BlueStar’s VARTECH 2016 kicked off today in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. A variety of BlueStar’s team are on hand to provide great insight into the goings on within the industry and at the distributor. One trend that gets a lot of headlines is IoT (Internet of Things). I had a chance to speak with Duane Roebuck, IoT & WLAN business development manager for BlueStar about IoT. Specifically, what’s hype and what VARs and integrators should be keeping their eyes on.
An MSP’s ability to quickly and accurately diagnose and resolve a medical device manufacturer’s network problems led to a managed services contract win and a 20 TB backup and disaster recovery (BDR) upsell.
Bringing together hardware, software, and subject-matter expertise allows these two companies to win big in the manufacturing vertical.
Internal and external factors play a role in what today’s manufacturers need from an IT standpoint.
The coming year will usher in a new, close-knit relationship between manufacturers and resellers based on the rapidly growing volume and frequency of data available from the channel. By Steve LaPedis, VP of Marketing, Zyme Solutions
The manufacturing industry has always been on a quest to reduce cost, increase productivity, and minimize waste. Over the years, business strategies that have attempted to achieve this trifecta of manufacturing goals have come and gone. The Lean concept was one of the first that helped companies successfully streamline operations. It was followed by Agile which, as its name suggests, went beyond reducing waste and increasing efficiency to add flexibility and versatility to manufacturing capabilities, helping companies not only run leaner and meaner, but with an increased agility to help them quickly respond to market changes and competitors.
Forbes magazine recently interviewed the futurist Gerd Leonhard about his new book, Technology vs Humanity. It’s an eye-catching title complemented by an equally attention-grabbing sub-heading, The coming clash between man and machine, but its oppositional tone encapsulates a fairly limited view of what augmented and artificial intelligence means for humanity. By Mark Robinson, co-founder, Kimble Applications
Smart Manufacturing technology is more than just a buzz phrase about today’s technology and its role in the future of worldwide manufacturing. The term accurately describes the convergence of every component of manufacturing, particularly access and integration of all relevant data.
In 2016, organizations in highly regulated industries will increase their use of cloud solutions to support and complement their existing technology infrastructure.
Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), is the chosen solution for monitoring shipping traffic at Trondheim Harbor and 12 other harbors dotted along Trondheim fjord.
Hardworking 8000 series mobile computers provide the power of modern data management – easy scanning, accurate data capture and entry – in one efficient, cost-effective solution.
The Brother RuggedJet mobile printers are designed to be fast, tough, and more versatile than the competition with print speeds up to 5 ips, fast throughput, IP54 certification, 6 ft. drop protection, and the ability to print receipts or labels with one printer.
The DT Research Mobile POS Tablets feature the integration of brilliant touch displays and high performance processing within slim, durable, and light designs. Developed for mobile POS (point-of-sale and point-of-service) applications, the DT Research tablets embed peripherals that include smart card, magnetic stripe and RFID readers, Bluetooth, various wireless networking formats, cameras, scanners, and imagers.
With autoloading capabilities, a user-friendly touchscreen, and industry standard PCL printer language, the STp.1125 is a perfect fit for shipping, receiving logistics, warehousing, transportation, pharmacy, healthcare and retail applications.
During Pack Expo, Panther Industries demonstrated their new 1000 Series print/apply solution featuring SATO's S8408 Print Engine. A robust, low-cost solution designed for 24x7 operation.
This video from VARTECH 2012 features Zebra’s QLn line of mobile printers. They are designed to print bar code labels, receipts, and tickets among other applications. The primary verticals for the QLn are warehousing and retail.
SATO offers book publishers and other hard/soft cover product manufacturers an efficient and accurate RFID smart tag supply chain solution for accurate tracking the life span of products, from the publisher’s warehouse to the bookstore, substantially reducing theft and fraud while improving and streamlining logistics and credit reconciliation processes.