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MC55 Hand Held Scanner: Advance Notice - Product End of Life 2022

MC55A / MC55N - 2022 Product End of Life

Zebra has advised that the current MC55A and MC55N devices will, as of September 2022 no longer be available and that it will be replaced by a new version of the device. Datalinx and Zebra will continue to support and maintain the product for the next 5 years in line with Zebra after sales service.

The new version of the MC55, to be known as  the MC55XL (Extended Life), is due for release September/October 2017. We are awaiting final specification of this device, but we understand that it will have a similar architecture to the MC67, Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, 2D SE4710 scan engine and more memory. It will be offered in standard and medical versions and the accessories will be compatible with the MC55A0 and MC55N0

 

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Wireless VS tethered barcode scanners

Barcode scanners come in all shapes, sizes and types including wireless. The advantages of wireless scanners have provided numerous industries with multiple efficiencies.

Freedom

This is essential in a warehouse where scanners and staff need to roam and are required to pick orders, book goods in and out, stock take and more as they stay connected to through RFID wireless, WiFi networks and even Bluetooth. This allows the scanning of items without the health and safety risk of cords causing danger around ladders and other machinery.  We have found that this results in greater productivity and efficiency, which may also help to reduce labour costs.

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Warehouse Racking

Warehouse Racking
Warehouses and warehouse racking can be found in a variety of sizes, from that suitable for a small room to giant racking systems for very large warehouses.
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Warehouse Abbreviations

Warehouse Abbreviations

I don’t know about you, but when I first started in a warehouse the lingo was a bit confusing! Especially with all the abbreviations, so I have come up with a glossary of the most common warehousing and inventory terms.

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Trade symbologies

Trade symbologies
Usually I've found that linear barcode symbologies are used in this environment. The most common are Code 128 and code 3 of 9 (or Code 39).
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