Are stand-alone barcode printer stations the future? October 18th, 2018

Are stand-alone barcode printer stations the future?
Simple and extremely cost-efficient, stand-alone barcode stations can provide an effective solution to increasing productivity whilst driving down costs.

That’s why BlueStar, in cooperation with German Software company MSC, has developed a stand-alone barcode station capable of copying an existing barcode onto a new label. The solution also allows for a logo or text to be added without the need to use a computer or a database connection.

This new development presents an appealing option for small manufacturing or re-packaging applications. Today, this solution is already used in electronic parts logistics where components are often shipped from the manufacturing plants to the distributor in bulk and need to be repacked into single units.

The packer simply scans the EAN or Serial Number from the bulk packaging and instantly gets a new label in the required format, including distributor contact information. The beauty lies in the total simplicity as this set-up is a hyper cost-efficient, stand-alone solution.    

BlueStar currently offers Honeywell hardware, utilising built-in functionality to achieve the solution, though similar results could be achieved with Scanners and Printers from other manufacturers. Even solutions with a mobile printer are possible.    

BlueStar cooperates at large scale with different ISVs, like MSC in Germany, and brings solutions to the market that are unique and useful to help our partners grow their business and to help them identify new market opportunities.

The only information needed is what type barcode should be copied, the size of the output label as well as a sample layout in case you want to add information such as logo or text. Along with the hardware, BlueStar provides 2-D Barcodes to program the Scanner and the Printer by simply scanning them.

For advanced applications, BlueStar also offers a solution whereby the barcode copy station can read any type barcode and print always in the same format. Ideally, the output should be Code 39, Code 128, Data Matrix, QR Code, Aztec or PDF417 to be able to translate all information into the new label. With this solution, users would, for example, be able to scan EAN13 and create Code 128 containing the same information as the source label.    

From a hardware perspective, there are many options and it depends a lot on what the desired results are. At a most simple and most cost-effective level, BlueStar recommends a combination of Honeywell PC42d and the Honeywell Voyager 1450g 2D-USB-Kit at very competitive entry price levels.   

To find out more about stand-alone printer stations, please contact BlueStar and product specialists will be pleased to contact you and consult on the available options.


Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation. Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.