Retail Solutions Providers Association

17th Friday, 2012  |  Life at LAVA  |  no comments

RSPA logoWe’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 are full of articles on emerging technologies, current industry events, legal topics, and much more. RSPA also hosts the RetailNOW and INSPIRE conferences and conventions, and makes a membership directory available to its members.

The benefits of membership are a no-brainer for many — the membership cost is often more than offset by savings from services and affinity programs such as those below:

• The RSPA Legal Assistance Program offers a Legal Hotline (no-cost legal consultation),
contracts and forms packages, strategic partner packages, and employment packages
to help you run your business.

• RSPA has joined with Sentry Insurance to offer a new Property and Casualty
Protection Plan at group rates for RSPA Members.

• Educational seminars for all levels of retail technology professionals are
offered at both of RSPA’s summer and winter events, RetailNOW and INSPIRE,
as well as through other newly released programs.

• RSPA awards over $100,000 in college scholarships each year. Children,
grandchildren, full-time employees, and children of full-time employees of an
RSPA reseller member are eligible for an RSPA scholarship.

• Affinity programs for RSPA members — with special rates and pricing for services
and products — are available through UPS, Fedex, Nashua, Office Max, Sprint, and others.

Full details on the RSPA can be found at www.

Customized Parallel-PCI

16th Thursday, 2012  |  Engineering News, Life at LAVA  |  no comments

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 equipment needed this particular parallel port voltage to operate properly. Not every supplier of cards is the manufacturer, and not every manufacturer is able and willing to make customized versions of stock products to meet a particular customer’s requirements. LAVA, with all functions from design, through manufacturing, to post-sales support, can do the job.

Lockheed Martin Parallel-PCI

Lockheed Martin Parallel-PCI

Gift Shop ECR Polling over IP

15th Wednesday, 2012  |  Life at LAVA  |  no comments
Hennepin County Library

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

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 each in-branch gift shop/book store ECR, the LAVA Ether-Serial Links made it possible to poll each of the stores throughout the the library chain. This system allows them to do everything from monitoring end-of-day sales to doing on-the-fly lookups of items and prices.

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

14th Tuesday, 2012  |  Life at LAVA, news  |  no comments

Euroline logoEuroline 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 Euroline’s extensive technical support and expertise in serial communications, were key factors in LAVA’s decision to appoint Euroline a full line Scandinavian distributor,” said Bob Figol, Vice-President, Lava Computer MFG. Inc. He further went on to say, “LAVA is looking forward to expanding our sales and marketing activities with Euroline in the Scandinavian marketplaces.”

Euroline carries LAVA’s Ether-Serial Links, USB-Serial Links, Serial Port Splitter, and HQ-ST Link polling system.

Brian Brown, President and Managing Director, Euroline AS says he is very pleased with this step forward between the two companies. He further stated, “We are pleased to receive this opportunity to work together with LAVA in these new territories and look forward to a profitable relationship for both parties. LAVA has vast technical experience and know-how, and their LAVA I/O News publication “Link” provides a wealth of information and insight.”

Mr. Brown added that LAVA specializes in the design and production of computer interfaces for non-industrial and industrial use. Its product lines include I/O cards and Ethernet-to-serial device servers. With I/O cards, various peripheral devices can be connected to computers. Furthermore, with LAVA’s Ethernet-to-serial device servers, RS-232 industrial devices can be easily linked to local computer networks via Ethernet. Both LAVA’s I/O cards and Ethernet-to-serial device servers have a long field lives and LAVA provides a LAVA Lifetime Warranty on all their products.


Euroline AS is an ISO 9000 certified distributor of computer-based communication components and solutions. Euroline’s primary areas of activity are Serial Asynchronous/Synchronous Communications, CTI and Call Center solutions, WiFi, as well as technical administrative software. Within each of these fields, Euroline represents leading manufacturers/publishers who deliver high quality software and hardware. Besides products, Euroline offersCustomer Support, Technical Services, Development, and Consultancy. Euroline focuses on Quality of Service and Customer Satisfaction as their raison d’être.

Euroline aims to be a leading supplier in each of the fields within which it operates, and to establish itself as a point of contact in the Scandinavian and extended world market for these types of products and solutions. Euroline’s customers are primarily resellers of traditional IT-products, system integrators, software developers, OEM clients in the field of production and development, resellers of telecoms equipment/services, professional service providers, and more. It is through these channels that Euroline products find their way to the end-user. Visit

LAVA: The Source for Ports.

About LAVA: Lava Computer MFG. Inc., headquartered in Toronto, Canada, designs and manufactures serial and parallel I/O cards and Ethernet-to-serial device servers widely used in the Point of Sale, Kiosk, Gaming, Light Industrial Automation, and Process/Access Control industries. With well over a million LAVA products built into workstations, servers, retail POS systems, and industrial computers since 1984, resellers, distributors, OEMs, and system builders in over 47 countries worldwide trust LAVA I/O boards and serial-to-IP connectivity solutions. Designed for lifetime performance, each LAVA connectivity link is individually tested and covered by the LAVA Lifetime Warranty. Visit

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