Previously, we discussed UID compliance and how to get it. However, complying with UID standards becomes more difficult when dealing with legacy assets because it is difficult to decipher how the UID symbol was originally printed.
By using an industrial rugged computer and software kit from Intermec to generate UID symbols and update the UID Registry, the system can create UID codes for many legacy items because it includes multiple marking and printing technologies capable of producing labels, data plates, and direct part marks. A multifunction laser marking system applies Data Matrix symbols directly to materials. In addition, the rugged industrial computer provides a convenient user interface, runs software to generate the UID Registry and other applications.
The complete UID system from Intermec includes the following:
The CO2 laser is included in the kit because it is ideal for supporting multiple methods for creating UID markings, particularly useful for legacy applications. In addition, it features laser coloring, laser engraving, and laser bonding.
Thermal-transfer Barcode/RFID Label Printer
The thermal-transfer barcode/RFID label printer included in the kit features the Intermec EasyCoderPM4i thermal transfer printer, with the ability to produce UID labels on polyester and foil material, in addition to producing barcode and RFID shipping labels that satisfy the MIL standards.
Rugged Windows XP Touch-screen Computer
The Intermec CV60 computer is used in the UID marking system, specifically designed for mounting on carts, forklifts and other mobile equipment used in industrial environments. It features:
- 12.1-inch touchscreen display
- Windows XP operating system
- Intel processor
- Secure 802.11b and g networking and configuration (optional)
Handheld Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Reader
The handheld OCR reader can be used to enter text information from labels and other documents and enter their information directly into the computer. The Reader is fast, easy to use, and reduces the probability of errors that occur when data is manually entered.
Handheld Barcode Reader
The kit includes the barcode reader reader, capable of reading Data Matrix and other leading barcode symbologies. The rugged scanner can easily withstand drops and has optional Bluetooth connectivity to the Intermec CV60 host computer.