EX Near-Far Imaging Technology Saves Time and Increases Read-Rates for Tough Scanning Locations

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Phosphates producer Innophos Inc. is installing CK31ex Handheld Computers from Intermec, a leading supply chain technology company, that provide long and short range scanning.

Intermec Inc., http://www.intermec.com a manufacturer and supplier of supply chain technology products, is pleased to announce that their near-far EX imaging technology is saving time and increasing scanning read-rate accuracy for a leading worldwide phosphate producer of high grade chemical products. Innophos Inc. has installed these Intermec products at their warehouse in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

Innophos phosphates, which are used in a multitude of products and markets including foods, pharmaceuticals, electronics, petroleum, textiles and metal treatment, are often stored in a warehouse facility where they can be shelves 30 feet in the air. At these locations, approximately 90 percent of the product is shrink-wrapped. To address the data capture challenges this environment can bring, Innophos turned to Intermec and its partner Quality Data Source (QDS). The solution includes RF system components from QDS and Intermec CK31ex rugged mobile computers, which allow for accurate readings from many different lengths, at a variety of angles and through heavy shrink-wrap.

"Having both long and short range scanning capabilities in one device is critical for read-rate success in our warehouse," said Innophos IT Officer Mike Malone. "Intermec EX near-far imaging technology has made it so our warehouse workers can accurately scan from very close or from quite a distance, saving valuable time that they would have otherwise had to use getting off their forklifts for a proper scan at varying distances."

The transition to the Intermec CK31ex mobile computers was an easy one. Innophos Inc. had formerly been using Intermec 2435 handheld computers, and switched to the CK31ex mobile computers with virtually no training for the warehouse staff. With the use of terminal emulation and a common interface on both models, the upgrade was simple, saving Innophos significant time.

The CK31ex rugged mobile computer integrates breakthrough auto-focus area imaging technology and enables users to quickly scan any type of bar code, in any orientation, from six inches to 50 feet away, opening up new efficiencies and application opportunities across the warehouse. With the CK31ex, users can scan 1D, 2D, composite and postal codes; capture images, signatures and documents; read at near and far distances; and successfully cope with damaged, poorly printed or partially obscured codes in variable lighting conditions.

For the original press release from Intermec, visit http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=107429&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1114362&highlight.

For more information about Intermec, visit http://www.intermec.com or call 800-347-2636.

About Intermec:

Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) develops, manufactures and integrates technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets. Core technologies include RFID, mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers and label media. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations. To contact Intermec Investor Relations Director Kevin McCarty, call 425-265-2472.

About Innophos:

Innophos Holdings Inc., the holding company for a leading North American manufacturer of specialty phosphates, serves a diverse range of customers across multiple applications, geographies and channels. Innophos offers a broad suite of products used in a wide variety of food and beverage, consumer products, pharmaceutical and industrial applications. Innophos' market-leading positions derive from its experience and dedication to customer service and innovation. Headquartered in Cranbury, New Jersey, Innophos has manufacturing operations in Nashville, TN; Chicago Heights, IL; Chicago (Waterway), IL; Geismar, LA; Port Maitland, ON (Canada); and Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz and Mission Hills, Guanajuato (Mexico).

About QDS:

Quality Data Source Inc. is a privately held company that provides automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) solutions to supply chain markets. QDS offers a complete line of scanners, printers and wireless networking products, labels, ribbons and toner, and installation and maintenance services throughout the United States. Quality Data Source is headquartered in Lake in the Hills, Illinois.


Jennette Seward


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