Thursday, October 29, 2009

Food Traceability

Food traceability is of growing concern for many government agencies and food processors.  For the big guys, the resources are there to at least come up with some

sort of reasonable solution.  The problem is the little guy.  There are thousands of small to mid sized food processors that need to offer traceability, but

just do not know where to begin or do not have the financial means to implement the costly solutions on the market thus far.  Progressive Scale and Software Solutions

has developed a large library of both packaged and custom software and hardware solutions for the meat and food processing industries, all at a cost effective price point.

We can get more people labeling and bar coding without having to have a full time IT staff to get things going.  Please visit our pages at,

to see how we have helped and can help the "little" guy compete with the "big" guy.


COOL Bar Code Label Scale

New to the market is the UAS5000 bar code label scale and COOL label requirement system.  This stand alone barcode label and scale system is targeted to those smaller meat and produce processors who need to meet the (COOL) country of origin label requirements but don’t have a mint in the back yard to do it.   The system also uses the UCCEAN128 or GS1 label standard so you can ship to any of the major food chains and be compliant.  So if your suppliers are requiring labeling then this little scale and label system will work for you.  There is also a networked more “tied in”  way of doing things as well.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Release Free Software Wedge Software

Yes we have done it once again with a new release of our popular RS-232 Monitor Software. This new version includes a  Free Software Wedge.  What is that?  Well a software wedge takes RS-232 data and inserts it into the keyboard buffer.  So let’s say you have a scale and an excel spreadsheet… You click in the cell and press print on the scale and BAM you scale data appears in the excell cell.  NICE!?  Yes it is.  And it is free.  Of course there is a place to donate If you find the software useful.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bar Code Scanners on the Enterprise

This is really funny when watching the new Star Trek movie I saw multiple barcode scanners.  In all I counted 10 bar code scanners on the bridge of the SS Enterprise.  Some of which you can’t even buy anymore.  You’d think they would at least have rfid up and running by then!!



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Barcode reader and Windows Mobile Cold Boot Sequences

- Compaq iPaq - Application 1 + Application 4 + Reset Button. (Press calendar button(lower left hand side) and the task button (lower right side (the one with the arrow). While holding these buttons use the stylus to press the reset button on the back for 2 seconds. When the screen begins to fade release the calendar and the Itask buttons and then remove the stylus from the reset button. 
If you press the reset button for more the 2 seconds the battery disconnects. You might have to  press the reset button again to restart the unit.

- Ipaq  4100 & 4300 & 4350 - Press and Hold the Power Button.  Press and hold the Reset Button.  Release the Power Button.  Release the Reset Button

- Dell Axim - Hold the power button down while pushing the black reset button on the back of the unit with a stylus.

- Datalogic Viper - Closed O + Open O + Trigger

- Falcon 4210 - Press Backspace and Insert a paper clip in reset port.
- Falcon 4220 - Press the reset button at the back and the Fn2 button.
- Falcon 4410/4420(52 Key) - Press and hold the power button and insert a paper clip into the cold reset button below the Alt key.

- HHP 74XX - Ctrl + Esc

-HHP 9500 - Press and hold the Control (CTRL) and the Escape (ESC) keys for approximately five seconds. The decode and scan LEDs illuminate for approximately three seconds. The terminal re-initializes. When the reset is complete it will display today's screen.

-HHP 79xx - 1. Press and hold the Red + TAB keys for approximately five seconds.  (The Red button is on left side of keypad with a small red rectangle on it.) Release the buttons. The decode and scan LEDs light for approximately three seconds and the terminal will re-initialize.

-Intermec 700 - Remove Battery and hold down the circle underneath the battery for 5 seconds.

-PSC Falcon - Back Space + Reset Button.

-Symbol 28XX - Function ( The grey button on the lower right hand side ) + Reset ( Open battery door, Press Reset button and hold the Lower right hand "grey Key" down at the same time.  Close the battery door. Power up).

-Symbol MC 3000 - Hold down the 1, 9, and Power keys.

-Symbol MC-50 -  Hold down the Power and right scan buttons, then press and release the reset button located below the battery release on the back of the mobile computer. Release the Power and right scan buttons.  Do not hold down any key other than the Power and right scan buttons during a reset.

-Symbol MC-70 - Hold down the 1, 9, and Power keys.

-Symbol 81XX 28 key - Function Key + Reset (underneath battery cover) ; 37 key - Function Key + Reset (underneath battery cover) ; 47 key - Function Key + Reset (underneath battery cover).

-Symbol 88XX- Remove the battery cover, While holding down the Function key, use the stylus to gently press the reset button. Release the Function key, replace the battery cover.

-Symbol 9000 series PPC 2003 Terminal -
1. Press the primary battery release(s) on the mobile computer to partially eject the battery from the mobile computer.
2. While the battery is partially released, press and hold the Power button and push the
battery to fully re-insert it in the mobile computer. One audible click can be heard as the
battery is fully inserted.
3. Continue to hold the Power button for approximately 15 - 17 seconds.
As the unit cycles into a cold boot, }}} appears in the upper left corner of the display window,
followed by the message ...Booting System
4. Release the Power button.
5. As the mobile computer initializes its system, the Symbol splash window appears for about 30 seconds.
6. Calibrate the screen. See Calibrating the Screen to calibrate the mobile
computer screen.

-Note for MC 9090 -  If the handheld dies after cold boot you have to use the cleaner utility from symbol and follow the instructions along with to do a hard reset or a cold boot. You may download the file from symbol at

-Unitech HT660 - Remove the main battery, switch off the backup batter. Then switch the backup battery back on and reinsert the main battery.

-Unitech PT930 - Press the cold boot button under the PCMCIA cover.

-Unitech 960 - Press the coldboot button underneath the PCMCIA cover, the terminal will perform coldboot. (Note this requires a screwdriver to remove the cover).

Friday, October 02, 2009

New Free Text Search Software

New Free Text Search Software.  We use this software to search text files in multiple directories.   If you are a programmer it is indispensible.

Keep your sample code snippets in text files and search them.  Try it out.

Also remember if you need scale software or food processing software you know where to get it.  Oh and don’t be a Nudge.  If you like

The software then make a donation.