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Barcode is a machine-readable code or a pattern of straight, parallel lines with different widths, often used to identify various products. It is printed on a commodity and used for inventory management and stock control.
Barcode scanners, also known as barcode readers, are typically used to identify the specific codes on different products. They are quite easy to use and can be utilized in a business entity of any size. For instance, a small store can increase productivity and improve inventory management by adding bar codes to their stock. This will allow them to scan the products at the point of sale as well as keep a check on their inventory level.
While handling them has become relatively simple, there are now many options and varieties of scanners to choose from, making the task a little difficult. It requires research as well as an understanding of your specific needs, especially if you want to make a bulk or wholesale purchase. This will help you select the right type of barcode scanner.
Did you know that drops are the leading cause of damage to mobile computers? So, the flooring in your warehouse is a top concern. Barcode scanners can be rugged or general purpose. Rugged devices can perform under harsh conditions. If you drop your mobile device, will it land on a soft surface like carpet or on a surface like concrete? Look for a handheld computer with a rugged classification if you have hard flooring.
Is there a high level of dust in your warehouse? What about sawdust or other small particles?
If the answer is yes, make sure you look at the Ingress Protection (IP) rating of any model you consider. This is also the case if it’s possible that a handheld scanner could be dropped in water. To maximize the chances of your device surviving these elements, look for an IP rating of at least 68.
Do you work in a warehouse with low light levels or is your environment full of light? Lower brightness on your barcode scanner is suitable for a low light environment. But, you’ll need a higher brightness level if you plan to use the device in bright sunlight or a bright warehouse.
Whatever the lighting conditions in your warehouse, ask your vendor for a demo in those conditions. You’ll want to ensure that the scanner can read barcodes correctly in your environment.
If the employees are typing in numbers, find a barcode reader with a number key location that is ergonomic for them. If the user will often be wearing gloves when typing on the unit, you need one with larger keys. Consider anything else that may impact the size or location of keys for the device users.
If you will be scanning barcodes, consider the code type and scanning distance. 2D imaging is appropriate for any type of barcode scanning. Linear barcode scan engines are appropriate only for 1D barcodes.
If you’ll need to scan from long range, look for a unit with Advanced Long Range or Extended Range capability. These scanners can read with either laser scanning or 2D barcode imaging from 45 to 50 feet away.
With all the options available for bar code readers today, it's important to find the right device for your business needs. Determining how you will use the scanner and what features you need will make the decision process easier.
If you continue to have difficulties or have additional questions, call our scanner experts. We are happy to assist you.