February 28, 2012

Atlas POS

Atlas POS, a POS integrator specializing in Sharp ECRs, operates throughout Canada from Vancouver to Newfoundland. They have now used LAVA Ether-Serial Links and HQ-ST Plus Links in numerous POS polling applications. They focus on POS installations for cafeterias, and have sold systems to colleges, universities, and hospitals, as well as to companies such as BMW and Rogers. Norm Puig at Atlas sees increasing need for machines that require networking, either natively in the machine, or through IP-enabling technology such […]
February 17, 2012

Retail Solutions Providers Association

We’d like to devote this blog post to promoting the RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association), the major retail technology group (now over 60 years old). If you’re in the POS business we strongly suggest you consider joining. The RSPA is an invaluable source for networking and information, and an active participant in promoting understanding of the PCI (Payment Card Industry Security Compliance), a very important industry initiative to understand. RSPA’s print publication Connect, email newsletter jiuce-news, and web site gorspa.org […]
February 16, 2012

Customized Parallel-PCI

LAVA’s Parallel-PCI card is well-regarded for its speed and compatibility in many systems and applications, but every so often someone needs something special. In the case of Lockheed Martin, as they were developing a system for the US Postal Service they uncovered the need for a parallel port card that delivered a particular output voltage on its pins. The modification LAVA produced met a real-world requirement for improvements in the parcel-handling systems of the US Postal Service — the conveyer […]
February 15, 2012

Gift Shop ECR Polling over IP

Hennepin County Library Hennepin County Library in Hennepin MN has been recognized as one of the top libraries in the United States. The 41-branch library system had 5.8 million in-person visits and almost 20 million Internet visits to their library in 2010. Ether-Serial Link 1-232-DB9 When the library looked to connect their Electronic Cash Registers (ECRs) to a central location they chose a solution offered by local reseller American Metro Cash Register that included LAVA serial device servers. Attached to […]
February 14, 2012

LAVA appoints Euroline AS as its Distributor for Denmark, Faroe Islands, and Greenland

Euroline AS, a distributor and system integrator of connectivity products and solutions located in Dramman, Norway, has been appointed as Lava Computer MFG. Inc.’s Regional Distribution Partner for Scandinavia. For years Euroline has been reselling LAVA’s products in Norway, Finland, and Belarus, and it now has been appointed a distributor for Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands for LAVA’s lines of I/O cards and Ethernet-to-serial device servers. “LAVA and Euroline’s existing relationship and history of joint projects, as well as […]
February 10, 2012

Buduchnist Credit Union uses parallel interface for passbook printers

The Buduchnist Credit Union — a sizeable Canadian credit union catering largely to the Ontario Ukrainian community — uses the LAVA Parallel-PCIe, LAVA Parallel-PCIe/LP, LAVA Parallel-PCI and LAVA Parallel-PCI/LP cards as printer interfaces to IBM 9068-S01 passbook printers in their branches. As they upgrade their tellers’ computers to newer systems, they want to continue using the long-lived, specialized, and highly reliable printers they have installed. The LAVA parallel port cards fit the bill. IBM passbook printer & parallel card
February 9, 2012

Soldering at LAVA

surface mount machine It’s how we make our cards and boards: soldering is a part of the manufacture of all of LAVA’s electronic hardware. Soldering is in fact a couple of distinct types of soldering, as described in a couple of articles we’ve put together. The first type of soldering, “surface-mount soldering,” is how components such as chips, resistors, and capacitors are typically fastened to a flat printed circuit board (a PCB) — in effect they are secured by the […]
February 8, 2012

Parallel Port Control of Plasma Cutter

parallel-connected plasma cutter The parallel port is a crucial part of the control system for plasma cutters, such as those manufactured by PlasmaCAM in Colorado City, Colorado. PlasmaCAM makes a cutting table, automation electronics, and software to control plasma cutters, and they interface their cutters to PCs using parallel ports. There are several reasons why parallel ports are preferred in this application. First, the PlasmaCAM uses servomotors on their x- and y-axis with encoder feedback for accurate positioning and contouring, […]