Bar Code Systems

Weighing Scales,  Barcode Systems Custom Programming

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Progressive has developed hundreds of stand alone and networked scale and software systems to accomplish everything from data collection and bar code labeling to filling and automation. For your next project please give Progressive a call. We have the expertise to help you develop the right system for your needs.

Recent Projects

Taco Bell Weight Capture System:

This system was designed for use in fast food establishments that want to keep track of weight data. Using a web interface, the client is able to control, menus and report on data collected from many extablishments. The rugged touch screen computer is restaurant hardened and the scale comes with a full flip down cover to protect it when not in use. This fast food check weighing system is also sound enabled giving the operator audio feedback whenever a transaction is recorded. Color coded screens flash to the operator to notify them of weight status for each transaction. A server application sends out email on a selectable basis notifying corporate and stores of their transaction averages and totals.

Bitterant Addition SystemBitterant Addition System:
Client: Anti-Freeze Manufacturer
System: Due to new goverment regulations, this very large Anti-Freeze manufacturer was forced to add bitterant to its products to keep it from tasting sweet which has led to accidental animal deaths. The product used to make the Anti-Freeze taste bitter is a very unfriendly substance. The manufacturer needed to handle it as little as possible. Progressive was commissioned to build a weight based automated bitterant filling and delivery system. The system worked so well that the batch master coined progressive the "True Rocket Scientists"


Meat Distribution Software:
Client:Meat and Poultry Distributor in California
Goal: The client needed a meat distribution software that could Create Track and Invoice all incoming and outgoing meat items using the Provision Processing System Packaged Software. The client was using a hand written system to track orders and was having some issues with tracking inventory properly. Using the wireless bar code capability in the food processing software provided, the client was able to accurately track their daily transactions and send all transactions to Quickbooks.

Fish Processing Plant Software:
Client: Large Fish Processing Plant, Boston MA and New Bedford MA.
Goal: Collect Scale information to a database from 2 plants simultaneously, label cases with bar codes, handle barcodes with a wireless windows mobile device and push the information to a web based SQL server for management.

Technologies: Progressive used the Rice Lake 920i's programmable scale in each plant connected to Zebra Label Printers to collect weight data and print labels. Using the nearly indestructible Wireless Datalogic Falcon Windows Mobile barcode scanner, case labels are scanned against orders and weight tickets are automatically generated. All information is then sent to a web based MS SQL database where management can report and print reports from the resulting data. All data is synced between the Boston and New Bedford Plants.

Pharmaceutical Scale and Balance System:
A division of Johnson and Johnson recently contacted Progressive to build a custom system to track batching for a pharmaceutical application. Phase 1 has already been installed and we are working on phase 2. Phase 1 involves multiple scales batching by both weight and volume using a measuring sensor. The measuring sensor was used as a load cell alternative to reduce the need for placing load cells at the bottom of every tank. Weight was calculated using volume and density.

Food Processing Scale and Software System
A NJ area lamb processor needed a scale and software system to collect data at their lamb weighing stations. Progressive provided a SQL based system for both SKU recall and data collection as well as a bar code label printing. This lamb processing system has given the lamb processor the ability to go after new clients because of their new traceability, and label compliance abilities. See Provision Processing System

Truck Scale Software System
H. Krevit manufacturing of North Haven CT, a manufacturer of bleaches and caustics, contacted Progressive for a truck scale system capable of bar code scanner integration and controls, weight to gallon conversion, data collection and assuring the right chemicals go in the right trucks. After installation of the truck scale and controls, Krevit saw a huge ROI. Now that the system is installed and running, the truck filling system saves as much as 1/2 hour per truck and is accurate to 2-3 gallons.

Caviar Processing System, Canada
A client contacted us in need of a Herring Fish Processing Software and Scale System. The time frame was very short, but Progressive came through. This processor pays workers by weight so the fish system needed to collect each weight as well as employee IDs. The system involved 3 networked scales and an SQL database. The main benefits are time savings, accuracy of data and integrated Crystal Reports.

Scale Calibration System
Well we just launched freeware software for scale companies. It is called X-Calibar and it is a scale calibration software system. Designed to be a little more simple than say the certificate retrieval system from Rice Lake. This software should work for most small to mid scale companies. If you are in the market for custom projects, maybe next time you will give us a shot.

Autom ated Bar Code VerifierAutomated Bar Code Scanning Validation. United States Surgical - May 2007. In order to make sure every suture is bar coded properly, United States Surgical Corporation called in Progressive Software Solutions. At 1/5th the cost of the nearest competitor, Progressive built an automated bar code scanning system. Using 2 Symbol bar code scanners, 1 photo eye and a logic controller, the system validates 2 bar codes against each other and rejects any invalid scans.

Counting and Labeling Counting Scale SystemCounting and Labeling Scale System - The world's largest switch manufacturer contacted PSS to see if we could develop a networked counting scale that prints bar code labels to replace their pricey Intermec fixed station terminals. PSS got to work and developed a system that allows the client to connect to scales in Mexico, TX, CT, England and China all from an IT desktop at HQ. Scales can be programmed and monitored remotely all from the comfort of the IT director's office.

In Motion Check Weighing - Washington. A reseller contacted us asking if we could duplicate a program for a Rice Lake 920i that they had been buying elsewhere. PSS took the challenge and built the system. To the client's amazement, the system is far more accurate than the previous system making it easy for the reseller to beat out its competition. In some cases, the reseller is installing the in motion check weigher on competitive set ups that use the same scale indicator. Clients are thrilled with the accuracy increase.

Barcode ScannerCross Dock Barcode System - Waterbury, CT. ITW, one of the largest manufacturing companies in the US, asked PSS to build them a cross dock wireless bar code system. The system uses Intermec wireless units to verify skidded boxes against an AS-400 database. As a result of scanning, master labels are produced for skids. To the client's amazement, the bar code system found errors on the first day of operation.


Automated Box Weight Filling SystemAutomated Box Weight Filling System - Greenville , SC. A local scale dealer called in Progressive to pick up a project that the scale manufacturer did not complete to the client's satisfaction. Each box was filling to nearly 1/2 lb over target. A loss of nearly $300/hr. After consulting with the customer, Progressive devised a new program that would auto learn the product fill rate. Progressive completed the project within 3 days time and now fills exactly to target with 0 loss. Process includes automated box placement, automated filling, and automated box removal.

UAS400 label scaleUAS4000 Labeling Counting Scale - A fully functional Rice Lake 920i based counting scale package capable of part number, UW and 5 additional fields storage. Unlimited label designs that you create. PC Integration. Bar Code Scanner Integration. Network integration and more. The UAS4000 far exceeds any counting scale system on the market today and implements all the functions that clients have been looking for in their counting scales but were up until now unable to acquire, and it's American made. Over 35 0f these programs are currently running without fail in multiple facilities. Demos are available for this product.

Scale SoftwareSoft Indicator
- In response to many of the scale distributors we work with we designed a PC based indicator package that works with most scale indicators that have bi-directional RS-232. The soft indicator collects data, prints labels, prints forms, controls the scale and more. Demos are available for this product.

Automated Counting Scale SystemAS400 to Counting Scale - June 2006. Through a scale distributor in the Northeast, PSS was able to assist in the winning of a contract for a beta site of 4 Rice Lake 920i programmable scales attached to their AS-400. Each scale pulls in job and average piece weight data, customer data and label format data. The system then controls a feeder and stops the feeder when a box is full. The system then prints a label and logs this info and sends the complete job info back to the AS-400 when complete.


Bale label and weighing SystemFiber Bale Weighing and Labeling System
United Synthetics - Georgia

United needed a partner to help them track bales produced for a particular PO and prevent over producing. United has 3 networked 920i scales tied to an SQL2005 server. Order data is entered daily and operators make against open orders. The system also labels each bale to comply with the customer labeling requirements. The system handles partials and overrides for stock items.

New Enterprise Website Launch - June 2006. Haydon Switch and Instrument ( is a world wide leader in linear actuators, motors and switches. The people at PSS were hired to update their corporate web site to include functionality that their engineers needed. The new site now includes:
Intuitive Design • Outlook-like Menu Structure • Search • Product Configurators • Database Driven Content • RSS News Feeds • Rep Locators • Printable Pages • Email To a Friend • RFQ Forms with Referring Pages • SEO (Search Engine Optimization) • Google Marketing

Food Labeling Application - June 2006. A Northeast based scale company asked us to design a labeling system for a chicken processing plant it had been doing business with for years. The current system from Digi (New Brunswick International) was not being supported properly. Therefore we set out to develop a chicken labeling system that was similar yet easier to maintain. The new system utilizes a Rice Lake 920i and a Zebra label printer to print pricing labels for the processor's grocery store clients. We had 2 days to develop this system and it has been operational ever since.

Corn Flake Batching - April 2006. A Massachusetts based scale company asked us to build a scale system for its client that spoke to a PC and pulled job data from an Access database and filled totes accordingly then printed a tote label. The 2 systems are currently running without issue.

Large Scale Batching Application - April 2006. A North Texas Scale Company hired us to help sell a client on a new way of doing things as their old equipment was no longer supportable. We closed the deal together and delivered shortly thereafter. This system replaced 13 scale indicators and 1 programmable scale at the largest PVC pipe extruder in the US. The new Rice Lake 920i system now controls 16 scales and essentially the entire 24hr operation. The system processes approximately 150 batches per day and has not once failed.

RF Bar Code System - A McKinney Texas based manufacturer hired us to update their entire data collection system. After carefully researching the proper hardware and solution we gave a quotation to the manufacturer. Time passed and one day the phone rang and it had to be done "this week". We quickly did an Intermec site survey one day and installed the next. Within 2 days their system was up and operational.

Counting Scale Software System - May 2006 a NJ based scale manufacturer hired us to build a PC software solution to work with their counting scales. This solution is now distributed with every scale sold. This solution was originally to be only a data collection application but was finally delivered with multiple functionality such as
Label Printing • Database Sharing • Data Wedge (where scale data goes into the cursor for any other Windows application).

Windows Based Custom .NET Programming
Using .NET Studio and most database applications such as SQL Server and Oracle, Progressive has developed many systems to suit our clients varying needs.

QuickBooks Integration
Instead of wasting time on double entry, Progressive Software Solutions often converts transactional data into QuickBooks invoices for our clients.

Scale Software Systems Automation and Integration
Progressive has developed hundreds of stand alone and networked scale systems to accomplish everything from Data Collection to Filling and Automation. For your next project please give Progressive a call. We have the expertise to help you develop the right system for your needs.

Rice Lake 920i Programming

Progressive Software Solutions has designed countless Rice Lake 920i systems. Basic or complex, Progressive Software Solutions wants to work with you. We deliver many Scale and PC integrated systems and label printing scales all around the globe. Bar Coding is a strength of ours. As a result, we often integrate bar code hardware with our scale systems. For affordable, on time and user friendly scale systems, Progressive Software Solutions is unmatched.

Windows Mobile and Windows Phone Programming
Mobile Computers  are a great item to add to a scale or bar code system. There are many tools available and integration is very stable. We have integrated these with systems such as web based calibration and scale indicators.
PHP, ASP Web Programming
Quite often our bar code projects spill over to the web. For the web, we prefer integrating using PHP and ASP. We also do a large amount of programming for internet marketing and marketing companies.
SQL, MySql, Oracle, MS Access Integration
Whether it be SQL, Access, MySQL or any other database application, Progressive Software Solutions can help you design and implement a data collection and server solution.

DOS Handhelds Programming
Percon and PSC handhelds are part of the long list of devices we integrate with. UPG and other software such as PPG by PSC are also part of our professional expertise.
Label Printer Integration
What would half of the scale systems in the world be without label generation or receipt printing capability. Progressive Software Solutions takes label printing to the next level by offering our integration expertise.
Bar Code Scanner Programming

Whether you need to program a simple Symbol bar code scanner or a windows based Intermec or Symbol handheld, you can be confident Progressive Software Solutions can deliver.



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