s Comprehensive, on-site service agreements on our website. These service packages consist of one flat payment and covers anything from self-inflicted damages to environmental causes over a 3 year period. With the purchase of one of Zebra’s service agreements, the customer receives immediate on-site repairs (next business day), and certified professional assistance to solve any software or hardware problems one might have. Whether a current owner of one of Zebra’s 105SL/ZT printers or a future one, the addition of ZebraCare On-Site not only protects your product, it offers security to your industry that depends on its up-time. Below are links for both our Zebra Care on-site agreements by product, and our provided industrial/commercial printers by Zebra.

    1. ZebraCare On-Site Service links by product: 105SL, ZT200 Series,  ZT410, ZT420

    2. Zebra Industrial/Commercial Printers (Click Here)




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    This post was posted in Products and was tagged with Printer Specials, zebra printers, ZebraCare, ZebraCare On-Site, Zebra 105SL, Zebra ZT220, Zebra ZT230, Zebra ZT410, Zebra ZT420

  • Are You a Downstream Chemical Supplier Having Trouble with GHS Compliance? If So, No Need to Panic!

    Posted on June 4, 2015 by admin

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    As the members within the chemical manufacturing and distribution supply chain already know, GHS compliance went into effect on 6/1/15. OSHA discovered that smaller, downstream suppliers are experiencing great difficulty transitioning their inventory towards GHS compliance. If this defines your organization, the path towards GHS compliance and citation avoidance is still obtainable. As long as inspectors determine that downstream organizations are attempting to comply, fines can be avoided until February 19th, 2017.

    It is important to note what is considered an attempt to comply by OHSA. In order to be considered having, "good faith efforts," downstream suppliers and manufacturers must have documented proof of attempts to obtain the proper information from their upstream suppliers, or have clear evidence they are attempting to classify data themselves. The grace period provided by OSHA for downstream organizations bides additional time to acquire the necessary resources to become GHS compliant. A secure and effective way to reach GHS compliance by the new deadline (2/19/17) is with Bartender printing software by Seagull Scientific.

    Bartender Offers clear GHS compliance solutions by providing an automated GHS template and security settings ensuring that compliance is met. The automated GHS template makes achieving compliance for downstream organizations easier by creating a clear starting point for the entire inventory. Bartender's security settings prevent tampering from outside users and other departments assuring GHS chemical labels are created. Lastly, Bartender supports 23 languages, meeting the needs of a true Globally Harmonized System. To find more about products like the Bartender, click here. Also, follow us on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook to get the latest GHS Compliance updates.

    Additionally, check out the Epson TM-C3500 to meet your GHS compliance needs.

    GHS Labels

    Articles for reference:

    1.OSHA official update

    2.Seagull Scientific




    This post was posted in GHS Compliance and Color Printing and was tagged with epson 3500, global harmonized system, chemical labels, ghs chemical labels, epson tm c3500 printer, osha ghs requirements, ghs compliance, Bartender, Seagull Scientific

  • Protect your Printing Investments with ZebraCare Express: A Comprehensive Care Package

    Posted on June 1, 2015 by admin

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    When planning to invest in Zebra G-series printers for your enterprise, it is wise to consider protecting your printer purchase with a comprehensive warranty. As of May 28th, Symbology Enterprises is offering a 3 year warranty known as ZebraCare Express. Normally the 3 year warranty would cost $120.00, however from now until December 31st, a special 3 year price is being offered, $60.00!! It is important to note that a single repair can cost upwards of $270.00 per instance. With the purchase of ZebraCare Express for only $60.00, your G-Series printer is covered up to 3 years, saving $210.00 on the first instance alone.

    The benefits from ZebraCare Express are both significant and tangible. During the 3 year coverage period, ZebraCare Express offers peace of mind that your operations will not shut down because of a label printer issue. Protect your organizations investment in the Zebra G-Series for as little as $1.67 per month and look into their comprehensive coverage solution today. Read more about the ZebraCare Express package here.  Below you can find links to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest information on industry leading trends, product information, and our enterprise solutions. Not a G-Series owner yet? check out the Zebra G-Series line.



    This post was posted in Products and was tagged with ZebraCare Express, GX430T, GK420D, GK420T, GX420D, GX420T

  • GHS Compliance: A Deadline Chemical Manufacturers and Distributers Should be Wary Of

    Posted on May 14, 2015 by admin

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    GHS compliance is coming up fast and will impact all manufacturers and distributors of hazardous chemicals. According to OSHA, these new regulations require all hazardous chemicals to be color labeled, creating a globally harmonized system permitting clear communication across all impacted individuals and organizations. Starting June 1st, all new chemical labels must comply with these new regulations and by December 1st, the entire inventory must be compliant. Why does this matter you ask? Not only is worker safety at stake, the fines for failing to comply can be alarming. As stated by, these fines can be up to $500,000 and beyond. Starting June 1st, complying with these new GHS chemical labeling regulations will become critical to worker safety and business infrastructure at a global level.

    Meeting GHS compliance is equally important for the individuals handling these hazardous chemicals along with the organizations that manufacture and distribute them. To keep workers and organizations safe from monetary fines and dangerous environments, the need for a massive increase in colored printing and labeling must be acknowledged. Although the first deadline is coming up fast (6/1), as long as the colored labeling process is beginning on time, GHS compliance will become an ensured goal. To read more about GHS compliance and how it can be impacting your organization, please review the links below. For a clear cut solution, see the Epson 3500. Also, check out this link for important labeling software meeting OSHA GHS requirements.


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  • Honeywell Completes Acquisition Of Datamax-O'Neil

    Posted on March 4, 2015 by admin

    Honeywell Completes Acquisition Of Datamax-O'Neil

    - Positions Honeywell Scanning & Mobility to Expand in the $1.5B Global Barcode Printing Segment

    - Acquisition Builds on Existing Printing Capabilities Acquired With Intermec

    - Datamax-O'Neil Portfolio of Solutions Augments Honeywell's Ability to Deliver Enhanced Workflow Performance

    FORT MILL, S.C., March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Datamax-O'Neil, a global manufacturer of fixed and mobile printers used in a variety of retail, warehouse and distribution, and health care applications. The $185 million deal was announced in December of 2014.

    "Today is an exciting day for Honeywell and Datamax-O'Neil as we join together to meet and exceed the needs of our combined customers while staking out a leadership role in the estimated $1.5 billion global barcode printing segment," said John Waldron, president, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. "We've been at the forefront of the AIDC industry for more than 40 years – helping customers be more efficient in how they move and track assets from one location to another, and process the information related to those transactions. Thermal printing and media are important components of our strategy to offer customers one of the industry's broadest portfolios of ruggedized mobile computers, scanners, voice-enabled workflow solutions, printing, software and service capabilities."

    Datamax-O'Neil will be integrated with Honeywell Scanning & Mobility based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, a business of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions.

    For more information on Honeywell Scanning & Mobility, please visit or follow @HoneywellAIDC on Twitter.

    About Honeywell Scanning & Mobility
    Honeywell Scanning & Mobility (HSM) is a leading manufacturer of high-performance image- and laser-based data collection hardware, including rugged mobile computers and bar code scanners, radio frequency identification solutions, voice-enabled workflow and printing solutions. With the broadest product portfolio in the automatic identification and data collection industry, HSM provides data collection hardware for retail, healthcare, distribution centers, direct store delivery, field service and transportation and logistics companies seeking to improve operations and enhance customer service. Additionally, HSM provides advanced software, service and professional solutions that help customers effectively manage data and assets. HSM products are sold worldwide through a network of distributor and reseller partners. For more information on Honeywell Scanning & Mobility, please visit

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  • Zebra and Motorola Solution's merger completed

    Posted on October 31, 2014 by admin

    The acquisition of Motorola Solutions Enterprise business by Zebra Technologies is done!. Soon Zebra will have the ability to expand on their Internet of Things strategy. Zebra has created fantastic systems around the connected device with the use of active RFID. With Motorola, we can now move RFID into the mainstream inside the four walls of the supply chain.

    You can read more about the merger and the Internet of Things (IoT) strategy here:

    As a Zebra Premier Partner we are excited to add Motorola to our line up. Having printers, scanners, wireless networking, warranty services, labels and ribbons all under one roof will help to streamline our business process and eliminate confusion and extra work for our customers.
    Zebra has become the one stop shop for your inventory control needs. By virtue of our partnership, Symbology now has the ability to serve our customers in a deeper and wider fashion.

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